All-State Concert Band Audition Requirements for Brass and Percussion
When the student enters the room, he/she will be asked to perform:
1) The specific prepared exercises for their instrument(s) as listed in the All-State Concert Band Audition Requirements. Note the suggested tempo.
2) A chromatic scale covering the range for their instrument (as given in the All-State Concert Band Audition Requirements) The scale will be performed in even sixteenth notes at a minimum tempo of MM quarter note = 100. The scale will be tongued ascending and slurred descending where applicable. Scale is to be memorized.
3) Twelve major scales, (in 2:30 minutes or less) from memory, complete with arpeggios, at a minimum tempo of MM quarter note = 120. Scales are to be performed a minimum of 2 octaves where possible. Students who wish to play a 3rd octave may do so. All scales must be performed within the allotted time frame. Scales must be performed in complete octaves. The scale pattern is ♪♫♫♫♪. The arpeggio pattern is ♪♫♪. The scales will be tongued ascending and slurred descending where applicable. Scales will be performed in the circle of fourths, starting with the concert key of: C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G.
4) A short sight-reading exercise(s) to demonstrate the student's reading ability. The student will have thirty seconds to study the piece before playing. (Percussionists will be required to sight-read on snare and mallets.)