EWS Youth! Auditions

EWS Youth Band MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA

Auditions are open to any students who meet the following criteria:

  • Students who will be in grades 8 through 12 during the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Students who play wind instruments, percussion instruments, or string bass.
  • Students must be in good standing with their school band program and receive the endorsement of their school band teacher (or private teacher if the school does not have a band program).
  • All EWS Youth Band members from a previous year are welcome back to the group for the current season, but must still register for an audition for purposes of seating determination.
EWS Youth Jazz Band MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA

Auditions are open to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Students who will be in grades 8 through 12 during the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Students auditioning on guitar, electric bass, upright bass, drum set, and piano may audition for just the jazz band.
  • Students auditioning on the alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trombone, bass trombone, or trumpet must also audition for and, if accepted, participate in the EWS Youth Band.
  • Students must receive the endorsement of their school jazz band director. By endorsing you, your school jazz band director is asserting that you have met any expectations for participation in your school jazz program, if there is one.
AUDITION DATES
  • December 7, 2019
  • January 4, 2020
  • January 11, 2020

TUITION AND FEES

There is a non-refundable $15 audition fee for all students.  This covers auditions on multiple instruments and is payable at the time of the audition by cash or check (made out to EWS).

  • For students accepted in the EWS Youth Band, the annual tuition is $310.
  • For wind students who are accepted into the EWS Youth Band who also audition for and are accepted to the EWS Youth Jazz Band, the jazz band tuition is discounted to $50. So total tuition for both the EWS Youth Band and EWS Youth Jazz Band is $360.
  • For rhythm section students who play guitar, bass, drum set, and piano that are only accepted into the EWS Youth Jazz Band, the annual tuition is $100.
 REFERRAL Program
  •  For all returning EWS Youth Band members, we want you to help us recruit new musicians!
  • Invite your friends to audition for the EWS Youth Band and/or the EWS Youth Jazz Band.  For each new person who auditions, is accepted into either band, and lists a current member as their referral (prior to or at the time of audition), that current member will gain a $20 tuition discount for this season.
  • Each new applicant can only list one current member as a referral.  Current members can receive multiple referral discounts, up to the total 2020 tuition amount.
EWS Youth Band Audition Requirements

Please select one of the following audition formats.  Please note that which audition format you choose will not impact your chances of being accepted into the EWS Youth Band.  Your acceptance is based upon how well you perform the material.

  • Practice for All-State Auditions – with region and/or all state auditions around the corner, this is a great opportunity to practice. We will run the audition very much like what you will experience in a Region Band or All-State Band audition.  Please see the All-State requirement auditions on the NJMEA website.  We will also give you feedback in the audition to help you prepare for your Region or All-State Band audition.

 

  • Regular audition
    • Select 2 excerpts of your choice that have contrasting styles.
    • Be prepared to play major scales up to 5 sharps and 5 flats.
    • Prepare a chromatic scale of your choice.
    • Short sight-reading excerpt will be provided.

 

 

EWS Youth Jazz Band Audition Requirements – Wind Section

Please prepare the following for auditioning on a wind instrument for the EWS Youth Jazz Band.  

  • Perform a jazz solo work/etude of your choosing.
  • Major scales up to 5 sharp/flats played in a swing eighth-note style.
    • those interested in playing lead in the section should demonstrate range by playing more than one octave.
    • Though not required, students may demonstrate Dorian and/or Mixolydian scales as well.
  • Improvise in a swing style over either 12 bar Blues in F, or Rhythm Changes in Bb.
    • Download one of the two improvisation tracks by clicking here.
    • For the improvisation portion of your audition, you’ll be asked to play two choruses
  • Short sight-reading excerpt

 

 

EWS Youth Jazz Band Audition Requirements – Rhythm Section

Please prepare the following for auditioning on a rhythm instrument for the EWS Youth Jazz Band.  

  • Perform a jazz solo work/etude of your choosing.
  • Major scales up to 5 sharp/flats played in a swing eighth-note style (piano or guitar).
    • those interested in playing lead in the section should demonstrate range by playing more than one octave.
    • Though not required, students may demonstrate Dorian and/or Mixolydian scales as well.
  • Improvise in a swing style over either 12 bar Blues in F, or Rhythm Changes in Bb.
    • Download one of the two improvisation tracks by clicking here.
    • For the improvisation portion of your audition, you’ll be asked to play two choruses
  • Short sight-reading excerpt
  • Piano and Guitar players: Follow the above instructions with one change: after improvising, please demonstrate comping/voicings on a blues or rhythm changes as well as major and minor triads; major, minor and dominant 7th chord voicings.
  • Drummers: please demonstrate your ability to play swing, bossa nova, and rock, and improvise within these styles (slow, medium, and fast tempos). If able, you can demonstrate playing a ballad with brushes and waltz playing as well.

 

 

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