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 or college freshmen during the 2020-2021 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 or college freshmen during the 2020-2021 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

Auditions will be conducted via video uploads this season.  Directions for uploading audition videos will be sent once registered.  All audition videos must be uploaded by March 5th, 2021.

Please use the menu below to pay 2021 tuition online (includes $5 service charge).

Tuition Options



 

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 will be reduced to $150.
  • 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 $200.
  • 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 2021 tuition amount.
EWS Youth Band Audition Requirements

Please prepare the following for a video audition submission on a wind instrument for the EWS Youth Jazz Band.  There is no live audition component this year. You should submit a total of one (1) video per instrument you are auditioning on that contains all of the following, performed to the best of your ability. Please review your video before submitting to ensure that all components can be heard clearly in the video:

  • At the start of the video, state clearly your full name and the instrument you are auditioning on. For each requirement listed below, be sure to state what you are about to play on video before continuing:

 

    • Select 2 excerpts of your choice that have contrasting styles. Excerpts should demonstrate your technical proficiency as well as your musicianship.  Each excerpt should be about 30 seconds – 1 minute in length.
    • Perform 1 flat major scale and 1 sharp major scale of your choice.  Please choose scales that demonstrate your ability level.  Scales should be performed at a tempo that demonstrates your technical ability.
    • Perform a chromatic scale of your choice. Please demonstrate your range on the instrument.

 

 

EWS Youth Jazz Band Audition Requirements – Wind Section

Please prepare the following for a video audition submission on a wind instrument for the EWS Youth Jazz Band.  There is no live audition component this year. You should submit a total of one (1) video per instrument you are auditioning on that contains all of the following, performed to the best of your ability. Please review your video before submitting to ensure that all components can be heard clearly in the video:

  • At the start of the video, state clearly your full name and the instrument you are auditioning on. For each requirement listed below, be sure to state what you are about to play on video before continuing:
  • Perform a jazz solo work/etude of your choosing. List the name of the etude , composer, and arranger (if applicable) before performing.
  • Perform 2 Major scales up to 5 sharp/flats played in a swing eighth-note style.  Please select scales that demonstrate your technique and ability.
    • 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.
    • Perform two choruses of improvisation.

 

 

EWS Youth Jazz Band Audition Requirements – Rhythm Section

Please prepare the following for a video audition submission on a rhythm instrument for the EWS Youth Jazz Band.  There is no live audition component this year. You should submit a total of one (1) video per instrument you are auditioning on that contains all of the following, performed to the best of your ability. Please review your video before submitting to ensure that all components can be heard clearly in the video:

  • At the start of the video, state clearly your full name and the instrument you are auditioning on. For each requirement listed below, be sure to state what you are about to play on video before continuing:
  • Perform a jazz solo work/etude of your choosing. List the name of the etude , composer, and arranger (if applicable) before performing.
  • Major scales up to 5 sharp/flats played in a swing eighth-note style (piano, bass or guitar).
    • 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.
    • Perform two choruses of improvisation.
  • 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 of your choosing.)  If able, please demonstrate playing a ballad with brushes and waltz playing as well.

 

 

APPLY HERE for 2021 Auditions (Youth Band and/or Jazz Band)