All students are required to audition each academic year.  

Fall 2013 Jazz Ensemble Audition Schedule, August 27-September 2, 2013

Audition sign-up sheets will be posted on the door of Room 216. Audition music clips available below.

Audition Policy for Students Studying Abroad 

  1. All students selected for jazz ensemble membership in September should be aware that any student studying abroad in the fall has the option of auditioning for chair placement in January.
  2. You should audition in the fall even if you will be abroad during the spring term.
  3. Please contact the director about any other situation that may be hinder your ability to participate for a full academic year.

Horns (saxophone, trumpet, trombone)

  1. play major scales in a swing style using eighth notes: 4 flats and 4 sharps. quarter = 120
  2. perform the jazz etude* The Sum of Your Attributes (1st chorus only) from Effective Etudes For Jazz (Carubia/Jarvis) Kendor Music, Inc.
  3. sight read an excerpt
  4. improvise over a 12 bar blues progression any key (required)  and in the chord progression of The Sum of All Your Attributes (optional).

Rhythm Section (piano, guitar, bass, drums)

  1. ALL RHYTHM SECTION PLAYERS: Play along with the jazz etude* I've Got Your Rhythm from Effective Etudes For Jazz (Carubia/Jarvis)
  2. Drummers should play12-16 measures play in rock/funk, ballad, and Latin grooves.
  3. Pianists and guitarists improvise over a 12 bar blues progression (any key).
  4. Bassists walk a bass line and improvise over a 12 bar blues progression (any key).

 

MUSIC PAGES - The Sum of All Your Attributes

Alto Sax

Bari Sax

Tenor Sax

Trombone


Trumpet

Piano

Bass

MUSIC PAGES - I Got Yer Rhythm!

Bass

Guitar

Piano

Vibes

MUSIC

The Sum of All Your Attributes

12 Bar Blues Improvisation

Regular weekly rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings beginning September 5th from 7:30-9:30 p.m. and a weekly sectional TBD

Jazz is a vital part of the musical life on campus.  Numerous performances scheduled this year include the Fall Family Weekend concert and the 25th Annual Winter Jazz Concert featuring world-renowned saxophonist Tim Warfield as our guest soloist. Visit the SCM website to learn more about the jazz program via photos, recordings, and a blog of our 2011 European tour.

PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO jjones@gettysburg.edu WITH YOUR NAME and INSTRUMENT IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING AN AUDITION FOR THE JAZZ ENSEMBLE.



Auditions for Jazz Ensemble vocalist will take place between September 9 and September 13.

Sign up for an audition slot at Dr. Jones' office, Schmucker 216, after September 1.

  • Sing the ballad My Funny Valentine
  • Sing the moderate swing tune The Days of Wine and Roses
  • Scat sing one chorus of blues (key of your choice)

Music pages and music are available via the links below. 

MUSIC PAGES


My Funny Valentine

The Days of Wine and Roses


MUSIC

The Days of Wine and Roses

My Funny Valentine

 

If you have questions, contact Dr. Jones: jjones@gettysburg.edu