HS: Honors Band Auditions

Who can audition?

These auditions are for anyone who is interested and has the desire to prepare solos and scales with the intention of being a better musician. Only a small portion of students who try out are looking to be a music major!!! People who make these bands are people just like you!!!

How do I audition?

Those who are interested in trying out for an auditioned band will prepare a solo specific to their instrument (from the PMEA list) and several scales, including a chromatic scale. From this site, you can find all information you need to audition.  Music lists are out now… don’t wait!

http://www.pmeadistrict10.org/files/main.htm

To audition for district band/orchestra, the students are asked to play a section of the prepared solo, 2 scales and a chromatic scale for a few judges. The student is asked to sightread a short selection after playing prepared materials. All elements to this audition can be worked on alone, with private teachers, or the director. The audition list is available now on the PMEA website (see above link). You can see a the list in the band room now. Don’t assume anything as you prepare for these auditions. Run every question by the director!

How do I audition for County Band?

The audition process for County Band is almost exactly the same as District Band. You prepare a solo (from the PMEA list, as above) and scales.

Two basic things are different:

  • The scales you prepare are less difficult – 4 sharps/flats and chromatic scale
  • The judges are facing you… the audition is not blind

Don’t assume anything as you prepare for these auditions. Run every question by the director!

How can I get to region or state band/orchestra???

When a students makes it into an auditioned band, they will reaudition using the given music to determine seating as well as whether or not they will go to the next level of band. Those that make district band are the best in the district (about 55 school districts). Those that make Region band are the best of 2 districts (about 120 school districts). Those that make state band are the best in the state!!!