DJ Senior Band

The Durham Jazz Senior Band is open to students in grade 11 or 12.  Occasionally a younger/older student is accepted based on skill level.

Audition Details:

  1. Requirements:
      1. Applicants will download and learn the excerpt of “Things Ain’t What They Used To Be” arranged by Alan Baylock and “Better Get Hit in Your Soul” arranged by Andrew Homzy (see below)
      2. Applicants are asked to bring an additional piece of their choice that showcases their playing.
      3. Applicants will be asked to play a one-two octave scale to show their range. (Bb concert for example)
      4. Improv on a 12 bar blues progression in Bb or F. You can use the following link to practice and can request to play with it during your audition.Bb Blues Backing Track F Blues Backing Track
  2. What to Expect:
      1. Applicants please expect to:
        1. See other applicants warming up at the same time
        2. Meet past members of the ensembles. Feel free to ask questions.
        3. See 3-5 people on the audition panel
        4. Find that your audition will be recorded (audio only) for comparison purposes
        5. Be in the audition for 10 minutes. During your audition,   you will be asked questions about yourself.
        6. Drummers: be prepared to play a variety of styles, tempos and fills.
        7. Guitarists: be prepared to play in a variety of styles and read chord symbols as well as written notes.
        8. Pianists: be prepared to read chord symbols and written notes.
      2. Families please expect to:
        1. Meet members of our Parent Council. Please feel free to ask questions.
        2. Receive information about the band
      3. Results:  The results from the 2018-2019 auditions will be posted on the “Members & Alumni” page on the website by the Monday after auditions.  As there may be 100+ applicants, it will be the responsibility of each family to check the website for results. A bulk email will also be sent, advising you of the results.
      4. If successful: Please be aware that, if you are successful, there will be a family and member meeting on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 in the evening that at least one adult member of your family must attend along with the applicant.  Practices will start the Thursday after auditions. (October 4th, 2018)
  3. Audition Piece Links:  Please download the correct part for you.
    1. Things Ain’t What They Used to Be – Trumpet
    2. Things Ain’t What They Used to Be – Trombone
    3. Things Ain’t What They Used to Be – Tenor
    4. Things Ain’t What They Used to Be – Piano
    5. Things Ain’t What They Used to Be – Guitar
    6. Things Ain’t What They Used to Be – Drums
    7. Things Ain’t What They Used to Be – Bass
    8. Things Ain’t What They Used to Be – Bari
    9. Things Ain’t What They Used to Be – Alto
    10. Better Get Hit in Your Soul – Trumpet
    11. Better Get Hit in Your Soul – Trombone
    12. Better Get Hit in Your Soul – Tenor
    13. Better Get Hit in Your Soul – Piano
    14. Better Get Hit in Your Soul – Guitar
    15. Better Get Hit in Your Soul – Drums
    16. Better Get Hit in Your Soul – Bass
    17. Better Get Hit in Your Soul – Bari
    18. Better Get Hit in Your Soul – Alto
  4. Audio Link:
    1. Here are the audio links for “Things Ain’t What They Used To Be Audio” and “Better Get Hit in Your Soul Audio” You can use it to hear your part and to see how it fits with the whole band.  Feel free to practice along with it.
  5. How to book an audition:
    1. Please email info@durhamjazz.ca for an audition time.  Include the following information in your email:
      1. Applicant’s Full Name
      2. Parent/Guardian Name(s)
      3. Phone/Email Contact info
      4. Instrument(s)
      5. School
      6. Grade
      7. Date(s) preferred (September 24-28, 2018)
      8. Time range preferred (4-9pm each day)
      9. ***Please give a minimum of two time slot ranges you can commit to being available for during the week of auditions.
    2. If you’d prefer to call to book an audition please call or leave a message at 905.925.7932