DJ Junior Band

The Durham Jazz Junior Band is available to students up to and including grade 8.  While the band is typically grade 7 & 8’s occasionally a younger student is accepted based on skill level.

Audition Details:

    1. Requirements:
        1. Applicants will download and learn the excerpt of “Take the A Train” by Vince Gassi (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)
    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 in the audition room
          4. Find that your audition will be recorded (audio only) for comparison purposes
          5. Be in the audition for 10 minutes and that part of that time you will be asked questions about yourself.
          6. Drummers: be prepared to play a variety of styles, 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 2016-2017 auditions will be posted on the “Members & Alumni” page on the website by the Sunday after auditions.  As there may be 100+ applicants, it will be the responsibility of each family to check the website for results.
        4. If successful: Please be aware that if successful there will be a family and member meeting on the Tuesday evening that at least 1 member of your family must attend.  Practices will start the Thursday after auditions.
    3. Audition Piece Links:  Please download the correct part for you.  It is only the 1st page of the song.
      1. Take the A Train – Alto Sax
      2. Take the A Train – Bari Sax
      3. Take the A Train – Bass
      4. Take the A Train – Drums
      5. Take the A Train – Guitar
      6. Take the A Train – Piano
      7. Take the A Train – Tenor Sax
      8. Take the A Train – Trombone
      9. Take the A Train – Trumpet
    4. Audio Link: Here is the audio link for “Take the A Train.”  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 for an audition time.  Include the following information in your email:
        1. Applicants Full Name
        2. Parent/Guardian Name(s)
        3. Phone/Email Contact info
        4. Instrument(s)
        5. School
        6. Grade
        7. Date(s) preferred (September 26-30, 2016)
        8. Time range preferred (4-9pm each day)
        9. *** Please provide multiple options if possible.
      2. If you’d prefer to call to book an audition please call or leave a message at 905.925.7932