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Durham Jazz: Inspiring Durham’s next generation of jazz musicians.

DJ Junior Band

The Durham Jazz Junior Band is available to students up to and including grade 9.  While the band is typically grade 7 & 8’s occasionally a other students are 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 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 2019-2020 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 1st, 2019 at 6:00pm at Ormiston P.S.  At least one adult member of your family must attend as well as the applicant.  Practices will start the Thursday after auditions. (October 3rd, 2019)
    3. Audition Piece Links:  Please download the correct part for you.
      1. Take the A Train – Drums Take the A Train – Piano Take the A Train – Guitar Take the A Train – Bass Take the A Train – Trombone 2 Take the A Train – Trombone 1 Take the A Train – Trumpet 2 Take the A Train – Trumpet 1 Take the A Train – Bari Sax Take the A Train – Tenor Sax Take the A Train – Alto Sax
    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. 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 23-27, 2019)
        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

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