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

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 “Footprints” arranged by Mike Tomaro and “Basie Straight Ahead”arranged by Sammy Nestico (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 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 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 3rd, 2019)
  3. Audition Piece Links:  Please download the correct part for you.
    1. Basie-Straight Ahead – Guitar Basie-Straight Ahead – Bass Basie-Straight Ahead – Drums Basie-Straight Ahead – Trombone 2 Basie-Straight Ahead – Trombone 1 Basie-Straight Ahead – Trumpet 2 Basie-Straight Ahead – Trumpet 1 Basie-Straight Ahead – Bari Sax Basie-Straight Ahead – Tenor Sax 1 Basie-Straight Ahead – Alto Sax 1Basie-Straight Ahead – Piano
    2. Foot Prints – Bass Foot Prints – Guitar Foot Prints – Drums Foot Prints – Trombone 2 Foot Prints – Trombone 1 Foot Prints – Trumpet 2 Foot Prints – Trumpet 1 Foot Prints – Bari Sax Foot Prints – Tenor Sax 1 Foot Prints – Alto Sax 1Foot Prints – Piano
  4. Audio Link:
    1. Here are the audio links for Footprints and Basie Straight Ahead 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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