Auditions

Why do we hold auditions?

The process of evaluating students for skill-level and appropriate band placement involves an audition. Auditions are held in the late summer to help the directors place students in either our Concert Band (Intermediate Level) or Symphonic Band (Advanced Level) for the start of the KCYB season. These auditions also help the directors place students on the appropriate music parts within their assigned band. Our goal is to foster a motivating, educational, team-centered, and most importantly God-centered learning environment.

Do beginners need to audition?

New Beginning Band students who will be beginning to learn an instrument this season will not audition. They will automatically be placed into the Beginning Band, but must attend the instrument fitting session on August 15th for help choosing the appropriate instrument.

What instrument(s) can I play this year in a KCYB band?

Due to instrumentation limitations, we are currently not accepting oboes, bassoons, soprano saxophones, or alto clarinets. All other standard band instruments such as: flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone/euphonium, tuba, and percussion are needed in each of our concert bands.

How is band placement determined?

Placement in Concert Band versus Symphonic Band will be determined based on audition scores, experience level, and maturity. Seats in Symphonic Band are very limited. Placement in Symphonic Band during the previous season does not guarantee placement in Symphonic Band for the current season.

What will the audition be like?

The audition process also prepares students for future audition opportunities they may have. Our auditions are blind, meaning students perform behind a screen and are identified to the judges by a randomly-assigned audition ID number. We follow many of the same audition procedures used by the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association to help prepare students for Junior Clinic and Senior Clinic auditions, should they decide to participate.

Auditions will be evaluated by three experienced judges who may or may not include the KCYB band directors. Students are identified only by a randomly selected ID number and identities are not known by the judges until all auditions have been scored.

Auditions must be completed on assigned night during the assigned time period for your instrument and level. If you are unable to attend the auditions during your assigned time period, please contact a director as soon as possible.

Late Enrollees

Students are expected to participate for the entire season August–May. Occasionally, however, we do have a student who asks to join mid-season. Upon director and board approval, the student may be allowed to join following the October Concert or at the start of the Spring semester in January. Students who enroll in KCYB after the initial auditions in August will need to complete an audition with one or more of the directors to determine band placement. Late enrollees will need to contact a director for audition materials. Students must participate for the entire year to be eligible for ETSBOA events and All-State.