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 August 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.

Do beginners need to audition?

New Beginning Band students will not audition, but will automatically be placed into the Beginning Band. Families should attend the instrument fitting session held by Lunsford’s Musical Instruments on August 11, 2020 at Wallace Memorial Baptist Church (701 Merchant Dr, Knoxville, TN 37912) for help choosing the appropriate instrument.

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

All 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. Placement in Symphonic Band during the previous season does not guarantee placement in Symphonic Band for the current season. Band placements remain in effect through the entire season.

What will the audition be like?

To prepare students for future audition opportunities, we follow the same procedures used by the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association Junior Clinic and Senior Clinic auditions. Auditions will be evaluated by three experienced judges who may or may not include the KCYB band directors.

Auditions must be completed on the 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 to schedule your audition prior to the first fall rehearsal.

Late Enrollees

Students are expected to participate for the entire season August–April. Occasionally, however, we do have a student who asks to join mid-season. Upon director approval, the student may be allowed to join 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 ETSB&OA events, TSSBDA events and All-State.

KCYB Audition Procedures
2020–2021 Season

  1. Arrival
    • Upon arriving at the audition site, all students auditioning will sign-in on the sign-in sheet provided.
    • Students may then go to the provided warm-up room to begin warming up.
    • Students will be called from the warm-up room approximately ten minutes prior to their turn to audition.
    • The hallway outside of the audition room should remain silent at all times. If excess noise in the hallway begins to hinder the audition process, waiting students may be asked to leave.
  2. Audition
    • No one is allowed in the audition room except the student auditioning, the audition assistant, and the recording technician.
    • Upon entering the audition room, the audition assistant will lead the student to the audition area, which will have a chair and music stand.
    • A recording device will be used to provide a back-up recording of the auditions. A trained adult will run the recording device for all auditions.
    • The audition assistant will remain in the room until the audition is completed.
    • Students will play the audition materials in the following order:
      1. Scales/Rudiments
      2. Prepared Piece
      3. Sight-Reading
    • The student will be given 30 seconds to study each sight-reading example. The student may be asked to play up to two sight-reading selections of varied difficulty. (Beginning Band members auditioning for Concert Band for the first time will be given one selection for sight-reading).
    • Students should play straight through all audition requirements with no stops.
    • Each individual audition should take approximately five minutes to complete.
    • At the conclusion of the audition, the audition assistant will return the sightreading pieces to the appropriate folder. Student should quietly collect their music and the assistant will lead the student from the audition room.
  3. Evaluation
    • Audition results will be announced via email.
    • All results are final.

Audition Schedule

Auditions will take place on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 6:00–8:00 pm

Audition Location

Auditions are conducted at Wallace Memorial Baptist Church, 701 Merchant Dr, Knoxville TN 37912. Enter at the vehicle drop-off location on the northeast side of the building.

Audition Music Requirements

Concert Band – Level 1

The Level 1 Concert Band audition music is intended for students who have one year or less of playing experience. This includes students who were in the KCYB Beginning Band or a public or private school Beginning Band program last year. Students who have had at least six months of playing experience with a private instructor should also audition on this music. Students with less than six months of playing experience may need to enroll in our Beginning Band program. If your student has more than one year of playing experience, he or she may be ready to audition on the Concert Band – Level 2 music. Please contact us, if you are unsure of your student’s experience/ability level.

Level 1 students should be prepared to play the following:

  1. Scales
  2. B – F Concert Pitch Scales. Articulation is up to the student. Rhythm should be played as shown on the scale sheet.

    Click your instrument and click the Print icon to print:

    Concert Band Level 1 Scales

  3. Prepared Piece
  4. Click your instrument and click the Print icon to print:

    Concert Band Level 1 Prepared Piece

    Percussionists: Be prepared to play the scales and mallet prepared piece on a mallet instrument and the snare drum prepared piece on snare drum. We will provide a xylophone and snare drum. You are welcome to bring your own bells and/or snare drum. Please bring your own mallets and drumsticks.

  5. Sightreading
  6. We will provide one short piece to be seen for the first time during the audition. Students will have 30 seconds to study the piece. After the allotted time, the student will perform the piece to the best of his or her ability.

Concert Band – Level 2

The Level 2 Concert Band audition music is intended for intermediate students who are not ready to audition for Symphonic Band.

Level 2 students should be prepared to play the following:

  1. Scales
  2. C – F – BEA Concert Pitch Scales and Chromatic Scale from lowest to highest note possible. All scales should be memorized and played a minimum of 1 octave. Scales should be played at a tempo of ♩= 100. Articulation is up to the student. Rhythm should be played as shown on the scale sheet.

    Click your instrument and click the Print icon to print:

    Concert Band Level 2 Scales

  3. Prepared Piece
  4. Click your instrument and click the Print icon to print:

    Concert Band Level 2 Prepared Piece

    Percussionists:

    • Please be prepared to play the required scales on xylophone. KCYB will provide a xylophone and snare drum during the audition. Please bring your own mallets and drumsticks.
    • Please prepare the Mallet and Snare Drum prepared pieces.
    • Percussionists should be prepared to play the following rudiments before the prepared snare drum piece : Long Roll, Paradiddle, Flam Tap, Flam Accent, and single ratamacue on Snare Drum. All rudiments should be performed open (slow), close (fast), open (slow).
  5. Sightreading
  6. We will provide 1–2 short pieces to be seen for the first time during the audition. Students will have 30 seconds to study each piece. After the allotted time, the student will perform the piece to the best of his or her ability.

Symphonic Band

Students auditioning for Symphonic Band should be prepared to play the following:

  1. Scales/Rudiments:
  2. G – C – F – BEADG Concert Pitch Scales and Chromatic (lowest to highest).
    All scales should be memorized and played a minimum of one octave. Scales should be played at a tempo of ♩= 120. Articulation is up to the student. Rhythm should be played as shown on the scale sheet.

    Percussionists:

    • Please be prepared to play the required scales on xylophone. KCYB will provide a xylophone during the audition. Please bring your own mallets.
    • Percussionists should be prepared to play the following rudiments on snare drum: Long Roll, Paradiddle, Flam Tap, Flam Accent, and and single ratamacue. All rudiments should be played open (slow), close (fast), open (slow).
    • We will provide a xylophone, snare drum, and timpani. Please bring your own mallets and sticks. You may bring your own snare drum, if you prefer.

    Click your instrument and click the Print icon to print:

    Symphonic Band Scales

  3. Prepared Piece
  4. Percussionists: Prepare the Mallet and Snare Drum pieces.

    Click your instrument and click the Print icon to print:

    Symphonic Band Prepared Piece

  5. Sightreading
  6. We will provide 1–2 short pieces to be seen for the first time during the audition. Students will have 30 seconds to study each piece. After the allotted time, the student will perform the piece to the best of his or her ability.