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The audition material for this year's Jazz Aspen Snowmass Honor Jazz Band has just been released. Students who audition and are selected will participate in the Honor Jazz Band event on Fri/Sat, February 9-10, at Roaring Fork HS. They will combine with students from over 15 school districts across the Western Slope, rehearse for two days, and perform rock, swing, blues, and funk in a concert the night of Feb. 10th. There will be four jazz bands - Band 4 is for middle schoolers, Band 3 is for young high schoolers and advanced middle schoolers, and Bands 1 and 2 are usually the most advanced high schoolers. The deadline to submit is Dec. 4-- don't wait UNTIL Dec. 4!

 

Who is eligible?
Any middle school or high school student. The only limitation is that they must play one of the following instruments:

  • Alto, Tenor, or Bari Sax
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone (baritone could audition as well)
  • Piano
  • Bass Guitar
  • Drum Set
  • Electric Guitar

 

How do students audition?
Students will need to record themselves playing three things: 1. MS Rock Audition 2. MS Swing Audition 3. Chromatic Scale. 
To get help learning their audition music, students can always stop by the band room during lunch time for some extra help.

  • The MS Rock and MS Swing audition music can be found in this folder: Audition Music
  • Auditions need to be recorded and emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by noon, DECEMBER 4th!

 

Why should I audition?
Because this event is just plain FUN! We don't have jazz band as part of our normal Basalt Band program (I wish we did, but we there's only so much time in a day) so this is an excellent chance for students to gain experience playing jazz, swing, funk, and blues! Students who have participated in the past have always enjoyed Honor Jazz Band (sometimes even more than Honor Concert Band). Please reach out to Mr. Lenio with questions and remember, don't wait until the week before the audition is due to start working on it!! Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 570-772-4626.

 

Practice, Practice!
Mr. Lenio has made a series of recordings for students who are interested in auditioning for Honor Jazz Band.  He has recorded each of the audition songs at a series of speeds from “very slow” to “very fast”.  Students - you should start with the “very slow” or “slow” until you’re ready to bump up to the next faster tempo.  Remember that audition recordings (emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) are due on Monday, 12/4.  

Practice recordings can be found here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1LYrjAOG66RSY8XUHihRd3yZt0dW4hG8s?usp=sharing

Audition music PDFs can be found here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B6x9zJyvh9vmeThfSVZJcjBtams?usp=sharing

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