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Union H.S. Concert Band Auditions
All winds and percussion students currently in grades 8-11 will audition for placement into one of six concert band ensembles for the 2019-20 academic year. Completing an audition and meeting the minimum score requirement is required for enrollment into a Union H.S. Concert Band class. 

ADJUDICATION
The audition will be judged by two teachers and will be assessed for a grade. This is a blind audition; the audition room setup uses a curtain, so neither the audtioning student nor the judges will not be able to see the student auditioning.

PERFORMANCE
Students whose audition appears to be completely inadequate in preparation may be asked by the judges to move on to the next audition piece or scale.

SCHEDULE
Percussion auditions will take place on Tuesday, May 7 starting at 7:00am. Winds auditions will take place the week of May 13.

Each student will be assigned a specific audition time, scheduled at random, and in 4-minute increments. Auditions are not sequenced in a first-come, first-served basis. Audition times will not be posted online.

On each day of auditions (listed below), the building will be open at 6:45am, and auditioning students should plan to arrive shortly thereafter. Audition times will be posted at 7:00am, and auditions will begin at 7:15am. 

Monday, May 13 - Starting at 7:15am
• All Saxophones - Office Rm 1615
• Oboe - Office Rm 1615
• Bassoon - Office Rm 1615
• Bass Clarinet - Office Rm 1615
• Trumpet - Room 1616 BR2

Tuesday, May 14 - Starting at 7:15am
• Clarinet - Office Rm 1615
• French Horn - Room 1616 BR2
• Euphonium - Room 1616 BR2
• Tuba - Room 1616 BR2

Wednesday, May 15 - Starting at 7:15am
• Flute - Office Rm 1615
• Trombone - Room 1616 BR2

Thursday, May 16
• Makeup auditions will be scheduled at the directors' discretion. 

RESULTS
Auditions results are not likelty to be posted until the first week of June or thereafter.

WOODWINDS & BRASSES
Auditions will consist of performing scales and three etudes of varying levels. The entire audition is worth up to 150 points total and the breakdown of points is as follows: 
• Major Scale (up to 20 points)
• Chromatic Scale (up to 30 points)
• Three Etudes: Level One (up to 20 points), Level Two (up to 30 points ), Level Three (up to 50 points).

Major Scale (worth up to 20 points) 
Students will prepare the following major scales: Concert G, C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, and Db. The directors will select one scale at random to be played on the day of auditions.
• Metronome: quarter note = 100 bpm
• Scales can be performed one octave for a maximum of 10 points or two octaves for a maximum of 20 points.
• Scales can be found in the "Foundations for Superior Performance" (HS students method book) or "Habits of a Successful Middle School Musician" (8th grade students method book).

Chromatic Scales (worth up to 30 points)
Students will prepare a chromatic scale using the concert pitch ranges listed below.
Flute F to F
Oboe C to C
Bassoon F to F
Clarinet/Bass Clarinet Bb to Bb 
Saxophone (All) F to F
Trumpet F to F
Horn Bb to Bb 
Low Brass F to F

• The chromatic scale can be played one octave for a maximum of 15 points or two octaves for a maximum of 30 points
• Scales can be found in the "Foundations for Superior Performance" (HS students method book) or "Habits of a Successful Middle School Musician" (8th grade students method book).

Etudes
Audition etudes are available below via PDF download. Hard copies will be available in the bin located outside of Mr. Cole's office. 
• Level 1 Etude (worth up to 20 points) 
• Level 2 Etude (worth up to 30 points) 
• Level 3 Etude (worth up to 50 points) 
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
Clarinet
Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Bari Saxophone
Trumpet
Horn
Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba

General Expectations
• Students are required to perform both scales (major and chromatic) and the Level 1 etude in order for the audition to be considered complete.
• The Level 2 and Level 3 etudes are considered optional, with the understanding that all possible points for these etudes are forfeited if not performed.
• The minimum score requirement for all woodwinds and brasses students will be 30 points out of the 150 total possible points. 

PERCUSSION
With the implementation of the benchmark curriculum for percussion students grades 8-11, a minimum threshold of completion has been established for those wishing to remain eligible to enroll in the Union H.S. band program for the following school year. Below is the criteria that percussion students need to meet in order to be considered eligible to enroll: 
• Must score a minimum of 25% on the spring concert band audition (snare drum and 2-mallet marimba are equally weighted). 
• Must complete, submit, and pass 50% of the year's benchmark assignments.
• A student scoring above a 25% on the concert band audition but completing only 50% or less of the benchmark assignments is subject to dropping a band placement for the upcoming year (i.e. audition score places studebt in Symphonic Band 1, but he/she is placed in Symphonic Band 2 due to a lack of benchmark completion). 
• A student scoring above a 25% on the concert band audition but completing only 25% or less of the benchmark assignments is subject to dropping two band placements for the upcoming year (i.e. audition score places student in Concert Band 1, but he/she is placed in Concert Band 3 due to a lack of benchmark completion). 


FRESHMEN PLACEMENT
9th graders (2019-20 academic year) will be placed into Symphonic Band 2, Concert Band 1, or Concert Band 3, based on audition. This policy is in place due to the fact that these three ensembles meet during the first class period of the school day, during which freshmen must be enrolled due to transportation logistics.

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