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Audition Procedures

All-Star Band will once again conduct auditions via video submission. Please read the following instructions carefully. Failure to properly label a video, or to send it via the wrong service, may result in an inadmissible audition. Before submitting a video audition, please fill out the Student Application Form, ensuring all of the information on it is correct. Check here for some great Audition Tips that may help you...

 

WHAT TO PLAY...

  • All woodwind and brass players will perform the All-Star Band Audition Music for your particular instrument, consisting of a chromatic scale, major scales, and two excerpts. 
  • String bassists will perform a chromatic scale (minimum of two octaves), at least two major scales (chosen from the following: G-natural, D-natural, E-natural, B-flat, E-flat, or A-flat), and a selected excerpt of your own choosing (make sure to choose something that will demonstrate technical and lyrical facility - this could be two different excerpts).
  • Pianists and Harpists will perform an excerpt of your own choosing, between 1:30 and 2:00 in length. Please select something that demonstrates technical and lyrical facility.
  • Percussionists* will perform at least two major scales on a mallet instrument of your own choosing, selected from the following: G-natural, D-natural, E-natural, B-flat, E-flat, or A-flat. You may choose to perform more than two scales on your audition. Additionally, percussionists will perform one brief selection of the student's choosing on each of the following instruments: snare drum, timpani, and a mallet instrument of the student's choosing (glockenspiel, xylophone, marimba, vibraphone, crotales, etc.)

*Percussionists - you do not have to record all of these auditions in a single take, you may record each instrument separately.​

 

RECORDING YOUR AUDITION...

  • ​​Use the highest-quality audio and video level you are capable of. In most cases, a smart phone should be able to take acceptable video of your audition. Make sure, however, that your recording is in .avi, .mov, or .mp4 format. We are unable to open files that are in .webm format. 
  • Make sure you remain in the frame the entire time, and ensure that there is little to no background noise, which can be distracting and make assessment difficult.
  • Treat this as a professional audition – dress and act professionally (in most cases, this simply means dress nicely or in your "Sunday best," not wearing a grimy t-shirt and a ballcap, etc.)
  • ​At the beginning of the recording look into the camera and clearly state your name, year in school, and your high school’s name, as well as the name of your band director(s).
  • ​The recording should be filmed in one single take (except percussion). Only unedited recordings will be accepted.
  • ​When you are finished, simply stop the recording.
  • Review your recording to ensure the sound level is good, but do not edit the recording in any way. No one here will ever know how many takes it took for you to sound your best – make sure you submit the best possible representation of yourself.
  • VERY IMPORTANT: Rename your video file to include your instrument and your name. For example: johndoe_clarinet, janedoe_tuba, etc.​ 

Check here for some great Audition Tips that may help you...

 

SUBMITTING YOUR AUDITION...

  • Using the free service at www.wetransfer.com, and making sure to use a proper return email, send your video audition to: ASBauditions@sycamorebands.org
  • In the WeTransfer message field, make sure to put your NAME, INSTRUMENT, and HIGH SCHOOL.
  • Once your video has uploaded and sent, you will receive an automated email “receipt” from WeTransfer confirming that you have sent the file. If you do NOT receive this receipt, check your spam folder. If you do not receive a receipt within an hour, please try submitting the video again. 
  • When WE receive your video, you will also receive a second email, an automated “receipt” from WeTransfer confirming that WE have downloaded your video. If you do NOT receive a confirmation within 48 hours, please check your spam folder, and/or contact us to ensure your video was received.
  • We will not be responsible for any video auditions that are not received or submitted properly. It is up to you to make sure your video file was sent...if you do NOT receive a confirmation email from WeTransfer, you should assume that we did not receive your file. 
  • If you send your audition via email or another method, we may not be able to receive it - you must use WeTransfer.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to submit the video before the deadline...sometimes it may take an hour or two to upload your video and send, depending on the size of the file created and your internet speed.

Check here for some great Audition Tips that may help you...