Wind/Percussion Auditions

Auditions for the 2018-2019 Wind Symphony and Symphonic Bands will take place on Saturday, August 18 in the Walsh Performing Arts Center with check-in on the second floor lobby.

Times will be assigned during August marching band camp sectionals on Tuesday and Wednesday. Each auditionee must sign-up on the form IN PERSON.

If you are not a member of the marching band but plan to be part of either ensemble, please email Sharie Owens or call 817-257-7640 to be assigned an audition time. Times are available on a first come, first served basis and are limited only to the times allocated on Saturday, August 18 for each instrument.

Links to the excerpts are provided below. In addition to the excerpts, all 12 scales and chromatic must be prepared to perform from memory. Sight reading will be utilized when there is a tie for ensemble placement or as requested by the studio professor.

The TCU Jazz Ensemble Auditions will be held August 9, 16 & 19, 2018.

The audition process will follow the same format as previous years.  The prepared music for all instrumentalists is posted below. Please have this material prepared for your audition in August.

Additionally, you’ll be asked to sight-read and improvise if you want to be considered for a “jazz” chair in one of the ensembles. With the exception of drumset, ALL of the auditions will take place in Mr. Eckert’s studio – (Foster 006). Sign-ups will be posted near the band office the week of August 13th. Please make sure to sign up for an audition time. It is the directors’ intention to have the bands set and rehearsing on the first day of classes (Monday, August 20).

Audition Music

Auditions will consist of prepared music (see links), sight-reading and improvisation. ALL band scholarship students that play a jazz instrument are required to audition.

For questions regarding the TCU Jazz Auditions, contact Joe Eckert, Professor of Saxophone/Director of Jazz Studies.

IMPORTANT: All jazz ensembles meet Monday-Wednesday-Friday. Mr. Eckert’s band (first band) meets from 12:00-12:50 in the Band Hall (Walsh 104). Mr. Carter’s band (second band) meets in the Band Hall (Walsh 104) from 1:00-1:50. If the numbers support the formation of a complete third band, it will meet from 1:00-1:50 MWF in PepsiCo (Director TBA).

*Tentative Jazz Audition Schedule

*Please check back closer to the beginning of the school year for any changes in this audition schedule.

THURSDAY – August 9
Drumset audition in Walsh 103 (West Studio)
Time: TBD as part of full day audition

THURSDAY – August 16
All Brass Auditiond in in Eckert Studio (Foster 006)
Time: 12:00pm-5:00pm

SUNDAY – August 19
Saxophone and piano/bass/guitar auditions are in Eckert Studio (Foster 006)
10:00am – 3:00pm (Note change in time from what is listed in the newsletter and previously posted.)

MONDAY – August 20
First rehearsal for both bands – there may be call backs taking place during the first day’s rehearsal, so please have both time slots available.

This TCU Band Percussion Newsletter 2018 contains the audition material with links and information about auditioning for the TCU Drumline & Front Ensemble, Percussion Ensembles (Percussion Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Steel Bands), Concert Bands, Orchestra, and Jazz Ensembles for Fall 2018.

If you have any questions please contact Dr. Brian West or call the TCU Band Office 817.257.7640