Dept. of Music, Jazz Studies
132 Seretean Center
Stillwater, OK 74078
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OSU Jazz rhythm section auditions will occur on Monday, August 19 at 12:30pm in the Seretean Concert Hall. For this audition, I will hear you play in combo format. There is no signup sheet for the rhythm section auditions. Everyone please arrive promptly at 12:30pm with your lead sheet for “Mohawk”. If you want to play in a big band or combo, you must attend this audition.
Drummers: Drums and cymbals will be set up for you so that all you have to do is show up. We will also take care of teardown. You’ll just need to bring your lead sheet for “Mohawk” and your sticks and brushes (if you also have brushes).
Bassists: A bass amp will be set up for you. You will need to bring your bass, instrument cable, and lead sheet for “Mohawk” (bass clef version of Mohawk).
Guitarists: A guitar amp will be set up for you. You will need to bring your guitar, instrument cable, and lead sheet for “Mohawk” (treble clef version of Mohawk).
Pianists: A Steinway grand piano will be set up for you.You will only need to bring your lead sheet for “Mohawk” (treble clef version of Mohawk).
Piano, Guitar, Bass, and Drums auditions will all use “Mohawk” as the prepared excerpt. This Charlie Parker tune is a twelve bar blues in Bb. Click here for a recording. Piano, guitar, and bass will play the melody in unison for two choruses, then comp and improvise over the chords for “Mohawk” (12-bar blues in Bb) for the remaining choruses. There is a pdf in bass clef as well as one in treble clef. Drummers can play time (swing) for the entirety of this portion of the audition.
In addition to “Mohawk”, you will be given a short section of a big band chart to sight read.
First rehearsals for both Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble will occur Friday, August 23.
If you would like to play in a jazz combo, you will need to attend the Combo Meeting on August 22 at 7pm in the Band Room (SCPA 118). Please bring your class schedules with you as we will be arranging meeting times. Please be prepared to be flexible in terms of scheduling. Jazz Combos will begin rehearsing during the second week of classes.
If you would like to learn how to improvise jazz, consider registering for JAZZ 4002/5002 Jazz Theory I (section 66600 undergraduate / 66400 graduate). Offered every fall semester.
For jazz wind instrument private lessons with Dr. Tommy Poole (sax, trumpet, trombone, etc), JAZZ 3010 (CRN 68564 trumpet/sax; CRN 68566 trombone)
For jazz bass private lessons with Dr. Jack Helsley, JAZZ 3010 (CRN 68569)
For guitar private lessons with Prof. Brian Belanus, JAZZ 3010 (CRN 68568)
For jazz drums private lessons with Prof. Bill Repavich, JAZZ 3010 (CRN 68570)
For jazz mallet private lessons with Dr. Howard Potter, JAZZ 3010 (CRN 68565)