Jazz Placement Auditions

 

Everyone is encouraged to audition (music majors and non music majors).

 

Rhythm Section Auditions (guitar, piano, bass, and drums)


Prepared piece is “Cheryl” (pdf’s available in treble clef or bass clef)

OSU Jazz rhythm section auditions will occur on Tuesday, August 17 at 7pm in GSM 110. If you want to play in a big band or combo, you must attend this audition. 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 7pm with your lead sheet for “Cheryl”. 

 

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 “Cheryl” 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 “Cheryl” (bass clef version of Cheryl).

 

Guitarists: A guitar amp will be set up for you. You will need to bring your guitar, instrument cable, and lead sheet for “Cheryl” (treble clef version of Cheryl). 

 

Pianists: A Steinway grand piano will be set up for you. You will only need to bring your lead sheet for “Cheryl” (treble clef version of Cheryl).

 

Piano, Guitar, Bass, and Drums auditions will all use “Cheryl” as the prepared excerpt. This Charlie Parker tune is a twelve bar blues in C. 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 “Cheryl” (12-bar blues in C) 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 “Cheryl”, you will be given a short section of a big band chart to sight read. If you are only interested in playing in a jazz combo (not big band), then you will not be asked to sight read. 

 

Jazz Saxophone Auditions

Saxophone excerpt 
Jazz saxophone auditions will occur MondayAugust 16, 7pm-8:30pm in my office (GSM 407). If you want to play in a big band or combo, you must attend this audition. I will hear you individually on your main saxophone. Doubling on flute and/or clarinet is encouraged though not required. I will have a piece ready for you to sight read on flute and/or clarinet if you want to play flute and/or clarinet. Improvising is also encouraged though not required. For those wanting to improvise at the audition, I will have a stereo system ready to play any song from the iRealPro jazz standard library. In addition to the prepared excerpt (link above), you will be given a short piece to sight read. The signup sheet is now posted on my office door (GSM 407); please come by and sign up for an audition time slot at your convenience.  

 

Jazz Trumpet Auditions

Trumpet excerpt 
Jazz trumpet auditions will occur on WednesdayAugust 18 starting at 7pm in GSM 110. If you want to play in a big band or combo, you must attend this audition. I will hear you individually for approximately five minutes. Please prepare the trumpet excerpt for your audition. You will also be given a short piece to sight read. Improvising is also encouraged though not required. For those wanting to improvise at the audition, I will have a stereo system ready to play any song from the iRealPro jazz standard library. The signup sheet is now posted on my office door (GSM 407); please come by and sign up for an audition time slot at your convenience.  

 

Jazz Trombone Auditions

Tenor trombone excerpt
Bass trombone excerpt
Jazz trombone auditions will occur on WednesdayAugust 18 starting at 8:15pm in GSM 110. If you want to play in a big band or combo, you must attend this audition. I will hear you individually for approximately five minutes. Please prepare the tenor trombone excerpt or bass trombone excerpt for your audition. You will also be given a short piece to sight read. Improvising is also encouraged though not required. For those wanting to improvise at the audition, I will have a stereo system ready to play any song from the iRealPro jazz standard library. The signup sheet is now posted on my office door (GSM 407); please come by and sign up for an audition time slot at your convenience.  
 

Registration Information

Jazz Orchestra; JAZZ 3610/5610 (CRN 66309 undergraduate / 66313 graduate) meets MWF 2:30-3:20 in GSM 407.
Jazz Ensemble; JAZZ 3620/5620 (CRN 66310 undergraduate / 66314 graduate) meets MWF 11:30-12:20 in GSM 407.
Jazz Combo; JAZZ 4600/5600 (CRN’s will be assigned); meeting times to be determined. Combos meets twice weekly for one hour. Combos rehearse on weekday evenings. 

First rehearsals for both Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble will occur Friday, August 20 in GSM 110.

 

Jazz Combos

If you would like to play in a jazz combo, you will need to attend the Combo Meeting on August 19 at 7pm in GSM 110. 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.

 

Jazz Forum (every Wednesday)

Each Wednesday, in GSM 110, 1:50pm-2:20pm, OSU Jazz will feature performances from students and combos. All University students are invited to attend these free public performances. The first Jazz Forum will occur 8/18 and will feature the OSU Jazz Faculty Sextet (Dr. Howard Potter – vibraphone; Brian Belanus – guitar; Dr. Jack Helsley – bass; Bill Repavich – drums; Tommy Poole – saxophones).

 

Jazz Class Piano

If you would like to learn how to play jazz piano, consider registering for JAZZ 1221 Jazz Class Piano (CRN 71120). Offered every fall semester.

 

Jazz Theory I

If you would like to learn how to improvise jazz, consider registering for JAZZ 4002 Jazz Theory I (CRN 64891). Offered every fall semester.

 

Jazz Styles and Analysis

For those who have already taken Jazz Theory I & II, consider registering for JAZZ 4972 Jazz Styles and Analysis (CRN 71121). Offered every fall semester.

 

Jazz Lessons

For jazz wind instrument private lessons with Dr. Tommy Poole (sax, trumpet, trombone, etc), JAZZ 3010 (CRN 65665)

For jazz bass private lessons with Dr. Jack Helsley, JAZZ 3010 (CRN 65670)

For guitar private lessons with Prof. Brian Belanus, JAZZ 3010 (CRN 65669)

For jazz drums private lessons with Prof. Bill Repavich, JAZZ 3010 (CRN 65671)

For jazz mallet private lessons with Dr. Howard Potter, JAZZ 3010 (CRN 65666)