HS Band
Wind & Percussion Audition Excerpts


Participation Eligibility Requirements
For a student to be eligible to audition for the SCKMEA Festival Band and Orchestra Winds/Percussion membership:
  1. The student's director must submit an online audition form and a printed form with payment to the SCKMEA Festival Manager for each student auditioning. This form must be submitted by the AUDITION FORM DEADLINE established by SCKMEA.
  2. The student must be deemed an eligible freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in good standing in their high school. The student must be enrolled in the instrumental ensemble at their high school to be eligible to audition for the SCKMEA Honor Bands/Orchestra at the time of auditions (Nov. 4) and the performance (Dec. 2).

Music Requirements for the Live Audition:
  • A full range chromatic scale, slurred up and tongued down. Quarter Note MM= 120. Memorization is not required.
  • One major scale, one octave, with up to 4 sharps or 4 flats. Quarter Note MM= 120. Slurred up and tongued down. Memorization is not required. All scales will start on the lowest possible starting note in the practical range. Each scale is non-transposed (i.e., if a trumpet player is asked to perform a C scale, they will be expected to perform a C scale on their instrument, not a C concert scale). The major scale for each instrument will be posted by the band chairperson on the morning of live auditions.
  • Sections of the required etudes/solos listed below.
  • Sight reading

Audition Excerpts

Concerto in C Major, Vivaldi, (RV443) published by International, #2782. Play entire Largo movement, no repeats.

Concerto in G, K313, Mozart, published by International (#1962). Play first movement, measures 31 (A) through 77. Second movement, measures 10 through 21.
Edit 5/16/2011: In the 16th measure of the second movement of the Concerto in G, the quarter note E should be an eighth note.

Sonata No. 1, G.F. Handel, published by Carl Fischer (CU-1385). Play all of the opening Adagio and the first Allegro.

48 Famous Studies for Bassoon, Op. 31, W. Ferling, ed. J. Thornton, published by Southern Music (B-242). Page 5, No. 7 in g minor. Play from the beginning of the Largo to the 4th line, stopping after the first count (G eighth note, eighth rest). Also, page 6, No. 8 in g minor. Allegro moderato con fuoco. Play from the beginning to the end of the 1st measure on the 6th line.

B-Flat Soprano Clarinet
Weber Concertino, Op. 26, Carl Maria von Weber, published by Carl Fischer. Play measures 10-36; measures 147-175; and measures 185-219. Stop on the eighth note F on beat 1 of measure 219. NOTE: Please use the following edition: CU724 (Cundy)
  1. Measure number 177 in the Carl Fischer edition (formerly a Cundy-Bettoney publication) contains an error which should be addressed. The first 6 notes should be written as sixteenth notes, and not as thirty-second notes.
  2. In measure number 212, on the "and of 5", the sixteenth note should be "F" not "E".
Bass and Contra Clarinet
Allegro Spiritoso, J.B. Senaille/Thurston, published by Southern Music (SU114). Play measures 2-56. No repeats.
NOTE: Please use the following edition: SU114 (in b-flat). This edition should be used for ALL BASS CLARINETS AND CONTRA-CLARINETS. Eb Contra should read the Bb part.

Saxophones (Alto, Tenor, Baritone)
Selected Studies for Saxophone, H. Voxman, published by Rubank. Page 19, D Major. Play from the beginning to the end of the 5th line. Page 7, F Major. Play the entire etude.

B-flat Cornet and Trumpet
Petite Piece Concertante, G. Balay, published by Kjos, edited by Buchtel. Play from the beginning through measure 58 and from measure 110 to the end.

French Horn
Concerto, Opus 8, Franz Strauss/Sansone, published by Southern Music (SS-352). Play letter A to letter B. Play letter D to letter G.
Edit Jan. 2, 2012: Please note that in the 21st measure after F the last four notes should be sixteenth notes.

Trombone and Euphonium
Contest Piece (Morceau de Concours), opus 57, G. Alary, published by Carl Fischer (CU-754). Play measures 7-23. Play measures 52-63. Play measures 111 to the end. For the TC Baritone use the Carl Fischer Repertoire Classics for Trumpet (WF114) ISBN 0- 8250-8279-6 (note changes in the TC part: The dynamics and the articulations are exactly the same as the original bass clef version except for the crescendo in measure 9 and measure 18 should be G,G,A,B,C instead of G,G,A#,B,C.)
NOTE: The written CONCERT "Eb" in measure 11 on beat two should be a CONCERT "F" in both the Bass Clef and Treble Clef Versions. Also, please note 24 measures from the end on beat three the written CONCERT "Bb" should be a CONCERT "C" in both the Bass Clef and Treble Clef Versions. Please perform both of these changes in your audition.

Suite for Tuba, Don Haddad, published by Shawnee Press (LA 66). Begin page 2 at letter H to the end of the first movement. Page 2, second movement from the beginning to the end of the 1st ending before letter D on page 3.

Percussionists must audition in two or more areas and only one payment is required. You are encouraged to audition in all three areas to increase your chances of qualifying for the ensembles.

Percussionists do not perform the wind instrument scale requirements listed in the "Music Requirements for the Live Audition" on page 1.

26 Etudes, The Solo Timpanist, Vic Firth, published by Carl Fischer (04402). Etude II: Play from the beginning through measure 38. Etude III: Play from the beginning through measure 22. Beginning of Etude III, M.M. dotted quarter= 69.

Snare Drum
Portraits in Rhythm, 50 Studies for Snare Drum, Anthony Cirone, published by Belwin Mills (HAB 101). Etude #11 on page 13: Play from the beginning to the downbeat of the second measure on the eighth line — stop on the first sixteenth note. Etude #6 on page 8: Play from the beginning to the end of the ninth line.

Masterpieces for Marimba, arr. Thomas McMillan, published by Belwin/Warner Bros. (PROBK 1202). Page 10 and 11: "Sonata" by Handel. Play from letter B to the end. No repeats.
Shawn Knopp
Tabor College
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Hillsboro, KS 67063
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Assistant Band Chair
Scott Taylor
Goessel High School
500 E Main St
Goessel, KS 67053