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 Executive Director 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 3rd) and the performance (Dec 1st).

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. Memorization is not required. Slurred up and tongued down. 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 chairpersons on the morning of live auditions.
  • Sections of the required etudes/solos listed below.
  • Sight reading

Audition Excerpts

Seven Sonatas and Preludes by G. F. Handel, Carl Fischer (CU149), Sonata No. III (pp. 6-7) Adagio, complete movement; Allegro, beginning to first note of Letter D.

"Polonaise and Badinerie" from Suite in B Minor by J.S. Bach in Concert and Contest Collection for C Flute; edited by H. Voxman, published by Hal Leonard. (HL04471610); Play the entire "Polonaise" movement (p. 18) without repeats. Begin the "Badinerie" movement (p. 19) at measure 16, beat 2 (B natural) and play to the end - no repeat. NOTICE: The edition of this music has been changed because of accessibility and cost. While there are many arrangements of this composition in circulation, judges at District and State auditions will use the articulations and dynamics indicated in this arrangement.

Sonata No. 2 by G. F. Handel, Carl Fischer (CU1385), Larghetto (p. 4) begin at Letter A and play to the end of the movement; Allegro (pp. 4-5) play from beginning to Letter D.

Premier Solo by E. Bourdeau, edited by Voxman, published by Rubank (04476934): Play from the beginning of the solo to the "Plus vite" on the 1st page. Skip to the last two notes of line 1 on the second page and play to the end of beat 1 of the last measure on line 6.

B-Flat Soprano Clarinet
Concerto for Clarinet in B-flat by Mozart, Op. 107, K. 622. Revised and arranged by Simeon Bellison (Carl Fischer, W1668). 1st movement, Allegro moderato: p.2, play from beginning (Solo, m.57) to (1, m.75), skip to p.3 beginning at the 7th measure of (3, m.134) and continue to the end of measure 147. 2nd movement, Adagio: p. 9, play from (B, m.34) to the end of measure 47. 3 measures before D in the Adagio Mvmt the F should be played as a D (added 11/7/2012). Use metronome markings as indicated. Corrections: Section B of the Adagio; 5th measure after (C), the next to last 16th note should be an F; 9th measure after (C), the last three 16th notes should be F, E, D; 10th measure after (C), the eighth note should be C.

B-flat Bass Clarinet
Concert and Contest Collection, Rubank/Hal Leonard (HL04471650), Divertissement in B-flat, F. J. Haydn (pp. 14-15), play complete Adagio (no repeats). Allegro - begin with the two pickup notes to measure 59 and play to the end (no repeats).

E-flat and B-flat Contra Bass Clarinet
Lamento by L. Bassi, edited by H. Voxman, published by Rubank (Hal Leonard 04476889), listed as a Bass Clarinet solo: start at the beginning, and play to Piu Mosso, five measures before (4).

Saxophones (Alto, Tenor, Baritone)
Sonata by Henri Eccles, arr. by Siguard Rascher, listed as an Alto Saxophone solo. (Theodore Presser 164-00047): Play all of movement one (I)-Largo. Play all of movement two (II)-Courante (no repeats). Play the entire measure with the high F# down one octave (Measure 16).

B-flat Cornet and Trumpet
Concert Etude, Opus 49, by Alexander Goedicke. Hal Leonard (HL00121835): Play from measure 8 (#1) to measure 28. Play from measure 32 (#3) and end on the first note of measure 60 (#6). Play the final note as a quarter note. Measure 40, 2nd and 3rd notes should be A and B (added 5/14/2015).

French Horn
Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Opus 11, Richard Strauss, publishers: International (1715) or Carl Fischer (Cu750): 1st movement, play measure 76 to the end of the first movement (Measure 131). As indicated, quarter note MM-112.

Trombone and Euphonium
Andante et allegro, J. Guy-Ropartz, arr. by A. Shipiro (Carl Fischer CU573): Andante - play from the beginning to the end of the 5th line (end on the "g"). Allegro - play from the beginning (line 7) to the three-measure rest on line 10 (end on the "d"). Skip to the "Brillante" section and play to the end of the solo (last 4 lines).

Baritone TC would audition on the trumpet version of Andante et allegro, J Guy-Ropartz, arr. By A Shipiro (Carl Fischer CU572)

Variations on the Theme of "Judas Maccabeus" by G.F. Handel, Ludwig Beethoven, arr. by William Bell (Carl Fischer, W1644). Variation III: play from the beginning (measure 9) to the rest (measure 16). Variation IV: play all.

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.

Masterpieces For Marimba, arr. by Thomas McMillan, Pro Art Publications (PR0BK01202): Sonata by Archangelo Corelli pp. 16-17. Start on the third line, last measure, final three notes and continue through the first note of the measure before B. Skip to letter C and play to the end.

The Solo Timpanist by Vic Firth, published by Carl Fischer (04402): Etude X (10), p. 21. Begin at measure 6 and play to the end of measure 20. Quarter note MM=112.

Etude XI (11), p. 23. Start at the beginning and play to the end of measure 27. Dotted half note MM=69

Snare Drum
Portraits in Rhythm, Anthony J. Cirone, 50 Studies for Snare Drum (Belwin Mills, HAB00101): Exercise #13, p. 15. Start at the "Allegro con brio" on the second line and play to the end of line 9. No repeats.

Exercise #4, p. 6. Start at the beginning of the third line and play through the first note on line 10.
Shawn Knopp
Tabor College
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Assistant Band Chair
Scott Taylor
Goessel High School
500 E Main St
Goessel, KS 67053