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 and the performance.
Music Requirements for the Live Audition:
  1. A full range chromatic scale slurred up and tongued down. Quarter Note MM=120. Memorization is not required.
  2. 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.
  3. Sections of the required etudes/solos listed below.
  4. Sight reading

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. Play the entire "Badinerie" movement (p. 19) with repeats. 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 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) play complete 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 "Plus lent".

B♭ 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) to (1) (mm. 57-75), skip to p.3 beginning at the 7th measure of (3) and continuing to (4) (mm. 134-154). 2nd movement, Adagio: p. 9, play from (B) to (D) (mm. 34-55). 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♭ 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) and play complete Allegro (no repeats).

E♭ and B♭ 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♭ Cornet and Trumpet
Concert Etude, Opus 49, by Alexander Goedicke. Hal Leonard (HL00121835): Play from the beginning 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, Allegro; play m.1 to m.5 and m.76 to downbeat of m.131. As indicated, quarter note MM-112.

Trombone and Euphonium
Andante et allegro, J. Guy-Ropartz, arr. by A. Shipiro (Carl Fischer CU573): Andante m.3-35, Allegro m.52-72, and Brilliante m.168-193 (end).

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 are encouraged to audition in all three areas, but are required to audition in two of three areas in order to be eligible for the district band.

The Solo Timpanist by Vic Firth, published by Carl Fischer (04402): Etude X (10), p. 21, play entire etude, quarter note MM=112. Etude XI (11), p. 23, play entire etude, dotted half note MM=69

Masterpieces For Marimba, arr. by Thomas McMillan, Pro Art Publications (PR0BK01202): Sonata by Archangelo Corelli pp. 16-17, play entire solo.

Snare Drum
Portraits in Rhythm, Anthony J. Cirone, 50 Studies for Snare Drum (Belwin Mills, HAB00101): Exercise #13, p. 15, play all with repeats. Exercise #4, p. 6, play all.
Alex McMahon
Andover Central HS
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Andover, KS 67002
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Important Dates - HS Band
Oct. 11, 2021 - Mon
Audition Registration Deadline — HS Band, HS Orchestra
Oct. 24, 2021 - Sun
Audition Registration - Late Deadline #1 — HS Band, HS Choir, HS Orchestra
Oct. 30, 2021 - Sat
Send to SCKMEA Executive Director Larry Brownlee
Nov. 5, 2021 - Fri
Audition Registration - Late Deadline #2 — HS Band, HS Choir, HS Orchestra
Nov. 6, 2021 - Sat
Audition Registration - Late Deadline #3 — HS Band, HS Choir, HS Orchestra
Nov. 6, 2021 - Sat
District Auditions — HS Band, HS Choir, HS Orchestra
Goddard Eisenhower HS
Dec. 4, 2021 - Sat
Clinics & Concerts — HS Band, HS Orchestra, HS Choir
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