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 This site is devoted to the Niceville High School band program.  Inside is information about the Eagle Pride marching band, concert and jazz bands, auxiliaries and percussion ensemble and the Band Boosters. Our instrumental music faculty is committed to making the NHS program a model for the southeast.  We invite you to take a look at our accomplishments, the scope of our program, and future opportunities to see our ensembles in performance.

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Audition Requirements for Jazz Band

There is a place for students of all skill levels in the Jazz Program at Niceville. All students interested in participating at any level are encouraged to audition. Auditions are required for placement in Jazz 1. Students who audition and are not selected for Jazz 1 will be placed in Jazz 2. Also, any students who are registered for Jazz but choose to not audition, will be placed in Jazz 2.

Auditions will be held on Monday, May 22 between 3:00 and 4:00 pm. in the Niceville Bandroom.

Students will sign-in upon arrival and play on a first come, first served basis during the time blocks for each instrument type. The schedule of times is tentative. Please plan to be flexible. Once you are done playing, you are free to leave.  Results will be posted on the band web site at a later date.  

Audition requirements will be as follows:

Students auditioning for Jazz 1 must play 3 choruses of improvised Bb Blues over the recorded track in addition to the requirements below. Download the Bb blues track here.

Winds (Saxes, Trumpet, and Trombone):

  • 7 Blues scales with arpeggios (2 minute time limit – 5 points per octave)

  • Jazz excerpt Stellar*, Measures 1-32, with the recorded accompaniment track.
  • Sight Reading

Piano, Guitar, Bass:

  • 7 Blues scales with arpeggios (2 minute time limit – 5 points per octave)

  • Jazz excerpt Stellar*, Measures 1-32, with the recorded accompaniment track.
    • Play once through solo as written.
    • Play once through walking/comping over the changes.
  • Sight Reading

Drums:

  • Applicant must demonstrate rhythmic and “groove” competency in the following musical styles: Moderate Swing, “Double Time” Swing, Funk/Rock, and Bossa Nova. Lessons on the styles are available at the following link.

  • Jazz excerpt Stellar*, Measures 1-32, with the recorded accompaniment track.
    • Play once through solo as written.
    • Play once through fill/comping over the changes.
  • Sight Reading

*The printed parts and audio files for the excerpt will be available on the Band website or by contacting Mr. Adams as noted below. The audio files are in mp3 format. You may listen to the audio file on your computer, or use your computer to transfer the track to an mp3 player. The solo and backgrounds are on the track labeled "with solo."  For your audition you will be playing the solo only with the background track. You can practice by using the link labeled "w/o solo." 

If you have questions or concerns about the Jazz auditions or to receive materials by email, please contact Mr. Adams at AdamsJ2@mail.okaloosa.k12.fl.us or by phone at the Band Office at 833-4261.

Blues Scales (.pdf) Excerpt Music (.pdf) Excerpt Audio (.mp3)
Alto & Bari Sax Alto & Bari Sax* Alto/Bari Sax with solo w/o solo
Tenor Sax Tenor Sax* Tenor Sax with solo w/o solo
Trumpet Trumpet* Trumpet with solo w/o solo
Trombone Trombone* Trombone with solo w/o solo
Piano Piano* Piano with solo w/o piano
Guitar Guitar* Guitar with solo w/o solo
Bass Bass Bass with solo w/o solo
  Drums Drums with solo w/o solo

*Parts are included in the .pdf file of all parts. Scroll down and find the part you need and print the appropriate page(s) from the file.

 

 

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