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Fall Semester 2017 Auditions

Fall Semester auditions for Jazz Ensembles are fast approaching! Audition day/time information will be announced soon. You will be able to sign up for auditions by visiting our online signup page. Auditions will be held in Duerksen Fine Arts Center B114.

Drumset players onlyyour auditions will be scheduled individually with Steve Hatfield. Please contact WSU Drumset Professor Steve Hatfield to set up your time directly. Please do download the "Blue Whale Boulevard" excerpt to prepare for your audition.

When you audition, you'll be asked to fill out an audition information card, and perform one prepared excerpt: (Into Somewhere for horns, and Blue Whale Boulevard for rhythm). All instruments may elect to improvise over the prepared tunes (second chorus), but it is not required. You'll also be asked to sightread two other short excerpts, and that's it! You'll have about 30 seconds to look at each before you sightread. Auditions will be blind. 

Please visit the following pages to download Into Somewhere for your instrument. You are welcome to transpose the octave if there is anything out of range for your instrument. Saxophonists, you may be placed on Alto, Tenor, or Bari. You are expected to provide doubles when called for. Trumpets, you can expect to be called upon to perform on flugel during the year. The director can help you arrange to check out an instrument if necessary.

Bb Instruments
Eb Instruments
Bass Clef Instruments
hythm Instruments

Our auditions are emphasizing sightreading, which IS possible to practice. The only way to practice sightreading is to do it every day. Find your real book and start going through tunes you've never played, check out a jazz etude book from the library, or google away to find jazz charts and transcribed solos. If you work on sightreading every day, you will improve. For more thoughts and resources on sightreading, please visit the following links, and good luck!

Sightreading 1
Sightreading 2
Sightreading 3

2016 Wichita Jazz Festival and WSU Jazz Invitational


Information on the 2016 Wichita Jazz Festival and 2016 WSU Jazz Invitational is now up! Come check out Denton, TX based Fundamental on Thursday night and the Joe Lovano Quartet on Saturday night at Roxy's Downtown!

Victor Wooten Residency

3/6/15 - We had a terrific time with Victor Wooten this weekend! He spent all day working with both Jazz Arts Ensemble I and two of our combos, Agave Democracy and First To Leave. He had great things to say to all the groups and was very gracious with his time. He then gave a spectacular concert Friday evening, playing mostly solo but also inviting our Percussion Professor Jerry on to stage, as well as WSU Jazz faculty Mark Foley and Jordan Bollig to finish the show. Enjoy some photos from the day!

Guest Artists

We're excited to announce an impressive and diverse array of artists to visit the Jazz Studies department this year! Included on the schedule are saxophonist Russell Haight, the Dan Haerle Quartet (from North Texas), bassist Victor Wooten, hornist Adam Unsworth, and vocalist Ariel Pocock. Please see the Calendar page to check out our guests for the 2014-2015 schoolyear!