Participation in the WSU Concert Band and/or the Symphonic Wind Ensemble is by audition. Do not let the audition or audition requirements scare you or keep you from participating in a WSU Band. The audition process is a friendly and non-threatening process. Auditions generally are for band placement, either Concert Band or Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and for part assignment. The goal of the WSU Bands is to include every one and exclude no one. Fall semester auditions take place the first week of classes in August. Spring Semester auditions are arranged by contacting the Director of Bands (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Woodwinds and Brass- DFAC Room B104
Freshman and Transfer Students
Friday, August 14: 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Monday, August 17: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, August 18: 12 noon - 6:30 pm
Wednesday, August 19: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Percussion- DFAC Room C104
Wednesday, August 19: 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Woodwind and Brass
It is to the advantage of all students to prepare for auditions as outlined in item numbers 1,2,3 and 4 that follow. Item numbers 1,2,3 and 4 are required of all music majors and returning students. In the event that an incoming Freshman Student or Transfer Student does not have an etude or solo per item numbers 1 and 2, he/she may use band music previously played in high school in lieu of an etude or solo. All students are asked to prepare to the best of their ability.
1. Select a portion of an etude or solo that demonstrates lyrical musical ability. This should be a slow melody displaying beauty of tone and accuracy of pitch/intonation as well as displaying emotional playing and phrasing. (Approximate length: 3 minutes)
2. Select a portion of an etude or solo that demonstrates technical musical ability; a fast piece that displays technique (finger dexterity and speed, or slide flexibility) and includes articulated (tongued) and slurred passages. It is to the advantage of brass players to demonstrate the use of double and triple tonguing. (Approximate length: 3 minutes)
3. Prepare the chromatic scale at a slow tempo throughout the range of the instrument.
4. Prepare a concert B-flat scale at a slow tempo throughout the range of the instrument.
5. Sight-reading will be administered as part of the audition.
It is to the advantage of all students to prepare for auditions as outlined in item numbers 1 and 2 that follow. Item numbers 1 and 2 are required of all music majors and returning students. In the event that an incoming Freshman Student or Transfer Student does not have items available to preform at the audition, he/she may use band music previously played in high school. All students are asked to prepare to the best of their ability.
1. Prepare each of the following:
a. Xylophone, Marimba, or Vibraphone piece (Approximate length: 2 minutes)
b. Snare Drum piece (approximately 1 minute in length)
c. Timpani piece (approximately 1 minute in length)
2. Sight-reading will be asked
Sign up for an audition time on the Band Bulletin Board located outside of Duerksen Fine Arts Center room number B104. Allow 10 minutes prior to the audition to complete the on-line Band Personnel Information that will be available at the audition. Auditions will take approximately fifteen minutes.
Audition results will be posted at 12 Noon on Monday, August 24, on the Instrumental Ensembles Bulletin Board located outside of DFAC B104.