1. 2018-19 BALLARD BANDS AUDITION INFORMATION

Join us at BHS to hear more about the entire Ballard Performing Arts Programs at
Incoming 9th Grade Music Meeting  June 19th,  7:00 pm

Concert Band
All Freshmen are automatically placed into this class.  There is no audition necessary to enroll in the Concert Band.   

Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble – 
Freshmen may audition for these bands if they would like to. If you plan to audition, go to Sign-Up Genius at https://goo.gl/TwwiB6 to find available times.
              1)  Play 9 one-octave Major Scales in 8thnotes (Quarter Note = 120 bpm)

2)    Play at least a two-octave chromatic scale (up anddown) at a steady and quick pace.

3)    Perform the provided excerpt(s) for yourinstrument.  Pay close attention to tempomarkings, articulation, dynamics, and other musical markings.

4)    Sight-read a short excerpt.

Link to audition excerpt(s) HERE

Jazz Bands –
Jazz Band Auditions will take place on August 21-23 from 11am-3pm.  
If you plan to audition, go to Sign-Up Genius at https://goo.gl/KbRfRs to find available times.

Auditions will consist offour parts:

1)    Play at least a two-octave chromatic scale (up and down) at a steady and quick pace.

2)    Perform 1-minute of anything you would like to playthat demonstrates your jazz style and technique

3)    A prepared excerpt, where you play the head of a tune and then improvise over the changes. Choose one of the tunes from links below or pick your own.

4)  Sight-reading

Links to audition pieces B-flat    Bass Clef  E-flat  Treble Clef

Jazz Drumset -
Jazz Band Auditions will take place on August 21-23 from 11am-3pm.  
If you plan to audition, go to Sign-Up Genius at https://goo.gl/KbRfRs to find available times.

  1. You will be asked to play Swing and Latin Styles at various tempos
  2. Be prepared to alternate between time and fills
  3. Be prepared to ‘set up’ ensemble hits on different beats of the bar
  4. Sight-Read

Percussion –  
Percussion/Drumline auditions will take place on June 19.th from 4:00-5:40pm.  If you plan to audition, go to Sign-Up Genius at https://goo.gl/zFBMdN to find available times.   Link to audition excerpt(s) HERE
For jazz band drummers, please see the info under Jazz Band


If you have any questions at all,please do not hesitate to email Mr. James at mijames@seattleschools.org


Ballard High School

1418 Northwest 65th Street, Seattle WA  98117

Ballard Performing Arts Booster Club  

PO Box 17774, Seattle, WA  98127

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