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2022-2023 Placement/Auditions Information


Incoming Freshmen - All incoming Freshmen wind players are automatically placed into Concert Band class unless they wish to be considered for symphonic band or wind ensemble. There is no audition necessary to enroll in the Concert Band.

If you miss the deadlines, please reach out to Mr. Gillespie.


Symphonic band/wind ensemble audition(FRESHMEN):

-Play an etude or piece of music that demonstrates your strengths

-Place a video of you playing it in this drive by June 1st. If you missed this deadline email Mr. Gillespie.



Incoming Freshman should email Mr. Gillespie at if there are additional questions.

All incoming freshmen auditions are on Wednesday, June 8th after school.


Current Students

Auditions will be held the week of June 6th for students already at Ballard HS. All students playing wind instruments will receive copies of audition music in the next week and will audition during class June 6-9th. Copies of the audition material will also be available on Schoology. 


Percussion Students-

All percussionists should enroll in Percussion Ensemble. No audition is necessary to enroll. However, all percussion students, including freshmen, will be required to audition to determine placings for drumline. In addition to demonstrating double strokes and paradiddles, students will be asked to play from the attached audition materials.  This audition will be held in person after school at 3:30pm on Wednesday, June 8th. If unable to attend this audition students should email Mr. Gillespie at ASAP.


Students will need to sign up for audition slots here.


Ballard Jazz Lab Ensemble: No audition is required. All instruments and skill levels are welcome.


Ballard Big Band: Auditions for Big Band will be held at the beginning of next year. If students are interested in auditioning they can start preparing and practicing from this list of material over the summer. Audition material will be chosen from this list in addition to scales. All students are expected to learn their major, minor and dominant scales, be able to improvise over the play-alongs and be able to play through the bebop melodies. Please go over the material thoroughly and email Mr. Gillespie with any questions.


Incoming 9th graders don’t need to audition.  All incoming 9th graders who are sopranos or altos should be enrolled in Treble Choir and all incoming 9th graders who are tenors or basses should be enrolled in Concert Choir.  For any additional questions on auditions, please email Ms. Rowley at”


Students that want to audition for Symphonic or Chamber Orchestra need to contact me at to set up a time for an online audition (on teams or Zoom).  Students should be prepared to play something of their choice that demonstrates their abilities and also engage in a conversation with me about their skills and experience.  Otherwise, sign up for Concert Orchestra.

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