Jazz Ensemble
JAZZ ENSEMBLE - Andrew Beckwith, Director

Auditions for the 2017-2018 Lockport HS Jazz Band(s) will take place on Monday, October 30th from 3:15-6:00 PM in the East Campus Band Conference Room. A signup sheet will be posted on Monday, October 16th. Interested students should sign up for the earliest available time and any large gaps in the schedule will be eliminated. Please see Mr. Beckwith with any questions.


Auditions Will Consist of the Following:

1. Birk’s Works by Dizzy Gillespie/Mike Tomaro - students should learn the prepared piece and will be asked to perform an excerpt of it.

2. F Blues Improvisation (optional, but highly encouraged, especially for those that would like to be considered for solo chairs in top ensemble) - students should use the play-along track posted on www.lockportbands.org/ensembles and be prepared to play several choruses of improvisation.

Rhythm Section Players should also prepare the following:

Piano, Vibes, & Guitar: Comp one chorus of F blues

Bass: Walk one chorus of F blues

Drumset: Play fast and slow swing, latin, swing and ballad with brushes, and funk grooves

The rehearsal schedule will be determined by student availability and the number of students that audition. The top ensemble will rehearse Mondays before Wind Symphony and one other day. If there is enough interest for two groups, the second group will rehearse one day per week.