Jazz Ensemble

Auditions for the Bayonne High School Jazz Ensemble will be:


Monday, October 5th, 6-9pm

BHS Band Room (Door 22)


The ensemble is looking for the following instruments to audition:

Flute               Trumpet         Vibraphone               Bass (electric and upright)

Clarinet          Trombone     Guitar                         Drum set

Saxophone   Tuba               Piano


2015-2016 Performances will include:


Jazz Festivals throughout NJ and PA

2016 BHS Jazz Band Gala

Community Events

Winter and Spring BHS Concerts


**Rehearsals will be held Mondays 6pm-9pm and Wednesdays 5pm-7pm**


All instruments will audition on the following materials:


1) Repertoire

Big Band piece “American Patrol.”

Please listen to the following youtube videos when practicing:

  • exact arrangement- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb0D8BaguNw
  • professional recording-  https://www.youtube.com/watchv=sg_E4nw4alU


Flute/Vibraphone- American Patrol – Flute /Vibraphone

Alto Sax – American Patrol – AS

Tenor Sax/Clarinet – American Patrol – TS/Clar

Baritone Sax – American Patrol – BS

Trumpet – American Patrol – Trpt

Trombone –American Patrol – Trb

Tuba (trombone part. Play one octave lower) – American Patrol – Tuba

Piano – American Patrol – Piano

Guitar – American Patrol – Guitar

Bass – American Patrol – Bass

Drum Set – American Patrol – Drum Set


2) Scales

  • Concert Bb blues, swing style
  • Concert F blues, swing style
  • Chromatic scale, concert C to C

Jazz Audition Scale PDF –Jazz Audition Scales – Full Score


Drum Set – instead of scales, students will demonstrate a Samba pattern in time.  Watch the youtube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Dedj2zG5zk for a great lesson and example of a Samba groove with a few variations.

Samba Groove Sheet Music Drum Set Samba


3) Sight reading excerpt – student will be given 1 minute to look over a piece of music never seen, before playing for the judges.


4) Improvisation – Optional.  Student will improvise one, 12-bar concert Bb blues solo over the Jamey Aebersold rhythm track.  Student will listen to track for first chorus, then improvise over the second.

Bb Blues Scale Background Track


A sign-up sheet for audition time-slots will be posted in or outside the band room on Monday, September 28th.  Please put your name and instrument on the sign-up sheet to solidify an audition time between 6-9pm.”


If you have any questions about the audition material or jazz ensemble please email Ms. Kleinmann at kkleinmann@bboed.org.




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