Placement Audition Information and Requirements
Audition requirements for the Band program are as follows, and are based on the Howard County Instrumental Music Curriculum and the Maryland Music Educators Association State standards all of which are aligned with the newly adopted national standards:
Major scales will be selected from keys that may contain up to 4 sharps and flats.
Woodwinds, Keyboard Percussion -A minimum of two octaves are expected when in the range of the instrument
Brass – One octave scales are expected except for a chromatic scale (see below).
All Instruments – A minimum two octave chromatic scale of your choosing is expected
Students wanting to be considered for placement in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform the selected audition music.
If you auditioning for Concert Band, you may use selections from your current band music, solos, or private lesson material.
Sight Reading: Be prepared to sight read a short excerpt of music.
Important! Everyone who wants to play is accepted into the band program at Marriotts Ridge. There are no cuts!
Students who are not yet demonstrating basic performance skills , such as correct posture, hand position, tone production, rhythm and note reading, and basic scales may be placed in an Instrumental Ensemble class to reinforce these skills before placement in a performing group.
Important for Percussionists
§ All percussionists are expected to demonstrate note reading and keyboard percussion skills.
§ In order to be considered for Symphonic Wind Ensemble, you must demonstrate proficiency on snare drum, timpani, and keyboard percussion.
Important things to consider
§ Balance of instruments is crucial for the groups to achieve the proper band sound. We are experiencing a major shortage of brass players throughout Howard County.
§ Because of this shortage, students who play popular instruments like Flute, Saxophone, and Clarinet will have much more competition for spots in the top level performing groups.
§ Everyone who has the desire to play, and is willing to honor their responsibilities and rehearsal commitments will be accepted into the band program, BUT if you play a popular instrument, you may want to consider switching.
§ If you are willing to work at it and practice, it is never to late to consider a switch.
§ Instruments that are needed include French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Oboe, and Bassoon.
§ During your audition, please let me know if you would consider switching instruments.
§ If you learn to play one of these needed instruments, you will have much more opportunity to advance as you progress through the Band program at Marriotts Ridge.
§ Although not required, private instruction is strongly recommended on all instruments, especially students wishing to play in Symhonic Wind Ensemble and want the GT Wind Ensemble credit