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Do I need to audition?


Any music student (band, orchestra, or vocal) in grades 7-12 who wishes to rehearse with the group can join without an audition. However, an audition is required to perform at gigs.

Students who have not yet passed an audition to perform are Junior Musicians.  Junior musicians rehearse with the group and can request an audition whenever they are ready to become a performing member.

Note: To be a performing member, students only need to pass an audition one time, not every year.

JoeyDCares-66In addition, if a student plays an instrument but wants to sing or play a different instrument, that student will need to audition as if they were a Junior Musician on that second instrument (or voice).

There may be special cases where at the director’s discretion a student may play another instrument without auditioning.


Adults are encouraged to join and participate as volunteer adult musicians. Any adult musician may rehearse with the group after  registering to volunteer and submitting the required forms. To begin performing, adult members need to learn the music in the current set list AND confer with the director to make sure he is satisfied with the adult’s level of play.

Audition Instructions

General Instructions for All Students

Woodwind, Brass, String, Keyboard, Guitar, and Bass Guitar Instructions

  • Scales: Students will perform a chromatic scale and one octave of two major scales for his/her instrument to be selected by the adjudicators from the scales listed on the audition scale sheet.
    • All scales must be played from memory.
    • All wind scales are to be played ascending and descending.
  • Prepared Pieces: Students must prepare Vehicle by Ides of March and Get Ready by The Temptations. They will be asked to play a portion of each song at the audition.

  • Sight-reading: A short sight-reading excerpt will be presented to the student by the adjudicators in the audition room.

Drum Set Instructions

  • Students must bring their own sticks. Drum set will be provided, unless the student would prefer to bring their own.
  • Snare Drum
    • Students will perform a long multiple-bounce roll from pp to ff and back to pp in approximately 20 seconds.
    • Two rudiments will be chosen by the adjudicator from the online rudiment sheet. Eight to ten repetitions of the rudiment are sufficient.
  • Prepared Pieces: Students must prepare Vehicle by Ides of March and Get Ready by The Temptations. They will be asked to play a portion of each song at the audition.
  • A short sight-reading excerpt will be presented to the student by the adjudicators in the audition room.

Vocalists Instructions

  • Required songs
    • Female vocalists will sing Gravity by Sarah Bareilles AND Love Story by Taylor Swift.
    • Male vocalists will sing Hey Jude by The Beatles AND Jump by Van Halen.
    • Students will have live piano accompaniment provided by the JDCRO for these required songs, or they may sing a capella; however, at least one song must be performed with piano accompaniment.
  • A third piece chosen by the auditioning person showing their vocal range will also be judged. Ideally, the third piece should be a song that is not in the orchestra’s set list. For the third song, students can bring a karaoke track on an iPod for accompaniment, can perform a capella, or may have live piano accompaniment. If using JDCRO’s piano accompanist for the third song, JDCRO must receive the piano music (with chords) from the auditionee no less than 1 week prior to the audition.

Audition Music

Alto Saxophone
Get Ready Alto Sax58.8 KiB426
JDCRO Audition Scales Alto Saxophone47.6 KiB372
Vehicle Instrumental Alto Saxophone 184.6 KiB372
Baritone Horn
Get Ready Baritone Horn57.0 KiB313
JDCRO Audition Scales Baritone Horn46.0 KiB300
Vehicle Instrumental Baritone Tuba68.7 KiB338
Baritone Saxophone
Get Ready Baritone Sax56.5 KiB326
JDCRO Audition Scales Baritone Saxophone47.1 KiB296
Vehicle Instrumental - Baritone Saxophone80.3 KiB370
Bass Clarinet
Get Ready Bass Clarinet In Bb59.3 KiB343
JDCRO Audition Scales Bass Clarinet48.9 KiB332
Vehicle Instrumental Bass Clarinet In Bb72.5 KiB314
Bass Guitar
Get Ready Electric Bass57.2 KiB331
JDCRO Audition Scales Bass Guitar45.6 KiB286
Vehicle Instrumental Bass Guitar83.2 KiB350
Get Ready Violoncello56.7 KiB317
JDCRO Audition Scales Cello46.1 KiB326
Vehicle Instrumental Violoncello69.7 KiB330
Get Ready Clarinet 257.3 KiB368
JDCRO Audition Scales Clarinet48.4 KiB418
Vehicle Instrumental Clarinet 180.5 KiB449
Drum Set
Get Ready Drum Set52.2 KiB481
JDCRO Audition Rudiments149.5 KiB343
Vehicle Instrumental Drum Set88.4 KiB367
Get Ready Flute57.8 KiB331
JDCRO Audition Scales Flute47.6 KiB349
Vehicle Instrumental Flute75.8 KiB354
Get Ready - Electric Guitar76.2 KiB316
JDCRO Audition Scales Guitar45.4 KiB352
Vehicle Instrumental Guitar127.6 KiB373
Get Ready - Harp51.6 KiB389
JDCRO Audition Scales Harp46.2 KiB299
Vehicle Instrumental - Harp67.8 KiB275
Horn in F
Get Ready French Horn56.9 KiB315
JDCRO Audition Scales Horn In F46.3 KiB340
Vehicle Instrumental - French Horn83.4 KiB318
Get Ready Piano61.1 KiB333
JDCRO Audition Scales Piano47.5 KiB300
Vehicle Instrumental Rock Organ Piano94.2 KiB307
Keyboard Percussion
Get Ready Keyboard Percussion59.0 KiB314
JDCRO Audition Scales Keyboard Percussion46.0 KiB310
Vehicle Instrumental Keyboard Percussion74.4 KiB339
Get Ready Oboe56.9 KiB308
JDCRO Audition Scales Oboe45.4 KiB300
Vehicle Instrumental Oboe Violin 271.9 KiB286
String Bass
Get Ready Double Bass56.1 KiB279
JDCRO Audition Scales String Bass46.5 KiB314
Vehicle Instrumental String Bass69.1 KiB329
Tenor Saxophone
Get Ready Tenor Sax57.1 KiB346
JDCRO Audition Scales Tenor Saxophone47.9 KiB308
Vehicle Instrumental Tenor Saxophone81.1 KiB562
Get Ready Trombone59.0 KiB278
JDCRO Audition Scales Trombone46.0 KiB275
Vehicle Instrumental Trombone76.2 KiB481
Get Ready Trumpet 256.3 KiB400
JDCRO Audition Scales Trumpet48.3 KiB344
Vehicle Instrumental Trumpet In Bb76.6 KiB930
Get Ready Tuba57.5 KiB341
JDCRO Audition Scales Tuba45.8 KiB281
Vehicle Instrumental Tuba68.7 KiB598
Get Ready Viola56.8 KiB318
JDCRO Audition Scales Viola46.6 KiB388
Vehicle Instrumental Viola75.7 KiB288
Get Ready Violin 256.9 KiB297
JDCRO Audition Scales Violin46.0 KiB297
Vehicle Instrumental Violin 176.2 KiB327
Vocalist - Female
Gravity Lead Vocal85.9 KiB298
Gravity Words5.1 KiB432
Love Story Lead Vocals109.5 KiB338
Vocalist - Male
Hey Jude Lead Vocals93.7 KiB630
Jump - Van Halen Lead Vocal85.4 KiB485


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