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Do I need to audition?


Any music student (band, orchestra, or vocal) in grades 6-12 who wishes to rehearse with the group can join and rehearse with no audition.

An audition or rehearsal based evaluation is only required to perform at gigs.

  • Those wishing to perform at gigs can request a traditional audition any time after joining.
  • Alternatively, for students who have been coming to rehearsals consistently for 9-12 months, the director may skip the more formal audition and instead listen to the student play in a rehearsal setting to evaluate their readiness for gigs.

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

Note: To be a performing member, students only need to pass an audition/evaluation 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. Adults do not normally have a formal audition. To begin performing, adult members need to learn the music in the current set list and confer with the director to make sure he agrees the adult is ready to perform with the group.

Audition Instructions

General Instructions for All Students

  • Audition music for each instrument can be found below.
  • Auditions are usually held during a normally scheduled rehearsal time and use a standard Audition Scoring Sheet.
  • When you are ready to audition or if you have questions, contact Mr. Dundore at
  • If you have been coming to rehearsals consistently for 9-12 months, you may skip the more formal audition; instead, the director can listen to you play in a rehearsal setting to see if you are ready for performances.

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 KiB494
JDCRO Audition Scales Alto Saxophone47.6 KiB436
Vehicle Instrumental Alto Saxophone 184.6 KiB413
Baritone Horn
Get Ready Baritone Horn57.0 KiB356
JDCRO Audition Scales Baritone Horn46.0 KiB338
Vehicle Instrumental Baritone Tuba68.7 KiB392
Baritone Saxophone
Get Ready Baritone Sax56.5 KiB371
JDCRO Audition Scales Baritone Saxophone47.1 KiB339
Vehicle Instrumental - Baritone Saxophone80.3 KiB435
Bass Clarinet
Get Ready Bass Clarinet In Bb59.3 KiB397
JDCRO Audition Scales Bass Clarinet48.9 KiB393
Vehicle Instrumental Bass Clarinet In Bb72.5 KiB367
Bass Guitar
Get Ready Electric Bass57.2 KiB385
JDCRO Audition Scales Bass Guitar45.6 KiB327
Vehicle Instrumental Bass Guitar83.2 KiB421
Get Ready Violoncello56.7 KiB381
JDCRO Audition Scales Cello46.1 KiB388
Vehicle Instrumental Violoncello69.7 KiB390
Get Ready Clarinet 257.3 KiB425
JDCRO Audition Scales Clarinet48.4 KiB464
Vehicle Instrumental Clarinet 180.5 KiB533
Drum Set
Get Ready Drum Set52.2 KiB556
JDCRO Audition Rudiments149.5 KiB417
Vehicle Instrumental Drum Set88.4 KiB431
Get Ready Flute57.8 KiB394
JDCRO Audition Scales Flute47.6 KiB405
Vehicle Instrumental Flute75.8 KiB405
Get Ready - Electric Guitar76.2 KiB403
JDCRO Audition Scales Guitar45.4 KiB432
Vehicle Instrumental Guitar127.6 KiB489
Get Ready - Harp51.6 KiB533
JDCRO Audition Scales Harp46.2 KiB338
Vehicle Instrumental - Harp67.8 KiB310
Horn in F
Get Ready French Horn56.9 KiB361
JDCRO Audition Scales Horn In F46.3 KiB388
Vehicle Instrumental - French Horn83.4 KiB466
Get Ready Piano61.1 KiB393
JDCRO Audition Scales Piano47.5 KiB339
Vehicle Instrumental Rock Organ Piano94.2 KiB346
Keyboard Percussion
Get Ready Keyboard Percussion59.0 KiB383
JDCRO Audition Scales Keyboard Percussion46.0 KiB365
Vehicle Instrumental Keyboard Percussion74.4 KiB509
Get Ready Oboe56.9 KiB357
JDCRO Audition Scales Oboe45.4 KiB352
Vehicle Instrumental Oboe Violin 271.9 KiB319
String Bass
Get Ready Double Bass56.1 KiB315
JDCRO Audition Scales String Bass46.5 KiB370
Vehicle Instrumental String Bass69.1 KiB377
Tenor Saxophone
Get Ready Tenor Sax57.1 KiB404
JDCRO Audition Scales Tenor Saxophone47.9 KiB348
Vehicle Instrumental Tenor Saxophone81.1 KiB620
Get Ready Trombone59.0 KiB342
JDCRO Audition Scales Trombone46.0 KiB310
Vehicle Instrumental Trombone76.2 KiB599
Get Ready Trumpet 256.3 KiB468
JDCRO Audition Scales Trumpet48.3 KiB386
Vehicle Instrumental Trumpet In Bb76.6 KiB1177
Get Ready Tuba57.5 KiB387
JDCRO Audition Scales Tuba45.8 KiB316
Vehicle Instrumental Tuba68.7 KiB869
Get Ready Viola56.8 KiB363
JDCRO Audition Scales Viola46.6 KiB436
Vehicle Instrumental Viola75.7 KiB321
Get Ready Violin 256.9 KiB336
JDCRO Audition Scales Violin46.0 KiB341
Vehicle Instrumental Violin 176.2 KiB389
Vocalist - Female
Gravity Lead Vocal85.9 KiB355
Gravity Words5.1 KiB495
Love Story Lead Vocals109.5 KiB408
Vocalist - Male
Hey Jude Lead Vocals93.7 KiB715
Jump - Van Halen Lead Vocal85.4 KiB847


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