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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. 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

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 KiB483
JDCRO Audition Scales Alto Saxophone47.6 KiB425
Vehicle Instrumental Alto Saxophone 184.6 KiB403
Baritone Horn
Get Ready Baritone Horn57.0 KiB349
JDCRO Audition Scales Baritone Horn46.0 KiB332
Vehicle Instrumental Baritone Tuba68.7 KiB386
Baritone Saxophone
Get Ready Baritone Sax56.5 KiB364
JDCRO Audition Scales Baritone Saxophone47.1 KiB332
Vehicle Instrumental - Baritone Saxophone80.3 KiB426
Bass Clarinet
Get Ready Bass Clarinet In Bb59.3 KiB390
JDCRO Audition Scales Bass Clarinet48.9 KiB387
Vehicle Instrumental Bass Clarinet In Bb72.5 KiB360
Bass Guitar
Get Ready Electric Bass57.2 KiB379
JDCRO Audition Scales Bass Guitar45.6 KiB320
Vehicle Instrumental Bass Guitar83.2 KiB409
Get Ready Violoncello56.7 KiB370
JDCRO Audition Scales Cello46.1 KiB382
Vehicle Instrumental Violoncello69.7 KiB382
Get Ready Clarinet 257.3 KiB417
JDCRO Audition Scales Clarinet48.4 KiB457
Vehicle Instrumental Clarinet 180.5 KiB525
Drum Set
Get Ready Drum Set52.2 KiB550
JDCRO Audition Rudiments149.5 KiB408
Vehicle Instrumental Drum Set88.4 KiB424
Get Ready Flute57.8 KiB387
JDCRO Audition Scales Flute47.6 KiB398
Vehicle Instrumental Flute75.8 KiB399
Get Ready - Electric Guitar76.2 KiB397
JDCRO Audition Scales Guitar45.4 KiB427
Vehicle Instrumental Guitar127.6 KiB475
Get Ready - Harp51.6 KiB528
JDCRO Audition Scales Harp46.2 KiB333
Vehicle Instrumental - Harp67.8 KiB304
Horn in F
Get Ready French Horn56.9 KiB355
JDCRO Audition Scales Horn In F46.3 KiB382
Vehicle Instrumental - French Horn83.4 KiB455
Get Ready Piano61.1 KiB384
JDCRO Audition Scales Piano47.5 KiB331
Vehicle Instrumental Rock Organ Piano94.2 KiB337
Keyboard Percussion
Get Ready Keyboard Percussion59.0 KiB371
JDCRO Audition Scales Keyboard Percussion46.0 KiB359
Vehicle Instrumental Keyboard Percussion74.4 KiB501
Get Ready Oboe56.9 KiB352
JDCRO Audition Scales Oboe45.4 KiB346
Vehicle Instrumental Oboe Violin 271.9 KiB314
String Bass
Get Ready Double Bass56.1 KiB310
JDCRO Audition Scales String Bass46.5 KiB366
Vehicle Instrumental String Bass69.1 KiB372
Tenor Saxophone
Get Ready Tenor Sax57.1 KiB398
JDCRO Audition Scales Tenor Saxophone47.9 KiB344
Vehicle Instrumental Tenor Saxophone81.1 KiB614
Get Ready Trombone59.0 KiB328
JDCRO Audition Scales Trombone46.0 KiB304
Vehicle Instrumental Trombone76.2 KiB591
Get Ready Trumpet 256.3 KiB454
JDCRO Audition Scales Trumpet48.3 KiB376
Vehicle Instrumental Trumpet In Bb76.6 KiB1120
Get Ready Tuba57.5 KiB376
JDCRO Audition Scales Tuba45.8 KiB312
Vehicle Instrumental Tuba68.7 KiB860
Get Ready Viola56.8 KiB355
JDCRO Audition Scales Viola46.6 KiB431
Vehicle Instrumental Viola75.7 KiB314
Get Ready Violin 256.9 KiB328
JDCRO Audition Scales Violin46.0 KiB334
Vehicle Instrumental Violin 176.2 KiB382
Vocalist - Female
Gravity Lead Vocal85.9 KiB350
Gravity Words5.1 KiB481
Love Story Lead Vocals109.5 KiB398
Vocalist - Male
Hey Jude Lead Vocals93.7 KiB707
Jump - Van Halen Lead Vocal85.4 KiB807


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