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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 KiB478
JDCRO Audition Scales Alto Saxophone47.6 KiB418
Vehicle Instrumental Alto Saxophone 184.6 KiB396
Baritone Horn
Get Ready Baritone Horn57.0 KiB342
JDCRO Audition Scales Baritone Horn46.0 KiB327
Vehicle Instrumental Baritone Tuba68.7 KiB381
Baritone Saxophone
Get Ready Baritone Sax56.5 KiB356
JDCRO Audition Scales Baritone Saxophone47.1 KiB327
Vehicle Instrumental - Baritone Saxophone80.3 KiB417
Bass Clarinet
Get Ready Bass Clarinet In Bb59.3 KiB385
JDCRO Audition Scales Bass Clarinet48.9 KiB381
Vehicle Instrumental Bass Clarinet In Bb72.5 KiB353
Bass Guitar
Get Ready Electric Bass57.2 KiB372
JDCRO Audition Scales Bass Guitar45.6 KiB314
Vehicle Instrumental Bass Guitar83.2 KiB397
Get Ready Violoncello56.7 KiB357
JDCRO Audition Scales Cello46.1 KiB376
Vehicle Instrumental Violoncello69.7 KiB377
Get Ready Clarinet 257.3 KiB411
JDCRO Audition Scales Clarinet48.4 KiB450
Vehicle Instrumental Clarinet 180.5 KiB513
Drum Set
Get Ready Drum Set52.2 KiB536
JDCRO Audition Rudiments149.5 KiB399
Vehicle Instrumental Drum Set88.4 KiB417
Get Ready Flute57.8 KiB382
JDCRO Audition Scales Flute47.6 KiB392
Vehicle Instrumental Flute75.8 KiB394
Get Ready - Electric Guitar76.2 KiB386
JDCRO Audition Scales Guitar45.4 KiB414
Vehicle Instrumental Guitar127.6 KiB462
Get Ready - Harp51.6 KiB520
JDCRO Audition Scales Harp46.2 KiB327
Vehicle Instrumental - Harp67.8 KiB299
Horn in F
Get Ready French Horn56.9 KiB349
JDCRO Audition Scales Horn In F46.3 KiB377
Vehicle Instrumental - French Horn83.4 KiB439
Get Ready Piano61.1 KiB375
JDCRO Audition Scales Piano47.5 KiB326
Vehicle Instrumental Rock Organ Piano94.2 KiB332
Keyboard Percussion
Get Ready Keyboard Percussion59.0 KiB361
JDCRO Audition Scales Keyboard Percussion46.0 KiB354
Vehicle Instrumental Keyboard Percussion74.4 KiB471
Get Ready Oboe56.9 KiB347
JDCRO Audition Scales Oboe45.4 KiB340
Vehicle Instrumental Oboe Violin 271.9 KiB309
String Bass
Get Ready Double Bass56.1 KiB302
JDCRO Audition Scales String Bass46.5 KiB359
Vehicle Instrumental String Bass69.1 KiB365
Tenor Saxophone
Get Ready Tenor Sax57.1 KiB391
JDCRO Audition Scales Tenor Saxophone47.9 KiB338
Vehicle Instrumental Tenor Saxophone81.1 KiB608
Get Ready Trombone59.0 KiB319
JDCRO Audition Scales Trombone46.0 KiB299
Vehicle Instrumental Trombone76.2 KiB568
Get Ready Trumpet 256.3 KiB445
JDCRO Audition Scales Trumpet48.3 KiB368
Vehicle Instrumental Trumpet In Bb76.6 KiB1078
Get Ready Tuba57.5 KiB368
JDCRO Audition Scales Tuba45.8 KiB306
Vehicle Instrumental Tuba68.7 KiB801
Get Ready Viola56.8 KiB346
JDCRO Audition Scales Viola46.6 KiB425
Vehicle Instrumental Viola75.7 KiB308
Get Ready Violin 256.9 KiB323
JDCRO Audition Scales Violin46.0 KiB324
Vehicle Instrumental Violin 176.2 KiB374
Vocalist - Female
Gravity Lead Vocal85.9 KiB344
Gravity Words5.1 KiB470
Love Story Lead Vocals109.5 KiB388
Vocalist - Male
Hey Jude Lead Vocals93.7 KiB697
Jump - Van Halen Lead Vocal85.4 KiB777


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