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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 KiB451
JDCRO Audition Scales Alto Saxophone47.6 KiB398
Vehicle Instrumental Alto Saxophone 184.6 KiB383
Baritone Horn
Get Ready Baritone Horn57.0 KiB326
JDCRO Audition Scales Baritone Horn46.0 KiB313
Vehicle Instrumental Baritone Tuba68.7 KiB365
Baritone Saxophone
Get Ready Baritone Sax56.5 KiB340
JDCRO Audition Scales Baritone Saxophone47.1 KiB312
Vehicle Instrumental - Baritone Saxophone80.3 KiB390
Bass Clarinet
Get Ready Bass Clarinet In Bb59.3 KiB362
JDCRO Audition Scales Bass Clarinet48.9 KiB362
Vehicle Instrumental Bass Clarinet In Bb72.5 KiB329
Bass Guitar
Get Ready Electric Bass57.2 KiB354
JDCRO Audition Scales Bass Guitar45.6 KiB298
Vehicle Instrumental Bass Guitar83.2 KiB370
Get Ready Violoncello56.7 KiB337
JDCRO Audition Scales Cello46.1 KiB355
Vehicle Instrumental Violoncello69.7 KiB352
Get Ready Clarinet 257.3 KiB396
JDCRO Audition Scales Clarinet48.4 KiB430
Vehicle Instrumental Clarinet 180.5 KiB473
Drum Set
Get Ready Drum Set52.2 KiB503
JDCRO Audition Rudiments149.5 KiB370
Vehicle Instrumental Drum Set88.4 KiB396
Get Ready Flute57.8 KiB354
JDCRO Audition Scales Flute47.6 KiB374
Vehicle Instrumental Flute75.8 KiB379
Get Ready - Electric Guitar76.2 KiB352
JDCRO Audition Scales Guitar45.4 KiB381
Vehicle Instrumental Guitar127.6 KiB410
Get Ready - Harp51.6 KiB479
JDCRO Audition Scales Harp46.2 KiB312
Vehicle Instrumental - Harp67.8 KiB287
Horn in F
Get Ready French Horn56.9 KiB328
JDCRO Audition Scales Horn In F46.3 KiB365
Vehicle Instrumental - French Horn83.4 KiB354
Get Ready Piano61.1 KiB349
JDCRO Audition Scales Piano47.5 KiB313
Vehicle Instrumental Rock Organ Piano94.2 KiB318
Keyboard Percussion
Get Ready Keyboard Percussion59.0 KiB333
JDCRO Audition Scales Keyboard Percussion46.0 KiB337
Vehicle Instrumental Keyboard Percussion74.4 KiB390
Get Ready Oboe56.9 KiB330
JDCRO Audition Scales Oboe45.4 KiB322
Vehicle Instrumental Oboe Violin 271.9 KiB296
String Bass
Get Ready Double Bass56.1 KiB291
JDCRO Audition Scales String Bass46.5 KiB341
Vehicle Instrumental String Bass69.1 KiB346
Tenor Saxophone
Get Ready Tenor Sax57.1 KiB371
JDCRO Audition Scales Tenor Saxophone47.9 KiB319
Vehicle Instrumental Tenor Saxophone81.1 KiB589
Get Ready Trombone59.0 KiB295
JDCRO Audition Scales Trombone46.0 KiB287
Vehicle Instrumental Trombone76.2 KiB522
Get Ready Trumpet 256.3 KiB416
JDCRO Audition Scales Trumpet48.3 KiB355
Vehicle Instrumental Trumpet In Bb76.6 KiB972
Get Ready Tuba57.5 KiB353
JDCRO Audition Scales Tuba45.8 KiB292
Vehicle Instrumental Tuba68.7 KiB658
Get Ready Viola56.8 KiB331
JDCRO Audition Scales Viola46.6 KiB407
Vehicle Instrumental Viola75.7 KiB297
Get Ready Violin 256.9 KiB313
JDCRO Audition Scales Violin46.0 KiB307
Vehicle Instrumental Violin 176.2 KiB351
Vocalist - Female
Gravity Lead Vocal85.9 KiB329
Gravity Words5.1 KiB448
Love Story Lead Vocals109.5 KiB366
Vocalist - Male
Hey Jude Lead Vocals93.7 KiB662
Jump - Van Halen Lead Vocal85.4 KiB546


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