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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 KiB545
JDCRO Audition Scales Alto Saxophone47.6 KiB483
Vehicle Instrumental Alto Saxophone 184.6 KiB467
Baritone Horn
Get Ready Baritone Horn57.0 KiB415
JDCRO Audition Scales Baritone Horn46.0 KiB384
Vehicle Instrumental Baritone Tuba68.7 KiB438
Baritone Saxophone
Get Ready Baritone Sax56.5 KiB434
JDCRO Audition Scales Baritone Saxophone47.1 KiB384
Vehicle Instrumental - Baritone Saxophone80.3 KiB490
Bass Clarinet
Get Ready Bass Clarinet In Bb59.3 KiB462
JDCRO Audition Scales Bass Clarinet48.9 KiB443
Vehicle Instrumental Bass Clarinet In Bb72.5 KiB416
Bass Guitar
Get Ready Electric Bass57.2 KiB444
JDCRO Audition Scales Bass Guitar45.6 KiB373
Vehicle Instrumental Bass Guitar83.2 KiB479
Get Ready Violoncello56.7 KiB437
JDCRO Audition Scales Cello46.1 KiB431
Vehicle Instrumental Violoncello69.7 KiB445
Get Ready Clarinet 257.3 KiB472
JDCRO Audition Scales Clarinet48.4 KiB519
Vehicle Instrumental Clarinet 180.5 KiB586
Drum Set
Get Ready Drum Set52.2 KiB615
JDCRO Audition Rudiments149.5 KiB468
Vehicle Instrumental Drum Set88.4 KiB480
Get Ready Flute57.8 KiB445
JDCRO Audition Scales Flute47.6 KiB452
Vehicle Instrumental Flute75.8 KiB459
Get Ready - Electric Guitar76.2 KiB457
JDCRO Audition Scales Guitar45.4 KiB485
Vehicle Instrumental Guitar127.6 KiB551
Get Ready - Harp51.6 KiB584
JDCRO Audition Scales Harp46.2 KiB388
Vehicle Instrumental - Harp67.8 KiB358
Horn in F
Get Ready French Horn56.9 KiB413
JDCRO Audition Scales Horn In F46.3 KiB445
Vehicle Instrumental - French Horn83.4 KiB534
Get Ready Piano61.1 KiB448
JDCRO Audition Scales Piano47.5 KiB390
Vehicle Instrumental Rock Organ Piano94.2 KiB390
Keyboard Percussion
Get Ready Keyboard Percussion59.0 KiB446
JDCRO Audition Scales Keyboard Percussion46.0 KiB413
Vehicle Instrumental Keyboard Percussion74.4 KiB562
Get Ready Oboe56.9 KiB400
JDCRO Audition Scales Oboe45.4 KiB405
Vehicle Instrumental Oboe Violin 271.9 KiB365
String Bass
Get Ready Double Bass56.1 KiB370
JDCRO Audition Scales String Bass46.5 KiB418
Vehicle Instrumental String Bass69.1 KiB435
Tenor Saxophone
Get Ready Tenor Sax57.1 KiB456
JDCRO Audition Scales Tenor Saxophone47.9 KiB402
Vehicle Instrumental Tenor Saxophone81.1 KiB665
Get Ready Trombone59.0 KiB411
JDCRO Audition Scales Trombone46.0 KiB356
Vehicle Instrumental Trombone76.2 KiB655
Get Ready Trumpet 256.3 KiB525
JDCRO Audition Scales Trumpet48.3 KiB439
Vehicle Instrumental Trumpet In Bb76.6 KiB1354
Get Ready Tuba57.5 KiB450
JDCRO Audition Scales Tuba45.8 KiB362
Vehicle Instrumental Tuba68.7 KiB943
Get Ready Viola56.8 KiB413
JDCRO Audition Scales Viola46.6 KiB484
Vehicle Instrumental Viola75.7 KiB374
Get Ready Violin 256.9 KiB398
JDCRO Audition Scales Violin46.0 KiB386
Vehicle Instrumental Violin 176.2 KiB431
Vocalist - Female
Gravity Lead Vocal85.9 KiB402
Gravity Words5.1 KiB596
Love Story Lead Vocals109.5 KiB451
Vocalist - Male
Hey Jude Lead Vocals93.7 KiB772
Jump - Van Halen Lead Vocal85.4 KiB994


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