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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
Vehicle Instrumental Alto Saxophone 184.6 KiB389
JDCRO Audition Scales Alto Saxophone47.6 KiB412
Get Ready Alto Sax58.8 KiB465
Baritone Horn
JDCRO Audition Scales Baritone Horn46.0 KiB320
Get Ready Baritone Horn57.0 KiB333
Vehicle Instrumental Baritone Tuba68.7 KiB375
Baritone Saxophone
JDCRO Audition Scales Baritone Saxophone47.1 KiB322
Get Ready Baritone Sax56.5 KiB347
Vehicle Instrumental - Baritone Saxophone80.3 KiB405
Bass Clarinet
Vehicle Instrumental Bass Clarinet In Bb72.5 KiB347
JDCRO Audition Scales Bass Clarinet48.9 KiB374
Get Ready Bass Clarinet In Bb59.3 KiB374
Bass Guitar
JDCRO Audition Scales Bass Guitar45.6 KiB308
Get Ready Electric Bass57.2 KiB364
Vehicle Instrumental Bass Guitar83.2 KiB382
Get Ready Violoncello56.7 KiB349
JDCRO Audition Scales Cello46.1 KiB369
Vehicle Instrumental Violoncello69.7 KiB372
Get Ready Clarinet 257.3 KiB404
JDCRO Audition Scales Clarinet48.4 KiB437
Vehicle Instrumental Clarinet 180.5 KiB497
Drum Set
JDCRO Audition Rudiments149.5 KiB384
Vehicle Instrumental Drum Set88.4 KiB409
Get Ready Drum Set52.2 KiB515
Get Ready Flute57.8 KiB375
JDCRO Audition Scales Flute47.6 KiB384
Vehicle Instrumental Flute75.8 KiB388
Get Ready - Electric Guitar76.2 KiB367
JDCRO Audition Scales Guitar45.4 KiB401
Vehicle Instrumental Guitar127.6 KiB431
Vehicle Instrumental - Harp67.8 KiB294
JDCRO Audition Scales Harp46.2 KiB322
Get Ready - Harp51.6 KiB514
Horn in F
Get Ready French Horn56.9 KiB341
JDCRO Audition Scales Horn In F46.3 KiB372
Vehicle Instrumental - French Horn83.4 KiB404
JDCRO Audition Scales Piano47.5 KiB320
Vehicle Instrumental Rock Organ Piano94.2 KiB325
Get Ready Piano61.1 KiB365
Keyboard Percussion
JDCRO Audition Scales Keyboard Percussion46.0 KiB347
Get Ready Keyboard Percussion59.0 KiB348
Vehicle Instrumental Keyboard Percussion74.4 KiB425
Vehicle Instrumental Oboe Violin 271.9 KiB302
JDCRO Audition Scales Oboe45.4 KiB333
Get Ready Oboe56.9 KiB340
String Bass
Get Ready Double Bass56.1 KiB295
JDCRO Audition Scales String Bass46.5 KiB350
Vehicle Instrumental String Bass69.1 KiB355
Tenor Saxophone
JDCRO Audition Scales Tenor Saxophone47.9 KiB332
Get Ready Tenor Sax57.1 KiB383
Vehicle Instrumental Tenor Saxophone81.1 KiB601
JDCRO Audition Scales Trombone46.0 KiB293
Get Ready Trombone59.0 KiB308
Vehicle Instrumental Trombone76.2 KiB536
JDCRO Audition Scales Trumpet48.3 KiB359
Get Ready Trumpet 256.3 KiB432
Vehicle Instrumental Trumpet In Bb76.6 KiB1012
JDCRO Audition Scales Tuba45.8 KiB300
Get Ready Tuba57.5 KiB359
Vehicle Instrumental Tuba68.7 KiB716
Vehicle Instrumental Viola75.7 KiB302
Get Ready Viola56.8 KiB340
JDCRO Audition Scales Viola46.6 KiB419
JDCRO Audition Scales Violin46.0 KiB311
Get Ready Violin 256.9 KiB317
Vehicle Instrumental Violin 176.2 KiB362
Vocalist - Female
Gravity Lead Vocal85.9 KiB337
Love Story Lead Vocals109.5 KiB373
Gravity Words5.1 KiB460
Vocalist - Male
Jump - Van Halen Lead Vocal85.4 KiB670
Hey Jude Lead Vocals93.7 KiB677


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