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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 KiB386
JDCRO Audition Scales Alto Saxophone47.6 KiB406
Get Ready Alto Sax58.8 KiB456
Baritone Horn
JDCRO Audition Scales Baritone Horn46.0 KiB316
Get Ready Baritone Horn57.0 KiB329
Vehicle Instrumental Baritone Tuba68.7 KiB370
Baritone Saxophone
JDCRO Audition Scales Baritone Saxophone47.1 KiB317
Get Ready Baritone Sax56.5 KiB344
Vehicle Instrumental - Baritone Saxophone80.3 KiB396
Bass Clarinet
Vehicle Instrumental Bass Clarinet In Bb72.5 KiB338
JDCRO Audition Scales Bass Clarinet48.9 KiB367
Get Ready Bass Clarinet In Bb59.3 KiB368
Bass Guitar
JDCRO Audition Scales Bass Guitar45.6 KiB303
Get Ready Electric Bass57.2 KiB358
Vehicle Instrumental Bass Guitar83.2 KiB376
Get Ready Violoncello56.7 KiB342
Vehicle Instrumental Violoncello69.7 KiB361
JDCRO Audition Scales Cello46.1 KiB363
Get Ready Clarinet 257.3 KiB400
JDCRO Audition Scales Clarinet48.4 KiB433
Vehicle Instrumental Clarinet 180.5 KiB488
Drum Set
JDCRO Audition Rudiments149.5 KiB376
Vehicle Instrumental Drum Set88.4 KiB401
Get Ready Drum Set52.2 KiB507
Get Ready Flute57.8 KiB364
JDCRO Audition Scales Flute47.6 KiB378
Vehicle Instrumental Flute75.8 KiB383
Get Ready - Electric Guitar76.2 KiB358
JDCRO Audition Scales Guitar45.4 KiB392
Vehicle Instrumental Guitar127.6 KiB419
Vehicle Instrumental - Harp67.8 KiB290
JDCRO Audition Scales Harp46.2 KiB316
Get Ready - Harp51.6 KiB509
Horn in F
Get Ready French Horn56.9 KiB332
JDCRO Audition Scales Horn In F46.3 KiB368
Vehicle Instrumental - French Horn83.4 KiB383
JDCRO Audition Scales Piano47.5 KiB315
Vehicle Instrumental Rock Organ Piano94.2 KiB322
Get Ready Piano61.1 KiB358
Keyboard Percussion
JDCRO Audition Scales Keyboard Percussion46.0 KiB339
Get Ready Keyboard Percussion59.0 KiB341
Vehicle Instrumental Keyboard Percussion74.4 KiB405
Vehicle Instrumental Oboe Violin 271.9 KiB297
JDCRO Audition Scales Oboe45.4 KiB328
Get Ready Oboe56.9 KiB336
String Bass
Get Ready Double Bass56.1 KiB292
JDCRO Audition Scales String Bass46.5 KiB345
Vehicle Instrumental String Bass69.1 KiB352
Tenor Saxophone
JDCRO Audition Scales Tenor Saxophone47.9 KiB324
Get Ready Tenor Sax57.1 KiB378
Vehicle Instrumental Tenor Saxophone81.1 KiB596
JDCRO Audition Scales Trombone46.0 KiB288
Get Ready Trombone59.0 KiB302
Vehicle Instrumental Trombone76.2 KiB527
JDCRO Audition Scales Trumpet48.3 KiB356
Get Ready Trumpet 256.3 KiB424
Vehicle Instrumental Trumpet In Bb76.6 KiB984
JDCRO Audition Scales Tuba45.8 KiB294
Get Ready Tuba57.5 KiB355
Vehicle Instrumental Tuba68.7 KiB681
Vehicle Instrumental Viola75.7 KiB299
Get Ready Viola56.8 KiB335
JDCRO Audition Scales Viola46.6 KiB411
JDCRO Audition Scales Violin46.0 KiB308
Get Ready Violin 256.9 KiB314
Vehicle Instrumental Violin 176.2 KiB358
Vocalist - Female
Gravity Lead Vocal85.9 KiB333
Love Story Lead Vocals109.5 KiB369
Gravity Words5.1 KiB454
Vocalist - Male
Jump - Van Halen Lead Vocal85.4 KiB595
Hey Jude Lead Vocals93.7 KiB670


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