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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 KiB521
JDCRO Audition Scales Alto Saxophone47.6 KiB461
Vehicle Instrumental Alto Saxophone 184.6 KiB441
Baritone Horn
Get Ready Baritone Horn57.0 KiB384
JDCRO Audition Scales Baritone Horn46.0 KiB364
Vehicle Instrumental Baritone Tuba68.7 KiB418
Baritone Saxophone
Get Ready Baritone Sax56.5 KiB399
JDCRO Audition Scales Baritone Saxophone47.1 KiB365
Vehicle Instrumental - Baritone Saxophone80.3 KiB464
Bass Clarinet
Get Ready Bass Clarinet In Bb59.3 KiB424
JDCRO Audition Scales Bass Clarinet48.9 KiB421
Vehicle Instrumental Bass Clarinet In Bb72.5 KiB396
Bass Guitar
Get Ready Electric Bass57.2 KiB411
JDCRO Audition Scales Bass Guitar45.6 KiB353
Vehicle Instrumental Bass Guitar83.2 KiB449
Get Ready Violoncello56.7 KiB410
JDCRO Audition Scales Cello46.1 KiB414
Vehicle Instrumental Violoncello69.7 KiB418
Get Ready Clarinet 257.3 KiB452
JDCRO Audition Scales Clarinet48.4 KiB496
Vehicle Instrumental Clarinet 180.5 KiB559
Drum Set
Get Ready Drum Set52.2 KiB588
JDCRO Audition Rudiments149.5 KiB444
Vehicle Instrumental Drum Set88.4 KiB459
Get Ready Flute57.8 KiB425
JDCRO Audition Scales Flute47.6 KiB430
Vehicle Instrumental Flute75.8 KiB433
Get Ready - Electric Guitar76.2 KiB434
JDCRO Audition Scales Guitar45.4 KiB460
Vehicle Instrumental Guitar127.6 KiB521
Get Ready - Harp51.6 KiB562
JDCRO Audition Scales Harp46.2 KiB364
Vehicle Instrumental - Harp67.8 KiB338
Horn in F
Get Ready French Horn56.9 KiB390
JDCRO Audition Scales Horn In F46.3 KiB415
Vehicle Instrumental - French Horn83.4 KiB506
Get Ready Piano61.1 KiB425
JDCRO Audition Scales Piano47.5 KiB368
Vehicle Instrumental Rock Organ Piano94.2 KiB372
Keyboard Percussion
Get Ready Keyboard Percussion59.0 KiB414
JDCRO Audition Scales Keyboard Percussion46.0 KiB394
Vehicle Instrumental Keyboard Percussion74.4 KiB540
Get Ready Oboe56.9 KiB385
JDCRO Audition Scales Oboe45.4 KiB382
Vehicle Instrumental Oboe Violin 271.9 KiB345
String Bass
Get Ready Double Bass56.1 KiB341
JDCRO Audition Scales String Bass46.5 KiB397
Vehicle Instrumental String Bass69.1 KiB408
Tenor Saxophone
Get Ready Tenor Sax57.1 KiB432
JDCRO Audition Scales Tenor Saxophone47.9 KiB376
Vehicle Instrumental Tenor Saxophone81.1 KiB647
Get Ready Trombone59.0 KiB371
JDCRO Audition Scales Trombone46.0 KiB336
Vehicle Instrumental Trombone76.2 KiB625
Get Ready Trumpet 256.3 KiB497
JDCRO Audition Scales Trumpet48.3 KiB412
Vehicle Instrumental Trumpet In Bb76.6 KiB1266
Get Ready Tuba57.5 KiB423
JDCRO Audition Scales Tuba45.8 KiB343
Vehicle Instrumental Tuba68.7 KiB908
Get Ready Viola56.8 KiB392
JDCRO Audition Scales Viola46.6 KiB462
Vehicle Instrumental Viola75.7 KiB351
Get Ready Violin 256.9 KiB367
JDCRO Audition Scales Violin46.0 KiB366
Vehicle Instrumental Violin 176.2 KiB414
Vocalist - Female
Gravity Lead Vocal85.9 KiB382
Gravity Words5.1 KiB549
Love Story Lead Vocals109.5 KiB433
Vocalist - Male
Hey Jude Lead Vocals93.7 KiB741
Jump - Van Halen Lead Vocal85.4 KiB925


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