NMU Jazz Auditions

Winter Semester 2016 Jazz Auditions

Tuesday, January 12


in the NMU Band Room (TFA 252)


Please click HERE to sign up for an audition.

(Whenever possible, please sign up for the next available time slot.)




All Instruments

**Please note: Guitar and bass amps, vibes, piano, & drumset will be provided for rhythm section players.  Please bring your own cables, mallets, sticks, brushes, etc.**

  • SCALES:  All 12 major scales (one octave) around the circle of 4ths + a chromatic scale through the range of your instrument.  Scales should be played in eighth notes at a minimum tempo of quarter note=100.  Please play the scales straight (i.e. Don't swing!).  In lieu of scales, drummers will be asked to play several different grooves in various tempos. Styles will include (but will not necessarily be limited to) swing, bossa, samba, funk, & different brush techniques.

  • SIGHT READING & IMPROVISATION:  A short excerpt will be provided at the audition.

  • PREPARED PIECE:  Please click on your instrument below to view and/or download the required excerpt for your instrument.  For your audition, you should be prepared to perform this excerpt from the beginning through measure 51 with a metronome (half note=110).  You can listen to this excerpt by clicking HERE


  • You will be expected to perform a jazz standard of your own choice (be prepared to sing this piece on your own or with recorded accompaniment).  You will also be asked to improvise (scat) for one chorus of a 12-bar blues (with recorded accompaniment).