NMU Jazz Auditions

Fall Semester 2018 Jazz Auditions

Tuesday, August 28


in the NMU Band Room

(Thomas Fine Arts  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.**

  1. 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.

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

    • Saxes, Trumpets, and Trombones
      • Please completely prepare measures 151-183 of the excerpt for your instrument (below).  The excerpt should be played at performance tempo - click HERE to listen to a recording.
    • Rhythm Section Instruments (Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums, Vibes, etc.)


  1. You will be expected to perform a jazz standard of your own choice (be prepared to sing this piece both on your own and with accompaniment - I will provide a recorded accompaniment). 

  2. You will also be asked to improvise (scat) for one chorus of a 12-bar blues (with recorded accompaniment).