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Northwest Missouri State University

2017-18 Audition Materials for Jazz Ensembles

Auditions for the Fall, 2017 Jazz Ensemble and Studio Jazz Ensemble will be held on Sunday, August 27 and Monday, August 28. A sign-up sheet will be posted outside FA 116 the week prior to auditions.

  1. Click on the pdf file for your instrument below; prepare all pages.
  2. Other required material for all instruments includes:
    1. Major scales (multiple octaves whenever possible/appropriate; NO ARPEGGIOS)
    2. Improvisation is optional. If you wish to be considered as a soloist, prepare some concert F Blues (
    3. Jazz drum-set auditions will take place either in FA 1 or FA 116. In addition to the audition music posted, please be prepared to play the following grooves: slow swing, bossa nova, jazz waltz, fast swing, and samba.

If you wish to audition for the Northwest Jazz Combo, this audition will be separate from the ensemble audition. Please prepare the following pieces (the head AND improvised…music available in The Real Book):

  1. “Scrapple from the Apple” (
  2. “Blue Bossa” (

Jazz Ensemble Audition Material for Fall 2017