All County Jazz Band Student Information

Auditions: Saturday, January 7th, 2017 (9:00am – 12:30pm) at Hommocks Middle School
130 Hommocks Rd. Larchmont, NY10538
(Note: these are first-come, first serve, unscheduled auditions.)

Download the student jazz application here

Audition snow date:
Monday, January 9th
(3:30pm to 7:00pm)

Rehearsal #1
Wednesday, February 8th
(Snow Date Thurs., Feb.9th)


Rehearsal #2
Tuesday, March 21st
(Snow Date Wed. March 22nd)

Rehearsal #3
Wednesday, March 22nd
(Snow Date Thurs., March 23rd)

Friday, March 24th, 2017
(Open Clinic for students at 6:30pm….TBD)


(NOTE: Every part of the Jazz festival (audition, rehearsals, & concert) will be held at Hommocks Middle School in Larchmont)



Students auditioning must be able to commit to the entire Jazz Festival ScheduleStudents in grades 9-12 and members in good standing in their school band are eligible to participate.

  • The school music teacher must be a member of WCSMA and is responsible for signing and submitting all applications.
  • Students already selected for Conference All-State Jazz Ensemble are NOT automatically selected for the All-County Ensemble. They must fill out the Student Application AND AUDITION for placement.
  • If selected, students must attend all rehearsals/performances and agree that they will not be committed to events inside or outside of their school building on the rehearsal dates. Failure to comply will result in removal from the festival. No exceptions.
  • Fill out a student application for an audition. Do not audition if you cannot commit to all the above rehearsal dates and times, including the Snow Dates.
  • All student applications must be postmarked by December 16th, 2016.
  • Auditions are heard on a first-come, first-serve basis. Arrive early to get out early.  You will not be assigned a particular time.


All Jazz auditions will consist of the following:

1.)  SOLO (all instruments): Prepare one of the following: Any Jazz solo from the NYSSMA Manual Volume XXVIII, Level V or VI or Solo Transcriptions by:

Charlie Parker [“Ominbook”], Clifford Brown, Hank Mobley, Sonny Stitt, Stan Getz, Kenny Dorham, Freddie Hubbard, John Coltrane, etc.  We want to encourage students to learn [transcribe] solos by jazz artists.  Any student who wishes to use a solo they have transcribed, must bring an audio recording of the solo!

Or One Selection From: Jazz Conception, by Jim Snidero. Advance Music, 1999. (not the Easy Jazz Conception book) Available at:

Sam Ash Music Stores
178 Mamaroneck Ave
White Plains, NY 10601-5301
(914) 949-8448 (1-800-345-6296)

(If you have questions about whether a particular solo will qualify, please contact or have your Band Director contact James Mullen. (

2.SIGHT READING (all instruments): Manuscript supplied at site. Guitar and piano players will sight read written melodic lines as well as chord progressions with symbols. Bass players will sight read written lines as well as chord symbols without a bass line.

3.IMPROVISATION (except drum set): Improvisation is recommended, but not required. It is suggested that applicants who choose to improvise refer to the NYSSMA Jazz improvisation requirements for levels III-VI found in the NYSSMA Manual, Edition 31. In addition, tracks from the Jamey Aebersold Volume 21, Nothing But the Blues, may be used. Cassette and CD playback equipment will be supplied. Students must provide their own CD’s.

Students not wishing to improvise will be asked to perform major scales. Students with good section playing skills are encouraged to audition even if they do not wish to improvise.

Drum set (In addition to your prepared Solo and 1 and 2 above): In a style chosen by the adjudicator, students will be asked to play 4 measures of time followed by 4 measures of solo, and an extended solo of 30 seconds. Students will also be asked to demonstrate 4 measures of time (quarter note = 80 – 200) in swing, Latin (salsa/Cuban, samba, bossa nova), jazz waltz, rock/funk, and ballad (with brushes).

Amplifiers and drum set will be provided.

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