Auditions

Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band

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When: Auditions will take place throughout the spring semester and must be completed no later than Saturday, May 9, 2020.

The following audition options are available for students who have already been accepted to Texas A&M:

  • Audition on the morning of your second day of your spring “Spend the Night with the Corps” program
  • Audition on one of three audition dates – February 8, 2020;  April 4, 2020;  and May 9, 2020.
  • Audition by special appointment if you are unable to attend one of the first two options

 

Where: Music Activities Center on the campus of Texas A&M University

What to play: Prospective cadets will be asked to play a prepared piece of music and demonstrate their sight-reading skills. Students should come prepared on the audition music. For a PDF copy of the audition music, click here. Sight-reading skills will be assessed by hearing students sight-read a march.

Instruments: It is recommended that you bring personal instruments to the audition but instruments will be provided if needed.

When will I know if I’m accepted: Acceptance into the Aggie Band will be based on audition results and availability of positions in each section. Notification of acceptance will take place after the May 9th deadline.

To schedule an audition:

You can request an audition by completing the audition form. Once the form is completed, you will be contacted by a Ms. Haven. If you have audition or other questions, you may contact Ms. Susan Haven at band@tamu.edu or 979.845.3529.

 

Wind Symphony, Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band and Concert Band

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When: Auditions should take place in the late spring (May or later) or early summer prior to the student’s New Student Conference. Many students who cannot make an extra trip to College Station find that the afternoon before their conference begins is an ideal time to audition. Current TAMU students should audition prior to registering for classes for the semester they wish to join.

Where: Music Activities Center

What to play: Audition material is selected by the student and should include two contrasting excerpts which exhibit both technical facility and lyrical qualities. Students should prepare approximately two minutes of each style. Percussionists should prepare three selections: one each on timpani, snare and mallets. Sight-reading is also included in the audition process for all instruments. No scales are required.

To schedule an audition:  You can request an audition by completing the audition form. Once the form is completed, you will be contacted by a director. If you have audition or other questions, you may contact Mr. Russell Tipton at rtipton@tamu.edu or 979.845.3529.

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When: Freshmen should audition while they are on campus for their New Student Conference. Current TAMU students should audition prior to registering for classes for the semester they wish to join.

WhereMusic Activities Center

What to play:

• Wind players should prepare 4 Major scales in concert Bb, F, Eb and Ab through the comfortable range of the instrument. Students should prepare one medium swing tempo or faster selection and one ballad or Latin style selection. Students may use region jazz etudes, melodies from standard jazz tunes, or transcribed jazz solos that demonstrate style, musicality and technique on the instrument. For lead player auditions, one piece may be performed to a play along accompaniment to include improvisation.

• Guitar / Piano players should prepare major scales covering the range of the instrument and demonstrate 4 basic chord types: major, minor, augmented, and diminished. Students should prepare 2 jazz tunes demonstrating melody and comping techniques in 2 contrasting jazz styles. One or both pieces may be performed to a play along accompaniment to include improvisation.

• Bass players must be proficient reading bass music and chord progressions. Bass players should prepare major scales through the range of the instrument. Students should also prepare two choruses of a blues selection or one chorus of a 32 bar jazz standard utilizing walking quarter note bass lines. The audition will also include sight-reading a quarter note bass line and a more rhythmically challenging funk bass line.

• Drummers should have some previous fundamental drum set experience or training. Students should be prepared to demonstrate specific drumming abilities for playing time and improvising fills in various styles of jazz music including medium or up–tempo swing, basic Latin, and rock or funk. The audition will also include sight-reading a simple big band style kick chart.

To schedule an audition: You can request an audition by completing the audition form. Once the form is completed, you will be contacted by Mr. Hollar. If you have audition or other questions, you may contact Mr. Chris Hollar at chollar@tamu.edu or 979.845.3529.

 

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When: Auditions should take place in the late spring (May or later) or early summer prior to the student’s New Student Conference. Many students who cannot make an extra trip to College Station find that the afternoon before their conference begins is an ideal time to audition. For current A&M students, auditions should take place prior to registering for classes for the semester you wish to join. Please note these auditions are for string players only. Wind and percussion players interested in playing in the full orchestra should schedule a  band audition.

WhereMusic Activities Center

What to play: The audition will consist of two prepared excerpts and sight-reading. Students should prepare two excerpts, each about two minutes in length. One excerpt should be fast and technical in nature and the other slow and lyrical. Students choose their own audition material with many students using past etudes or solos. Violinists wishing to play 1st part should demonstrate their ability to play in 4th position and higher. The sight-reading material will be taken from music the orchestra will be performing in the upcoming academic year. No scales are required.

To schedule an audition: You can request an audition by completing the audition form. Once the form is completed, you will be contacted by Mr. Almany. If you have audition or other questions, you may contact  Mr. Travis Almany at talmany@tamu.edu or 979.845.3529.