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Thanks for your interest in auditioning for the UW-L Jazz Ensembles.
This page contains everything you need to know about the audition process.

Audition Dates for Fall 2016

Tuesday, Sept. 6
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Winds (sax, trumpets, trombones)
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Rhythm section (piano, guitar, bass, drums)
5:30 p.m. -7:00 p.m. Winds
Wednesday, Sept. 7
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Winds
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 (reserved for students with prior time conflicts)


1.  Download the file for your instrument.

2.  Prepare the music to the best of your abilities, the suggested tempo is marked as medium swing, however perform the selection at the tempo in which you sound the best.

3. Play with a steady tempo in the appropriate style with good jazz articulations.

4. In addition to the excerpt:
a. Brass play a Bb concert scale in 16th notes to demonstrate range.
b. Saxes play a Bb concert scale slurred in 16th notes.
c. Drums will be asked to play in other common styles (Samba, Bossa Nova, Funk, R&B) as well as various swing tempos.

5. Sight read a short example of Big Band music.

Improvisation is optional  but required for a jazz (solo) chair. Improvisors should play on one of the following: blues in F, G, Bb, or Rhythm Changes.

Sign up for an audition time on K. Quinn's office door - Room 133 CFA
The audition will take about 10 minutes.

Click on your instrument below to download
a PDF file of the music.

Brass players select the part that is best for your range.

 Jazz Band Rehearsal Schedule

Jazz Ensemble meets on Mon., Wed, and Fri. from 11:00 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.
Jazz Orchestra meets on Tue and Thurs. 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ;  and Fri 3:20 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.
For assistance with class conflicts, contact Ms. Quinn.

Rehearsals for both bands will begin on Friday, September 9, 2016.

If you have questions or concerns, or just want to talk jazz, call anytime or stop by the week before classes.

Ms. Karyn Quinn
Center for the Arts, Room 133
Office: 608.785.6727
Cell: 608.780.3189
Email: kquinn@uwlax.edu