AUDITIONS - UNL Jazz Ensembles/Combos

JAZZ AUDITIONS

Audition information for Fall 2022 will be available by July 1. You can review audition information from past seasons below.
ALL INSTRUMENTS
  1. Download the etude for your instrument from the “UNLJO Audition Etudes” OneDrive folder. If you’re auditioning for a specific chair (e.g. lead trumpet, bass trombone), download that etude instead of the “section” etude for your instrument. Be sure to also read the specific requirements for your instrument, listed below.
  2. Fill out the online UNLJO Audition Form. Students who audition for Jazz Orchestra will automatically be considered for Big Band. You should do this prior to signing up for your audition time.
  3. Sign up for a 5-minute audition time on the Jazz Ensembles Audition Signup. You should sign up no later than 12 hours prior to the time you're requesting – if you're signing up fewer than 12 hours before your requested time, please contact Greg Simon (gsimon4@unl.edu) to confirm that time remains available. If you are unable to attend an in-person audition during those two days, please contact Greg Simon or Bryan Canonigo (bcanonigo2@unl.edu) to make arrangements for a digital audition. You will still be expected to complete your audition by Tuesday, January 18.


WIND PLAYERS

Your audition will involve the following:

  • Perform the UNLJO Audition Etude in its entirety.
  • If you would like to be considered for a solo chair, improvise 2 choruses of Bb blues along with a playalong recording.


PIANO

Your audition will involve the following:

  • Perform the UNLJO Audition Etude as follows: from A to C, play the melody in the right hand while comping in the left hand. From C to the end, comp with both hands (as if the melody is being played by a horn player).
  • Improvise 2 choruses of Bb blues along with a playalong recording.


GUITAR

Your audition will involve the following:

  • Perform the UNLJO Audition Etude as written.
  • Comp a full chorus of the UNLJO Audition Etude as follows: from A to C, comp Freddie Green-style. From C to the end, comp in any style of your choosing.
  • OPTIONAL: Improvise 2 choruses of Bb blues along with a playalong recording.


 BASS
 

Your audition will involve the following:

  • Perform the UNLJO Audition Etude as follows: From A to C, play the melody as written.
  • From C to the end, improvise a walking bass line.
  • OPTIONAL: Improvise 2 choruses of Bb blues along with a playalong recording.


DRUMS

Your audition will involve the following:

  • Perform the UNLJO Audition Etude. Play swing for the entire form, using the melody as "drum figures" and adding fills where appropriate.
  • Play 8-16 bars of at least 3 of the following groups (your choice):  samba, bossa nova, waltz, shuffle, straight-8th hip-hop, Dilla, shuffle funk, rock, one style of your choice. 


UNL Jazz Combo Audition Requirements

ALL INSTRUMENTS

If you audition for Jazz Orchestra/Big Band, that audition will count as your audition for Jazz Combos as well. If you would like to be considered for combos only, you will be asked to do the following:

  • Wind/strings players, piano, guitar, bass, vibraphone, voice: Perform a blues head of your choice in any key, and improvise a 1-chorus blues solo.
  • Drums: Play 8-16 bars of at least 3 of the following groups (your choice): samba, bossa nova, straight-8th hip-hop, Dilla, shuffle funk, rock, one style of your choice.