Fall 2017 Audition Information


PURDUE “ALL-AMERICAN” MARCHING BAND

Register for band camp, August 13-19, 2017 (Please note that you will not receive a confirmation email. Once you hit “submit,” we have received your information)

Click here to access audition etudes. Please email bandsinfo@purdue.edu for the password. 

Openings for Piccolo, Clarinet, Alto and Tenor Saxophone, Trumpet, Mellophone, Baritone, Trombone, Tuba, Snare Drum, Multi-Tenor, Bass Drum, Cymbals, Big Ten Flags, and Big Bass Drum Crew.

Brass, Woodwinds, and Drumline

  • How do I enroll in Marching Band? 
    • Enroll in Band 110 with your academic advisor during class registration.
  • When are marching auditions?
    • The entire week of band camp is part of the marching audition process.  All students auditioning for marching band are required to attend band camp.
  • When are music auditions?
    • Returning brass and woodwinds will audition April 3-April 14.
    • Incoming students, including drumline, will audition during the first day of band camp (August 13, 2017).

Have specific band camp questions? Contact bandsinfo@purdue.edu

Have specific drumline questions? Check out purduedrumline.com or contact Dr. Pamela Nave.

Auxiliaries (Twirlers, Color Guard, and Dance Team)

Register for band camp, August 13-19, 2017 (Please note that you will not receive a confirmation email. Once you have hit “submit,” we have received your information)

  • How do I enroll in Marching Band? 
    • Enroll in Band 110 with your academic advisor.
  • When are auditions?
    • Golden Silks Color Guard Clinic and Auditions: Audition information, here.
    • Golduster Dance Team Auditions: Audition information, here.
    • Auditions for Solo Twirlers and the All-American Twirling Team have already taken place for the 2017-2018 school year. The deadline to apply for a twirling position for the next year is January 1, 2018.

Contact Joy McEwen for information and questions regarding the Golduster Dance Team and Golden Silks Color Guard.

Contact Morgan Loetz for information and questions regarding the Purdue Twirlers.

IMPORTANT NOTES FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN THE PURDUE “ALL-AMERICAN” MARCHING BAND:

  • Boiler Gold Rush: The Purdue “All-American” Marching Band provides a similar experience as Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) during the week of band camp, including presentations from important departments on campus. You will not miss out on anything by not attending BGR. Because band camp is held at the same time as BGR, please DO NOT SIGN UP FOR BGR IF YOU INTEND TO MARCH. If you sign up for BGR and then decide to participate in marching band, you may request a refund from Boiler Gold Rush, but only until July 21, 2017.
  • Residence Hall Move-In: Residence Hall move-in will be Friday, August 11 from 8:00am-4:00pm, Saturday, August 12 from 8:00am- noon, and Sunday, August 13 from 8:00am- noon. Please select one of these move-in dates on your online portal. When the online portal asks for a program, please select “Band Camp.” Cost per night is $22 for the room. This cost will be billed to your MyPurdue account. Those who wish to eat in the residence halls will have to pay on a per meal basis (breakfast $7.50, lunch $11.50, and dinner $11.90). Most students eat off campus with their sections and stock their residence halls with breakfast items to save money.

Band Camp Schedule at a Glance (download entire schedule here):

  • Sunday, August 13:
    • Noon Check-in for all new candidates at Elliott Hall of Music
    • 2:00 pm Introductory meeting for all new members at Elliott Hall of Music- parents are welcome and encouraged to attend!
    • Incoming freshman music auditions
  • Monday, August 14 – Thursday, August 17:
    • Rehearsals and marching fundamentals
    • Section activities, orientations, and tours
  • Friday, August 18:
    • Final membership selections
  • Saturday, August 20:
    • 7:30 pm End of camp exhibition performance at Hull Field.  This event is free and open to the public!

CONCERT BAND & ORCHESTRA WINDS

Openings for Piccolo, Flute, all Clarinets, all Double Reeds, all Saxophones, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion, and Piano.

  • How do I enroll in a concert band or orchestra?
    • Enroll with academic advisor during class registration.
  • When are music auditions?
    • Current Students will audition March 20-March 31. Please sign-up for your audition in room 135 at Elliott Hall of Music.
    • Prospective Students should plan to audition during Summer Transition, Advising, and Registration (STAR) in June/July. Contact bandsinfo@purdue.edu to inform the department of your intent to audition during STAR.
    • Transfer Students can sign up for an individual audition at other times by contacting bandsinfo@purdue.edu.

Those missing one of these opportunities may audition during BGR week (August 14-18) or during the first week of classes (August 21-25).

Audition Music: You may select your own audition repertoire. The audition should consist of one prepared selection involving contrasting styles (2-3 minutes in length). This could be a solo, etude, or excerpts from orchestra or band music. Students will play alone without an accompaniment. Please prepare two scales of your choice (one should be at least two octaves). There will also be a brief sight-reading portion.

Questions?  Contact bandsinfo@purdue.edu.


ORCHESTRA STRINGS

Openings for Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, and Harp.

  • How do I enroll in orchestra?
    • Enroll in Band 111 with academic advisor during class registration.
  • When are music auditions?
    • Current Students will audition February 27- March 20. Please sign-up for your audition in room 135 at Elliott Hall of Music.
    • Prospective Students should plan to audition during Summer Transition, Advising, and Registration (STAR) in June/July. Contact bandsinfo@purdue.edu to inform our department of your intent to audition during STAR.
    • Transfer Students can sign up for an individual audition at other times by contacting bandsinfo@purdue.edu.

Those missing one of these opportunities may audition during BGR week (August 14-18) or during the first week of classes (August 21-25).

Audition Music: You may select your own audition repertoire. The audition should consist of one prepared selection involving contrasting styles (2-3 minutes in length). This could be a solo, etude, or excerpts from orchestra music. Students will play alone without accompaniment. Please prepare two scales of your choice (two-three octaves). There may be brief sight-reading.

Questions?  Contact Adam Bodony for more information.


JAZZ BANDS

Ensembles include the Purdue Jazz Band, American Music Repertory Ensemble (AMRE), Concert Jazz Band, Lab Jazz Bands, and Guitar Ensemble.

  • How do I enroll in jazz band? 
    • Enroll with academic advisor during class registration.
  • When are music auditions?
    • Current Students will audition April 3-April 14. Please sign-up for your audition with Dr. Mo Trout at Slayter Center.
    • Prospective Students should plan to audition during Summer Transition, Advising, and Registration (STAR) in June/July. Contact bandsinfo@purdue.edu to inform the department of your intent to audition during STAR.
    • Transfer Students can sign up for an individual audition at other times by contacting bandsinfo@purdue.edu.

For those missing one of these opportunities may audition during BGR week (August 14-18) or during the first week of classes (August 21-25).

Those students participating in the Purdue University Co-Op Program or those who are currently at an internship will be able to audition upon their return to campus in August. Students who wish to be considered for the Purdue Jazz Band and/or American Music Repertory Ensemble, must contact Dr. Mo Trout immediately.

  • Audition Music:
    • Instrumental auditions will consist of prepared selections and the scales provided, sight-reading, and improvisation. Improvisation includes two choruses of F or Bb blues accompanied by an Aebersold CD provided by Dr. Mo Trout or two choruses of a tune of your choice for which you must provide with a play-a-long recording.
    • Bass, guitar, vibes, and piano: Choose and perform one of the following two audition etudes and play the lead sheet chords (‘A’ Train) in an appropriate comping style for piano, guitar, or vibes. For bass players, create a walking bass line for your audition. Also, choose two of the scales from the included scale sheet. You will also be asked to sight-read, as well as improvise over F or Bb Blues (Dr. Mo Trout will provide recorded accompaniment).
    • Drum Set: Please play both of the following audition etudes, interpreting these as you would a Big Band chart.  You will also be asked to demonstrate a variety of style patterns including: Medium Swing, Fast Swing, Bossa, Samba, Funk or Hip Hop, and Jazz Waltz. You may also be asked to sight-read.
    • Those auditioning for an AMRE vocal spot should be able to sing a variety of music, but should also have prepared both a ballad and an up-tempo, jazz-style song that will best showcase your talent. Please have the music memorized, and bring an accompaniment for the rehearsal pianist to play. You may also use your own accompanist or Karaoke on YouTube (no a cappella singing). Singers will be asked to sing on a microphone and sound system. Those who have instrumental talents, as well as singing abilities, are encouraged to also audition as instrumentalists!

Questions?  Contact bandsinfo@purdue.edu.

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