All students in any jazz class must audition at the top of the semester so we can get a idea of what level you are at, what groups we could place you with, identify your interests and also share some of the opporunities we have.
The audition process is basically a chance for us to get to know students and get them on our radar. We do want to know who you are! With that in mind, think of the audition as an introduction and personal meeting to identify your needs and identify how we can help you.
AUDITIONS FOR FALL 2023 ARE
Wednesday, August 23rd and Thursday, August 24th
AUDITION SIGN UP SHEET
Students must sign up for an audition time by Wednesday, August 23rd.. Auditions will be held Wednesday and Thursday. The sign up sheet for Auditions will be located directly outside of the School of Music office on the right side of the elevator.
GENERAL JAZZ MEETING!
ALL STUDENTS ENROLLED IN ANY JAZZ CLASSES OR AUDITIONING FOR BANDS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THE SPRING GENERAL JAZZ MEETING which is 1:55pm on Thursday, August 24th in the School of Music (MUB 121).
Please sign up for the Jazz Band Twitter so message go directly to your phone. We will keep students updated via the Jazz Band Twitter. By clicking the Twitter Icon on the top right of this website you will see our Twitter address to connect with.
JAZZ BAND REHEARSAL TIME
Jazz Band one rehearsal time for Spring is 1:55pm Tuesday and Thursday in the Orchestra Room (MUB 121). Jazz Band 2 rehearsal time is 3pm Tuesday and Thursday in the Orchestra Room (MUB 121). NOTE: Please leave the hour directly after Jazz Band available for sectionals or guest artists if needed. This is the easiest solution to organizing everyone's schedules.
All musicians auditioning for the University of Florida jazz program will use the U.S. Army Blues play a-long big band album (link below). It is free and an amazing resource!
Go to the website listed below and download the free tracks, the free music for the lead parts, and download the free music minus-lead mp3 . This will allow students to practice along with the music and nail the part.
The track we audition with is "FREDDIE'S SIDE OF THE BLUES."
NOTE: If you have not had time to prepare the audition music, you can audition with a jazz transcription or former piece of jazz music you have played.
WHAT IS REQUIRED DURING THE AUDITION? This may be modified for Covid and Phone Video submissions of auditions.
1. You will fill out a student information form and contact sheet
2. You will be asked to play your prepared piece with play along track. If you do not have a piece that is fine but you stand the best chance of making a better position by having a prepared piece. You may also play a transcription instead of the prepared piece.
3. You will be asked to count 8 bars of rhythm.
4. You will be asked to sight read a selection.
5. Student find out the audition results through Twitter so make sure you follow the Gator Jazz Band Twitter @GatorJazzBand and make sure all messages are sent directly to your phone. All students in all jazz classes have to sign up for the Twitter and it is our main method of communication.