Instrumental Jazz Placement Auditions

All students are encouraged to audition for our jazz groups.  Even if you don't have experience playing jazz in the past, we have a place for you, and we encourage you to participate no matter what your major or emphasis.

We also will offer our small groups, including specialty groups (rock, latin, pop) of varying sizes. 

Jazz is a fun and essential part of your education as a music major. Even if you don't have experience playing jazz in the past, we have a place for you, and we encourage you to participate no matter what your major or emphasis. We also have a concentration in the Bachelor of Music degree in jazz and commercial music for those interested

 

Audition Instructions

Auditions for Fullerton Jazz Orchestra, Fullerton Jazz Big Band, and Fullerton Latin Ensemble will consist of a group audition and individual audition.

  1. Group Auditions
    Tuesday, August 22 in CPAC-119
         • Rhythm Section:  4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
         • Saxophones:  5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
         • Brass:  6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  2.  Individual Auditions
         • Monday, August 21
         • Wednesday, August 23
         • Thursday, August 24


Scheduling your Individual Audition

Sign-­‐up sheets to schedule your individual audition will be posted on the jazz bulletin board (across from CPAC-119) beginning on Monday, August 21.  


Audition Materials

  1. Excerpts (available below).
  2. Sight reading
  3. If you want to perform as a jazz soloist, please plan to improvise on all music with chord changes included.
    Being a fluent improvisor is NOT required for participation in our groups.

 

Audition Excerpts (by Instrument)

All Bb InstrumentsPDF File Opens in new window
All Eb InstrumentsPDF File Opens in new window
All C InstrumentsPDF File Opens in new window
All Bass Clef InstrumentsPDF File Opens in new window

The following instruments need to prepare the additional excerpts:
Lead TrumpetPDF File Opens in new window
Bass TrombonePDF File Opens in new window
PianoPDF File
DrumsPDF File Opens in new window

 

JAZZ SINGERS

Audition information for Jazz Singers. 

 

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS

Bill Cunliffe
Co-director
Department of Jazz Studies
Office: CPAC-227B
Phone: (657) 278-8236
Email: bcunliffe@fullerton.edu

 

Chuck Tumlinson
Co-director
Department of Jazz Studies
Office: CPAC-163
Phone: (657) 278-5523
Email: ctumlinson@fullerton.edu