Instrumental Jazz Placement Auditions

All students are encouraged to audition for our flagship big band, the Fullerton Jazz Orchestra, our Latin Ensemble, (both winners of the 2018 Reno Jazz Festival), our Chamber Jazz Ensemble, and Fullerton Jazz Singers.

We also will offer our small jazz groups, including our Studio Jazz Ensemble, for those who are relatively new to improvising, and our Art Rock Ensemble, which will perform music from the summits of jazz, pop jazz, funk and rock.

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. In our Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies we teach you what you need to be a successfully employed jazz/pop musician and educator, through courses in improvisation, composition, arranging, pedagogy and music production.

We look forward to seeing and hearing you.



Jazz Groups

Fullerton Jazz Orchestra (MUS-406L)
     • Tuesdays and Thursdays - 4:30pm-6:15pm - CPAC-119
     • Directed by Bill Cunliffe

Fullerton Chamber Jazz Ensemble (MUS-406S)
     • Tuesday and Thursday - 6:30pm-7:50pm - CPAC-119
     • Directed by TBD

Latin Ensemble (MUS-406T)
     • Tuesday and Thursday - 3:00pm-3:50pm - CPAC-170
     • Directed by Francisco Torres.

Fullerton Jazz Singers (MUS-406V)
     • Tuesdays - 6:30pm-8:30pm - CPAC-120
     • Directed by Andreas Preponis
     • Audition information for Jazz Singers. 





Jazz Combos will be scheduled during the first week of class. Please submit a schedule to Bill Cunliffe by August 24, either electronically, ( or on paper at his office, CPAC-235.


Audition Dates

Individual Auditions
     Rhythm Section
           • Thursday, August 23  -  7:00pm-10:00pm  -  CPAC-119
     All Other Instruments
           • Thursday, August 24  -  11:00am-2:00pm  -  CPAC-235

Group Auditions
     • Tuesday
, August 28  -  4:30pm-8:00pm  -  CPAC-119
     • Thursday, August 30  -  4:30pm-8:00pm  -  CPAC-119

Scheduling your Individual Audition

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All Bb Instruments PDF File Opens in new window
All Eb Instruments PDF File Opens in new window
All C Instruments PDF File Opens in new window
All Bass Clef Instruments PDF File Opens in new window

The following instruments need to prepare the additional excerpts:
Lead Trumpet PDF File Opens in new window
Bass Trombone PDF File Opens in new window
Piano PDF File Opens in new window
Drums PDF File Opens in new window

Notes for Audition Excerpts 

• All excerpts are to be played at any tempo of the player’s choice, unless specified on the part.
• Guitarists and vibists should work on Cool Eyes concert key part.
• Bass players should walk the changes in addition to playing the melody. Improvising is optional but strongly encouraged.
• All players will be asked to play a blues of their choice and improvise on it.
• Students will be expected to know all major, natural minor and melodic minor ascending scales, all major and minor arpeggios, and all major 7th, minor 7th and dominant 7th chords over at least two octaves up and down IN TEMPO.



Audition information for Jazz Singers. 



Bill Cunliffe
Department of Jazz Studies
Office: CPAC-227B
Phone: (657) 278-8236


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