Jazz Bands
Otto Lee, director

UC Davis Jazz Band and Combo Auditions
  • Auditions for the jazz bands and combos will be held on Thursday, April 6th, 1:00–3:00 pm, and 4:00–8:00pm in Room 214, Music Building. Sign up for an audition time online. Everyone should audition for jazz band regardless of past membership.

  • Rehearsals will be done differently this year—

    • Each Big Band will meet on both Tuesday and Thursday for a total of 2 rehearsal hours a week.

      • T and TH 4:10–6 pm, Mus140 Sec 3 (2 units)

      • T and TH 7:10–9 pm, Mus140 Sec 1 (2 units)

    • Combos will meet a faculty member for 1 hour a week. Times will be worked out by each combo and the faculty leader after auditions have concluded and results have been posted.

      • 1 hour (arranged with the instructor), Mus 146 Sec 6 (1 unit)

Auditions for the Big Bands will consist of

  • Performance of a prepared piece of your choice.
  • Sight reading (provided in audition).

Auditions for the Combo will consist of

  • a performance of an F blues accompanied with a metronome only (half-note = 100 bpm on beats 2 and 4) where you will play the melody and one chorus of an improvised solo.
  • You will need to turn in an availability sheet at the time of your audition (combo only).

Auditions for either ensemble—

  • Those auditioning for both Big Band and Combo need only to sign up for one audition time.
  • Drummers auditioning for either band will be asked to play a variety of styles. A kit will be available.
  • Singers will be asked to sing a prepared piece (jazz standard) as well as scat version of the melody.

For any questions, or any issues, contact Otto Lee (oglee@ucdavis.edu).

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