Symphonic Band Entry / Audition Standard Requirements

Symphonic Band / (Advanced Band) 

To be eligible to enter this group, you must perform the following skills / fundamentals in a one on one audition with the director. Contact John Mattern, (415) 945-3681.

All Auditions Include:

  1. Scales / Always Memorized
  2. Sight – Reading** / chosen by director
  3. Prepared Piece*** / in the symphonic / orchestral style / See below

Must be able to play all following scales by memory , One Octave ,¼ note / Played in 8ths.  Straight eighth and 3rds pattern.  Metronome markings here: Download Scale Tempos (pdf)

articulations: tongued, slurred, t-2, slur 2 / slur 2, t-2 from the following concert keys: G, C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db

Melodic Minor b3 ascending, b7, b6, b3 descending, and Harmonic Minor in these Concert keys:  

  • C, F, Bb
  • The Two Whole Tone Scales 1 octave
  • Concert Bb 8 note diminished scale  / slurred / legato / half-whole….etc.
  • Concert Bb 4 note diminished chord, 1 octave

Chromatic Scale:

All instruments must use proper chromatic fingerings and 

Instrument Requirements
Flute C-C 3 8 va’s
Clarinet low E to high E 3 8va’s
Sax low Bb to High F
Oboe low Bb to High F
Bassoon C-C
Trumpet C-C 2 8va’s
Horn in f G-G
Trombone E-E 2 8va’s
Tuba low Bb to high Bb 2 8va’s
Mallets C-C 38va’s

Snare Drum / Percussion / Mallets

** Sight reading piece is chosen by the director

Prepared piece:

***For any audition or played test for the director, you must perform a  brief prepared piece of solo literature, in classical / concert style, written or memorized. ( Can be taken from a duet, solo, chamber, or an excerpt from large ensemble music.  (See Director for clarification)