2012-2013 Colorado All State Band Auditions

**There is a new post for the 2013-2014 Colorado All-State Band and Jazz Band Auditions here.

Here is the information for the 2012-13 All State Band auditions, along with some supporting materials to help you out.  If you are not old enough yet to audition it still would be a good idea to practice this music.  Band directors often use the All State music for their own school auditions…for placement in bands and chairs.  By clicking on the highlighted link you can go right to the official website for all of the guidelines.

Colorado All State Band

Students should know they are not asked to play scales only to check their knowledge of key signatures and fingerings.  If you can pick your own scales for this audition then that kind of accuracy should be a given.  Look at these scales as an opportunity to show off your sound and ease of playing through the range of the instrument, and practice your scales with that priority in mind.  Coincidentally, I just finished a couple of post on effective ways to practice scales in a way that will help you achieve that goal:

The two etudes by Phil Snedecor can be ordered online, but Kolacny Music here in Denver has already ordered the music.  Give them a call at 303-722-6081 if you’d like to pick up your copy of Lyrical Etudes now.  I found a couple of excellent examples of Etude #1 on You Tube (the links are immediately below).  Use these as a reference for not only the notes you will be playing, but also the quality of sound.  You can imagine that most of the musicians who are auditioning will be able to play the notes, so one of the best ways to set yourself apart from the others is to have a strikingly beautiful sound, which is the first thing they will notice.  Be sure to check out the links at the bottom of this post for more ideas about preparing for your audition.

Lyrical Etude #1 by Phil Snedecor

Lyrical Etude #1 (alternate version)

Update (11/3/12):  I just heard from the composer, Phil Snedecor, who offered two more links for your reference…but this time, he is the trumpet player.  Now you can hear the composer’s point of view.  Thanks Phil!

Also, here’s a jpg file of that etude to give you an advance look, but you should buy the book

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2 Responses to 2012-2013 Colorado All State Band Auditions

  1. Greetings, I’m German and I’ve recently begun to get into what you’re referfing to. I am not certain where you’re finding your info, but solid job regardless. I really should spend some more time learning and understanding much more. Thanks for the post: this is just what I was looking for for my goal.

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