Join us at BHS to hear more about the entire Ballard Performing Arts Programs at Incoming 9th Grade Music Meeting  June 25th,  7:00 pm, BHS 

Auditions are now over. Please contact Mr. James if you have questions at mijames@seattleschools.org

Incoming Band Students (except percussionists)
All Freshmen are automatically placed into Concert Band class.  There is no audition necessary to enroll in the Concert Band.  Freshmen may audition for Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble if they would like to. Auditions will occur on June 10, 11, 13, and 18 from 4:15 pm to 6:30 pm.  Please prepare all audition materials listed below as for current students.

Current Students in Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble 
Auditions will be during their normal class time for these bands. Sign up for a time on June 10, 11, 13, 14, 18, 19 or 20.  Results of your audition will determine class placement for 2019-20 school year.

Sign up under your CURRENT class. 
Concert Band                     Symphonic Band               Wind Ensemble

1)          Prepare all 12 Major Scales in 8th notes at Quarter Note = 120 bpm. You will be asked to play a random selection of them.

2)            Play at least a two-octave chromatic scale (up and down) at a steady and quick pace to demonstrate your range.

3)             Perform both of the provided excerpt(s) for your instrument. Select your instrument music to print instead of the entire packet. Pay close attention to tempo markings, articulation, dynamics, and other musical markings.

4)            Sight-read a short excerpt.

5)            Fill out and bring this information sheet

Percussion - incoming only  
Percussion/Drumline auditions will take place on June 20th from 4:15 pm-5:30 pm.  

Audition Sign-Up Slots   
Audition Info and Packet

For jazz band drummers, please see the info under Jazz Band

Jazz Bands 
Jazz band auditions for CURRENT students will take place on June 11, 12, 13,& 14, before school from 7:30 am to 8:30 am.
Current Student Jazz Sign-up Slots

INCOMING student jazz auditions will take place after school on June 10, 11, 13 and 18 from 4:15 pm to 6:30 pm. This is the same sign-up as incoming freshman who would like to try out for Symphonic Band or Wind Ensemble.
If you want to sign up to audition for an upper band class AND a jazz band sign up for TWO slots.
Incoming Freshman Audition Sign-Up

Auditions will consist of:

1)            Play at least a two-octave chromatic scale (up and down) at a steady and quick pace.

2)            Perform 1-minute of anything you would like to play that demonstrates your jazz style and technique. Make it swing!

3)            A prepared excerpt, where you play the head of a tune and then improvise over the changes. Choose one of the tunes from links below or pick your own.

4)            Sight-reading

5)            Fill out and bring this information sheet to your audition

Links to audition pieces Key of C  Key of B-flat   Key of E-flat  Key of Bass Clef

Jazz Drumset Auditions 

  1. You will be asked to play Swing and Latin Styles at various tempos
  2. Be prepared to alternate between time and fills
  3. Be prepared to ‘set up’ ensemble hits on different beats of the bar
  4. Sight-Read

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to email Mr. James at mijames@seattleschools.org

Ballard High School

1418 Northwest 65th Street, Seattle WA  98117

Ballard Performing Arts Booster Club  

PO Box 17774, Seattle, WA  98127

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