Centennial middle school band and Percussion Auditions
Brass and Woodwind Auditions
Auditions for brass and woodwind players take place in March and April. These auditions normally take place during the students' regularly scheduled band time. Students only need to play the audition sheet for the highest band they want to try to get into. If a student doesn't make it into the desired upper band then they will be placed in one of the other bands based on their audition. The order of the bands starting with the highest is:
Wind Symphony Symphonic Band Concert Band Intermediate Band
Download the audition sheets below (the audition sheet for Concert Band and Intermediate Band is the same):
The percussion class at Centennial is an advanced music class that moves very quickly. Consequently, students in the percussion class must have a very good understanding of note reading (both treble clef and bass clef) and rhythm reading. Knowledge of the piano keyboard is very helpful and students who have taken piano lessons for at least two years tend to perform best on the auditions.
The audition consists of:
Note reading quiz.
Rhythm reading quiz.
Physical abilities testing (no previous percussion experience required),
Short piano performance (optional).
Choose a piece that you can play well and will highlight your abilities.
Students in the percussion class main focus is snare drum and mallet instruments (bells, xylophone, marimba, etc.). The skills learned on these instruments are then applied to many other instruments that are used in concert music. Percussion students are required to learn to play all percussion instruments. They are assigned to play with the different bands based on their performance each term.
Class information and audition contracts can be found below. Audition contracts must be filled out and brought to the audition. Auditions take place in March.