Roosevelt Jazz Auditions for 2017-18

Jazz Band Auditions

Tuesday June 6 – New & returning students; rhythm section: 3:45 pm.
Sunday June 11 – Incoming ninth graders; saxophones 9-12, brass 1-4 pm.
Monday June 12 – Returning Roosevelt students; saxophones: 3:45 pm.
Tuesday June 13 – Returning Roosevelt students; brass: 3:45 pm.

We understand that rhythm section students from other schools may arrive somewhat later than the 3:45 start on June 6, due to travel time from those schools.

Vocal Jazz Auditions

Auditions will be held on Tuesday, May 30 and Wednesday, May 31 from 3:30-5:30 in the Choir/Orchestra Room at Roosevelt. Sign up for an audition time (15-minute time slots) on the sheet posted on the Roosevelt Jazz bulletin board, or email Dr. Kent to sign up.  Details on audition music can be found below.

Students entering grades 9-12 who are not currently enrolled in Vocal Jazz at Roosevelt are welcome to audition. This includes incoming 9th graders who have had vocal jazz experience in middle school. Please plan to sign up if you are interested.

ALL students must complete
the online audition registration OR bring a completed printed copy of the registration form to the audition. Showing up without completing the online form or bringing a printed form with you will NOT make a good impression–don’t do it!

Instrumentalist Auditions


Please note:

  • There is separate music for sax and brass
  • “All of Me” should be learned by all auditioning students (sax, brass and rhythm)
  • ALL sax, brass, and rhythm students should also prepare a SHORT excerpt of a jazz piece of their own choosing.
  • No additional music other than”All of Me” for rhythm.

What to Expect

Saxes and Brass:

  1. Learn the melody and changes to “All of Me”. You will play the melody, then improvise for a maximum of two choruses.
  2. Play a jazz excerpt of your choice which showcases your abilities as a jazz musician.

All Rhythm Section players:

  1. Learn the melody and changes to “All of Me”. You will perform this piece multiple times with various combinations of players, during the Rhythm Section Auditions on Tuesday, June 6.
  2. Play a jazz excerpt of your choice which showcases your abilities as a jazz musician.
  3. Basses, guitarists, pianists and drummers may be asked to demonstrate skills which are fundamental to playing jazz on your specific instrument.

The most important thing for all players is that you play with a mature, confident, swinging sound! It should be evident to us that you listen to jazz, and understand the sounds and vocabulary that are fundamental to playing this music. We understand that you might be nervous. Just do your best!

Vocal Jazz Auditions


Prepare before:

  • Fill out the Questionnaire on page 2 of the audition packet (so that we can learn a bit about you and your interest in singing jazz)
  • Jazz solo “Cheek to Cheek” (your choice of key and tempo)
  • Song of your choice (that best shows what you can do in a minute)
  • Your part in the 4-part excerpt of “Like Someone in Love”. You can listen to a recording here.
  • Improvise over 12-bar blues

At the audition, you will:

  • Tell us a bit about yourself
  • Sing your solo tune (a cappella, about a minute)
  • Sing “Cheek to Cheek” – second time through add some of your own style! – accompanied by a recorded track
  • Sing jazz excerpt “Like Someone in Love” with piano accompaniment playing other parts
  • Be tested on pitch memory and range
  • Show an understanding of harmony through improvisation

We are looking to build a premiere vocal ensemble at Roosevelt that is part of a strong jazz tradition. Students will be required to enroll in a concert ensemble class. For most students, this will mean enrolling in Concert Choir to develop vocal technique and music literacy that will enhance musicianship. Students in Vocal Jazz will focus on style, jazz repertoire, improvisation skills, and singing tight harmonies.


General Information About Auditions

Wondering what to expect for a typical Roosevelt Jazz  student and family?
Read the Overview Information sheet.

Note: Any student admitted to Roosevelt Vocal Jazz for the 2017-2018 school year must commit to BOTH semesters. There will be no tolerance for unexcused absences, or excessive (over 6) excused absences. Students must attend all rehearsals, performances, festivals and fundraisers.  Any student not meeting this basic standard for participation will be dropped from the class.

Even with four jazz bands and a vocal jazz ensemble, NOT EVERYONE WILL BE PLACED in a Roosevelt Jazz group. These are special opportunities for those who are truly interested in performing jazz music. You don’t have to be a super-star; just a motivated young musician who really wants to swing!

Participation in summer jazz camps in addition to private lessons is highly recommended. Info on Summer Jazz Camps and Workshops can be found here.

We are tremendously excited about what is happening with JAZZ at Roosevelt and look forward to hearing many young musicians at auditions!

Scott Brown

Jean-Marie Kent