2019-2020 Junior Festival Jazz Audition Information

Contact Patrick Kennedy with any jazz audition questions   

Email: p.kennedy@schoolsofwestfield.org

Audition Pieces

Saxes, Brass

Basie's Blues, pages 8 and 9, in Easy Jazz Conception, by Jim Snidero

Play WITH CD accompaniment.


Piano, Bass, Guitar, Vibes

Workshop Blues, pages 2 and 3, in Rhythm Section Workout by Berg/Hamilton/Fischer/Houghton. Also, perform Comping Sample #6.

Play with or without CD accompaniment.

Vibes, same as piano, but with 2 & 3 note voicings and proper pedal technique on Comping Sample #6.



Workshop Blues, pages 2 and 3, in Rhythm Section Workout by Berg/Hamilton/Fischer/Houghton. Also, demonstrate swing, Latin, funk and ballad styles.

Sight Reading


NOTE: Improvisation over the chord changes is encouraged during the audition, but not required. Students will receive valuable feedback from the adjudicators and the scores may be used by group manager to assign solo parts within the ensemble.

All rhythm section instruments are required to comp off the comping sheet assigned for this year. If you have difficulty with the link email Patrick Kennedy.



All students will play one major scale in keeping with the scales required for their instrument, a two octave chromatic scale, and a Bb or F concert blues scale.


Scales for brass, woodwinds and vibes are prescribed on the MMEA-WD website.

guitar - C, G, D, E, A, F, Bb, Eb, Ab (two octaves)
piano - C, D, A, E, F, Bb, Eb, Ab (two octaves)
bass - C, D, A, Bb, Eb (one octave) G, F, Ab (two octaves)
Jazz Drummers do not need to play scales


Percussionists may use the drum set provided by WSU or bring their own 4 or 5 piece set.

Guitar and Bass amplifiers ARE available at Westfield State. Vibes may use the vibraphone provided by WSU or bring their own vibraphone.



Students will be assessed and given feedback in this area; however, it will not be added into the final tabulation. Improvisation scores may be used to assist the director in assigning parts within the ensemble.


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