Band

Audition Information for the Kilmer Band

Due to the school closure for the remainder of the year, auditions will be done by video submission.  Originally scheduled “in person” auditions will NOT be taking place.

All students who wish to play an instrument are accepted into the band program at Kilmer Middle School. The audition does not determine whether a student is in band but helps the band directors ensure that the student is scheduled into an ensemble that is appropriate and challenging based on his/her musical proficiency.  Therefore, it is very important that all students who are signed up for band next year at Kilmer (other than beginning band students) submit two video recordings to Ms. Bonneau and Ms. Thomas.

Students who do not submit the audition form and video recordings will be placed in Preparatory Band.

You may use your own music, method book, scale sheets, etc. provided by your band director or private teacher. We want to see and hear your best. Take your time and let us know if you need any help. We are here for you!

Band Auditions will occur using:

Two Videos – You will create your videos, then upload them to the Audition Form, which is linked at the end of this letter. You are welcome to make as many video “takes” as you’d like, but only upload your best one for each of the two videos.  Make sure that your entire body is visible in the video so that we can see your posture and technique.  Please listen to and watch your audition videos before you submit them.  We can only evaluate what we can see and hear!

Are you ready to get started?  Here we go!

1.  Create your first video, which will include Major Scales and the Chromatic Scale (percussionists – please also video yourself playing any rudiments you know, like double stroke roll, flam, etc. on this video.):

  • Major Scales – as many as you know and as many octaves as you can play
    • Say the name of the scale you are going to play
    • Say if you are using music or playing it from memory
    • Play the scale
    • Do this for as many scales as you are able to play
  • Chromatic Scale – as many octaves as you can play (if you don’t know this, just say that on the video)
    • Say “chromatic scale”
    • Say if you are using music or playing it from memory
    • Play the chromatic scale
  • Percussionists only
    • Say which rudiment you are going to play
    • Say if you are using music or playing it from memory
    • Play the rudiment
    • Do this for as many rudiments as you are able to play

2.  Create your second video, which will include your prepared piece(s). (Percussion only – please include a prepared piece for BOTH bells and snare/pad)

  • Prepared Piece – something you already know, either from band music or band book, private lessons, or solo and ensemble music (this should NOT be from memory)
    • Say the name of the piece you are going to play
    • Play the piece
    • Percussionists – this should be BOTH your bells piece and your snare/pad piece
  • Additional Prepared Piece – from the music packet from Kilmer MS.  One of these pieces may be used in addition to your other prepared piece or instead of it (in case you don’t have any music at home)
    • Say which number (1, 2, 3) you are going to play
    • Play the piece
    • Percussionists – this should be your optional bells and snare/pad piece

3.   Now that you have your videos ready to go, it’s time to complete the Kilmer MS Band Audition for Incoming 7th Graders google form & video submission.  You will need your parent’s help to complete this.  Click on the link below and it will take you directly to the form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSetXbxpEcPTF8JorPjBD8vH6I5zX5WTYnHA_y50LAbNPLy69w/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

All audition forms & placement videos must be submitted no later than Thursday, April 30, 2020.