Instrumental Ensemble Auditions

Instrumental Ensemble Auditions

Instrumental Ensemble Auditions

Fall 2022 Auditions will be held in-person on Sunday, September 4 & Monday September 5 (the two days before Fall Classes begin). A detailed schedule, sign-up form, and PDF audition excerpts will be available by the end of Spring 2022 finals week, so please return to this site at that time! FYI, last semester's audition info is included below. Contact Dr. Higgins at with any questions or for more info!



Monday, January 17, 2022 (Arrive at the assigned meeting time for your instrument. Exact order & audition time will be determined upon arrival. Auditions are blind to the adjudicators.)

  • 9:00AM  TRUMPETS
  • 11:15AM  HORNS
  • 11:50AM  TROMBONES
  • 1:00PM  TUBAS
  • 2:00PM  STRINGS

A PDF of audition requirements for brass instruments may be downloaded below. (Music majors must perform all included excerpts for your instrument; non-music major woodwind/brass players may play only the "band" excerpts if you do not wish to be considered for University Orchestra.)




Trombone: EXCERPTS   Bass Trombone: EXCERPTS  (Play either "trombone" or "bass trombone," not both.)

Euphonium: EXCERPTS







Auditions will take place on Monday, August 30 and Tuesday, August 31 (10am-4pm each day). Please CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION TIME!

Horns, piano, bass, and guitar:

1) Play melody to Charlie Parker’s Confirmation (Medium tempo swing - 125 mm)
2) Solo using a backing track to four choruses of F Blues , medium tempo
3) In addition...
---Bass: Walk the changes to Confirmation for two choruses same tempo.
---Piano and guitar: Comp the changes to Confirmation for two choruses tempo.
1) Articulate the melody to Charlie Parker’s Billies Bounce two choruses 12 bars of swing feel (Alternate 4’s solo swing, solo, swing, solo, swing)
2) Play a samba beat 30 for seconds.
3) Play a 4/4 swing beat with brushes for 30 seconds.
4) Play a bossa nova beat for 30 seconds.
5) Play a 3/4 swing beat for 30 seconds.
6) Play along softly to Count Basie’s Corner Pocket (Use the track on YouTube).

We are pleased to announce auditions for the Rowan Pep Band! The band is comprised of the following parts: 4 vocalists, 2 alto saxophones, 2 tenor saxophones, 1 baritone saxophone, 4 trombones, 4 trumpets, 1 keyboard, 1 guitar, 1 bass guitar, and 1 drum set. All auditions will be prerecorded video submissions (link to audition materials is below). Please record yourself with the best quality that is available to you! Below you will find a Submission Form for you to complete and upload your recording (DUE JULY 23, 2021). If you are for any reason unable to upload your video, please send the video via email to Mr. Bianchini at

Trombone and trumpet players: If you would like audition to be the lead in your section, pick the materials that read "Lead Trombone" and "Lead Trumpet," respectively. Otherwise, you can play the "Section Trombone" and "Section Trumpet" parts. You only need to submit one or the other (not both).

Drum set players: Please play along to the album versions of "September" by Earth Wind and Fire and "Ain't It Fun" by Paramore. You should play from the beginning of the song to the end of the first chorus of each song. The PDF below shows some suggested patterns to play for each song. 

Vocalists: there are no specific songs for you to audition with, so please sing a song that you feel shows off your vocal prowess the best! Please try and pick a song that you would imagine hearing at a wedding (upbeat, fun), as this is the style of something the band would typically play.

If there are any questions, please email the director, Keith Bianchini, at!