Concert Band

The Concert Band is an ensemble designed for middle and high school wind and percussion students who demonstrate playing ability at the intermediate level. No previous band experience is required. This ensemble emphasizes music reading and ensemble skills.

Rehearsals: Saturdays, 4:15–6:45 pm

Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble is intended for high school intermediate through advanced level wind and percussion students. Repertoire includes original and arranged works for winds. This ensemble emphasizes music reading and ensemble skills, as well.

Rehearsals: Saturdays, 1:30–4 pm

All ensembles meet for 16 weeks each semester. If you have any questions, please contact the Community School office at 213-621-4548.

Audition Information

Auditions for the 2023–24 academic year will be held through an online submission. Video submissions can be made through the application below. If students do not have access to the instruments required for the audition, record as much as possible and Community School staff will follow up with students who are missing audition material to send at a later date.

If you have any audition-related questions, please submit an inquiry.

Minimum Age Requirements
Concert Band: 6th grade (some age exceptions made)
Wind Ensemble: 9th grade (some age exceptions made)

Application Deadline
We are still accepting applications at this time.
Students will be informed of decisions by August 1.
Students will be required to accept by submitting registration and payment by August 15. Late additions/alternates may be accepted up until the end of September, space permitting.

Online Submission Instructions

  1. Please record yourself playing the excerpts and required pieces posted below for the corresponding ensemble and upload the video to YouTube, DropBox, or Google Drive.
  2. Start your video by stating your full name and what ensemble(s) you are auditioning for.
  3. Please name the file by the following format:
    First name Last name.Instrument (for example, John Smith.Violin)
  4. If uploading the video to YouTube, make sure the video is marked unlisted or public. If you do not want the video to be public, marking it unlisted will not allow the general public to find the video, but will allow you to share the link with the Community School. If uploading to Google Drive or Dropbox, make sure to change the share settings to “anyone with a link can view.”
  5. The audition recording must be made continuously and without cuts. We want to see a true depiction of how well you can play.

2023–24 Wind Ensemble and Concert Band Application Form

Audition Requirements

Please prepare and record the materials listed below without an accompanist. Applicants will also need to prepare excerpts, which are listed below by instrument.

Wind and Brass Players

  1. One of any of the following scales: Concert Bb, F, Eb, Ab Major & a Chromatic scale (one octave by memory)
  2. Two contrasting pieces (can be excerpts from longer pieces).

Percussion Players

  1. One short etude or snare study on the snare drum or drum pad
  2. One short piece on a mallet instrument
  3. One of any of the following scales: Concert Bb, F, Eb, Ab Major & a Chromatic scale (one octave by memory)

Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
French Horn
Tenor Trombone