Bands

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.

Duration
Rehearsals: Saturdays, 3–6 pm
Sectionals: Mondays, 4–5:30 pm and Saturdays, 1:30–3 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.

Duration
Rehearsals: Mondays, 6–9 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 2021–22 academic year will be held through an online submission. Submissions can be made through the application below. If students do not have access to their 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. The application will close on August 15.

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

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.

 
2021–22 Wind Ensemble and Concert Band Application Form
 

Concert Band Audition Requirements

Wind 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)

 

Wind Ensemble Audition Requirements

Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
Clarinet
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet
French Horn
Tenor Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Percussion