Band Placement

Placement Process for Returning Wind and Percussion Students into a BAND ENSEMBLE at All Levels

Returning YOBC wind/percussion students will be placed in YOBC band ensembles based on conductor recommendation and audition. Beginning this year, all current YOBC band students (brass, woodwind students, and percussion) will be auditioned annually.  The goals of these auditions are:

  • Assess the current skill level of each individual student
  • Aid in determining the most appropriate ensemble placement for each student
  • Aid in determining seating placement within ensembles
  • Aid in repertoire selection by knowing the capability of individual members

Audition Requirements:

Returning students should be prepared to play the following required music in their audition.  Student should seek the guidance of their private teachers in the selection and preparation of audition music.

Retuning Wind Symphony Students

  1. A solo which represents your best technical accomplishment. Band music is not acceptable.
  2. Scales which demonstrate your range on your instrument and variety of keys.
  3. Sightreading (music to be provided at the audition by the judge).

Returning Wind Ensemble Students

  1. A solo which demonstrates your best technical accomplishment. Solo should be comparable to the PMEA senior level solo.
  2. Scales up to 4 sharps or 4 flats performed in octaves and tempos which demonstrate your best technical skills.
  3. Sightreading (music to be provided at the audition by the judge)

Returning Fanfare Winds Students

  1. A solo which demonstrates your best technical accomplishment. Solo should be comparable to the PMEA senior level solo.
  2. All major scales performed in octaves and tempos which demonstrate your best technical skills.
  3. Selected excerpts from your current Fanfare Winds repertoire. (tbd at audition by the judge)
  4. Sightreading (music to be provided at the audition by the judge)

Percussion Requirements

  1. Prepared Solo: A prepared solo on snare drum is required
  2. Rudiments: Prepare a selection of rudiments, including a long roll, flam rudiment and drag rudiment, which demonstrate your current level of playing.
  3. Optional Solo: Students who have studied timpani and/or mallets should prepare a solo on these instruments as well. ADVANCED DIVISION: Timpani/Mallet experience preferred. Please prepare a solo on timpani and/or mallets in addition to snare.
  4. Mallet players should be prepared to play as many major scales and arpeggios as possible.
  5. Students will be tested on tuning timpani intervals, based on their level of experience.
  6. Sight reading will be asked on at least one instrument.
  7. Bring a list of the percussion instruments on which you have training and playing experience.

Please Note:   All YOBC percussionists are required to participate in Percussion Ensemble and a band ensemble.   Some students will also be recommended for participation in a YOBC orchestra (Symphony Orchestra or Philharmonia)

Parents and students will be notified of their band ensemble placement in early May. Orchestral notifications will be sent out separately.
Click here for information on placement into Orchestra assignments (Symphony Orchestra & Philharmonia)