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MU Jazz Performance Studies


Interested students may audition for placement in one of two big bands and several combos.  Jazz audition dates:

  • Monday, August 25 – 4:00-9:00 p.m. (Rhythm Section, NO DRUMS)
  • Tuesday, August 26 – 4:00-9:00 p.m. (Trombone, Trumpet)
  • Wednesday, August 27 – 4:00-9:00 p.m. (Saxophone, Vocals)
  • Thursday, August 28 – 3:00-5:00 p.m. (Drums)

Location: 112 Loeb Hall
Open to all students, regardless of major
Jazz audition requirements:

  • Instrumentalists:
    • Prepared Etude (download below)

    Alto Saxophone
    Tenor Saxophone
    Baritone Saxophone
    Lead Trumpet
    Jazz and Section Trumpet
    Bass Trombone
    Drum Set

    • Sight-reading
    • Improvisation
      • Players must select one blues tune and one standard from the following list. The tunes must be performed memorized. Bassists must walk or play an appropriate line for two choruses on each.
        • Blues:
          • Now’s the Time
          • Billie’s Bounce
          • Blues for Alice
          • Sandu
        • Standards (all can be found on Aebersold Vol. 54):
          • Summertime
          • Doxy
          • Song for My Father
          • Blue Bossa
  • Drummers:
    • Various grooves at a variety of tempos (swing, shuffle, bossa nova, funk, ballad with brushes, etc.)
    • Prepared Reading Etude (available July 15, via downloadable PDF at mujazz.missouri.edu)
    • Sight-reading
    • Soloing
  • Vocalists:
    • Two pieces, memorized (one medium-up tempo swing, 32 bars maximum; one ballad, 16 bars maximum)
    • Optional improvisation on tunes selected
    • Provide your own accompaniment

Audition sign-up sheet will be posted at 121 Loeb Hall by August 18.  Results will be posted by Thursday, August 28 at 7:00 PM.  Adjustments to registration will need to be made immediately after audition results are posted. 

Rehearsals will begin Friday, August 29 for Big Bands and Monday, September 1 for Combos. Additional questions should be directed to Dr. Arthur White, whitear@missouri.edu.




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