"Now, who wants to go first?"
A student stands up, knees shaking, a trickle of sweat dripping down his forehead as he feels the eyes of his competition staring him down. He adjusts his music stand, and places the freezing cold mouthpiece of his trumpet to his lips. Frantically, he searches for the correct measure in the vast expanse of his white sheet music.
"Ready? A-one, two, a-one, two, three, four!"
Each student had to play a piece of music entitled, "Witchcraft," and improvise a melody from a few notes on a page. The students received this music before winter break, and have been practicing feverishly in preparation for these auditions.
On Thursday, the brass instruments had their auditions. On Friday, the various saxes and rhythm section had theirs.
Other techniques she mentioned include articulation, a good sense of rhythm, range, and the ability to improvise. Last year’s Jazz Band was “a lot of fun” and she hopes that this year will be the same. She enjoys the fact that a nice mix of new and old arrived bright and early on the audition mornings.
After the auditions, students were already looking forward to the jazz season.
"It feels awkward because I'm the youngest and I'm new to the trombone. I think Jazz Band's going to be a great experience," eighth grader Andrew Garcia said.
"Jazz band has been going through dramatic changes over the past few years. We've had many different musicians come through, but I can feel, after the brass auditions, that this year will be a great year for the Jazz Band!'" senior Chris Henrriquez said.
After school on Friday, Mrs. Gilboe posted the results of the 2012 Jazz Band Auditions on the Advanced Band’s bulletin board. The new members and their respective parts are listed below.
1st: Chris Henrriquez, senior
2nd: Everett Brown, senior
3rd: Jesus Flores, freshman
4th: Paul Tran, freshman
1st: Edwin Quevedo, junior
2nd: Grayson Erskine, freshman
3rd: David Andres, sophomore
4th: Andrew Garcia, 8th grader
1st /2nd: Olivia LeValley, sophomore
1st/2nd: Eddie Villegas, junior
1st: Alexis Amaya, junior
2nd: Justin Hoscoe, sophomore
Ivan Shikhelman, 8th grader
Matthew Mirdamadi, freshman
Alex Piatti, sophomore