All - District Honors Band
*This page will be updated soon! Check the band google classroom for updated solos.*
7th and 8th grade students are highly encouraged to participate in the CDBA District Honors Band and NC All-State Honors Band. There is a rigorous audition process to be selected for both Honors Bands. There are three parts to the audition: scales [memorized], a prepared solo and sight reading. District auditions will be held in January and State auditions will be held in March. Those chosen to attend will perform in an ensemble of the best musicians in the district/state and conducted by renowned band directors. In order to be selected to audition for the All-State Honors Band, a student must be one of the top in their section at the District level.
All-District Audition Information
Southeast Guilford High School
4530 Southeast School Road
Greensboro, NC 27406
Interest form & Fees due to Mr. Sample by November 20, 2019
Fees: due by November 20th
$8.00 per audition [cash or check]
Make checks out to: Phillips Middle School
In the comment section: All-District / Child's Name
All-District Honors Band Scales
These scale sheets are primarily for 7th and 8th grade students. However, advanced 6th grade students should be attempting these as well. Practice for accuracy, memorization and then for speed. Memorization of these scales [in this format with this range] will be tested at some point during your 7th grade and 8th grade years. For those auditioning for the All-District Honors Band, it is expected that you are able to play the entire scale sheet in under three minutes.
Solo List with Cuts
Double check that you have the correct solo for the correct year! You can never start to early on practicing your All-District Solo. Pay attention to which parts to play and which parts to omit. All Honors Band materials will need to be heard by the Band Director prior to be allowed to audition [around December].
How will my Audition be Assessed?
Each student will be assessed in the THREE separate categories: scales, solo and sight-reading [see the rubrics below]. In order to score well, it is important that the scales and solo be extremely well prepared.
In order to practice sight-reading, play music you have not played before and try to play it correctly the first time. Before you sight-read the music, take 30 seconds to look over the music: key signature/accidentals, tempo, style/articulation, dynamics, the road map [repeats, etc]. Once you have looked over the previous components, be sure to find the most difficult part of the music and finger through it. Don't waste your time staring at whole notes!
All-District Clinic & Concert Information*
January 25 - 26, 2019
February 1 - 2, 2019 [snow date]
*Please be sure that you can make these dates before committing to auditioning for the All-District Honors Band!