All - District Honors Band
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 21, 2017
Fees: due by November 21st
$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 26 - 27, 2018
February 2 - 3, 2018 [snow date]
*Please be sure that you can make these dates before committing to auditioning for the All-District Honors Band!
All - County Honors Band
All-County Honors Band Auditions: October 23rd
The All-County Honors Band auditions will be held Monday, October 23rd at McDougle Middle School [900 Old Fayetteville Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27516]. All 7th and 8th grade students are encouraged to try-out. Follow this link [goo.gl/9REm4q] for the required scales and solo cuts. The cost to audition is $5.00 and payment is due to Mr. Sample by Thursday, October 12th. Please send an envelope to Mr. Sample with cash or a check made out to Phillips Middle School with Band Audition in the memo. The actual audition itself is relatively quick. However, you will need to set aside most of the evening on October 23rd as around 100+ students will be auditioning. Plan on arriving at the audition site [McDougle Middle School] no later than 6:00pm on Tuesday evening. Check-in will be from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Auditions will go from 6pm until 9pm. The directors have to audition all the participants which takes all evening. However, you will be free to leave with your student after they have finished their audition. Parents are responsible for driving or carpooling their children to and from the audition. The clinic will be held November 8th and 9th at Orange High School.
Audition Permission Form 2017 [coming soon!]
All-County Scale Requirements
Use the All-District scale sheets above as you prepare for the All-County Audition. Students will be responsible for playing the following scales (concert pitch): Ab, Eb, Bb, F, G, chromatic (with cut). www.nccdba.com/middle-school-scales.html
Range for the Chromatic Scale:
Percussion Rudiment Requirements [These requirements are in addition to the prepared solo for timpani, mallets or snare]:
All-County Solo List with Cuts
Follow the link for the All-County Solo Cuts. goo.gl/9REm4q These cuts ONLY apply to the All-County Honors Band. The All-District Solos are the same as the All-County Solos, but the All-District requires tat you prepare the entire solo. As the All-County Solo list and All-District Solo list are the same here it is again. Remember the cuts for All-County are here [goo.gl/9REm4q].
All-County Honors Band Clinic Schedule [coming soon!]
Wednesday, November 8th from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at Orange High School (500 Orange High School Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278)
Thursday, November 9th from 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday, November 9, 7:00 PM at Orange High School (auditorium)
Clinic Fee ($10.00)
There is a $10.00 fee for the clinic, which covers lunch on Thursday & an All-County Band t-shirt. This payment is due to your band director BEFORE the start of the clinic. (Please make out checks to Phillips Middle School. Include all-county / child's name in the memo).
Please return the Health Information Form to your student's band director before the first day of the All-County Band Clinic.
All forms required to attend the clinic will be available once auditions are completed and attendees have been notified. The required health form is already posted.
All-County Health Form 2017 [wait for the audition results]
Solo Reference Recordings 2017 - 2018 [coming soon!]