Band Auditions for Grades 8-12

Magnet overview

Stivers offers four levels of band performance. Membership in each group is determined on the basis of ability and achievement.

All groups meet daily for 45 minutes of instruction. Once a week, the groups divide into like-instrument small groups for sectional rehearsal.

Step-By-Step Audition Process

1. Young musicians auditioning for the Stivers Band Magnet should prepare the required selection for their instrument. (See selections below.) It does not need to be memorized.

2. Candidates should be prepared to play as many major scales as possible.

3. Candidates will demonstrate their listening skills. The evaluator will play 3 pitches on the piano and have the student repeat each pitch. The audition candidate will be rated on their overall pitch recognition.

4. Candidates will need to pass a diagnostic sight-reading test.

Audition Scoring

The audition will be evaluated on a scale of five points with five points being the highest and one point being the lowest in the following areas:

Musical interpretation is very important. Every student is evaluated on his/her ability to musically interpret ideas and statements. Speed is not the greatest consideration.

Traditionally, large numbers of students have auditioned on flute, clarinet, saxophone, and drums. Because of these large numbers, the competition for positions in the bands is much higher for these instruments. Percussion students are advised to study mallet percussion or another melodic band instrument. Acceptance of percussion students (drummers) is subject to the instrumentation requirements of each band and will be limited.

How to Prepare

Performance music is available for download below.  (Sheet music is presented in Adobe PDF format)

Alto Saxophone
French Horn
Mallet Percussion
Snare Drum