Band Auditions for Grades 9-12


The following guidelines will prepare you for the audition for the Band Magnet.

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.

Audition Requirements

Band candidates will play the required selection for their instrument.  The music does not need to be memorized

Incoming students should be able to play major scales (as many as possible), play the required music selection, and pass a diagnostic sight-reading test.

  1. Pitch recognition:  The evaluator will play 3 pitches on the piano and have the student repeat the pitch.  The audition candidate will be rated on the overall pitch recognition.
  2. Scales:  Student selected scale and teacher selected scale
  3. Music performance

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.

Audition Preparation

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

Alto Saxophone
French Horn
Mallet Percussion
Snare Drum