In order to keep life simpler,
with fewer interruptions for the director and her
family, there are rules for picking up audition music as
well as a firm deadline for submitting auditions.
RESOURCE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Suggested Strategy for Auditioning
July 5, 2023, 9AM
is the date Concert Senior and Symphonic audition sheet
music is released. It must be picked up this
do not need to come on 7/5 since Junior auditions DO NOT
require any sheet music. Rather, their audition comes
completely from the gold Essential Elements 1 book.
REMINDER for Adult Helpers – no audition required for
Cadet or Junior band. Only adult helpers wishing to move up a
band level to Senior or Symphonic need to produce a one-time, acceptable
audition for that band.)
Senior and Symphonic sheet music will be available at
the director’s home in Winfield, not far from the
intersection of Roosevelt and Winfield Roads. Contact
the director if you need the address and/or directions.
circumstances will audition sheet music be mailed or
released early to accommodate vacation schedules.
ahead if you will be gone for the holiday. There is NO
EARLY RELEASE. Have a friend pick-up your audition if
you are unable to get it on July 5.
NO EARLY RELEASE.
If you are not able to come on July 5 it is your
responsibility to make arrangements with another band
member, (not the Borows) to pick-up your music on July
5. All audition music pick-ups are to be completed on
Also, you may not simply “show-up” at the director’s
home on this day and expect to receive audition music.
Current members must have previously filled-in the Band
Commitment/Declaration form. New people should have had
prior contact with the director to let her know for
which band(s) they intend to audition.
Without the Band Commitment/Declaration from current
members or prior contact from new people, no music
packet will be prepared for you and you will have to
arrange with the director for pick-up at a later time.
MUST BE AT THE DIRECTOR’S HOME BY
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2023 or they
will be considered late.
In order to be considered for a ranked chair position
your audition must be turned in on time, by the
deadline. If you fail to do so, there will be penalties
at the director’s discretion.
is also the 2023-2024 Winter
Return it anytime after Booster
jobs are released on 7/24 and by the
August 2 deadline.
will be accepted without fully completing and returning
1. A 2023-2024
including online sign–up for
Booster Hours and indicating those hours on the
Booster Jobs will be
released Monday, July 24 at 7pm, first come first served.
Adult members with no students
must also submit a
completed registration form so we have the most current
contact information, etc.
2. A completed
and signed Commitment Page and signed Handbook Agreement
fees and any applicable
RENTAL forms and RENTAL fee(s) for students AND adults
alike. Late fee will be applicable after August 2.
JUNIOR, SENIOR AND
MEMBERSHIP IN WSHSB BY
audition is necessary for beginners (Cadets). See link
to Cadet Requirements at the bottom of this page.
REMINDER for Adult Helpers – no audition required for
Cadet or Junior band. Only adult helpers wishing to move up
a band level to Senior or Symphonic need to produce a one-time, acceptable
Our Concert Season runs throughout the school
year; fall through spring.
Those who wish to be part of the WSHSB Annual Summer
Chair Competition must submit an audition video by the
deadline, August 2.
AUDITIONING FOR A PARTICULAR
BAND DOES NOT GUARANTEE ACCEPTANCE IN THAT BAND. There
may also be limits in instrument sections within each
band level. The Concert Season roster will be set before
the first band rehearsal.
However, once the summer audition video deadline has
passed you are still able to join by submitting an
audition video with the following understanding. You
will be placed in the band where we feel you fit best
and you will be at the end of the roster for your
instrument. Those who do not submit an audition
video will not receive music and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED
A MEMBER OF THE BAND.
While you may audition for more
than one band, you must audition for each band on the
instrument you intend to play in that band. Every
audition must be COMPLETELY NEW
for 2023-2024 including
ALL REQUIRED ELEMENTS as defined within
each audition. This audition video requirement applies
to all new applicants, as well as all returning members.
move up a band level? In
order to be considered for a band level promotion,
members need to prepare and perform BOTH
the audition for the band they are in as well as the one
to which they are aspiring.
Registration includes Commitment Page
- Due to increasing conflicts with other activities, all
members are required to complete the Commitment page
which is the third page of the Registration Form. You
will need to list known conflicts/absences and a
parent's signature is required.
Again, the deadline for auditions,
Registration Forms, applicable rental forms and all fees is
August 2, 2023 and auditions will not be accepted without the
necessary forms completed and fees included.
Commitment for Concert Season
- We would also like to impress upon you that the
band(s) for which you choose to audition has a direct
effect on planning for our next concert season. The
balance and number of instruments affects the
composition of each band as well as the selection of
music. We will not be able to accommodate changes once
you choose an instrument and band level. Any requests of
this nature will be considered for the following concert
No member has the
authority to bypass the audition process by acquiring
another band’s/instrument’s music or inserting
themselves into a band they never auditioned for.
This is different from being a (director-approved)
helper on your primary instrument in another band, which
does not require an extra audition to fulfill that role.
There are also times when the director may request a
member's help, crossing the band lines, but these kinds
of situations always require the director’s knowledge
Recording their audition in the comfort of their own
home allows students to record their best playing or go
back and re-record something with which they are not
happy. Even if you feel that your video is not very
good, submit it anyway - you have nothing to lose.
Having a video allows the director to go back and
re-listen to a student. Know that YouTube auditions are
much preferred, but you may submit a DVD. If you do not
own a DVD recorder, many libraries offer this option. The
director is not able to assist in making your recording.
No auditions will be accepted on flash drives, or SD
cards, as used in video cameras.
YouTube Auditions are PREFERRED
Set your YouTube
DO NOT set it to private or public.
link(s) for all elements of your
audition in one email. DO NOT send
individual elements in separate emails.
director at her REGULAR email
address. DO NOT send through
the website contact form.
DVD-R formats are
only, do not use DVD+R or DVD+/-RW for
Because of the large number of auditions, it is
too cumbersome to have more than one audition on a tape
or DVD. Each COMPLETE audition must be on ONE separate,
DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO
UPLOAD TO YouTube OR RECORD & FINALIZE YOUR DVD!
We are aware YouTube
uploading can take as much as a few hours or more,
depending on internet speed, etc. Additionally, there
may be power outages, computer failures, equipment
issues or other unforeseen problems. To avoid missing
the deadline, do not wait until the last moment to
upload to YouTube or record and finalize your DVD.
the floor or sit on a solid chair and use a music stand.
Do not set the music on a table, in your case, or have
another person hold it while you perform. Do not sit on
a sofa, soft chair or bed.
Record your audition from
the side and NOT from the front. Playing directly into
the microphone can distort the sound. We also want to be
able to see your embouchure and finger or hand
technique. Tubas, be sure to film on the side that we
can see your face.
Use a new DVD-R for each
TEST DVD BEFORE
For various reasons we
have had considerable problems with DVD's that will not
play on a commercial (for home use) DVD player. In order
to be sure your DVD will play properly it must be
"finalized" when created. Before submitting your video
you need to give it a test run on a commercial (for home
use) DVD player, NOT on a computer DVD drive.
LABEL THE VIDEO
Clearly label the DVD and its case with the student's
name, instrument, and the band for which the student is
(The following steps are also included within each band's
COMPLETELY NEW for 2023-2024 including
as defined within each audition.
skip any elements.
beginning of the recording clearly state
your first and last name and announce
for which band and instrument you are
First Chair Expectations
- If a student is not prepared or
willing to accept the following degrees
of responsibility, he should say
so at the beginning of his video.
Earning first chair/principal confers
upon a player an important title. But
there are responsibilities that come
with the position. The director and band
rely on each principal to take on
leadership for his section. These
expectations increase commensurately
with each band level. As lead he is
expected to -
Attend band regularly
minimal to no absences
Be the most skilled
performer in the section
and an example of "how
to do it" to the rest of
Be called upon to
"model" a difficult
passage for the rest of
Be responsible for
leading sectionals as
selection before playing e.g.; Bb
chromatic scale, passage name, etc.
Everything must be recorded with a
metronome at the designated tempo where
will be deducted for not using and
setting a metronome
VERY IMPORTANT –
You may choose to record parts of your
audition on different days or at
different times. However, there is to be
no break or editing within
any passage/exercise/scale. If you make
a mistake or stop within a passage,
etc., leave the video running and
pick-up where you left off. Points will
be deducted for breaks in the recording,
other than at measured rests. One or two
measures of rest should be counted out
on the video. Where there are three or
more measures of rest, leave the video
running, pause playing and announce, “I
am continuing at measure ___.” Resume
playing at that measure.
making your audition video if you record
any passage/exercise/scale more than
once you must edit that video to a final
video with only one take of each
audition requirement. Include ALL
elements in the same email or DVD.
WHETHER YouTube LINKS OR DVDS,
RECEIVED AT THE DIRECTOR’S HOME BY
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2023 or they
will be considered late.
to be considered for a ranked chair
position your audition must be turned in
on time, by the deadline. If you fail to
do so, there will be penalties at the
No auditions will be accepted on
flash drives, or SD cards, as used in
We are aware YouTube uploading can take
as much as 48 hours or more,
on internet speed, etc. There may
be power outages, computer failures,
equipment issues or other unforeseen
problems. To avoid missing the deadline,
do not wait until the last days before
auditions are due
to YouTube or record and finalize your
One’s ability to commit to/attend band
will be taken into greater consideration in roster
placement. AUDITIONING FOR A PARTICULAR BAND DOES
NOT GUARANTEE ACCEPTANCE IN THAT BAND.
You will be placed in a band level
based on your proficiency and the needs within each
section and band. There may also be limits in instrument
sections within each band level. After the director has
reviewed and evaluated all audition tapes, band
assignments will be made and the roster set
before the first band
rehearsal. The SYMPHONIC band will be set first,
followed by CONCERT SENIOR and then CONCERT JUNIOR.
Assignments will remain for the duration of the concert
season and will not change, unless initiated by the
director alone. Students will not be allowed to
“promote” or change bands during the year, unless
invited by the director. For example, this may be done
for musical/instrumentation needs.
It is important to remember that each student is
placed on their own ability as compared to all of the
other students on that instrument. It is sometimes
difficult to realize that you are joining a band program
with upperclassmen who have continued to practice and
study their instruments throughout high school. Some
very good players will be placed in Concert Junior Band.
This means that the quality of all of our bands is
CONFLICTS WITH BAND
We are asking parents to help guide their students to
make prudent, responsible and reasonable decisions about
their commitment choices and instilling the importance
of following through and fulfilling them to the best of
their ability. Students can only do what their parents
Just as students in traditional school have band during
their school day, and receive a grade and credit on
their transcript, the same can be done for a
homeschooler. If you are not already doing so, you too
can give your student a a music grade and a credit and
enter it on their transcript. They can be graded for
progressing in their musical skills, putting in regular
practice hours between rehearsals, and following through
with their band commitment by faithfully attending
weekly rehearsals, dress rehearsals and concerts.
Since the band was founded in 2001, there has been a
tremendous increase in the number of extracurricular
activities available to homeschoolers. Some of the
activities where we see the most conflicts are with
organized sports, youth theater, speech & debate, and
outside membership in a local high school band. Wanting
to take advantage of and experience a wide variety of
things, students are over-committing themselves and are
often shortchanging the groups they decided to join. It
seems that a minimalist attitude surfaces where the
question becomes “What is the least I can do and still
belong?” One activity is weighed against the other and
somewhere, a group that is counting on you loses out. In
the case of band, when a principal misses, a crucial or
exposed part may go vacant. If that part is covered by
another student then their part goes vacant. That is
just one example.
Life involves making choices, being faithful to one’s
commitments, taking pride in what we do and doing the
best we can. It's not always easy but it's always worth
it and builds character.
WHAT YOU DO AFTER THE AUDITION MATTERS
The director reserves the right to change roster
positions and/or part assignments as needed to benefit
the band. We have had to make these changes in the past
and regret when we are left with that difficult decision
due to infractions in the following areas. Regular,
weekly attendance, attitude, overall
behavior and cooperative spirit are all taken very
record weighs very heavily. It is a major factor and
catalyst influencing a roster position or part
assignment change. This is especially true for those
with higher chairs. A student may turn in an outstanding
audition, earning them a top chair. However, they need
to realize it is more than just a title. Much time,
thought and prayer go into making the assignments. By
conferring the title, it is expected the student will
accept it as a serious personal responsibility and
deeper personal commitment to the band, the director and
its members. Indeed, we need all students to take their
commitment to band seriously and are gratified by all
those who do so. The director adds, “We expect good
attendance throughout the year. It is crucial to the
entire band and to the success of the concert that all
rehearsals before a concert are not missed by any
percussionist or wind musician. Failure to do so may
result in a change in part assignment, roster position,
or possible exclusion from a concert.”
NOTE: Audition requirements are
subject to change to a greater or lesser degree every
year. In the past, Junior and Senior audition
requirements have changed only slightly from year to
year. Know that we are always considering new options.
Senior and Symphonic audition music, which is
required in addition to the exercises, is released about
a month before the audition video deadliine.
Musical skills are not best
built separately over the summer, or even worse, in just
a few days before an audition recording is due. They are
built with diligent, consistent daily practice.
Students are encouraged to incorporate these audition
requirements into their regular practice to be better
prepared when audition time comes. It will be time well
Click here for the 2023-2024 CONCERT JUNIOR AUDITION
Click here for the 2023-2024 CONCERT SENIOR AUDITION
Click here for the 2023-2024 SYMPHONIC AUDITION
Click here for the 2023-2024 CADET (beginner)
Rev. May 1, 2023