That time of year is upon us! It is time to gear up and get ready for next years marching season! In this post, you will find any necessary information to prepare for your audition and/or your leadership interview!
Who has to interview? Anyone who is planning to go out for a leadership position must complete an interview! These will be held in Mr. Wiley's office after school on Tuesday, May 18th. Your time slot is posted in the band room. How should I prepare?
All leadership candidates should be expected to know the duties of the position(s) you are applying for. All candidates must dress professionally for their interview and expect to answer questions that revolve around what your expectations are to better the band program.
Who has to audition? Not all leadership candidates have to complete an audition. Only those seeking to be on executive leadership (Drum Major, Band Captain, or 1st and 2nd Lieutenant), or a section leader/section captain must complete an audition. You will find the requirements for your auditions below.
Drum Major Auditions:
Drum Major auditions will be held in the PLSHS Band Room on Monday, May 13th from 2:00pm-3:00pm. During this audition, you must conduct a prepared piece of your choosing, conduct the prepared excerpt, sight analyze a score provided to you, and must perform marching fundamentals and teach marching fundamentals. Refer to Drum Major Audition Sheet given to you.
Executive Leadership/Section Leader Auditions:
Executive Leadership Auditions will be held in the PSLHS Band Room on Wednesday, May 19th from 2:00pm - 5:00pm. Your audition times are posted in the PSLHS Band Room. This audition will be judged based on 3 categories: Performing Marching Fundamentals, Teaching Marching Fundamentals, and Playing.
Performing Marching Fundamentals - Leadership Candidates will be asked to demonstrate basic marching skills. Be prepared to demonstrate from the following commands - ( You should prepare all, but will be asked to perform 5)
Playing - All executive leadership
candidates will have to play major scales on their instruments. You will be performing 3 major scales from the following list: C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, G, D, A. Your scales should be in pass-off rhythm with arpeggios. Bonus points will be applied to candidates who can perform scales in more than 1 octave.
Color Guard Captain Auditions:
Section captain auditions will be held in the PSLHS Bandroom on Wednesday, May 19th from 2:00pm - 5:00pm. Your audition times are posted in the band room. The color guard captain position will be judged on 4 categories:
Performing Marching Fundamentals - Guard captain Candidates will be asked to demonstrate basic marching skills. Be prepared to demonstrate from the following commands - ( You should prepare all, but will be asked to perform 5)
Teaching Flag Basics - Candidates should be expected to teach drop spins, butterflies, and blue devils.
Teaching Weapon Basics - Candidates should be expected to teach consecutives, stops, and singles.
Percussion Captain Auditions:
Section captain positions will be held in the PSLHS Bandroom Wednesday May 19th from 2:00pm - 5:00pm. Your audition time is posted in the band room. The drum captain position will be judged on 4 categories:
Performing Marching Fundamentals - Section Leader Candidates will be asked to demonstrate basic marching skills. Be prepared to demonstrate from the following commands - ( You should prepare all, but will be asked to perform 5)
Playing - It is important for the percussion captain to be able to demonstrate and play on all of the percussion instruments. You will be expected to perform all required material from the audition packed given to you by Mr. Cromer.
Demonstrating a Sectional Plan - Leading sectionals will be a very large part of the percussion captain job. During your audition, you will have to give a verbal plan outlining your ideal sectional. This will be asked interview style.
Pit Captain will need to demonstrate a competent understanding on Mallets. You will need to be prepared to play the following scales in two octaves: Bb, F, Eb, C, Db, Ab, D, A