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Jazz Percussion Requirements Participants are required to submit a video audition which must include the following - in this order: •

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Perform with a combo on the 12-bar blues piece Straight No Chaser in medium tempo which must include playing time for two or more choruses behind a soloist and one or more choruses of a drum solo. Sticks and/or brushes are acceptable. Please visit the Jazz Requirements Home page to download the lead sheet. Perform a medium or slow-tempo piece demonstrating your ability to perform with brushes. (No original compositions). Perform an up-tempo tune in any jazz style, except blues, which must include at least one or more choruses of playing time behind a soloist and two or more choruses of trading fours or eights. (Composers such as Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, George Gershwin, Tito Puente. No original compositions). Participant's submission should demonstrate a full range of technical skill and interpretive ability, demonstrate the ability to play in a variety of jazz styles and show your particular interests and strengths. Sticks and brushes should be clearly distinguishable in the recording. Each selection should be 3 - 5 minutes in length. All must be played in combo format (minimum: piano or guitar, bass and drums) with either a live band or a pre-recorded format. The instrument to be judged should predominate.

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Don'ts (can be disqualified)

Record your audition in the order listed above using a 1 NEW DVD.

Do not submit a VHS, mini-DV, mini cassette or VCD. QuickTime and AVI files will not be accepted for adjudication

Announce your audition in the following manner: "My YoungArts ID# is 08009999/251. My first piece is (title) 2 composed by (composer)." (You will receive your YoungArts ID# once you have completed the registration process).

Do not state your name or place it in or on the DVD case. Do not make any other comments.

Use a fixed point of view for your camera with the 3 student auditioning being the main focus. Shoot straight on, leaving the camera in one location.

Do not pan, move the camera, or follow the musician. Camera may be no closer than waist up.


Use a good quality microphone and check for good balance and blend. Edits between pieces are allowed.

Do not make film edits within a piece. No sound enhancements are allowed.

Include the names and composers of the pieces as well as the DVD track/Chapter # or DVD player 5 counter/Timestamp on the content card inside the DVD case.


Submit your audition materials according to the official mailing requirements.

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Recommendations • •

There should be short pauses between selections. Do not assume that our adjudicators will be able to view you audition. As soon as the DVD is recorded, make certain you view it in its entirety on a standard DVD player prior to submitting. Do not view your submission on a laptop or desktop as it could format the disc to play only on a computer.

NOTE: DVD’s will not be returned. Participants should make and keep copies of all materials submitted. YoungArts is not responsible for submissions lost or damaged in the mail.

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