2019-2020 school year Ensemble Placement Audition —->

Sheet Music

Alto/Bari Sax:Alto-Bari Mist and Grits

Tenor Sax: Tenor Mist and Grits

Trumpet: Trumpet Mist and Grits

Trombone: Trombone Mist and Grits

Piano: Piano Mist and Grits

Guitar:Guitar Mist and Grits

Bass:Bass Mist and Grits

Drums: Drums Mist and Grits


Use these recordings as reference. The first set is the audition music with YOUR instrument playing the head and solo. The second set is what you will have to play with at the audition. This means that you will play with a recording that will be missing your instrument.

If you want to sit 1st chair or 2nd chair in any section you will need to do a short improvisation in F blues. Below the prepared pieces and their recordings is the sheet music for improvisation along with a recording (spotify).


Audition set 

The below tracks will help you prepare for your audition. Find your instrument and practice with the backing tracks.

Audition track for winds and guitar: Mist And Grits (rhythm only)

Audition track for piano:  Mist and Grits [without piano]

Audition track for bass: Mist and Grits (Bass)

Improvisation in F Blues (for winds only)

The links below show the music for the improvisation section of the audition.

Instructions for Improvisation:

Play the “head” (the music that is written) on the first time through. On the second time, you can start your improvisation. You may take the solo up to 4x through. On your final time through, you must play the “head” again.

Jazz Improvisation for Bb instruments

Jazz Improvisation Audition for Eb and Bass Clef instruments

Recording is here—->04 Slow Blues in F Concert 

If the link does not work, use this instead…


Jazz Bands Syllabus

Listening Assignment Document

Jazz 1 Track 6

Jazz 1 Track 7

Track 8

Jazz 2 Tracks 

Track 07 Cm7 Try It On Your Own

Track 12 Cm7 Scale Call And Response

Track 17 That’s Cool!

Track 13 BbM7 Chromatic Call And Response


 Below are some recordings of our performances!

Jazz Ensemble 1 playing Thad Jones’ Tiptoe:

Jazz Ensemble 2 playing Yardbird Suite:

Jazz Ensemble 3 playing Now’s the Time:


Artists to listen to:


Alto – Charlie Parker, Johnny Hodges, Cannonball Adderly

Tenor – Lester Young, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Paul Gonzalves, Chris Potter


Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Fats Navarro


J.J. Johnson, Frank Rosolino, Wycliffe Gordon, Tommy Dorsey


Art Tatum, Bud Powell, Red Garland


Joe Pass, Freddie Green


Paul Chambers, Sam Jones, Ray Brown, Jimmy Blanton

Drum Set:

Buddy Rich, Louis Bellison, Gene Krupa, Max Roach


Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday


Albums to listen to:

Louis Armstrong “Hot 5’s and 7’s”

Miles Davis “Relaxin” and “Kind of Blue”

Any album by Bud Powell and Charlie Parker



District Music Performance Assessment 2015:

I Can’t Stop Loving You:

District Music Performance Assessment 2014:

Song for My Father (featuring Tristan Young on Trombone) by Horace Silver arr. Frank Mantooth:

It’s Oh, So Nice by Sammy Nestico (from the Basie, Straight Ahead album):




Jazz Band I, 2012 District Jazz MPA:

Big Dipper, composed by Thad Jones (Riley Fallen-trumpet, Morgan Roberts-tenor sax, Emily Bogenrief-guitar)

Street of Dreams, arranged by Frank Comstock (Michelle Cherne-alto sax, Nick Sellinger-trombone)

Struttin’ With Some BBQ, composed by Louis Armstrong (Nick Sellinger-trombone, Morgan Roberts-tenor sax)


Jazz Links

Don Zentz’ jazz page (former director of UNF Jazz Ensemble, last year’s jazz clinician at MHS): http://www.zentz.org/dzlinks

Jazz Videos

In a Mellow Tone:

Count Basie:

Ella Fitzgerald  sings, Oscar Peterson plays piano (notice how they decided what to perform about 3 seconds before the song starts!):

The GRP All-Star Band (featuring Arturo Sandoval on trumpet, Dave Weckl on drums, Dave Brubeck on piano) performs Manteca:

When I Fall in Love, performed by the great Nat “King” Cole:

CHECK THIS OUT!!!  All about the making of one of our favorite albums, “Ray Sings, Basie Swings!”