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    2019-2020 season

    Auditions are on September 15th

    Only brass and new members will be auditioning this year. We hope to see you and your musical friends at our Open Rehearsal on September 8th. Please use the 2018 etudes for our auditions. A follow up email will further clarify the percussion audition.

    2018 IOWA ALL-STATE BAND AUDITION ETUDES
    Flute: Selected Studies for Flute by Voxman: Pub. By Rubank, p. 17 and p. 56
    Oboe: Selected Studies for Oboe by Voxman: Pub. By Rubank, p. 28 and p. 39
    Clarinet Bb: Selected Studies for Clarinet by Voxman: Pub. By Rubank, p. 21 and p. 30
    Low Clarinet (Bass and Contra): Advanced Studies from the Works of J. Weissenborn: arr. Rhoads, Pub. by Southern, #11 (p. 7); #12 (p. 8)
    Bassoon: Method for Bassoon by J. Weissenborn/50 Studies section in back of book (Catalogue # CU96). #5 (p.116-117) and #45 (p. 151)
    Saxophone: Selected Studies for Saxophone by Voxman: Pub. By Rubank, p. 26-27 and p. 55
    Trumpet: Selected Studies for Trumpet by Voxman: Pub. By Rubank, p. 8 and p. 22
    French Horn: Preparatory Melodies to Solo Work by Pottag: Pub. By Belwin, #12 (p. 5), #77 (p. 31), and #97 (p. 40)
    Trombone & Euphonium: Selected Studies for Trombone by Voxman: Pub. By Rubank, p. 7 and p. 21
    All Euphoniums, both treble and bass clef, must play the trombone etudes. These may be rewritten into treble clef, if desired. The Concert Key (Sounding Pitch) must be maintained.
    Bass Trombone: (New book in 2016) – 50 Etudes for Bass Trombone and Tenor Trombone with F Attachment by Grigoriev, ed. & arr. by Randall Hawes: Pub. by Encore, #43 (p. 41) and #50 (p. 47)
    Tuba: 70 Studies for BB Flat Tuba by Blazhevich, Vol. No. 1: Pub. By Robert King, #20 (p. 19) and #35 (p. 38-39)

    Percussionists: The All-State percussion audition will consist of the following:
    (I) Solo or etude of choice performance on the percussion instrument (snare drum, timpani, or keyboard percussion) which represents the performance medium of greatest skill, talent, and confidence. THE SOLO/ETUDE IS
    NOT TO EXCEED ONE MINUTE, THIRTY SECONDS IN LENGTH.
    (II) Basic Technique
    Snare Drum:
    1. Play a multiple bounce (orchestral) roll at the performer’s maximum controlled speed from soft to loud
    to soft.
    2. Play a double stroke (rudimental) roll from slow to fast to slow at a constant volume.
    3. Demonstrate proper grip and stroke.
    4. Demonstrate correct tone to include tuning of batter and snare heads, proper snare strainer tension,
    proper playing area, and choice of sticks. Keyboard Percussion:
    1. Play three (3) MAJOR scales – two (2) major scales detemined through a random drawing process
    and one (1) major scale of choice. If a scale of choice is drawn, a second or third choice is to be performed. The major scales are to be memorized and performed in the appropriate full range of the instrument two or more octaves where possible, ascending and descending. The major scales must be performed in 16th notes at a metronome speed of quarter note = 88. A metronome will be used to establish tempo. Either of the following rhythm patterns is acceptable:
    or
    2. Play a chromatic scale (memorized) the full range of the instrument, ascending and descending, in 4 – 16th notes at a minimum tempo of quarter note = 88.
    3. Demonstrate proper grip and stroke.
    4. Demonstrate correct tone to include proper playing area and choice of mallets. Timpani: [Tuning gauges are not to be used.]
    1. Perform a glissando roll ascending and descending through the full range of the drum chosen. 2. Tune to a required pitch chosen by auditor.
    3. Demonstrate proper grip and stroke.
    4. Demonstrate correct tone to include proper playing area and choice of mallets.
    Crash Cymbals:
    1. Perform crashes at various volume levels. 2. Demonstrate proper angle/position/grip.
    Tambourine:
    1. Perform shake and thumb rolls.
    2. Demonstrate correct tone to include proper angle, grip, and stroke.
    (III) Required etudes for snare drum, timpani, keyboard percussion, crash cymbals and tambourine:
    Snare: Portraits in Rhythm by Cirone: Pub. by Belwin, #21 (p. 23)
    Timpani: The Timpani etudes were composed with the intention of performing on three timpani. Only three
    timpani are allowed in the performance of the etude.
    • Iowa Percussive Arts Society Etude #9, available on the IHSMA website. [3 Timpani (pitch
    changes)] (TUNING GAUGES ARE NOT TO BE USED!)
    Mallet: Iowa Percussive Arts Society Etude #3, available on the IHSMA website.
    Crash Cymbals (for Recall round only): Iowa Percussive Arts Society Etude #8, available on the IHSMA