Dear 8th Grade students and families,
If you are interested in playing in the CHS Jazz Band as 9th graders for the 2017-2018 school year, please read below for a letter from Mr. Mancini.
Please direct any questions about CHS Jazz Band to Mr. Mancini: Richard.Mancini@camas.wednet.edu
Attached please find audition materials for next year’s CHS jazz bands. It’s pretty self-explanatory, I think: find the two pdf files that apply to your instrument, print them out, practice them! Also be sure to read the “Auditions” pdf file. If you’re not auditioning for jazz band, feel free to delete this message. You’re welcome.
Auditions will consist of the following:
Alto and bari sax: choose the “alto bari” files attached
Tenor sax and trumpet: choose the “trumpet tenor” files
Trombone: choose the “trombone bass” files
Piano and guitar: play “Misty” for me (ha ha) from the “trumpet tenor” file, playing whatever background chords you can with the melody; also prepare a piece of your choice to play (any style, but something jazzy is better in this case)
Bass: choose the “trombone bass” files, playing the melody; also play me a “walking bass” 12-bar blues progression in the key of your choice
Drums: you will play the scales on the vibes; then play the following grooves: swing, shuffle, rock, funk, Latin (bossa nova, samba, etc.). I will give you the tempo for each style.
About the chord symbols in the charts (piano and guitar): the “minus sign” denotes a minor chord; “B-7” is “B minor 7,” having the same function as the lowercase “m” in standard music theory (Bm7). Instead of using a capital “M” for major 7ths (FM7), these charts use “maj7.”
Students will audition by section like we do for concert band chair tests. Anyone can go first, second, third, etc. Once you complete your audition (about 7-8 minutes), you are free to leave. Here’s our schedule:
Tuesday, May 23 – saxophones
6:40-7:35 AM (zero period), saxophones currently in jazz bands at CHS
After school, CHS saxophones NOT currently in jazz band will audition 2:20-3:10 (or during 6th period if available); 8th graders will begin at 3:10.
Wednesday, May 24 – trumpets
6:40 AM, trumpets currently in jazz bands at CHS
After school, CHS trumpets NOT currently in jazz band will audition 2:20-3:10 (or during 6th period if available); 8th graders will begin at 3:10.
Thursday, May 25 – trombones (this is also our step-up instrument night, BTW)
6:40 AM, trombones currently in jazz bands at CHS
After school, CHS trombones NOT currently in jazz band will audition 2:20-3:10 (or during 6th period if available); 8th graders will begin at 3:10.
Friday, May 26 – rhythm section
6:40 AM, bass/guitar/piano/drums currently in jazz bands at CHS
After school, CHS bass/guitar/piano/drums NOT currently in jazz band will audition 2:20-3:10 (or during 6th period if available); 8th graders will begin at 3:10.
(NO SCHOOL Memorial Day)
Results will be posted by Tuesday, May 30, after school in the CHS band hallway. I will also send the results to my CHS band email list and also to Mr. Henion and Mr. Sanchez. Since this follows a three-day weekend, results may be posted earlier in the day.
Thank you for auditioning!
Please see the attached letters: one is from Mr. Mancini letting incoming Freshmen know about band at CHS next school year. High school Jazz Band info will be coming out shortly. Stay tuned!
The second letter is for Skyridge students who are interested in being in Jazz Band next year. All students must audition for Jazz Band, even if they are in Jazz Band this year.
Seussical the Musical, Jr. is this Friday and Saturday at CHS. You can learn more by following this link. Students may come to this concert and receive Band Project credit if they turn in a concert program.
Jazz Band only: Jazz Nite @ CHS is Monday, May 22nd at 7 p.m. More details will be sent out later on this week to the Jazz Band. Non-jazz band students may come to this concert and receive Band Project credit if they turn in a concert program.
All bands: Our end-of-year concert is June 20th at 7 p.m. at CHS.
That about does it for this time! I hope you all have a great week!
It’s Friday again, and now that we have a bit of news, here’s this week’s edition of Band Notes!
Upcoming concerts (new dates due to Snow Days)
Our Jazz Nite concert at CHS (Jazz Band only) will still be on May 22nd at 7 p.m.
Our end-of-year concert has been changed to accommodate the extra days added on to the end of the year. It is now scheduled for June 20th at 7 p.m. at CHS.
On a celebratory note, Wednesday marked one year since I joined the Camas School District family, and I can’t believe how fast time has flown! Needless to say, the highlight of being here is working with the kids, and I’m so fortunate to be able to teach such a dedicated group of bright, funny, thoughtful, and talented kids each and every day.
Upcoming Band Project opportunity
Several band kids will be in a production of Seussical the Musical, Jr. on May 19th and 20th at CHS. Please see the attached poster for more details. This is going to be an incredible production, and I hope everybody is able to make it. As always, this counts as a Band Project if students attend this production and bring me back a program.
I hope you all have a great weekend (whatever the weather decides to do)!
Keep checking back here for the latest news, due dates, concert reminders, and more!