Audition Requirements

Major Scales up to four sharps and four flats are a part of the Northeast District Audition, regardless of whether or not they are required at state. Please refer to the "Practical Ranges for Audition Scales" when advising students on the number of octaves required of specific scales.

Participation Eligibility Requirements
There are three requirements for a student to be eligible to audition for the NEKMEA Band, Jazz Band or Orchestra Winds/Percussion membership:
  1. The student must first be a performing member of their school's band program.
  2. The student's director must submit an online audition form and a printed form with payment to NEKMEA for each student auditioning. This form must be submitted by the deadline established by NEKMEA.
  3. The student must be deemed an eligible freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in good standing in their high school.
Music Requirements for the Live Audition:
  1. A full range chromatic scale slurred up and tongued down. Quarter Note MM= 120. Memorization is not required.
  2. One major scale with up to 4 sharps or 4 flats. Quarter Note MM= 120. Memorization is not required. All scales will start on the lowest possible starting note in the practical range. Each scale is non-transposed (i.e., if a trumpet player is asked to perform a C scale, they will be expected to perform a C scale on their instrument, not a C concert scale.) The major scale for each instrument will be posted by the band chairpersons on the morning of live auditions.
  3. Sections of the required etudes/solos.
  4. Sight reading
2020 NEKMEA District Audition - Required Major Scale
The following scales are the required major scales for the 2020 Northeast KMEA District High School Band Auditions. Play the scale listed for your instrument two octaves, quarter note MM = 120, slurred up and tongued down. Start on the lowest possible starting note in the practical range. Scales are non-transposed.
  • Flute and Piccolo - A Major
  • Oboe - D Major
  • Bassoon - A Major
  • Clarinet - E Major
  • Bass/Contra Clarinet - E Major
  • All Saxophones - E Major
  • Trumpet - A Major
  • Horn - A Major
  • Trombone/Euphonium - A Major
  • Tuba - A Major

2020-21 Audition Excerpts

Individual instrument audition cuts are displayed for each instrument in the list below.
Piccolo
Concerto in C Major, Vivaldi, (RV443) published by International, #2782. Play entire Largo movement, no repeats.
Piccolo audition cut: Play from the beginning of the solo to beat 3 of measure 6
Flute
Concerto in G, K313, Mozart, published by International (#1962). Play first movement measure 31 (A) to measure 91. Second movement, 10-27 (F to G with pickup). Edit 5/16/2011: In the 16th measure of the second movement of the Concerto in G, the quarter note E should be an eighth note.
Flute audition cut: Play Mvmt 1 measure 60 to downbeat of 69 and Mvmt 2 pick up to F to the end of measure 19
Oboe
Sonata No. 1, G.F. Handel, published by Carl Fischer (CU-1385). Play all of the opening Adagio and the first Allegro.
Oboe audition cut: Play Adagio: 3rd beat of A (m. 10) to the end and Allegro: beginning to m. 18
Bassoon
48 Famous Studies for Bassoon, Op. 31, W. Ferling, ed. J. Thornton, published by Southern Music (B-242). Page 5, No. 7 in g minor. Play from the beginning to the Largo to the 4th line, stopping after the first count (G eighth note, eighth rest). Also page 6, No. 8 in g minor. Allegro moderato con fuoco. Play from the beginning to the end of the 1st measure on the 6th line.
Bassoon audition cut: Play No. 8 in g minor from the beginning of the etude to the 16th measure
B♭ Soprano Clarinet
Weber Concertino, Op. 26, Carl Maria von Weber, published by Carl Fischer. Play measures 10-36, and measures 147-238.
NOTE: Please use the following edition: CU724 (Cundy)
  1. Measure number 177 in the Carl Fischer edition (formerly a Cundy-Bettoney publication) contains an error which should be addressed. The first 6 notes should be written as sixteenth notes, and not as thirty-second notes.
  2. In measure number 212, on the "and of 5", the sixteenth note should be "F" not "E".
Soprano Clarinet audition cut: m. 10-20 and m. 167-179
Bass and Contra Clarinet
Allegro Spiritoso, J.B. Senaille/Thurston, published by Southern Music (SU114). The entire piece.
NOTE: Please use the following edition: SU114 (in b-flat). This edition should be used for ALL BASS CLARINETS AND CONTRA-CLARINETS. E♭ Contra should read the B♭ part.
Bass and Contra Clarinet audition cut: Beginning through the A in measure 39
Saxophones (Alto, Tenor, Baritone)
Selected Studies for Saxophone, H. Voxman, published by Rubank. Page 19, D Major. Play from the beginning to the end of the 5th line. Page 7, F Major. Play the entire etude.
Saxophones audition cut: Page 19, D Major. Play from the 2nd measure of the 3rd line (starting on G dotted quarter note) to the end of the 5th line. Page 7, F Major. Play from the beginning of the 4th line (starting on the F 16th note) to the end of the 2nd measure of the 6th line, ending at the quarter rest.
B♭ Cornet and Trumpet
Petite Piece Concertante, G. Balay, published by Kjos, edited by Buchtel. Play from the beginning to measure 58 and from measure 110 to the end.
Trumpet audition cut: Play Measure 5 - measure 22 (finish right before the 4 bar rest) and Measure 110 - 122. (finish on the Half Note C.)
French Horn
Concerto, opus 8, Franz Strauss/Sansone, published by Southern Music (SS-352). Play letter A to letter B. Play letter D to letter G.
edit Jan. 2, 2012: Please note that in the 21st measure after F the last four notes should be sixteenth notes.
French Horn audition cut: Play from count 3 of the 9th measure after F to letter G
Trombone and Euphonium
Contest Piece (Morceau de Concours), opus 57, G. Alary, published by Carl Fischer (CU-754). Play measures 7-23. Play measures 52-63. Play measures 111 to the end.
For the TC Baritone use the Carl Fischer Repertoire Classics for Trumpet (WF114) ISBN 0-8250-8279-6 (note changes in the TC part: The dynamics and the articulations are exactly the same as the original bass clef version except for the crescendo in measure 9 and measure 18 should be G,G,A,B,C instead of G,G,A#,B,C.)
NOTE: The written CONCERT "E♭" in measure 11 on beat two should be a CONCERT "F" in both the Bass Clef and Treble Clef Versions. Also, please note 24 measures from the end on beat three the written CONCERT "B♭" should be a CONCERT "C" in both the Bass Clef and Treble Clef Versions. Please perform both of these changes in your audition.
Trombone and Euphonium audition cut: m. 15-23 and m. 131-139
Tuba
Suite for Tuba, Don Haddad, published by Shawnee Press (LA 66). Begin page 2 at letter H to the end of the first movement. Page 2, second movement from the beginning to the end of the 1st ending before letter D on page 3.
Tuba audition cut: First Movement play from Letter J to the End. Second Movement play from the pick up to Letter B to the Ab 7 bars after C.
Percussionists may audition in one or more areas, but a separate form and payment must be submitted for each audition area.

Timpani
26 Etudes, The Solo Timpanist, Vic Firth, published by Carl Fischer (04402). Play all of Etude II and Etude III. Beginning of Etude III, M.M. dotted-quarter = 69.
Timpani audition cut: II- Measure 10 through beat 1 of 30, III- Measure 1 through the end of measure 10, M.M. dotted-quarter = 69.
Snare Drum
Portraits in Rhythm, 50 Studies for Snare Drum, Anthony Cirone, published by Belwin Mills (HAB 101). Play all of Etude #11 on page 13. Play all of Etude #6 on page 8.
Snare Drum audition cut: #6 -Measure 1 through beat 5 of measure 12, #11 -Measure 1 to the downbeat of measure 9
Mallets
Masterpieces for Marimba, arr. Thomas McMillan, published by Belwin/Warner Bros. (PROBK 1202). Play page 10 and 11: "Sonata" by Handel. Observe the first repeat; omit the second repeat.
Mallets audition cut: Page 10-11- Pick up note(& of 4) to measure 15 "B" through beat 3 of measure 32
 
Chairperson
1234A Band
Jayme Malsom
Holton HS
901 New York Ave
Holton, KS 66436
w: 785-364-2181


56A Band
Aaron Edwards
Lansing HS
1412 147th Street
Lansing, KS 66043
w: 913-727-3357

Important Dates - HS Band
Sep. 14, 2020 - Mon
Business Meeting
via Zoom
Oct. 16, 2020 - Fri
Audition registration deadline — HS Band, HS Jazz Band
$10 per audition
Nov. 6, 2020 - Fri
LATE Audition registration deadline — HS Band, HS Jazz Band, HS Orchestra
$20 per audition
Nov. 7, 2020 - Sat
FINAL Audition registration deadline— HS Choir, HS Band, HS Jazz Band, HS Orchestra
$50 per audition
Nov. 7, 2020 - Sat
NEKMEA HS Honor Group Virtual Auditions
Judging will take place Nov. 7-14
Dec. 5, 2020 - Sat
NEKMEA Mini-Conventions
Cancelled
Choir: Topeka HS
Orchestra: Topeka-Washburn Rural HS
Band: Topeka-Seaman HS
In-person festivals are cancelled for 2020-21

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