THS Honors Jazz Ensemble Auditions (Feb)

posted Dec 4, 2013, 8:07 AM by Towson High Music   [ updated Aug 28, 2017, 12:12 PM ]

THS Honors Jazz Ensemble Audition Information

  • The audition for the Honors Jazz Ensemble occurs in late February.  This year you may sign up for your audition on Friday, 2/24/17. Current jazz ensemble members who wish to audition for next years' ensemble will do so during class time.  Do not sign-up if you are a current member!
  • The scale requirements, audition music, and improvisation play-a-long file are all posted below.
  • The Honors Jazz Band performs at the THS Winter and Spring Music concerts, a special Holiday concert at Kenilworth Mall in December, the Basket Bingo fundraiser in February, Towson Gardens Day, and other special events.
  • Additional clinics and performances are added each year.
  • If you have any questions after reading this information, please contact Mr. Rhen at
Click here to signup!

Requirements for the 2017-2018 Audition

Brass and Woodwinds Audition:

  • DOWNLOAD the audition requirements, music selections, Improvisation chord chart for your instrument, and play-a-long file which is posted below.
  • SCALES: 1 of the Major scales (up to 4 flats and 4 sharps), the chromatic scale, and the concert F blues scale. Blues Scale degrees = 1   b3   4   #4   5   b7    8
  • IMPROVISATION - Required for ALL instruments except drum set. Improvisation chords and play along file are found below.

Rhythm Section Audition:

  • Rhythm section including Piano, Guitar, Bass, and Vibraphone
  • Music is posted at the bottom of this page
  • COMPING/TIME: Blues chord changes in the key of F with trading 4 measure soloing, one chorus in each of the styles of Swing (= 120) Latin (= 100) Funk (= 92)
  • IMPROVISATION - F Blues song is required for ALL instruments except drum set.