2016 Jazz One Info and Audition Materials

Post date: Dec 3, 2015 4:38:32 PM

The mission of Hempfield Jazz is to develop musicianship and appreciation through jazz education and performance. Hempfield Jazz is open to students in grades nine through twelve of all ability levels. To be considered for Jazz One, students must be enrolled in Band or Orchestra and/or a music elective course (i.e. Guitar, Music Production, Piano, Theory) with immediate intentions to join a large performing ensemble.

Hempfield Jazz One is the premier big band at Hempfield High School and is intended for the most advanced and serious musicians. Emphasis is placed on the performance of challenging jazz literature, developing intermediate-advanced improvisation skills, and performing at festivals and venues throughout the region. Interested students must complete a Hempfield Jazz Audition to be considered for Jazz One.

Rehearsals > Mondays and Thursdays (3:15 - 5:00)

Rehearsals will begin immediately following Holiday Break!


Friday, January 8th > Jazz One Camp! Featuring Guest Clinicians - 3:15-5:30, 6:00-8:00

Friday, February 12th > Show TBD

Friday, February 19th > Jazz Along the Brandywine @ Unionville HS (Cavalcade)

Friday, March 18th > Show TBD

Saturday, April 2nd > Festival @ Wilson HS

Friday, April 8th > Jazz at Knight @ Hempfield HS

Wednesday, April 13th > HSD Jazz Festival @ CMS

Friday, April 22nd > Festival @ Warwick HS

TBD (During the School Day!) > Elementary School Jazz Tour!

Additional community performances may be added to the calendar as they arise.

Audition Information

All students interested in being a part of Jazz One or Jazz Combos must submit an audition recording to Mr. Gumble via Schoology. Audition materials are available at bands.hempfieldsd.org (under the BKJazz Tab)

Audition recordings must be received by Friday, December 18th. Audition results will be posted by Holiday Break.

Audition Scoring

Students will be evaluated using the Hempfield High School Band “Performance and Playing Test Rubric”

Audition Materials - US Army Blues & You Homepage

Audition materials are available at the US Army Blues & You site. In addition to PDF downloads of parts, you will also find recordings for reference and practice. This year, we will be working on two pieces from this repertoire list:

  • Freddie's Side of the Blues
  • Waiting For Your Call

Your audition should be a recording of you playing the following excerpts:

  • Excerpt 1 > EITHER
    • Freddie's Side of the Blues > Letter E-F or
    • Freddie's Side of the Blues > Letter H-I
  • Excerpt 2 > Waiting > Letter G-H4

Recordings should be submitted via Schoology by Friday, December 18th.