Join the RIT Jazz Ensemble this fall!

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RIT Jazz Ensemble

Fall 2022 Audition Information

RIT has several jazz ensembles with rehearsals taking place on different nights of the week. Jazz auditions will take place in Annex 907 between 8/21 – 8/24 and Students can sign up for individual times by following the link below:

The audition will consist of:

  1. Major scale(s)
  2. Sight reading a section of a big band chart

*Guitar/piano/bass should be prepared to read chord changes and written notes
*Drummers should be prepared to demonstrate different grooves ie. swing, bossa nova, rock, etc…

*OPTIONAL* soloing over a concert Bb or F blues (not required)
*OPTIONAL* prepared piece of your choice (not required)

Students may continue to contact Karl Stabnau directly with questions or if they need to schedule an alternate time to audition.

About RIT Jazz

RIT jazz ensembles provide opportunities for students who play saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano, bass, and drums to perform in a jazz big band setting. The ensembles emphasize jazz articulation and phrasing, rhythm and groove, and playing as part of a section. Students can also learn concepts of jazz improvisation although it is not a requirement for playing in an ensemble. Repertoire for RIT jazz ensembles include traditional music from Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Thad Jones as well as newer contemporary pieces from various composers.

Ben Willmott
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When and Where
August 21, 2022
All Day
Room/Location: Annex 907
August 22, 2022
All Day
Room/Location: Annex 907
August 23, 2022
All Day
Room/Location: Annex 907
August 24, 2022
Room/Location: Annex 907

Open to the Public

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