Chorus (Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12)
Advanced Chorus (Grades 10, 11, and 12)
Concert Band (Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12)
Jazz Ensemble — Grades 9, 10, 11 & 12
Advanced Jazz Ensemble (Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12)
Symphonic Band (Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12)
Frequently Asked Questions
Where and when do I show up for an audition?
What do I do when I get to the audition?
What happens during the auditions?
What happens after the audition?
What ensembles are offered at South San Francisco Hight School?
Are students required to participate in symphonic or concert band, if selected for jazz ensemble?
What should students do, if they are not selected for a top band?
How should students prepare for their audition?
Following are some additional recommendations:
- Scales. Practice slowly and focus on sound quality and intonation. Practice at a faster tempo only after achieving good sound quality and intonation.
- Prepared piece. For jazz band, try for a great jazz feel. For symphonic band, try to emulate a pure tone. Pay attention to dynamics and articulation marks.
- Sight reading. Practice sight reading with sheet music. Play slowly until you can play the rhythms correctly. Use a metronome. Pay close attention to the key signature and read through a tune before starting to play it in order to anticipate difficult spots.
- Jazz solos. Listen to great jazz masters playing solos on the same tune you are learning. Learn their solos in order to learn the jazz vocabulary they are using. Jazz musicians ultimately sound like a mixture of all the musicians they have listened to and studied with a little bit of their own personality mixed in. Use this audition as an opportunity to get started on this great, lifelong project.
- Classical solos. Listen to great musicians and imitate and emulate their tone and phrasing.