Triangle Youth Brass Band

The Triangle Youth Brass Band and Triangle Youth Academy Brass Band will be holding auditions for the 2015-16 season on Sunday, September 27th at Sanderson High School in Raleigh.  

I've attached a copy of the audition pieces for brass instruments.  Percussion audition pieces will be posted soon. The solo and sight-reading are required for our auditions.  No scales are required.  Students interested in being part of the Youth Brass Band (top group) should prepare all three sections of the solo.  Students interested in only the Academy Brass Band (second band) should prepare parts 1 and 2.  The pieces get rangy at times.  This is designed to let Jesse and I find our soloist and '1st part' players.  Kids who don't quite have the upper register for the entire solo shouldn't be discouraged from auditioning! We prefer percussionists to prepare audition solos (once they're posted) for all instruments - snares, timpani and keyboard percussion.  However, we won't turn a percussionist away from the audition if they can only prepare one or two of those instruments.  Wind players audition on their own horns.  Percussionists bring mallets.  We will provide percussion instruments.
Playing in a brass band is a unique and challenging musical opportunity for brass players and percussionists.  The two youth bands are both outstanding groups which feature some of the best student musicians in our areas.  The kids love the challenge of the literature, the style of playing and of sharing an ensemble with other highly-motivated and like-minded musicians.  The top band has been consistently outstanding, with the majority of the members being 11th and 12th grade All-District and All-State caliber players, and the second band mostly comprised of skilled 9th and 10th graders and a few All-District and All-State caliber 8th graders.  We also have juniors and seniors in the Academy Brass Band and they very much enjoy the experience.
You, your students and their parents can find detailed information about requesting an audition spot, rehearsal schedule, concert schedule, spring tour information and more at:
http://http//www.trianglebrass.org/youth-band-auditions.html

Matt Edwards
Director of Bands, Fuquay-Varina HS
Director, Triangle Youth Academy Brass Band