Preparation is Key

Band Audition Basic Requirements

  • Bring your own instrument & equipment
  • Be prepared to perform an etude piece. Practice to perfection until you can play it effortlessly. 
  • Sight Reading ~ Band directors may present a sheet for you to read and play.
  • Scales (Major & Chromatic)

Find a list of scales here: 


Major Scales: Concert
C, F, G, Bb, D, Eb, A, Ab, E, B, Db and Gb 


Natural Minor Scales: 
Concert A, D, E, G and C 


Chromatic Scales: 

  • Flute - C to C, 3 octaves 
  • Clarinet- E to E, 3 octaves 
  • Saxophones- Low Bb to High F above the staff 
  • Trumpet- Low F# below the staff to High C above the staff
  • Mellophone or French Horn- Low C below the staff to High G above the staff 
  • Trombone- Low E to Bb (second octave)
  • Baritone (Bass Clef)- same as Trombones 
  • Baritone (Treble Clef)- same as Trumpets 
  • Tuba or Sousaphone- Low E to Bb (second octave)


Percussionists must display knowledge of the 40 Essential Rudiments; 


Dress appropriately for band auditions.

  •  Upon entering panel band auditions
    • Greet band directors
    •  Introduce yourself, state your high school, and name of band director
    •  State your primary instrument
    •  Answer any questions & follow any instructions given by band directors
    •  After audition, thank the participating band directors for the opportunity to audition.


Band audition scheduled times will be emailed to students one week prior to the HBCU College Fair & Band Auditions on Saturday, February 3rd, 2024.


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