Audition requirements for CCYWB

Requirements for woodwind, brass and percussion players auditioning for the City & County Youth Wind Band (CCYWB)

Audition piece

You will be expected to perform one piece/study (or sections of) which present a mixture of periods, style, mood and tempo. The piece/study should demonstrate a mastery of the complete range of your instrument, clear and accurate articulation, a variety of dynamics and a high standard of musicianship.

The piece/study should not exceed a total playing time of 6 minutes. Please bring a photocopy of your music or the piano accompaniment for the use of the audition staff (returned to you after the audition). Please note pieces will be performed without piano accompaniment.

  • Woodwind and brass − The pieces/studies should be of at least grade 6 standard
  • Percussion − Percussionists will be contacted to arrange a rehearsal-audition

Sight reading

You will be expected to play a one or two extracts from recent CCYWB repertoire.


Scales and arpeggios

You will be expected to play a selection of scales and arpeggios selected from the lists below. Players will be expected to play all scales slurred, legato-tongued and staccato.


Flute 

  • Scales and arpeggios − Db major, Bb major and F minor (2 octaves)
    Chromatic − starting on Bb (2 octaves)
    Whole tone − starting on D (2 octaves)


Oboe 

  • Scales and arpeggios − Ab major (12th); Bb major and C minor (2 octaves)
    Chromatic − starting on Bb (2 octaves)
    Whole tone − starting on D (2 octaves)


Clarinet 

  • Scales and arpeggios − E major (3 octaves); Ab major and C# minor
    Chromatic − starting on E (3 octaves)
    Whole tone − starting on A (2 octaves)


Bassoon 

  • Scales and arpeggios − Bb major (3 octaves); G major and F minor (2 octaves)
    Chromatic − starting on Bb (2 octaves)
    Whole tone − starting on G (2 octaves)


Saxophones 

  • Scales and arpeggios − Ab major, B minor and E major (2 octaves)
    Chromatic − starting on D (2 octaves)
    Whole tone − starting on E (2 octaves)


French Horn 

  • Scales and arpeggios − A major, D minor and Ab major (2 octaves)
    Whole tone − starting on D (2 octaves)


Trumpet/Cornet 

  • Scales and arpeggios − A minor and Bb major (2 octaves)
    Chromatic − starting on G (2 octaves)
    Whole tone − starting on Ab (2 octaves)


Euphonium (treble) 

  • Scales and arpeggios − Bb major and G# minor (2 octaves)
    Whole tone − starting on Ab (2 octaves)

Euphonium (bass)

  • Scales and arpeggios − Ab major and F# minor (2 octaves)
    Whole tone − starting on Gb (2 octaves)


Trombone 

  • Scales and arpeggios − Bb major and G# minor (2 octaves)
    Whole tone − starting on Ab (2 octaves)

Bass Trombone

  • Scales and arpeggios − Low Eb major and F# minor (2 octaves)
    Whole tone − starting on D (2 octaves)


Tuba 

  • Scales and arpeggios − C major and B minor (2 octaves) − can be any two-octave pitch 
    Whole tone − starting on B (2 octaves)