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There is no audition for general membership in the University Band. If you are willing to commit to the band, the band will commit to you! However, there are auditions for our advanced ensembles. Requirements are indicated below.
Performing Arts Magnet

Students in the University High School Performing & Fine Arts Magnet Program will be immersed in an intense, four-year track featuring extensive involvement in our performing ensembles and the study of music theory and history. The magnet program is open to students who are not ordinarily zoned for University High School.

This year's audition will take place on Saturday, February 23. Please visit to find us and apply.

For wind players and percussionists, the magnet audition consists of the following:

  • A standard Symphonic Band/Wind Ensemble or Percussion audition
  • An additional prepared solo or étude of the student's choice
  • A brief sight-reading étude

The magnet application process can be found at the Magnet Page.

Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble

The Symphonic Band/Wind Ensemble audition will consist of the following.

  • All 12 scales, with arpeggios, memorized
  • The chromatic scale (two octaves)
  • The 2020-2021 audition music (select from the drop-down menu below)

The audition rubric can be seen here: Audition Rubric

Auditions take place during class the week of April 15.

Incoming students can make an appointment to audition after school on April 15 or 16 by contacting a band director.


Percussion auditions will consist of the following:

  • Perform a reputable work for mallet percussion (either 2 or 4 mallet).
  • Perform Etude No. 10 from Intermediate Snare Drum Studies by Mitchell Peters, beginning to the end of measure 36.
  • Perform Etude No. 4 from Pedal to the Kettle by Kirk Gay, page 11, beginning to measure 17, beat 1.
  • Perform 12 major scales in All-State pattern. Start in the key of C and move in the Circle of 4ths: C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G.
Jazz Band

The Big Band audition will consist of the following.

  • Audition for Symphonic Band/Wind Ensemble
  • The 2020-2021 jazz audition music (select from the drop-down menu below)

The drum set audition will consist of the following three études: