GDYO Jazz Audition Information

What instruments are we looking for?  Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Guitar, Piano, Bass (upright encouraged), Drums.

what to expect at the audition

  • All GDYO auditions are held at the Sammons Center for the Arts (3630 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas TX 75219)

Horn applicants (Trumpet, Trombone, Alto, Tenor, & Baritone Saxophone) Should be prepared to perform the following: 

  • One Solo Work of their choice (without accompaniment) Please make this piece a jazz piece. This can be a transcribed solo or other jazzy work
  • Possible sight-reading
  • A jazz chart of our choosing.  On this chart we will ask you to play the head.
  • If you wish to be considered for the combo we would also like you to solo over the changes

Piano/Guitar applicants should be prepared to perform the following: 

  • One Solo Work of their choice (without accompaniment) Please make this piece a jazz piece. This can be a transcribed solo or other jazzy work
  • Possible sight-reading
  • A jazz chart of our choosing.  On this chart we will ask you to play the head and comp the changes.
  • If you wish to be considered for the combo we would also like you to solo over the changes

Bass applicants should be prepared to perform the following:

  • One Solo Work of their choice (without accompaniment) Please make this piece a jazz piece. This can be a transcribed solo or other jazzy work
  • Possible sight-reading
  • A jazz chart of our choosing.  On this chart we will ask you to play the head and walk the changes.
  • If you wish to be considered for the combo we would also like you to solo over the changes

Drum set applicants should be prepared to perform the following:

  • A Jazz Chart of our choosing. It is your responsibility to interpret what is on the page.
  • Possible sight-reading
  • We would also like to hear a variety of grooves, including, but not limited to:
    • medium swing (on Ride and on HH)
    • uptempo bop. (tempo 200+)
    • brushes ballad
    • jazz waltz (medium tempo)
    • samba
    • Bossa

Please click on the below links to download the audition music for your instrument

Alto Saxophone

Tenor Saxophone

Baritone Saxophone

Trumpet

Trombone

Bass Trombone

Guitar

Piano

Bass

Drums