MU School of Music

Jazz Ensembles Auditions - Fall 2019

Mizzou jazz ensembles are open to all students regardless of major. Students may audition for placement in big band or combo. The Concert and Studio Jazz Bands perform 2-3x a semester, on and off campus. Jazz Combos perform multiple times a semester (1-4x), on and off campus. If you have any questions about the jazz audition process, please reach out to Dr. Sam Griffith at [email protected]

Auditions for big bands will include 1-3 sight-reading examples selected from classic jazz charts. Students are also encouraged to learn one (or two) of the posted jazz etudes. Improvisation is also encouraged, but optional for students comfortable with soloing. Chord changes for the etudes are provided and can used to improvise over.

Auditions for combos will include improvisation on 1-2 tunes of the student’s choice. Students should select tunes that they are comfortable with and demonstrate their abilities.

Jazz audition schedule:

Friday, August 16

  • 1:30-4:00 p.m. - Rhythm Section (Loeb 112)
  • 4:00-9:00pm - Trumpet/Trombone/Saxophone/Vocals (Loeb 112)

Rosters will be posted by Monday, August 19 at 9 AM. Adjustments to registration will need to be made immediately after audition results are posted. Rehearsals will begin Monday, August 19 for Big Bands and Thursday, August 22 for Combos.

Audition Requirements


  • Sight-reading (big band only)
  • Improvisation (required for combo, optional for big band)
    • Players select a tune of their choice. Performers newer to improvisation are encouraged to improvise over a blues. More advanced improvisers are encouraged to select a more challenging tune.

Prepared etudes can be used to help determine chair and/or band placement. They are encouraged but not a required part of the audition process.


  • Various grooves at a variety of tempos (swing, shuffle, bossa nova, funk, ballad with brushes, etc.)
  • Sight-reading (big band only)
  • Soloing (optional – if demonstrating solo ability, be prepared to solo over the form of a song, as well as trade 4 or 8 bar phrases).


  • Two pieces, memorized (one medium-up tempo swing, 32 bars maximum; one ballad, 16 bars maximum)
  • Improvisation is optional
  • If you have selected a tune that falls outside the Great American Songbook, please have your own accompaniment prepared.


Date: 08/16/2019 (Fri.)

Location: Loeb Hall Room 112
303 S 6th St, Columbia, MO 65201

Created by:   Brooke Danielsen

Available Slot Date (mm/dd/yyyy) Time (CDT)

Rhythm Section

08/16/2019 (Fri)
1:30pm - 1:40pm   
1:40pm - 1:50pm   
1:50pm - 2:00pm   
2:00pm - 2:10pm   
2:10pm - 2:20pm   
2:20pm - 2:30pm   
2:30pm - 2:40pm   
2:40pm - 2:50pm   
2:50pm - 3:00pm   
3:00pm - 3:10pm   
3:10pm - 3:20pm   
3:20pm - 3:30pm   
3:30pm - 3:40pm   
3:40pm - 3:50pm   
3:50pm - 4:00pm   


08/16/2019 (Fri)
4:00pm - 4:10pm   
4:10pm - 4:20pm   
4:20pm - 4:30pm   
4:30pm - 4:40pm   
4:40pm - 4:50pm   
4:50pm - 5:00pm   
5:00pm - 5:10pm   
5:10pm - 5:20pm   
5:20pm - 5:30pm   
5:30pm - 5:40pm   
5:40pm - 5:50pm   
5:50pm - 6:00pm   
6:00pm - 6:10pm   
6:10pm - 6:20pm   
6:20pm - 6:30pm   
6:30pm - 6:40pm   
6:40pm - 6:50pm   
6:50pm - 7:00pm   
7:00pm - 7:10pm   
7:10pm - 7:20pm   
7:20pm - 7:30pm   
7:30pm - 7:40pm   
7:40pm - 7:50pm   
7:50pm - 8:00pm   
8:00pm - 8:10pm   
8:10pm - 8:20pm   
8:20pm - 8:30pm   
8:30pm - 8:40pm   
8:40pm - 8:50pm   
8:50pm - 9:00pm   

©2019 SignUpGenius.
All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service