Mississippi Lions All-State Band Audition Helps
The videos here are designed to provide "pointers" to low brass students auditioning for the Mississippi Lions All-State Band. Some of the videos feature verbal instruction, others provide demonstration, and some include both. Understand that while these videos can be useful practice aides, they are no replacement for regular lessons with a good private teacher. If you would like help finding a qualified teacher in your area, please contact Dr. Everett.
The demonstration videos include examples played on tenor trombone, euphonium, and tuba. I have endeavored to provide a uniform approach to interpretation between the three instruments, though generally speaking I breathe more frequently when playing the tuba, for obvious reasons.
In order to facilitate easier loading of these materials on mobile devices they are now divided into several pages rather than continuing to have just one large page. It is set up to have very simple navigation but if you experience difficulties please contact Dr. Everett.
Visitors to this page might also be interested in a blog article I wrote about all-state audition preparation. The thoughts there are not as particularly targeted to the Lions Band audition or to low brass players as the videos here are, but the article might still prove helpful. Here is the link.
General Thoughts on Audition Preparation
Demonstration, "Option 1:" Faster, with larger tonal range.
Demonstration, "Option 2:" Slower, with smaller tonal range.
The scale demonstrations here offer two options. The first has the scales played at a faster tempo, and half of them three octaves. The second has the scales played at a slower tempo, all two octaves (chromatic 2.5 octaves). These options have been chosen arbitrarily, likewise the instruments upon which I've chosen to demonstrate each. Either approach should work just fine on any of the low brass instruments, with tubists obviously playing one octave lower than in these demonstrations. Individual students might choose either of these approaches or create one that is between the two. My goal here was to demonstrate a couple of examples of how students of differing ability levels might approach the scale part of the audition in a manner that would lead to the most successful auditions possible for them.
Here are scale sheets for each of the two options. Keep in mind that the scale portion of the audition must be memorized, so you need to wean yourself off of using these sheets as soon as possible.
Trombone, Euphonium B.C.
Trombone, Euphonium B.C.
Etudes "Year A" (2016-2017)
Etudes "Year B" (2017-2018)
Etudes "Year C" (2018-2019)
Etudes "Year D" (2019-2020)
Etudes "Year E" (2020-2021)