48 thoughts on “Band Camp Audition Music

  1. Pingback: Band Camp Audition Music Now Posted « SWOSU Music Camps

  2. Dr. Talley Post author

    Hello Shelley,

    Thanks for your comment. Prices will be the same as 2012. I will post updated information later this week. Thanks for your interest!


  3. Dr. Talley Post author

    Yes, for Band Camp, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones will audition on the same music. Thanks

  4. Valarie

    I see from previous comments that bass clef euphonium music is coming soon. Will tuba players play the same audition music as the euphonium or will you add seperate tuba music at a later time?

  5. Dr. Talley Post author

    Tuba will have different music. Hopefully in the next few days it will be posted. Sorry for the delay

  6. Dr. Talley Post author

    Yes, you may. You can only play in one band on one instrument after the auditions, but you are welcome to audition on however many instruments you want.

    Generally, we will place you on the instrument you received the highest chair unless you tell us otherwise after the audition results are posted.

  7. Phil Phyillaier

    I have several interested in camp this year. However, while perusing the audition music, I noticed that the HS clarinet music is extremely easy. How can the top players be selected with this? The difficulty of other parts, such as french horn, is almost too hard. I am confused about the equity for the audition music.

  8. Richard O'Keeffe

    Ok thank you. Also if we do, will we have to fill out another form for the other instrument or just go ahead and bring it?

  9. Dr. Talley Post author

    Hello Phil,

    Thanks for your comment. Picking music has been a tricky business. Scales and sight-reading are still a big equalizing (or in some cases, separating) factor. I had SWOSU faculty choose audition music based upon the average level of what their section played in the top band the last few years. Since they ran the sectionals, they knew what the section did well and what it didn’t do well. I do think we could do a better job with some of the section’s difficulty level, but tone quality, intonation, precision, and general musicianship are what most sections look at rather than only raw technique.

    I do believe we are still better off than the “bring whatever you’d like to play” audition we used to use which made comparison very difficult when judging and ranking. We still have some kinks to work out, but hopefully it’s more fair. Thanks for your suggestions and we will attempt to get steadily better.


  10. Dr. Talley Post author

    You can write on one application which instruments you plan on auditioning with and you can bring both. If you change your mind on the day of the audition, it’s not a problem, just don’t play the second audition.

    Thanks and let me know if you have any more questions.


  11. Julea

    my daughter plays the french horn…im not sure what music to download. i’m layman when it comes to band.

  12. Dr. Talley Post author

    Hello Julea,

    She will need to prepare the horn music. It’s a little strange with the name of that instrument. It’s commonly known as the French horn, but it’s not really French, so many “band people” have dropped that part of the name and just call it horn. Thanks

  13. Shelly

    Are students from out of state allowed to attend or is this for OK students only? If so, how important is it to get the band director’s signature from the home/out of state school?

  14. Dr. Talley Post author

    Yes! We have quite a few students from surrounding states that attend. We prefer to have the band director sign as we want to be respectful of their program. If it’s a big problem, we can take the application without it, but we do like to have them sign. Thanks

  15. Carlee

    Umm. I’m in seventh grade and I play horn, but I was wondering I needed to prepare both sets of music? My mom wants me to play the harder one, but it says, “advanced middle school students” (which I guess I am). I told her I would ask which etude I needed to prepare to save me the trouble of learning them both! Thanks.

  16. Dr. Talley Post author

    I generally recommend to prepare the harder of the two pieces if you can. However, as a seventh grader it can be a good challenge to play the same level as the high school students. You might ask your band director which he/she thinks would be the right fit for you. Thanks

  17. Anthony

    Umm On My Application I Sent In I Forgot To Put Down My Drums Serial Number. Does This Effect If

  18. Dr. Talley Post author

    No it doesn’t. You can update that information when you check in for the camp. While we haven’t had any stolen instruments at any of our camps for decades, we do like to keep a record just in case there is a problem. Thanks

  19. Liz

    When are the auditions and how do you take our money for camp? Do you take it out of our checking, do i need to send it with the application, or do i need to take it up there?

  20. Dr. Talley Post author

    Auditions are held in the afternoon of Sunday, July 7 (or June 23 for the middle school camp) before 5:00pm. Typically, campers will mail in a check or write their credit card information on the application for at least the tuition. You can make a full payment by mail/fax if that’s easier or you can pay the room and board costs when you arrive on Sunday. If you need some clarification, please call the camp office and someone will assist you. Thanks!

  21. Emilee Grace

    I have been practicing my scales on the audition music, and I noticed each scale had two octaves. I read above that the scales don’t have to be in multiple octaves? I’m sorry because I’m sure this is a ridiculously simple explanation to an unexperienced player, but can someone please explain?

  22. Emilee Grace

    And also, thanks for answering my questions, I was wondering how important tempo is in our audition. I’m not sure if I can play my chromatic scale in quick sixteenth notes, as written.

  23. Dr. Talley Post author

    Hello Emilee,

    On some instruments, multiple octaves are listed in case the student wants to play two octaves. If you can only play one octave, just pick the note that is most comfortable to start on, and play that octave. I’m not sure which instrument you are playing, but if you let me know, I can tell you specifically. Thanks

  24. Dr. Talley Post author

    Tempo isn’t as important as accuracy. So if you need to play it slower to be able to play it cleaner, then that’s good. The chromatic is often times written in 16ths, but you don’t have to play it fast.

  25. Natalee F

    Just to clarify, middle schoolers only perform the second etude for the audition? I just want to be sure before I begin studying the wrong etude. Thank You.

  26. Dr. Talley Post author

    Yes, that is correct. If you want to be considered for playing in the top two bands, you should prepare etude no. 1 (where you will be “competing” against juniors and seniors). Otherwise, etude no. 2 is a good choice for most middle school students.


  27. Dr. Talley Post author


    For Band Camp, all the saxophones have the same audition music. So alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones will prepare the same music.

    Please let us know if you have any more questions.



  28. Dr. Talley Post author


    Yes, there is a grand piano available for talent show use. Thanks


  29. Ashley Leopard

    for the flute 1,2,and 3 octave scales at the top of the page do we choose from the three scales on which octaves to play or do we play all the octaves.

  30. Ashley Leopard

    oh, and also are we allowed to sing for the talent show or must it be just instrumental?

  31. Dr. Talley Post author

    Hello Ashley,

    You can play as many octaves as you can. Most of the time, I would imagine that students that can play all the octaves would score slightly higher than students that play only one octave – but only if the scale is accurate. If you can only accurately play one octave, then I would stay with that.



  32. Dr. Talley Post author

    Hello again,

    You can audition for the talent show by singing, dancing, dramatic monologue, etc. We actually have very few students audition on their band instruments.

    Good luck!


  33. Dr. Talley Post author

    Hello Ryan,

    Hopefully the one that was sent in the mail is the same as is on the website. Are you looking at the Band Camp audition music or the Middle School Band Camp audition music?

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