Auditions open for the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band

Announcing auditions for the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band

Saturday, Sept. 7, and Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019

4 Pardee Ave., Unit 100

Click here to fill out an audition form

Established in 2008, the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band is a free music education program available to successful candidates. It provides an opportunity for selected middle- and high-school students to work in an 18-piece jazz ensemble where students develop skills in ensemble playing, improvisation and jazz techniques while interacting in a diverse, professional setting.

The JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band and the JAZZ.FM91 Seminar Big Band each hold rehearsals Saturday afternoons under the direction of Jules Estrin at the JAZZ.FM91 studios in Liberty Village (King and Dufferin).

The JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band has performed with such jazz luminaries as Randy Brecker, Joey DeFrancesco, Lew Tabakin, Tom Scott, PJ Perry and Guido Basso, and it maintains a busy concert schedule during the year.

Audition requirements for piano, guitar, bass, saxophone, trumpet and trombone:

  • three major and three minor scales (range of the instrument)
  • classical etude or study
  • bebop head or jazz melody
  • improvised solo (optional)
  • sight reading (to be provided)