ensembles

Concert Ensembles

Westlake High School offers several concert band ensembles to meet the needs of our students. Concert Band is a non-audition group that focuses on developing fundamental musicianship and offers a place for all band students to make music. Symphonic Band is an advanced ensemble that requires an audition. This group focuses on honing skills necessary to craft and execute more challenging music. Wind Symphony is the most advanced group. This group focuses on learning the nuance of performance at a high level. Students in this group must audition and participate in weekly sectionals throughout the school year. 

Audition Information: All students desiring to participate in Symphonic Band or Wind Symphony must complete an audition. Below you will find materials for the 2020-2021 school year. Audition Materials are being made accessible beginning May 4, 2020. Please follow the instruction below:

Please use this form to submit your audition for all Westlake High School concert ensembles. Please follow the instructions given in the video tutorial provided my Mr. Brady. All Auditions MUST be completed by Friday, MAY 15 at 2:00PM

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUDITIONING (Please watch the video AND/OR read BEFORE preparing audition pieces):

1. Look up your audition material by clicking on the button below. 

 

2. Prepare the 5 Note Scale exercise (does not have to be memorized). Play at the fastest tempo that you can play CLEANLY. Please have a metronome clicking at your desired tempo while you record. 

3. Prepare the excerpt given (from Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo by Malcom Arnold). 

     -When preparing the excerpts, please refer to the YouTube recordings below.

     -SICILIANO Excerpts recording (Alto Sax & Tenor Sax ONLY) : https://youtu.be/nwQ_HCP1wC8

          –Letter D begins at 1:11

          –Letter E begins at 1:32

     -RONDO Excerpts recording (All Instruments): https://youtu.be/aBQvk8KFZiM

          –Most start at the beginning

          –Letter D begins at 0:59

          –Letter E begins at 1:09

          –Letter F begins at 1:19

4.Video record your audition excerpt using a phone, tablet, or computer. Please do not use professional recording setups for your recording. If you do not have access to a phone, tablet, or computer; you may request a time to come use a device at the school. Please email rbrady@alpinedistrict.org to set up a time to record at the school. 

5. Upload your video to your Alpine District Google Drive. Copy the link and be prepared to paste it into the Google Form below. 

6. Submit your TWO recordings (1 recording for scales, 1 recording for the music excerpt). PLEASE UPLOAD YOUR RECORDINGS TO YOUR ALPINE DISTRICT GOOGLE DRIVE. THEN, submit a link to the video. 

Jazz Ensembles

NEW FOR 2020-21: Westlake Bands will now be offering TWO jazz bands during the school day. Both of these classes will run the entire school year. Advanced Jazz Band (A1) is an ensemble whose membership is determined by audition. The most advanced students participate in this ensemble. Jazz Band (A2) is offered to all students interested in participating in a jazz ensemble. Prior experience on your instrument is required for both ensembles. If you audition for the Advanced Jazz Band but don’t get a spot, you will be registered for Jazz Band. Audition Materials are being made accessible beginning May 4, 2020. All auditions MUST be submitted by Friday, MAY 15 at 2:00PM. 

Audition Material for Advanced Jazz Band is as follows:

1. Look up your Advanced Jazz Band audition materials by clicking the button below:

 

2. All instruments will prepare the same excerpt for auditions. The tune used for the audition material is provided for free from The United States Army Jazz Ambassadors. The tune is titled: “Celestial Swingin Blues”. Please prepare from the beginning to rehearsal letter G. Please use the following guide to determine which piece to prepare:

–Alto Saxes: Prepare the Alto 1 Part, Tenor Saxes: Prepare the Tenor 1 part, Bari Saxes: Prepare the Bari Sax Part, Trombones: Prepare the Trombone 1 part (unless you intend to play bass trombone, then prepare the Bass Trombone part), Trumpets: prepare the Trumpet 1 part, All rhythm section instruments: prepare your respective parts. 

3. Video record your audition excerpt using a phone, tablet, or computer. Please do not use professional recording setups for your recording. If you do not have access to a phone, tablet, or computer; you may request a time to come use a device at the school. Please email rbrady@alpinedistrict.org to set up a recording at the school. 

4. Upload your video to your Alpine District Google Drive. Copy the link and be prepared to paste it into the Google Form below. 

5. Submit your audition recording by clicking the button below and filling out the Google Form.  

marching Band

MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON!

Pep band

MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON. PEP BAND WILL BEGIN IN DECEMBER 2020. 

2020 marching band leadership team

Interested in a leadership position for the 2020 Marching Band season? Watch the video below BEFORE filling out the application.