BCTHS Band – For audition information, please scroll down past the band membership regulations.

 

If you have any questions, please email Andrew Pfaff at andpfa@bergen.org or leave a voicemail at 201-343-6000 extension 5148.

 

Band membership rules and regulations:

1. Selected students who accept a placement must commit to rehearsals during the 2nd half of lunch periods on Mondays and Thursdays. Band is a 2.5 credit class and attendance is mandatory. Poor attendance jeopardizes your continued membership.

2. Current Band members in good standing are permitted to continue without audition.

3. We are only equipped to accommodate the following instruments: saxophones (alto, tenor and baritone), flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, piano/keyboard, drum set, electric bass, and electric guitar.  Placements are made according to musicians’ abilities and the band’s needs.  Our membership is capped at a maximum of 40, with an average of 10 open positions in each new yearNOTE: We have NO expected vacancies for the guitar, piano, bass or drum chairs.  We tend to get several audition candidates on drums, guitar and piano, and we regret not being able to accommodate more players.

4. Clarinet, trumpet, alto sax and flute players MUST use their own working instrument. 

5. Band members must commit to performance dates. These dates are typically scheduled no later than September. Performances are a requirement of the class.

6. Endorsements to audition for County or Regional ensembles are at the sole discretion of Mr. Pfaff. Mr. Pfaff endorses exceptional student musicians for MEBCI County Chorus, County Band, and NJSMA Region I HS Chorus, Band and Orchestra.  All endorsements for these ensembles require extra service, time and travel on the part of each sending director.  For this reason, Mr. Pfaff cannot additionally commit to endorsing for ensembles beyond the ones mentioned, i.e. NJMEA All-State ensembles, IAJE ensembles, NJSMA JHS, or others.

All endorsements for auditions are at instructor discretion.

AUDITION INFORMATION:

Due to limited space and overwhelming demand, BCTHS Band is by audition only.  Incoming Freshmen should come to Room 104 for an appointment with Mr. Pfaff during the first full week of school.  In the interest of fairness, all auditions are recorded and reviewed.

For the 2017-2018 school year we expect to audition for TEN(10) new members of band.  We have NO expected vacancies for the guitar, piano, bass or drum chairs. 

We tend to get several audition candidates on drums, guitar and piano, and we regret not being able to accommodate more players.

Those who do best in auditions tend to have band experience, either through their school or an organization outside of school. The best candidates are the ones who play their instruments regularly and keep them well maintained. Letting your instrument sit in a case all summer will not allow you to do your best at audition time. Practice from the band method books you may have used in middle school, or follow the directions of a private teacher if you have one. If you participate in a summer ensemble, that's even better!

POINTS TO REMEMBER ABOUT AUDITIONING:

1) All materials are available from this site and are linked below. There is no need to search the web for additional resources.

2) Please prepare ALL components of the audition. Direct any questions to me (andpfa@bergen.org or 201-343-6000 xt 5148) BEFORE school begins in September.

3) Audition is not a guarantee of placement.

4) Make sure your instrument is in good repair BEFORE reporting for band audition. I can only evaluate what I hear. If your instrument is not working well, I cannot hear you at your best.

 

Flute:

Scales: F Major, 2 octaves, Bb Major, 1 octave, G Chromatic, 2 octaves.  All scales may be dropped or raised an octave from where they are written, if applicable, and if the player wishes.

Solo: BCTHS Band Audition Piece, Flute part.         FLUTE AUDITION FILES

 

Saxophones:

Scales: F Major, 1 octave, D Major, 2 octaves, C Chromatic, 2 octaves. 

In cases where applicable, and if the player wishes, all scales may be dropped or raised an octave from where they are written.

Solo: BCTHS Band Audition Piece, Alto/Tenor/Baritone Sax part (according to player’s audition instrument).            SAXOPHONE AUDITION FILES

 

Bb Clarinet:

Scales: F Major, 2 octaves, Bb Major, 2 octaves, E Chromatic, 2 octaves.

In cases where applicable, and if the player wishes, all scales may be dropped or raised an octave from where they are written.

Solo: BCTHS Band Audition Piece, Clarinet part.     CLARINET AUDITION FILES

 

Trumpet:

Scales: C Major, 1 octave, Bb Major, 1 octave, G Chromatic, 2 octaves.

In cases where applicable, and if the player wishes, all scales may be dropped or raised an octave from where they are written.

Solo: BCTHS Band Audition Piece, Trumpet part.   TRUMPET AUDITION FILES

 

Trombone:

Scales: F Major, 2 octaves, Bb Major, 1 octave, F Chromatic, 2 octaves. 

In cases where applicable, and if the player wishes, all scales may be dropped or raised an octave from where they are written.

Solo: BCTHS Band Audition Piece, Trombone part.             TROMBONE AUDITION FILES

 

Piano: For 2017-18 we have NO expected vacancies for bass, guitar or keyboard/piano. 

Scales: F Major, 2 octaves hands together, Bb Major, 2 octaves hands together, C Minor, 2 octaves hands together.

Solo: BCTHS Band Audition Piece, Piano part.        PIANO AUDITION FILES

 

Bass: For 2017-18 we have NO expected vacancies for bass, guitar or keyboard/piano. 

Scales: F Major, 2 octaves, Bb Major, 1 octave, C Minor, 2 octaves.

(“Tongue all notes” does not apply to bass or guitar!)

 Solo: BCTHS Band Audition Piece, Bass part.          BASS AUDITION FILES

 

Guitar: For 2017-18 we have NO expected vacancies for bass, guitar or keyboard/piano. 

 Scales: F Major, 2 octaves, Bb Major, 2 octaves, C Minor, 2 octaves.

(“Tongue all notes” does not apply to bass or guitar!)

 Solo: BCTHS Band Audition Piece, Guitar part.       GUITAR AUDITION FILES

 

Drumset: Candidates with piano/mallet/other instrument experience preferred.  For 2017-18 we have NO expected vacancies for bass, guitar or keyboard/piano. 

A. Rock pattern (16 bars) in 4/4 at quarter note = 76.  (No sheet music provided for drum patterns)

B. Bossa Nova pattern (16 bars) in 4/4 at quarter note = 120.  (No sheet music provided for drum patterns)

C. Swing pattern (32 bars) in 4/4 at quarter note = 144. (No sheet music provided for drum patterns)

Solo: BCTHS Band Audition Piece, Drums part.      DRUMSET AUDITION FILES