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Mountaineer Honor Jazz Band

March 24-25, 2017

Gary Smulyan

Featuring Special Guest Gary Smulyan, Baritone Saxophone


The Honor Jazz Band is a two-day experience for high school jazz students. Participants will be selected based on a recorded audition and music teacher recommendation. The Honor Jazz Band will rehearse and perform together under the direction of Jared Sims, director of Jazz at West Virginia University, and participate in a master class with a special guest jazz artist. The experience will include WVU faculty and student jazz performances and culminates with a performance by the Honor Jazz Band and special guest artist.


How to Audition

The deadline for auditions is March 3, 2017. 

Download your prepared selection (PDF)

Mountaineer Honor Jazz Alto and Baritone Audition Piece

Mountaineer Honor Jazz Drumset Audition Piece - Full Score

Mountaineer Honor Jazz Trombone Audition Piece

Mountaineer Honor Jazz Tenor Audition Piece

Mountaineer Honor Jazz Trumpet Audition Piece

Mountaineer Honor Jazz String Bass Audition Piece

Mountaineer Honor Jazz Piano Audition Piece

Mountaineer Honor Jazz Jazz Guitar Audition Piece


Send an email to WVUJazzStudies@mail.wvu.edu by March 3 with the following attachments:

  1. An mp3 recording of your prepared selection 
  2. An optional mp3 example of your improvisation skills on a piece of your choice (using a play along backup track is strongly encouraged)
  3. A short message from your band teacher or private instructor recommending you to the program (a separate email can come from your teacher)