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Mountaineer Honor Jazz Band

Jazz band seated The 2021 Mountaineer Honor Jazz Band will be a remotely recorded ensemble!

The Honor Jazz Band participants will be selected based on a recorded audition and a recommendation from a music teacher. Students will be given instructions about how to record themselves safely at home. In addition to the select ensemble, a jazz master class will be offered on March 27 from 2 - 3:30 p.m. EST to any students who audition for the honor group regardless of whether they are accepted in the honor band. Jared Sims, Director of Jazz Studies at West Virginia University, is organizing the ensemble and the jazz master class. The master class and the ensemble participation is FREE to all participants and students ANYWHERE are encouraged to participate.

Ron Carter holding bassRon Carter, 2021 special guest

Legendary bassist Ron Carter will be leading a Zoom clinic on March 27 at 4 p.m. Any student that auditions for the Mountaineer Honor Jazz Band will be invited to attend.

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Auditions are now being accepted through Feb. 26, 2021

Download the audition score for your instrument (PDFs):

  1. Alto/Baritone sax
  2. Tenor sax
  3. Trombone
  4. Trumpet
  5. Bass
  6. Drumset
  7. Guitar
  8. Piano


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Please create a recording of the above audition piece performed live without edits. A recording of one or two improvisations on jazz standards is optional and encouraged. Student applicants generally opt to make a recording of an improvised solo using a background track (such as iRealPro). Recordings can be submitted as an email attachment or a link to a YouTube video. The mp3 recording can be the quality of a smart phone recording.   

We ask for a SHORT email or correspondence from a teacher in support of the student’s application.  
Recordings and teacher recommendations should be emailed to