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Mountaineer Honor Jazz Band

Rufus Reid photograph March 22-23, 2019


Featuring Special Guest Rufus Reid


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.  The event is FREE to participants, but students pay for their own lodgings and expenses.


Apply Now! 

Auditions are now being accepted

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
1. RECORDINGS
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. 

2. RECOMMENDATION 
We ask for a SHORT email or correspondence from a teacher in support of the student’s application.  

3. Recordings and teacher recommendations should be emailed to  WVUJazzStudies@mail.wvu.edu

AUDITIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED!  THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS FEBRUARY 25, 2019.