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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.

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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*

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.  

3. Recordings and teacher recommendations should be emailed to


Jazz Piano Junior Competition

*You must participate in the Piano Junior Competition to participate in the Honor Jazz Band. Ages 13-17 and age 18 if still enrolled in high school. Submission deadline: Feb. 25, 2019.

  1. Submit the WVU Mountaineer Honor Jazz Band Piano Audition Piece (PDF) on the application form below. 
  2. Post video recordings of two contrasting pieces of standard jazz repertoire to YouTube and share the links in the online competition application form, linked above. At least one of the pieces should feature a jazz trio. If live accompaniment is not possible, jazz play-alongs will be acceptable.
Apply now for the Junior Competition 

First place 
Participation and performance with the 2019 WVU Mountaineer Honor Jazz Band and $1000 cash prize.

Second place  
$600 cash prize

Third place 
$400 cash prize