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Mountaineer Honor Jazz Band

Jazz band seated Due to the suspension of in-person classes and events on the WVU campus, the 2020  Mountaineer Honor Jazz Band has been canceled.

Featuring Special Guest Helen Sung

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 Studies 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 lodging 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    

Helen Sung Guest Artist: Helen Sung

Winner of the Kennedy Center's Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition and selected by Wynton Marsalis as one of his “Who’s Got Next: Jazz Musicians to Watch”, New York-based pianist/composer Helen Sung was an aspiring classical artist in her native Houston, TX, before discovering jazz during studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She went on to graduate from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance and, in addition to her own band/projects, has since performed with such jazz luminaries as the late Clark Terry, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter, and ensembles including the Mingus Big Band, Lea Delaria’s 
House of David  Project, and Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project. Her latest release  Sung With Words,  is a collaboration with the acclaimed poet Dana Gioia. Sung has served on the faculties at Berklee College of Music, the Juilliard School, and Columbia University. In January 2019, Sung was named the inaugural jazz artist-in-residence at Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute.