Mountaineer Honor Jazz BandMarch 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.
Auditions are now being accepted
Download the audition score for your instrument (PDFs):
3. Recordings and teacher recommendations should be emailed to WVUJazzStudies@mail.wvu.edu.
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.
- Submit the WVU Mountaineer Honor Jazz Band Piano Audition Piece (PDF) on the application form below.
- 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.