Dakota Combo 2015-2016 Auditions

SEP 20, 2015

Location: MacPhail Center for Music
Time: 12:30

Dakota Combo 2015-2016 Auditions
September 20th, 12:30-4:00pm
MacPhail Center for Music
501 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Auditions for the Dakota Combo will be held on September 20th 12:30-4:30pm at MacPhail. If you are planning to audition, please review the information listed here.  Also, be sure to bring your student information form found here.

The Dakota Combo is an audition-based group of the region’s top (grades 9-12) high school jazz musicians. Up to eight musicians are offered scholarships for a year of serious extra-curricular jazz study and performance in partnership with the MacPhail Center for Music. Rehearsals will be held biweekly at MacPhail on Thursday nights from 8:00-10:00pm.  

Past combos have produced their own recordings, received the Mingus Spirit Award at the Charles Mingus High School Competition and Festival in New York, and performed at jazz venues and festivals throughout and beyond the Twin Cities. 
Selection for this jazz combo is based entirely on auditions. There are no sign-up for audition times. Please arrive early to assure an audition opportunity.
Instrumentation is flexible, but advanced musicians playing standard jazz instruments are encouraged to audition.Sorry, there will be no vocal positions open again this year. Each student, including drummers, must prepare TWO jazz selections to be performed with a professional rhythm section. Most likely, due to time constraints, only a portion of each song will be performed (i.e. head and a chorus or two only).One tune must be selected from the list below:
 Bye Bye Blackbird
 Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good to You
 In Your Own Sweet Way
 September in the Rain
 Lester Leaps in
 My Romance

The other tune is of the student’s choice and should contrast the style of the first selection.

Be prepared to demonstrate knowledge of jazz scales and chords. You may be asked to play some scales along with your prepared tunes and improvisation.

Drummers – Be prepared to demonstrate knowledge of different jazz styles and grooves. You will be asked to perform some of these styles.

There will be a full “back line” at the audition. This includes a drum set, piano and guitar/bass amplifiers.

For more information please contact Adam Linz at linz.adam(at)macphail.org







2 thoughts on “Dakota Combo 2015-2016 Auditions

  1. Hi,
    The audition material has a 2014 date on it. I’m wondering if I should prepare the same songs listed for last year or if the audition material will be updated? If the songs will be changing, when will that information be available?
    Thank you,

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