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Ensemble/Combo Auditions

Spring 2022 Big Band Auditions 

 Big Band audition sign-up sheets will be posted on the jazz bulletin board outside of room 241 (Dr. Winking's office). Auditions are open to all students, regardless of major.


Auditions will take place in person- 

Horn auditions will be on Monday, November 29th starting at 11:00 am, and take place in the office of the respective horn instructor:

Dr. Haight (saxophone)- 247

Dr. Cheetham (trumpet)-245


*trombone auditions will be scheduled individually with Ron Wilkins- please contact at


Rhythm section auditions will be on Monday, November 29th starting at 11:30 in room 216.


Students that are for some reason unable to audition on these dates are advised to contact Dr. Utah Hamrick ( or their respective instrument instructor to set up an alternate time.


        Saxophone: Dr. Russell Haight (

        Trumpet:  Dr. Andy Cheetham ( and Dr. Keith Winking (

        Trombone: Ron Wilkins (

        Piano: Hank Hehmsoth (

        Guitar: Dr. Brian Pardo (

        Drums: Arthur Latin (

        Bass: Dr. Utah Hamrick (


Spring 2022 Combo Auditions

Texas State Jazz Combos are open to all students, regardless of major. If you do a big band audition, a separate combo audition is not necessary, you will be placed accordingly. If you wish to play in a combo but are not playing in a big band, sign up for an audition slot or contact Dr. Hamrick at to set up an audition time. Be prepared to play the melody and improvise at least one chorus over a jazz standard.

If you plan to play in a combo, please fill out the attached schedule card and bring it to your audition!





Jazz Audition Requirements

Jazz auditions are low-pressure and consist of the following:

Horns for spring 2022:

  1. A short prepared excerpt of your choosing (transcribed solo, etude, etc.)
  2. Sight-reading
  3. Improvisation; optional, but strongly encouraged (play-along accompaniment will be provided)

Rhythm section for spring 2022:

Auditions will consist of reading two big band charts in contrasting styles. Students will play the audition in full rhythm section groups (1 piano, 1 guitar, 1 bass, 1 drums). The auditions will be graded on not only reading, but feel, time, and improvisation.

About the Ensembles

The Texas State jazz ensembles explore a full spectrum of big band sounds, ranging from classic swing to high-energy latin and funk. Jazz ensembles and combos are open to all qualified university students by audition. Ensembles count for one credit per semester.

Jazz Ensemble
Directed by Dr. Utah Hamrick
MWF, 11 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

Jazz Orchestra
Directed by Dr. Andrew Cheetham
MWF, 11 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

Jazz Lab Band
Directed by Arthur Latin
MW, 12:30 p.m.–1:50 p.m.

Jazz Combos
Times to be arranged