2015 Disneyland All-American College Band Selection Process Begins

Disneyland All-American College Band

The Disneyland All-American College Band program has begun the process of putting together the 2015 Disneyland Resort All-American College Band. The process will begin with a YouTube video submission that will lead to the possibility of an invitation to audition.

Here are the details about the audition process that were released on the official Disneyland All-American College Band facebook page:

2015 Audition Information
We’re in the process of scheduling audition dates and locations for the 2015 All-American College Band.

Next year marks the 45th Anniversary of the All-American College Band here at Disneyland and we are looking to recruit the most talented and energetic musicians across the nation to join our 2015 Band! At this time we ask that all interested collegiate musicians submit a YouTube video for review—submissions will be accepted August 15, 2014-January 15, 2015. Each video should be no longer than 15 minutes in length and obtain your name, school you are currently attending, classification and all contact information. Please send your information and a link to your video to dlr.talent.casting@disney.com. After your video submission has been reviewed, you will either receive an invite to our upcoming auditions or a message with notes and advice for next year. Please understand that we would love to keep everyone; however, we can only build one band and fully encourage those that do not make it through this year to work hard and try again next year. With that said, we are looking for 3 main things in these videos: 1) high degree of musicianship, 2) versatility and 3) personality.

Check out www.DisneyAuditions.com; Other Opportunities; All-American College Band; Auditions for all of the detailed information.

This detailed information was also shared on the page:

WIND INSTRUMENTS:

Prepared Selections: (Required)
Two classical excerpts
Technical proficiency
Lyrical ability
Jazz Improvisation: (optional for Tuba and French Horn)
Play transcription or Jazz Etude
Improvisation (optional)
Suggestions: Billie’s Bounce, Now’s The Time, Oleo, There Will Never Be Another You, Moments Notice (you may use a play-a-long recording if a “live” rhythm section is not available) Three choruses of improvisation
SPECIALIZED CHAIRS

Jazz Soloist: (Required for the Jazz Chair)
Any tune from the jazz idiom that will demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of jazz styles and improvisation. (i.e. Nica’s Dream, There Will Never Be Another You, All the Things You Are, rhythm changes and/or Blues in F, Bb or G) Improvise at least one chorus.
Lead Players: (Required)
Select an excerpt that will demonstrate your ability to phrase in a jazz style and play in the upper register. (i.e., shout chorus to Corner Pocket, April In Paris, etc.)
Saxophone Doubles:
Select two excerpts; technical and lyrical; to demonstrate your ability to perform on clarinet and/or flute.

RHYTHM SECTIONS

Piano
Prepared Selections
Classical Etude (i.e., Chopin Sonata, etc.)
Jazz Performance
Blues, Rhythm Changes
Latin (Montuno)

Bass (acoustic/electric)
Prepared Selections
Classical Acoustic bass etude (arco)
Walk bass line on the following progressions/tunes: Blues in F, rhythm changes, All The Things You Are
Play the head and improvise on Billie’s Bounce
Play a “funk” bass line in the spirit of James Brown

PERCUSSION

Drumset

Demonstrate the following styles: medium swing, up-tempo swing. Bossa Nova, Samba, 12/8 Afro Cuban, Ballad w/brushes and Hip-Hop funk shuffle. Play each style for approximately 30 seconds.
Play and sing the melody of Billie’s Bounce (distribute the rhythm/melody around the drums, ala Alan Dawson).

Quads

Demonstrate the ability to play rhythmic patterns while marching. Stick acrobatics are welcomed and encouraged.
Play improvised solo over drum cadence.
Drumset performance is optional for quad players.

Get your submissions in to:

dlr.talent.casting@disney.com

The Disneyland All-American College Band performs each summer throughout the Disneyland Resort under the direction of Dr. Ron McCurdy. Here are some videos of the 2014 Disneyland All-American College Band:

What is your favorite Disneyland All-American College Band memory?

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