Intermediate Level Auditions Information

Intermediate Audition Directions

Horn Players
  1. Play the melody for In the Thick of It
  2. Improvise (solo) one chorus through the tune
Comping Instruments–Piano, Guitar, Vibes
  1. Play the melody for In the Thick of It
  2. Comp (play chords as if you’re accompanying a horn player) over the tune
  3. Improvise once over the tune
Bass Players
  1. Play a walking bass line for In the Thick of It
  2. Improvise (solo) at least once through the tune
Drummers
  1. Play what you would play for In the Thick of It (whole form of the tune)
  2. Solo once through the form of the tune
Vocalists
  1. Sing the melody for In the Thick of It
  2. Improvise (scat) one chorus through the tune
  3. Note: vocalists are encouraged to schedule an in-person audition with Mr. Chapin–who will transpose the tune to your key)

Intermediate Lead Sheets

To print your audition music, click on the button below for your instrument. The intermediate level audition piece is titled In the Thick of It.

Backing Tracks for In the Thick of It

Use the tracks below to practice the audition piece. You may also play a backing track during your audition.

You will hear 4 beats of drums, and then you are at the top of the tune.

Use this set of tracks (pbd) if you are a horn player or vocalist

Drummers and bassists may use either set of tracks.

Use this set of tracks (bd) if you play piano, guitar or vibes