State Band Auditions

KMEA All-State Wind & Percussion

2021-22 Audition Excerpts

Participation Eligibility Requirements

There are three requirements for a student to be eligible to audition for the KMEA All-State Band and Orchestra Winds/Percussion membership:

Music Requirements for the Live Audition:


Seven Sonatas and Preludes by G. F. Handel, Carl Fischer (CU149), Sonata No. III (pp. 6-7) Adagio, complete movement; Allegro, beginning to first note of Letter D.


“Polonaise and Badinerie” from Suite in B Minor by J.S. Bach in Concert and Contest Collection for C Flute; edited by H. Voxman, published by Hal Leonard. (HL04471610); Play the entire “Polonaise” movement (p. 18) without repeats. Play the entire “Badinerie” movement (p. 19) with repeats. NOTICE: The edition of this music has been changed because of accessibility and cost. While there are many arrangements of this composition in circulation, judges at State auditions will use the articulations and dynamics indicated in this arrangement.


Sonata No. 2 by G. F. Handel, Carl Fischer (CU1385), Larghetto (p. 4) play complete movement; Allegro (pp. 4-5) play from beginning to Letter D.


Premier Solo by E. Bourdeau, edited by Voxman, published by Rubank (04476934): Play from the beginning of the solo to the “Plus vite” on the 1st page. Skip to the last two notes of line 1 on the second page, and play to the “Plus lent”.

B♭ Soprano Clarinet

Concerto for Clarinet in B-flat by Mozart, Op. 107, K. 622. Revised and arranged by Simeon Bellison (Carl Fischer, W1668). 1st movement, Allegro moderato: p.2, play from beginning (Solo) to (1) (mm. 57-75), skip to p.3 beginning at the 7th measure of (3) and continuing to (4) (mm. 134-154). 2nd movement, Adagio: p. 9, play from (B) to (D) (mm. 34-55). 3 measures before D in the Adagio Mvmt the F should be played as a D (added 11/7/2012). Use metronome markings as indicated. Corrections: Section B of the Adagio; 5th measure after (C), the next to last 16th note should be an F; 9th measure after (C), the last three 16th notes should be F, E, D; 10th measure after (C), the eighth note should be C.

B♭ Bass Clarinet

Concert and Contest Collection, Rubank/Hal Leonard (HL04471650), Divertissement in B-flat, F. J. Haydn (pp. 14-15), play complete Adagio (no repeats) and play complete Allegro (no repeats).

E♭ and B♭ Contra Bass Clarinet

Lamento by L. Bassi, edited by H. Voxman, published by Rubank (Hal Leonard 04476889), listed as a Bass Clarinet solo: start at the beginning, and play to Piu Mosso, five measures before (4).

Saxophones (Alto, Tenor, Baritone)

Sonata by Henri Eccles, arr. by Siguard Rascher, listed as an Alto Saxophone solo. (Theodore Presser 164-00047): Play all of movement one (I)-Largo. Play all of movement two (II)-Courante (no repeats). Play the entire measure with the high F# down one octave (Measure 16).

B♭ Cornet and Trumpet

Concert Etude, Opus 49, by Alexander Goedicke. Hal Leonard (HL00121835): Play from the beginning to measure 28. Play from measure 32 (#3) and end on the first note of measure 60 (#6). Play the final note as a quarter note. Measure 40, 2nd and 3rd notes should be A and B (added 5/14/2015).

French Horn

Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Opus 11, Richard Strauss, publishers: International (1715) or Carl Fischer (Cu750): 1st movement, Allegro; play 1st line (measures 1-5) skip to 7th line, and play measure 76 to the end of the first movement (Measure 131). As indicated, quarter note MM-112.

Trombone and Euphonium

Andante et allegro, J. Guy-Ropartz, arr. by A. Shipiro (Carl Fischer CU573): Andante – play from the beginning to the end of the 5th line (end on the “g”). Allegro – play from the beginning (line 7) to the three-measure rest on line 10 (end on the “d”). Skip to the “Brillante” section, and play to the end of the solo (last 4 lines).

Baritone TC would audition on the trumpet version of Andante et allegro, J Guy-Ropartz, arr. By A Shipiro (Carl Fischer CU572)


Variations on the Theme of “Judas Maccabeus” by G.F. Handel, Ludwig Beethoven, arr. by William Bell (Carl Fischer, W1644). Variation III: play from the beginning (measure 9) to the rest (measure 16). Variation IV: play all.

Percussionists may audition in one or more areas, but a separate entry and payment must be submitted for each audition area. You are encouraged to audition in all three areas.


The Solo Timpanist by Vic Firth, published by Carl Fischer (04402): Etude X (10), p. 21, play entire etude, quarter note MM=112. Etude XI (11), p. 23, play entire etude, dotted half note MM=69


Masterpieces For Marimba, arr. by Thomas McMillan, Pro Art Publications (PR0BK01202): Sonata by Archangelo Corelli pp. 16-17, play entire solo.

Snare Drum

Portraits in Rhythm, Anthony J. Cirone, 50 Studies for Snare Drum (Belwin Mills, HAB00101): Exercise #13, p. 15, play all with repeats. Exercise #4, p. 6, play all.

Reference Recordings

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