Auditions are held the first week of the semester. Full-time students please attend one or more of the rehearsals on Monday the 27th at 12:15pm, 2pm or 5pm in the band room (all at the Coil School for the Arts). The auditon process will be further explained and scheduled there.
For full-time student big bands:
Jazz Ensemble, MWF 12:15pm-1:45, Charlie Richard, director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jazz Lab Band #1, MWF 2pm-3:30, James Rocillo, Director, email@example.com
Jazz Lab Band #2, MW 5pm-6:30, Brian Mantz, director, firstname.lastname@example.org
For community big bands:
Community students/players are encouraged to contact the appropriate conductor and attend the first rehearsal.
Mondays 7:30-9:30, Kevin Mayse & Charlie Richard, directors, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursdays 7:30-9:30, Steven Ragsdale, director, email@example.com
There will multiple combos with meeting times arranged to fit the students' schedules. We'll have the combo meeting and organization of students on Friday, August 31 at 1:15pm in the band room. At that meeting we'll match up students with similar backgrounds/ability and schedules. Contact Charlie Richard with if questions.
What to prepare for big band auditions:
*A song or etude that you sound good on
*Optional improvisation for a song or blues of your choice
*Be prepared to sight read.
RCC Music Suggestions for Success for Music Students
Have long-term and short-term college/career plans and share them with your ensemble directors and applied teachers.
Take lessons (applied music) and perform in an ensemble every semester
Maintain a good GPA
Print and read the catalog! Especially read the few pages pertaining to Transfer Requirements.
Know the requirements for an AA and for transferring to a University.
Take a minimum of two General Education courses in fall & spring
Take a minimum of one GE course in the summer and winter
Avoid working full-time
Build good relationships with faculty and peers
Build a listening library
Don’t take on debt or buy a new car
Avoid embarrassment on social media
Talk to Music faculty about where to transfer & long-term goals
Talk to your applied teacher before purchasing a new instrument
See a counselor/advisor annually to double check your transfer requirements
Your time in college is very brief in your life. This is the time to work!
If you wish to play/work in a military ensemble, audition and get it in writing that you have been accepted into the ensemble beforejoining up.
Know that you are a valued commodity. If a University or School of Music wants you now, they’ll reallywant you when you’re ready! Finish all lower division course work at RCC, where you’ll have smaller class sizes, more applied music opportunities, and much less expensive tuition.
Private schools will make a big deal about “giving” you a scholarship. That scholarship really means that they will just charge you less, less from the $40,000-to $75,000 a year that it will cost you.
In WebAdvisor, you will likely need to select: Please select RCC as your home college
Ed Goal: BA after completing AA
Program of Study: AA680 Music
Counselors to see: Mike Barnes, Karyn Magno, Maria Maness