Audition Instructions – 2021

Cal Band Auditions are a 2-part process:

  • Music: This page explains the process for your music audition. If you have any questions about this (i.e. need to borrow an instrument, recording issues) let your personal recruiter know!

7/26/21 Update: We are continuing to accept auditions for clarinet, tenor saxophone, trumpet, mellophone, trombone, baritone, and bass (tuba). Please fill out an interest form or contact us right away if you would like to submit an audition for one of these instruments. Go Bears!

  • Marching: FTP (Fall Training Program) will take place August 22-24 on the Berkeley campus. See band emails for more information.
  • You will submit your audition by uploading it via your account on our recruit website, which can be found by clicking “Recruits” in the upper right hand corner of this website. These recruit accounts are automatically made after filling out an interest form. If you don’t have access to your recruit account, please let your recruiter know. All wind instruments plus glockenspiel must send in an mp3 recording; all percussion instruments (except glockenspiel) must send in a video audition.


How to Record Your Audition:

  • Please do not use a metronome in your recording in order to more accurately simulate an in-person audition.
  • Please record your audition as an mp3 file (all wind instrument and glockenspiel players).

1. State your name and your instrument

2. State the keys of the two major scales you will play. You choose which two scales you want to play for us! Difficulty does not matter, we are just looking for your comfort in playing scales.

3. Play the two major scales.

4. Play a chromatic run from the lowest note to the highest note of your ability, ascending and descending

5. State the numbers of three (out of five) exercises included in the links below.** You choose which three exercises you will play.

6. Play the three exercises following all tempo markings, key signatures, rhythms, dynamics, and repeat signs.

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Exercises for Each Instrument


*Audition must be video-recorded for Percussion*

For Glockenspiel:

Glockenspiel auditions can be performed on a piano or any keyboard instrument, but should be performed with only one hand to mimic a glockenspiel. In addition to the linked piece below, glockenspiel auditionees should prepare two major scales of your choice, as well as a chromatic run, ascending and descending, through two octaves. Please record and submit your audition as an mp3 audio file (no video required).

For Snare Drum, Tenor Drums, Bass Drum, and Cymbals:

Play the linked exercises below as written, as specified for your preferred instrument(s). Auditions for snare, tenor, and bass drums may be played on a drum or drum pad, and auditions for cymbals may be played on cymbals, with sticks, or with hand claps. If a tempo range is provided (Stick Control, Para-bles, and ABCD) please play it twice, once at the slowest tempo and once at the fastest tempo. The other exercises can be played once. Please record and submit your audition as a video file.

How to Record Your Audition:

please do not use a metronome in your recording in order to more accurately simulate an in-person audition

1. State your name and your instrument.

2. For glockenspiel auditions, follow the instructions listed for woodwind/brass auditions. Play the glockenspiel piece linked below for step 5 of the process. For all others, play the exercises as specified directly above.

3. Record video of the exercises linked below.

Raising the Tenor Drums

Exercises for Each Instrument

Submitting your Recorded Audition

Once you’ve finished recording, submit your files through your account on our recruit website. Please do not leave uploading for the last moment since there can be issues with uploading! Audition results will be released through the same page. If you have any questions or technical difficulties, or if you need any alternative accommodations, feel free to email us at