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Best of the Best Audition for an All Star Band
January 28, 2010, 10:15 pm
Filed under: Education

On January 25 some of the best aspiring jazz musicians in Miami-Dade County Public Schools nervously awaited their turn to audition for the Jazz Roots Student All Stars, a new student band that will be featured  at a free concert at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Carnival Studio Theater on February 12 at 7:30 PM.  Students from schools around the county showed up at South Miami Senior High for the blind auditions, a process where the players are assigned a number and recorded, so that the judges don’t know the identity ofthe person they are listening to .  This type of audition insures the selections are based completely on talent and artistry,of which there was no shortage ! 

The evening’s activities, which were proctored by Jennifer Jimenez, the President of Florida Band Master’s Association, and Jairo Ontiveros, the Project Coordinator here at the Adrienne Arsht Center, took students through the process of a formal audition, which included a warm up period and an individual recording session.  Students gathered together prior to their audition time slots and exchanged thoughts on how to play the assigned excerpts, sharing tips and information they brought from the band directors at their home schools.  The cooperative spirit seemed to calm the nervous energy and focus the students on the music and the artistry of playing the selections that were assigned for the audition.    

The Jazz Roots All Stars highlight the performance aspects of jazz programs in the county schools and the Jazz Roots education initiative.


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