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SXU hosts ILMEA Jazz-Prep Day on Aug. 20


Saint Xavier University's (SXU) Department of Music will host ILMEA Jazz-Prep Day on Saturday, August 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University's Chicago campus, 3700 West 103rd Street. This event is open to all high school students interested in auditioning for the ILMEA Senior Band on Friday, October 21.

Students will work with SXU faculty and guests on the 2016 ILMEA audition material including:

  • State Line Strut – ILMEA required selection; sectionals with faculty members
  • Billie's Bounce – Jazz Improvisation piece; improvisation clinics with SXU jazz faculty
  • Jim Snidero Jazz Etude Cycle 1 "Friends"

Participants will conduct sight-reading with members of the SXU Jazz Ensemble. Mock auditions with SXU faculty and will be recorded and emailed to students. Bass and guitar amps will be provided, but students are welcome to use their own equipment if preferred. Drummers only need to bring sticks, as drum-set and cymbals will be provided.

The cost is $10 of either cash or check to "SXU Music Department" and includes lunch.