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Studio Jazz (Big Band) Ensemble Auditions, Fall 2023 (Trumpets, Trombones, Saxophones)

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 - 12:30pm
Sign up sheet on door of MUS 14 beginning Sept. 25
  • UW Studio Jazz Ensemble
    Studio Jazz Ensemble players

Auditions for the Studio Jazz/Big Band will include performance of a chromatic scale from lowest to highest and back down, an up-to-one-minute excerpt (student choice), transcription, etude, etc., that demonstrates the musician's abilities as a jazz player, sight-reading, and improvisation (optional). Sign up sheet will be on the door of MUS 14 for on September 25. Please contact Marc Seales with questions. 


Winds: Trumpets, Trombones, Saxophones
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023
12:30 pm to 2:20 pm
Location: Room 35
(Sign up sheet on the door of MU 14)
Rhythm: Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums
Monday, Oct. 2, 2023
12:30 pm to 2:20 pm
Location: Room 35 
(Sign up sheet on the door of MU 14)

Big Band - MUSEN 346A/546A
 Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30 pm to 2:20 pm

Director Bios:

Marc Seales

A noted pianist, composer and leading figure in the Northwest jazz scene, Marc Seales has shared stages with many of the great players of the last two decades. He has played with nearly every visiting jazz celebrity from Joe Henderson and Art Pepper to Benny Carter, Mark Murphy, and Bobby Hutcherson. With the late Don Lanphere he performed in such places as London, England; Kobe, Japan; The Hague in the Netherlands; and the North Sea Jazz Festival.

The musicians he admires most are Herbie Hancock, Charlie Parker, John Lewis, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Wynton Kelly, though he is quick to acknowledge that he owes the basically be-bop/post be-bop sound of his playing to his mentors, Don Lanphere and Floyd Standifer.

Critics have praised Seales variously for his "meaty piano solos," and "blues inflected, Hancock-inspired modernism." Winner of numerous Earshot awards (Instrumentalist of the Year in 1999 and Acoustic Jazz Group in 2000 and 2001; Jazz Hall of Fame, 2009), Seales is today promoting jazz awareness and molding young talents as a Professor of Music at the University of Washington, where he is a professor in the Jazz Studies Program. He teaches an array of courses, including History of Jazz, Jazz Piano, and Beginning and Advanced Improvisation, as well as leading various workshops and ensembles.