Inside BD 360…
It’s finally on mediabox. I know what I’m doing with my night!
Q:do you know how many bari/euphs spots might be open this year?
That’s a good question. I’m not really sure, haha. If you go to the link below, you can see the roster from last season, and if you click on each name it will have the years listed. The people with 2014 on their profile haven’t aged out. Click here.
Video I created for my business class. Quick lesson on posture and body line!
Q:Do you have to audition or do you just get your spot?
I don’t have to audition. I’ll end up going to the call back camp, and they will evaluate me there. So I’m not automatically back in, but I don’t have to go through the full audition process again. Vets from last year will automatically have their spot.
Q:How about the contra line?
I don’t know the exact number, but there are very few spots open. Only one tuba aged out in 2013, and I heard a rumor that someone from 2012 was coming back. So theoretically, that leaves no open spots. But that’s just based on what I know. There may be people taking a year off, too.
Q:How many mello spots are there?
At BD? Eight mellos aged out this past year, and I heard a couple aren’t coming back. But I know there are a few retuning from 2012 that didn’t march last season (including myself). So about eight spots should be open.
Q:For the visual audition, do you use your instruments on the field?
For the first audition, we did not use instruments. If you went to the call back camp, then we used instruments for visual. If you can’t move without your instrument, then there is no way you can move with it, so I would focus on your body itself.
Q:What are the most competitive instruments people audition for at BD? Or which instrument/s has the most turnout?
For hornline auditions, there are usually a lot of trumpets and euphoniums. I think the trumpet line may be a little more competitive though. The drumline always has a big turnout, so the competition is really stiff.
Does anyone else hear that mello note at 0:36?
Q:What exactly do they picked out in exercises? And what should one expect from PT and the visual audition?
First, the staff looks for tone. A full, dark sound is really important. Then they look for flexibility, ability to find pitch center, and overall musicality. Smooth slurs and clarity in technical passages are also big points. If you haven’t checked out these videos, I would certainly take the time to watch them. There are 4 different videos, and this is the first one - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2l6EEAeJ_w.
From a visual standpoint, they expect you to be fit. You can expect to run a little bit, but they won’t kill you. And there will be plenty of body movement. They want to see if you have an overall understanding of how your body works. There will be a marching portion, too. Nothing in the visual audition is individual based. They evaluate you within the group.
Feel free to come off anon! I can answer plenty of questions.
Q:I heard the BD audition material is easy but the visual audition and PT is used to narrow down people. Is this true?
I definitely wouldn’t say the music audition is easy, haha. The exercises may seem simple, but the staff is extremely picky because there are so many people who audition. And your solo piece is really important.
The visual side is very important though. If a musically good player auditions, but can’t move, they probably will not be accepted. It may seem like they use the visual to narrow people down because there are so many good musicians who audition, but a good portion of them cannot move well. You have to be great in both aspects to get a spot.