Honor Band Auditions

The 2020 Riverside County High School Honor Band auditions will take place on Saturday, December 7, 2019 (West auditions) and Saturday, December 14, 2019 (East auditions). There will be two audition locations:

  • Rancho Verde High School (Moreno Valley) on Saturday, December 7, 2019
  • Cathedral City High School (Cathedral City) on Saturday, December 14, 2019

Audition Schedule

The Audition Schedule is now available to view HERE: Audition Schedule

There are 2 tabs at the bottom (one for Saturday, December 7, at Rancho Verde High School, and one for Saturday, December 14, at Cathedral City High School).

If your name is highlighted in green, you have signed up to audition on multiple instruments.  Make sure you are aware of ALL of your audition times!

When you arrive to your audition site, signs will be posted, and student volunteers will be able to direct you where to check in.  Warm up rooms will be available for students to use prior to their audition time.

It is recommended that students arrive to their audition site early, in order to have plenty of time to check in and warm-up (30 minutes early is suggested).

Remember to bring:

  1. Your instrument
  2. Page 5 of the Event Guidelines and Contract, completely filled out by the student and his/her parent or guardian.
  3. 2 additional copies of your excerpt’s sheet music (with markings indicating starting and stopping spots)

For more information about what you can expect during your audition, see below sections.

High School Honor Band Audition Instructions


Audition time slots are 5 minutes. Students may audition for multiple instruments if they have signed up accordingly.

Two adjudicators will be present in every audition room. Official audition scores will be an average of both adjudicators individual scores. To ensure fairness, band directors will not be able to submit adjudication scores for their own High School students. In addition, auditionee schools and districts will be anonymous to adjudicators.

Adjudicators will not provide any verbal comments or feedback to auditionees during their audition.

Audition Material and Requirements

Attention auditionees! Your County Honor Band Audition will consist of 2 elements. Please make sure that you are adequately prepared to play:

  • Scales (multiple)
  • Excerpt (maximum 1 minute in length)


Please click on the scales that correspond to the instrument you are auditioning. Each student will need to play the following scales, in order, memorized, both ascending and descending:

  • Concert F Major
  • Concert B flat Major
  • Concert G Major
  • Concert D Major
  • Chromatic Scale

Please make sure that you adhere to the tempo marking of a quarter note equals 96 beats per minute. Be prepared to play these scales one after another, with minimal pause between.

Audition Excerpt

After playing scales, each auditionee will perform an excerpt (self-chosen). Please bring 2 copies of the chosen excerpt and hand it to your adjudicators before starting. Please prepare an excerpt that is a maximum of 1 minute in length, but be advised that adjudicators may stop you when they have heard enough to generate a thoughtful score.

What excerpt should you choose? It is suggested that auditionees pick an excerpt that shows their advanced capabilities and musicianship. Excerpts will be scored through the following categories:

  • Time/Rhythm
  • Tone Quality
  • Phrasing
  • Dynamics
  • Overall Musicality

In light of this, choose an excerpt that demonstrates your ability to properly play what is marked, and make sure that you are attentive to all markings!

Still can’t decide on an excerpt? Consider consulting your Band Director, who will surely be able to suggest quality excerpts for consideration.

Audition Rubric

In order for you to properly prepare, take a look at the Audition Rubric, which details how students will be scored.


If you have any questions regarding the audition process, please feel free to email both Louisa Higgins (lhiggins@rcoe.us) and Allyson Huntsman (ahuntsman@valverde.edu)