District Jazz Band Audition Materials

Follow this link to find all resources for the 2019 All District Jazz Band Auditions. I will stay after school with students in January to work on pieces and improvisation.

Wind Players: In your submission, you will need to play the “head” (melody) of the piece, then the transcribed solo, then improvise your own solo. Listen carefully to the recording of Walkin’ by Miles Davis to be able to imitate the style of the recording. Once you are comfortable with the written music, practice playing along with the recording and the backing track.

Rhythm Section: There will be audition requirements for Drum Set, Piano, Bass, and Guitar Posted. Each instrument has slightly different audition requirements, so read the instructions and listen to the examples carefully.

Email Mr. Wilson with questions!

8th Grade Night

Permission form here
SMS 8th Grade night 2018 permission form

Who: SMS 8th Grade Band Students

Where: At Lee High Stadium

What: The Lee High marching band has invited 8th grade students from SMS to play with the marching band for a football game! This allows the students to meet people in the high school band and get a taste for what the high school marching band is all about!

When: Friday September 7th. We will meet at the stadium entrance at 6pm

Where do we sit?The students will sit with the marching band. Parents are welcome to sit next to the band. Please do not drop off your student and leave unless you have designated another family member or guardian to be responsible for the supervision of the student!

Cost: SMS students will get into the game for free, parents will need to pay the entrance fee for the game.


Q. What does my child need to bring?
A. Their SMS hoodie, Jeans, and instrument. Students should eat dinner beforehand, pack dinner, or bring money for the concession stands.

Q. Is attendance required?
A. Nope! But strongly recommended!

Q. How long do they play for?
A. Students will play the pre-game show on the field with the marching band, they will then move to the stands and play pep tunes during the 1st and 2nd quarters. At the half time show, the marching band will play their show on the field and the 8th graders are invited to the track to see the show! After the halftime show the kids can enjoy the game with friends/family, continue playing with the band 4th quarter, or leave.

Band news 7/30/18 6th Grade Edition

Hello Band Parents!!!

We can’t wait to make some great music with you awesome kids! We hope to see you guys at the open house this Wednesday at 6:30pm. If you have any specific questions, it’s best to ask before then because the band room tends to be pretty packed with people that night. If you have any instruments that you’d like us to check the condition on, you can certainly bring it that night! Also, if you already have an instrument, we will have name tags available that tell the student which band locker is theirs. It’s nice not to worry about taking it to school on the first day.

I’ve attached the supply list. Many things on the list come with the instrument if you rent or buy it, but it’s best to check. If you’re not sure what some of the things are, just let me know! You definitely need to get the Essential Elements book, a 1in. Binder, and a small makeup mirror though. (Percussionists don’t need a mirror)

If you rented your instrument through Shen-Valley Band in Harrisonburg, they will drop off the instruments sometime this week. We will then hand them out to the students next week. If you got your instrument from Staunton Music, Music and Arts, or online, then I’m not sure when and where they will deliver. You may need to check with them. PLEASE DO NOT LET THEM PLAY THEIR INSTRUMENT BEFORE GETTING TRAINED! It builds bad habits and can break the instruments if they are put together incorrectly.

Some parents have been asking when we start working with the instruments. The first few days of school we are mostly checking off who has what from the materials list and getting the kids used to the routines of the band room. There are a lot of logistics involved with band class and 6th graders need a bit of practice with all of that. By day 4 or 5 we will start learning how to make sound.

I think that’s about it! Let me know if you have any questions!

Charlie Nesmith
Band Director, Shelburne Middle School
300 Grubert Ave
Staunton, VA 24401
(540) 383-3753