DSU Honor Band 2017

January 12-14

Clinician

Jay S. GephartJay S. Gephart

  • Al G. Wright Chair, Director of Bands
  • Director of the “All-American” Marching Band and the Purdue Wind Ensemble

Jay S. Gephart joined the faculty of Purdue University in the fall of 1995 after having completed 12 years as a public school band director. In July 2001, he was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure, and in 2009 was promoted to Full Professor. From 1995-2006, Professor Gephart served as the director for the Purdue Symphony Orchestra. He currently serves as Director of the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band and the Purdue Wind Ensemble.

Gephart received a Master of Music Degree in Performance with High Distinction from Indiana University in 1988 and a Bachelor of Music Education Degree with Distinction from Indiana University in 1983.

Under his direction, the Purdue Wind Ensemble has shared the stage with some of the nation’s outstanding soloists and have represented Purdue at the Indiana Music Educators Association state convention on two occasions. In February 2012, the Purdue Wind Ensemble performed a concert at the national convention of the American Bandmaster’s Association held in Indianapolis.  His wind ensemble has also performed on the stage at Chicago’s Symphony Center and at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City on two occasions.  Gephart has conducted All-State Bands in Indiana, Kentucky, Colorado, Virginia, and Arkansas.  He has also served as a clinician at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.

Since being appointed director of the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band, he has heightened the national and international reputation of the program.  In 2008, the band traveled to Beijing, China to perform in the “Meet in Beijing” International Arts and Music Festival prior to the Olympic Games, in 2010 became the first Big Ten Band to lead the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, in 2013 landed in Ireland to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, and in 2015 established a partnership with Colombia when the band performed at the La Feria de Las Flores.

Professor Gephart has been very active in various professional organizations including Music Educator’s National Conference, National Band Association, College Band Director’s National Association, Indiana Bandmaster’s Association, Indiana Music Educators Association, and Phi Beta Mu. From 2010-2012, he served as President of the Big Ten Band Director’s Association and currently holds the position of Treasurer and Vice President of the John Philip Sousa Foundation. He is also a member of the NBA Revelli Composition Contest selection committee. Professor Gephart was elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmaster’s Association in 2008 and currently serves on the ABA Board of Directors.

Audition information

All students must complete the application form below.

Students are asked to submit a recorded audition.  To submit your audition materials, please follow the following process:

  • Say your name very clearly.
  • Say if you are auditioning for High School or Middle School
  • Say the name of each scale or rudiment before playing it.
  • Say “Prepared pieces” before playing your prepared pieces.
  • Say “End of recording.”

Submit recording in .mp3 or.wav format only.

Recorded auditions must be received by midnight on Saturday, December 3, 2016.

Submit recordings to: dsubands@gmail.com

Questions?

Mr. Conor Bell, DSU Honor Band Coordinator
dsubands@gmail.com

~or~

Dr. Erik Richards, Director of Bands
erichards@deltastate.edu

2017 Audition requirements

High School

Winds  
  • Major scales: Concert F, G-flat, G, A-flat, A (at least two octaves for woodwinds), eighth notes at q = 120, tongued ascending and slurred descending.
  • Chromatic scale: Full practical range of the instrument.
  • Prepared Piece: Two short etudes of your choice, one technical, one lyrical.   
Percussion
  • Rudiments: Nine-stroke roll and flam paradiddle, performed at q = 80, q = 120, and q = 160 on a concert snare.
  • Major scales: F, G-flat, G, A-flat, A (at least two octaves).
  • Chromatic Scale: is not required for percussion auditions.
  • Prepared Pieces: one short etude on any combination of snare, mallet, or timpani.

Middle School

Winds  
  • Major scales: C, F, G, Bb and D scales in as may octaves as comfortable. Eighth notes at q = 72, tongued ascending and slurred descending.
  • Chromatic scale: one octave, more if possible.
  • Prepared Piece: One etude of your choice.  Technical or Lyrical  
Percussion
  • Rudiments: Nine-stroke roll, flam, and paradiddle performed at  q = 120 and at q = 80 on a concert snare.
  • Major scales: F, G-flat, G, A-flat, A (at least two octaves).
  • Chromatic Scale: is not required for percussion auditions.
  • Prepared Pieces: one short etude on any combination of snare, mallet, or timpani.

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