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Ensemble/Combo Auditions

Spring 2024 Big Band Auditions 

 Big Band audition sign-up sheets are posted on the jazz bulletin board outside of room 241 (Dr. Winking's office). Auditions are open to all students, regardless of major.

Trumpet, Trombone, and Rhythm Section will be on Monday, November 27th. 

Professor Carillo and Dr. Winking (trumpet)-room 243, 11:00-2:00

Randy Zimmerman (trombone)- room 226 11:00-2:00

Rhythm section auditions will start at noon in room 216

Saxophone will be on Wednesday, November 29th

Dr. Colarusso (saxophone)- room 247, 11:00-2:00

Students that are unable to audition on these dates are advised to contact Dr. Utah Hamrick ( or the respective instrument instructor to set up an alternate time.


        Saxophone: Dr. Joey Colarusso (

        Trumpet:  Prof. Tito Carillo ( and Dr. Keith Winking 


        Trombone: Randy Zimmerman (

        Piano: Hank Hehmsoth (

        Guitar: Carter Arrington (

        Drums: Arthur Latin (

        Bass: Dr. Utah Hamrick (


Spring 2024 Combo Auditions

Texas State Jazz Combos are open to all students, regardless of major. If you do a big band audition, a separate combo audition is not necessary, you will be placed accordingly. If you wish to play in a combo but are not playing in a big band, sign up for an audition slot or contact Dr. Hamrick at to set up an audition time. Be prepared to play the melody and improvise at least one chorus over a jazz standard.

If you plan to play in a combo, please fill out the attached schedule card and bring it to your audition!





Jazz Audition Requirements

Jazz auditions are low-pressure and consist of the following:

Horns for Spring 2024:

  1. A short prepared excerpt of your choosing (transcribed solo, etude, etc.)
  2. Sight-reading
  3. Improvisation; optional, but strongly encouraged (play-along accompaniment will be provided)

Rhythm section for Spring 2024:

Auditions will consist of reading two big band charts in contrasting styles. Students will play the audition in full rhythm section groups (1 piano, 1 guitar, 1 bass, 1 drums). The auditions will be graded on not only reading, but feel, time, and improvisation.

About the Ensembles

The Texas State jazz ensembles explore a full spectrum of big band sounds, ranging from classic swing to high-energy latin and funk. Jazz ensembles and combos are open to all qualified university students by audition. Ensembles count for one credit per semester.

Jazz Ensemble
Directed by Dr. Utah Hamrick
MWF, 11 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

Jazz Orchestra
Directed by Prof. Tito Carillo
MWF, 11 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

Jazz Lab Band
Directed by Arthur Latin
MW, 12:30 p.m.–1:50 p.m.

Jazz Combos
Times to be arranged