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Before your audition please fill out the questionnaire. 

eCHS 2020 Spring Music Calendar

BOOSTER MEETINGS:  Mar 10; April 14

Feb. 6 - Middle School Jazz Bands visit ECHS 9 a.m.

Feb. 28 - Annual Dinner Dance at Colma Community Center. All Ensembles. 6 p.m.

March 7 - 5K Fun Run.  Fundraiser at ECHS Colt Field. 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

March 18 - Showcase of Bands. Symphonic Band performs. 7 p.m.

March 21 - CMEA Solo and Ensemble at S.F. State. Ensembles and schedule to be determined. 

April 1 -  High School Performance Exchange. Choirs of ECHS, Capuchino and Westmoore. Capuchino PAC, 7 p.m. free

April 17 - Jazz Night at ECHS Little Theater. Jazz band and combos. 6:30 p.m.

April 18 - ECHS Jazz Combo Festival at ECHS Little Theater. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

April 24-25 - Reno Jazz Festival at University of Reno, Nevada. T.B.D.

April 29- May 3 - Band and Choir trip to L.A. 

May 14 - Spring Concert at ECHS Little Theater. Concert and Symphonic Band, Jazz Combos and guest students ECHS Choir perform. 6:30 p.m.

May 15 - CMEA Choir Festival at Hillview MS, Menlo Park. Choir performs. T.B.D. 

May 16 - CMEA Band Festival at Riordan. Concert and Symphonic Band performs. T.B.D. 

May 21 - Spring Concert at ECHS Little Theater. Choir, Jazz Band and Orchestra performs. 6:30 p.m.

May 25 - Memorial Day Performance at Cypress Lawn in Colma. Symphonic Band performs. 1 p.m.

May 29 - Graduation at Colt Field. Choir performs. 1 p.m.


Frequently asked questions
Question: When and where do I show up for my audition?
Always show up to auditions early. if possible, show up at least 20 minutes prior to the audition. Arriving early allows you to warm up and be fully prepared. Auditions will be held in the ECHS Band Room of the Little Theater building.
Question: What do I do when I get to the audition?
Check in at the band room and sign in. Take your instrument out and begin warming up.
Question: What happens during the auditions?
When auditions begin you will be taken in the order that you signed up. If you are auditioning for Symphonic Band you will audition alone. Students auditioning for Jazz Band will have a rhythm section to accompany. The band director and two or three other assistants will be in the room with you. Parents are welcome to stay for the audition. The audition can take  10-15 minutes.
Question: What happens after the audition?
A list of placement for all students who auditioned will be on the band room glass cabinet at the end of the week.
Question: What ensembles are offered at El Camino H.S?
Symphonic and Jazz Band are the top bands. Concert band is the apprentice band for Symphonic Band and is the class where the music fundamentals are established. Lab Band (Jazz Combo) are small jazz ensembles that meet during 0 period. For new students: when the counselors come to sign you into band you will sign up for Concert Band. After, if you pass the auditions we will make the change with the counselors.
Question: Am I required to be in Symphonic or Concert Band if I make it into one of the Jazz Ensembles?
Question: What if I do not make it into the higher bands?
Enroll into our apprentice ensemble Concert Band.
Question: How should I prepare for my audition?
Take the audition materials to your current music teacher(s) and ask them to help you with practice strategies.
Here are some additional audition preparation suggestions:
● Scales: practice slowly and make sure you focus on sound quality and intonation. Only when you can play with great sound and intonation should you begin to practice at a faster tempo.
● Prepared piece: for jazz band try for a great jazz feel. For symphonic band try to emulate a pure tone. Pay attention to dynamics and articulation marks as you prepare your piece.
● Sight-reading: see if you can get your hands on some music to sightread. If you are not good at reading rhythms, find some music and go slowly until you are sure you are playing the rhythms correctly. Use a metronome. Make sure you pay close attention to the key signature, and try to look through a tune before you start playing it, to anticipate difficult spots.
● Soloing: Listen to great jazz masters playing solos on the same tune you are learning. Learn their solos so that you learn the jazz vocabulary they are using. Ultimately, jazz musicians sound like a mixture of all the musicians they have listened to and studied – plus a little bit of their own personality mixed in. Use this audition as an opportunity to get started on this great, lifelong project.
● Classical Solo: Listen to great musicians on your instrument and imitate and emulate their tone and phrasing.

Parent Volunteers Needed!

Volunteer parents are a big reason for the success of the music program at El Camino High School. Parents are involved in carpooling students to festivals and events, setting up, staffing and closing our fundraising events and concerts, and baking or bringing concessions to events and concerts. New parents are always welcome to volunteer and join our returning parents so we can continue to provide for these events.

Volunteer with the ECHS Music Boosters by attending our booster meetings and joining our planning committees. It is a great way to meet new parents, share ideas and support your community and your child's music program!

New volunteer opportunities for the '19 - '20 school year will be up soon!

ECHS Music Boosters

President - John Goodwin

Vice-President - Amy Kim

Treasurer - Young Kim

Secretary - Jenny Gonzalez 

Audition Music- Symphonic Band 19/20

Click on the link to get the dropbox folder where you can find your audition music. Be sure to follow the instructions and only practice the parts as marked. 

Symphonic Band Audition Music 19/20

Audition Music - Symphonic Band 17/18

Click on the link to get the dropbox folder where you can find your audition music. Be sure to follow the instructions and only practice the parts as marked. 

Symphonic Band Audition Music 17/18

Audition Recording - Jazz Band 16/17

Learn music from this recording. Be prepared to play it for seating/ first test in class. 

tenor solo (Kenny Hing, t.sax) - all woodwind

trumpet solo (Willie Cook, tpt.) - all brass

Piano and Vibes - transcribe piano solo at the beginning and ending (including melody) and at 3:34 - 4:09.

Drums - transcribe entire song, pay close attention to "shout chorus" at 4:09.

Bass - transcribe entire song, particularly under Basie's piano solos and melody.  


Satin Doll


Audition Material - Symphonic Band 16/17

Please prepare the solo for your audition, to be scheduled the second week of school.

Be sure to read the audition information provided for the parts you are required to play. 

link to audition music

ECHS Symphonic Band Audition Repertoire 15/16

The audition repertoire for chairing of all instruments can be found in the dropbox folder when you click on the link below. Jazz band students will be required to play this repertoire as they perform in both ensembles.

Instructions: click on the link below and download and print out the 2016 High School List C and the music you will practice for audition. You will only need to play the selected music, the scales will be required at a later time. For the audition, check the 2016 High School List C for the required measures and sections to play. The required measures are also marked in the music as START and END.  Good luck!

ECHS Audition Repotoire