Auditions

2022 - 2023 Auditions

Monday May 23rd & Tuesday May 24th - 4:30pm to 7pm

Heights HS Band Hall (G110)

Who can audition?

Auditions are open to all students entering grades 9 - 12, for the 2022 - 2023 school year at Heights High School.

What do I need to audition?

  • Fill out the "Heights Bulldog Band Interest Form" (new Heights band members)

  • Fill out the "Audition Information Form"

  • Perform a short list of warm-ups of your top instrument of choice

  • Perform the audition piece of your top instrument of choice

All those who complete their information form and current members will be given access to the Audition Information Form, Warm-ups, and Audition Piece.



How can I prepare for my audition?

This year the Mr. Whorton will be holding six "Audition Workshops" to prepare each student for their audition. During these workshops, Mr. Whorton will teach all basic techniques, warm-up exercises, and audition pieces that are a part of the audition. These workshops are a great chance to get live feedback, tools, and ask questions to help yourself prepare for your audition. There will be four workshops for each instrument.

These workshops are not mandatory, but are HIGHLY recommended to provide you with important details that will be observed during your audition.

When are the Workshop dates?

  • Snare

      • May 9th @4:30pm – 5:45pm

      • May 14th @9am – 10:30am

      • May 16th @4:30pm – 5:45pm

      • May 21st @9am – 10:30am

  • Quads

      • May 9th @5:45pm – 7pm

      • May 14th @10:30am – 12pm

      • May 16th @5:45pm – 7pm

      • May 21st @10:30am – 12pm

  • Bass Drum

      • May 10th @4:30pm – 5:45pm

      • May 14th @1pm – 2:30pm

      • May 17th @4:30pm – 5:45pm

      • May 21st @1pm – 2:30pm

  • Front Ensemble

      • May 10th @5:45pm – 7pm

      • May 14th @2:30pm – 4pm

      • May 17th @5:45pm – 7pm

      • May 21st @2:30pm – 4pm

Quad and Bass drum auditionees are HIGHLY encouraged to attend our snare workshops since many of the techniques care over

When and where can I practice?

All auditionees can practice in the band hall or choir room on the actual drums whenever the space is not in use. If you aren't sure about using a practice space feel free to come by one of the director offices and ask if you can use a specific space. We encourage all auditionees to spend over half of their practice time on the actual instrument so they're use to the response the instrument will give at their audition.


What should I bring to practice?

  • Audition Exercise packet of your instrument of choice

  • pencils

  • highlighters

  • practice drum pads

  • sticks / mallets (preferably marching sticks)

  • A positive, hardworking attitude.

How can I sign up to audition?

First make sure you have filled out a "Heights Band Interest Form" if you are a new member. All current members and those who've filled out an Interest form will be able to schedule an audition for May 23rd or 24th. Audition time slots will be scheduled online via "Signup Genius." Links to schedule your audition will be made available May 14th, please stay attentive to your student/district emails and remind messages for all audition communications.


When will I find out about results?

Results will be posted on the Heights Percussion Department Remind and outside of Mr. Whorton's office window the Friday after auditions take place.


What tips do you have for anyone who would be auditioning?

  • PRACTICE. Most performance issues are fixed with effective, goal-based practice.

  • Practice big. Make sure you practice how you will perform. Timid practice will lead to a timid performance. Play will a clear, full, energetic sound every note even at both high and low volumes.

  • Practice SLOW. Start working on a requirement 20 – 40 bpm under tempo and slowly build yourself up to the required tempo in increments of 4 – 6 bpm. This will give your mind and body a chance to fully understand the technique, focus on creating a good sound, and build consistency to build up to a quality performance.

  • Practice in a mirror and also record and watch yourself practice. Watching yourself perform is good tool to be reflexive of your performance. This allows yourself to self-critique form the audience/judges point of view. Seeing yourself play from this point of view allows you to catch both major and minor details that you normally wouldn't notice in real-time while playing.

  • Practice on the actual instrument. Your practice drum-pad and practice keyboards feel and respond completely different from the actual drum and keyboard. Though practice equipment is super cool for learning basic notes, rhythms, and dynamics, playing on the instrument puts you in the exact setting of playing at the audition. Spend at least half of your practice time on the instrument

  • Practice with a metronome. Practicing with a metronome at least 50%-75% of the time is a healthy way to build your ability to stay in time. Every musician is responsible for staying in time, and to do that you need to use a metronome. You can buy a physical metronome from your local music store or download a metronome app. We at Heights HS recommend the "Tonal Energy" app that has every rehearsal tool a musician needs for $1.99 for Android or $3.99 fir iOS.

  • Focus on your technique. The biggest factor of the audition is who has the technical ability to play their instrument of choice. Technique is the first thing we look at as judges. Make sure your technique is of quality at all tempos while maintaining solid timing at any given tempo. Good technique and timing are more important than playing at faster tempos.

  • Attend our audition workshops. Take advantage of the resources and time you have to be well prepared. We will cover everything you need to know to better prepare yourself for your audition. If you have the time and means to attend please do so.

  • Ask questions if you don’t understand. If you are unsure about anything about your technique, rhythms, how you look when you play, any aspect about your performance/audition seek the knowledge out to provide some insight and clarity. We are all here to help you be successful on your audition.

If you have any questions about auditions for the Heights Percussion Department, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Whorton at

malcolm.whorton@houstonisd.org