theneverendingoptimistic said: Um so I'm in HS and I am gonna try out for symphonic band in about a month. Do you have any opinions on what piece I should perform? Which scales?
It’s good to know all scales, but start with B flat, C, A, A flat. I don’t know what kind of band teacher you have, but depending on the teacher you might want to also practice the less easy scales like B natural, so on, if they like to be tricky in auditions.
You can get a lot of good audition material out of the etudes section (the back-ish) of J. Weissenborn books. The Telemann concerto is also fun. If you’re up for a challenge, any of the Vivaldi are great to play and you can get away with slower tempi if you wish to.
You might have to sightread in your audition, so start going through parts of your etude book(s) that you’ve not practiced before, just to get used to reading new material.
and of course, always practice with a metronome to internalize the tempo of what you’re working on, it helps with confidence and such.
Good luck, I really hope you get in!