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PMEA District Band

ONLINE Auditions: submit between Nov 9 - 11

Festival: Fri, Jan 28, located at Springfield HS

Complete info:

Weekly Practice Sessions: TUESDAYS LEARN 2

Definitely Auditioning?  Fill out this form! 


What is it?

District Band, Orchestra, and Chorus are an amazing opportunity for outstanding high school musicians to be a part of a select group of musicians from across our area.  Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA), these ensembles are basically the “all-star team” for high school band/orchestra/chorus in our area. Garnet Valley has a proud tradition of students participating in this elite group every year.  Students in grades 10-12 can earn a spot in these ensembles by audition (see details below). If you earn a place in Districts, you participate in a festival where you rehearse with a special guest conductor and perform a concert. The most outstanding musicians in District Band/Orchestra/Chorus can go on to earn a spot in Regional and even ALL-STATE ensembles!!  

Instruments: Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Bb Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Contra-Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trumpet, F Horn, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Euphonium (Baritone), Tuba, Percussion



Students in grades 10-12 are eligible to audition.  At Garnet Valley High School, we encourage all motivated and interested students to audition.  Even if you feel that you are not “good enough” to be in the group yet, the process of practicing, preparation, and auditioning will help you improve as a musician.  And you may even surprise yourself and make it!  Students MUST practice diligently to prepare the audition requirements.  Lessons with a private teacher are recommended.



  1. Two prepared excerpts. Excerpts are posted on the PMEA website for each instrument.  You can download/print them here, or get copies from Dr. Selfridge.

  2. Selected major scales. Students should prepare the complete list of required scales posted by instrument. Selected scales for the recorded audition will be posed on November 2.

  3. A short-term preparation piece (“sight reading”) that will be posted on November 2

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