Hershey Park Live Musician Auditions

Hello WCU Musicians!
We are excited to announce that Windish Music & Productions will be returning to WCU for live auditions for Hersheypark among many other performing opportunities!   We will be at Swope Music Building RM 200-I on Sunday, February 22 from 9AM to 2PM.  It is first come, first serve sign-ups.
Please spread the word to any talented students that may be interested!  And we hope to see you there!   -Mike Windish

HERSHEYPARK

Live Musician Auditions 2015

West Chester University 

Sunday, February 22th, 2015 – 9:00AM – 2:00PM

Swope Room 200-I

Ensembles/Casts:

  • Pop/R&B/Funk Band
  • Percussion/Drumming Ensemble (needed at multiple theme and amusement parks)
  • Strolling Brass Band
  • Dueling Pianos
  • Trombone Quintet
  • One-Man Band (wearing and playing multiple instruments!)
  • Strolling Variety Performers:  Jugglers, Stilt Walkers, Magicians

Open Instrumental Positions:

  • Vocalists (Male and Female), Piano/Keys, Singing Pianists, Drum Set/Percussion, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba/Sousaphone

Compensation:

  • Starting at $500-575 per week

Housing:

  •  Subsidized Housing provided for nonlocal performers

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

*Please provide a performance RESUME and HEADSHOT*
*Sight-Reading example may be provided in addition to listed requirements*
*Contact WMPAuditions@gmail.com for more information*

Percussionists/Drummers:

  • 1 Rudimental snare drum solo example. (16 bars).
  • Drumset: Play time in rock, funk, Latin (Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, etc.), medium swing, 2 beat (8 bars of each).
  • 1 Song play-along CD or MP3 (only 16-32 bars, showcasing your versatility).
  • Mallets (If possible) – please provide a brief solo or excerpt on xylophone (2 mallets).
  • Great personality for entertainment needed – Please tell a joke or a funny story.

*We may not ask for all elements listed. We may only choose specific examples you have prepared.

Bass Guitar:

  • Rhythm playing in funk, Latin, rock, country, walking bassline. Play-Along CD or MP3 suggested but not necessary.
  • 2 examples of contrasting styles – can be musical excerpts or etudes. Please play 16 bars of each.
  • Vocals a HUGE plus.
  • Great personality for entertainment needed – Please tell a joke or a funny story.

*We may not ask for all elements listed. We may only choose specific examples you have prepared.

Guitar:

  • Rhythm guitar strumming in these styles; rock, country/bluegrass, funk, Freddie Green swing. Play 8 bars of each. Play-Along CD or MP3 suggested, but not necessary.
  • Lead guitar: Choose two or three popular lead riffs. We may ask you to play extended solos.
  • Vocals a HUGE plus. Please include a short example.
  • Great personality for entertainment needed – please tell a joke or a funny story.

*We may not ask for all elements listed. We may only choose specific examples you have prepared.

Singing Pianists (Male and Female):

  • Please provide 5 songs of contrasting styles (ex. Top 40, Classic Rock, 80’s Favorites, Current Hits). Please show us 16-32 bars of each.  We will likely request a long list of popular songs on the spot.
  • Show examples of comping in Honky-tonk, rock and funk styles. Ragtime example is a plus.
  • Doubling on drums, guitar, bass, or harmonica is a plus!
  • Great personality for entertainment needed – please tell a joke or a funny story.

*We may not ask for all elements listed. We may only choose specific examples you have prepared.

Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Alto Saxophone (Male and Female):

  • 2 examples of contrasting styles – can be etudes or musical excerpts. Play 16-32 bars of each.
  • 1 Improvisation Example – Play along accompaniment in a standard blues, standard jazz or pop/funk tune recommended.
  • Tuba – Also give an example of a walking bass line over a standard 12 bar blues form.
  • Instrument doubling/singing is a plus!
  • Great personality for entertainment needed – please tell a joke or a funny story.

*We may not ask for all elements listed. We may only choose specific examples you have prepared.

Vocals: Male and Female:

  • Please prepare 2 examples of contrasting styles (ex. Pop, Rock, Country, R&B etc.). Please sing 16-32 bars of each.
  • Pitch matching and vocal appellation and harmonization will be observed.
  • Ability to accompany your own vocals with guitar or piano is a HUGE plus!
  • Instrument doubling a plus! Beat-boxing is also a plus. Please demonstrate if possible.

Variety Skills:

  • Jugglers: Please provide examples of 3-6 ball juggling and 3 club juggling.  Please showcase tricks including cascades, factory, behind-the-back, under-the-leg, spins, and any extended tricks you have prepared. Passing with 1-4 people is a necessary skill.  Must work within a cast. Showmanship, stage presence, and a team player mentality is a MUST. Please provide one comedic monologue showing comedic timing and acting ability.
  • Stilt-Walkers:  Standard drywall stilts, Articulating stilts, and Kinetic stilts are acceptable.  Please bring your own stilts to the live auditions. Must work within a cast.  Showmanship, stage presence, and a team player mentality is a MUST. Please provide one comedic monologue showing comedic timing and acting ability. Juggling, slight of hand magic, or any other variety skills a huge plus.
  • Magicians:  Slight of hand magic, small audience tricks, and street performance experience are important to our positions. Please show a variety of slight of hand and interactive routines. Must work within a cast. Showmanship, stage presence, and a team player mentality is a MUST. Please provide one comedic monologue showing comedic timing and acting ability.Juggling, slight of hand magic, or any other variety skills a huge plus.
  • One-Man-Band:  Multi-instrumentalist skills by ONE performer:  singing/acting, guitar/mandolin/banjo, accordion, percussion, harmonica, among MANY other musical talents. This is the classic “One-Man-Band” where an individual where’s an instrument rig including drums, cymbals, string instrument, harmonica, among others.

DVD Submissions also accepted no later than March 31, 2015. Please follow the audition guidelines and mail DVD, Resume, and Headshot to Windish Music Auditions PO Box 1996 West Chester PA 19380

Best to you,
Mike Windish  
IAAPA Brass Ring Award Winner: “Best Atmosphere”
“Best Edu-tainment” and “Best Overall Production”
 
 
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