FEEL THE RHYTHM OF EXCELLENCE
FASA’s Big Band Track features one-of-a-kind arrangements and hands-on coaching from seasoned musicians. Our in-house arrangers, jazz pianist Bill Wolaver and first-call Nashville guitarist and jazz master James DaSilva, collaborate with Larry Panella, Saxophonist and Director of Jazz Studies at Southern Mississippi University, to bring you a high-energy ride from a variety of Band styles.
Big Band Track is an extraordinarily diverse program with teachers for…
Your experience with your instrument will expand as you also learn:
You will learn a variety of Band styles, including:
Swing and Big Band (Orchestral Jazz)
Movie Theme Arrangements
The Band at FASA includes an exciting Big Band and Broadway concert experience where students put their best beat forward. Best of all, you'll be performing next to other young players with a similar passion for musical excellence.
“What do I prepare? What do I play?”
Everything from Beethoven to Count Basie to Gershwin to famous movie themes. It’s a musical kaleidoscope!
“How much practice/rehearsal is there?”
FASA is not for the faint of heart! We start off with a track of music that is fun and challenging. Our purpose is to perform and to perform well.
“Will I get experience playing a variety of genres?”
Yes! FASA immerses you in a variety of styles, from Jazz to Classical to Pop, we do everything!
“What makes FASA’s Jazz Band Track unique?”
FASA's arrangements are original and tailor-written by some of the best arrangers in the business.
“Can I get experience here that I wouldn’t find somewhere else?”
FASA’s diversity is its greatest strength. You’ll get instruction in Classical Technique, tips on improvisation from outstanding Jazz musicians, and dynamic real-world performance experience. FASA gives you the whole package.
PLACEMENT AND CASTING
In order for us to maximize your experience at FASA, it is vital that we get to know you! Below is the process we require for all students.
1. Step 1: Register for FASA. Click the "apply now" button at the top of the screen to request a complete FASA application. Once your deposit has been received you are registered! Next step - casting video!
2. Step 2: Casting Video: Deadline May 15. If you register after May 15, please send the video as soon as possible.
Every student who registers must prepare a short (2-4 min.) video of themselves performing in their particular field of study.
Audition Tips: 1) Accompaniment is preferred and recommended. If you perform a cappella it is important that you demonstrate a sense of rhythm and intonation. The auditions should showcase range, style, and performance skill. 2) Choose a location that is well-lit. 3) Please stand for your performance and, if possible, film from a full-body camera angle. Avoid sitting or cropped angles that do not showcase your abilities. Show us your understanding of stage deportment through your look and dress. Introduce yourself and your song. We want to know about you, what you enjoy, what you do best. Let us know if you have a skill that is outside the parameters of the instruments included in FASA's tracks: Juggling, acrobatics, dulcimer, or other unique instruments. Because FASA's shows are customized, we can occasionally utilize such skills.
Instrumental Requirements (if applicable): 1-3 minute performance. Only 1 piece is required. If the student is participating in multiple fields please include video of each. If the student is interested in performing a vocal solo, please include video meeting the requirements of the vocal solo auditions.
Vocal Requirements (if applicable): 1 song of your choice representing the style you prefer to sing. Be sure an show us all we need to see of your vocal skill. If you feel multiple selections would be helpful in our assessment of your overall vocal range and skill feel free to include more than one song.
Once your registration and video have been complete we will begin the process of assessing the best place to challenge and showcase your talents in your classes and performances at FASA.