THE KNOXVILLE JAZZ YOUTH ORCHESTRA is an honors band under the direction KJO lead trombonist Tom Lundberg. The band is open to high school students from across East Tennessee and is chosen by audition each Fall. The group rehearses weekly from September through May and performs several concerts around the region each year. For a list of upcoming performances, see the link below.

Auditions for the 2019-2020 Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra will be held Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at Rush's Music, located at 2107 Chapman Highway, Knoxville, 37920.

We are looking for the following high school aged instrumentalists:   2 alto saxophones, 2 tenor saxophones, baritone saxophone, 5 trumpets, 4 trombones, bass trombone, guitar, piano, acoustic and/or electric bass, drum set.  

Rhythm section players ( guitarists, pianists, bass players and drummers ) will be heard between 4:30 and 6pm upstairs in the store.  Horn players ( saxophones, trumpets and trombones ) will be heard downstairs in the basement starting at 6pm.  All players will be asked to sight-read.  Please review the audition requirements for your instrument, posted here.  Improvisation is not necessary at the audition but is encouraged.  A play along CD will be available at the audition with a medium tempo 12 bar blues in concert F.  Players are regularly admitted to the band with no prior improv experience.  

There will be a sign-up sheet available at the store at 4pm on the day of the audition.  Players will be heard in the order that they sign in.  There is no audition fee or participation fee for the KJYO.  Players who are selected for the band will be encouraged to purchase a band shirt(s) to be worn in performances and will be asked to provide a sturdy music stand for some performances. 

Alternate players for each position in the band may be chosen when merited.

The band will rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9pm at Rush's.


Saxophones, trumpets, and trombones will be asked to perform a prepared piece. Please follow the links below to download the music for your instrument. Major and chromatic scales over the full range of your instrument and sight-reading will also be required. Improvisation will be optional for the audition. Students may choose to improvise over a 12 bar blues progression in Concert "F." A play-a-long recording will be provided.

Pianists, bassists, and guitarists should be prepared to sight-read a chord progression. Pianists and guitarists will be required to play 4 choruses on a 12 bar blues progression, comping for 2 choruses, and improvising for 2 choruses. Bassists will be asked to walk a bass line. Major scales will also be required.

Drummers will be asked to play time in a swing style, latin style and rock/funk style. They will also be asked to sight-read a drum part from a big band arrangement.

Alto saxophone prepared piece

Tenor saxophone prepared piece

Baritone saxophone prepared piece

Trumpet prepared piece

Trombone prepared piece

Looking forward to hearing you play on September 11.

Questions? Email Tom Lundberg