The Sunburst House Band is an audition only program that puts together an all-star group of kids to represent Sunburst. Each year in February we hold an audition open to any Sunburst students 10-17 and choose between 5-8 band members to be our House Band for the year.

Sunburst House BandThe group meets from 5-7pm on Sunday evenings and plays a variety of shows year-round starting in April. Repertoire for the group is a collaboration between students and instructors giving each band member a chance to showcase their own special talents and taste. It’s an exciting program for kids who are really into playing music and want to push themselves to go farther. 

2020 Auditions

Auditions for the 2020 House Band are Sunday, March 1st between 5-7pm. Please RSVP here to reserve an audition slot. If you’re unable to make that date, let us know and we’d be happy to set up a private audition.

Students can audition for the house band on one of the following instruments:

  • Guitar
  • Bass
  • Drums
  • Keyboards
  • Voice

While each student must audition for a slot based on their skills on one of the above main instruments, we also take secondary instruments and instrumental versatility into consideration. Please let us know when signing up if you’d like to be considered for multiple instruments so that we can extend your audition time. 

For auditions, we ask that each student prepare 2 minutes of a song of their choice that they feel best represents their unique skills on their instrument. Genre is not important since the band plays a wide variety of styles. Students can perform either solo, with a backing track, or provide written accompaniment for our instructors to play with them.

We’re also asking all students to learn a section of the same song so that we have a level playing field for comparison. This year that song is Carry on Wayward Son by Kansas. Here are our specific audition requirements per instrument:

Keys

  • Play 2 minutes maximum of a song of your choice
  • Theory questions: i.e. knowledge of scales/chords
  • Carry on Wayward Son - intro to 1:39.

Voice

  • Sing 2 minutes maximum of a song of your choice
  • Listen to a line on the piano and then sing it back 
  • Carry on Wayward Son - intro to 0:16 (once with recording, and once with Alex & Chloe)
    • Higher voices - middle harmony, starting note: middle C
    • Lower voices - lower harmony, starting note: A below middle C

Drums

  • Play 2 minutes maximum of a song of your choice 
  • Theory questions: i.e. groove styles, time signatures
  • Carry on Wayward Son - intro to 1:39.  

Bass

  • Play 2 minutes maximum of a song of your choice 
  • Theory questions: i.e. groove styles, bass technique, scales
  • Carry on Wayward Son - intro to 1:39.  

Guitar

  • Play 2 minutes of a song of your choice
  • Theory questions: i.e. chords beyond triads, scales, strumming styles
  • Carry on Wayward Son - intro to 1:39.
    • Guitar solo is optional but not necessary, chords during that section are acceptable.

Tuition

This House Band is free for any students currently enrolled in Sunburst Rocks, The Suntones, WSBR, or our Band Coaching programs. For any of our other students, House Band participation is $120/month.