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Ska Ensemble

The Ska Ensemble performs a variety of repertoire from the three periods of Ska’s development. The ensemble crosses many genres including: Reggae, Jazz, Pop, Punk, Metal, and Jazz. This ensemble provides practical opportunities to develop reading, aural learning, and improvisation in a variety of contexts. Historical and cultural information will be presented along with the performance aspect of the ensemble. Often times this ensemble will record and perform outside of the school during the course of a semester. Due to the vibrant Ska scene in the Upper Midwest there are occasionally opportunities to perform with other professional Ska bands.


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SKA ENSEMBLE AUDITION INFO:

Reel Big Fish – “Beer”

Streetlight Manifesto – “What A Wicked Gang Are We”


Ska Audition Instructions

1) Please prepare the entire song “Beer” by Reel Big Fish to be performed along with the recording.

  • Consult the video for ideas on how to perform the song.
  • Guitar auditions should be prepared to play both lead and rhythm lines.

2) Please prepare through rehearsal letter E of “What a Wicked Gang are We.” Music is posted below in PDF format to be performed along with the recording.

  • Consult the video for ideas on how to perform the song.
  • Guitar auditions should be prepared to play both lead and rhythm lines.

3) You will be evaluated based on the following criteria: Tone, Time, Feel/Groove, Improvisation, and Musicality.