Once again, this is mainly aimed at band directors, but feel free to post. I just want opinions on how everyone does things. This year, my band director decided to go with a chair test, that shall take place this friday, or monday, not completely sure as he didn't say exactly when it'd be. Anyways, the test is comprised of 3 parts: 1. A chromatic scale (starting at G below and ending G above the staff) - eighth notes at 60BPM (would doing this all in one breath impress? I usually run out around E) 2. A slower etude at 96BPM in 3/4. Nothing too challenging. 3. A march tempo (120BPM) etude in 4/4. Nothing really outstanding either in this except a beat of ascending sixteenth notes and the highest note being an A above the staff. The main thing i'm wondering about this though is: do dynamics, accents, and crescendo/decrescendo's really matter in an audition/chair test? Because I know there are some people that will stick with forte and blast their way through, and there's a pretty drastic change in the third etude which goes from forte to pianissimo. The piece is the WMEA All-State Wind Symphony Audition. Not sure if it's their current one or not, but if you can find it then check it out. Any advice, tips, etc. are welcome.