2017 UAB Honor Band Final Information


Deadline for Payment and Registration is November 10


Middle School Weekend                                                    High School Weekend

November 30-December 2                                                December 7-December 9


2017 UAB Honor Band Schedule, Both weekends


Note to students taking the ACT on December 9: We have made our schedule that day so you can take the ACT. As long as you are back by the 1PM rehearsal, you are excused to miss the morning clinics.


Dear Colleagues,


High School Accepted and Alternate Students:

2017 UAB HS Honor Band Accepted and Alternate Students


Middle School Accepted and Alternate Students:

2017 UAB MS Honor Band Accepted and Alternate Students




For each student who will be attending the Honor Band Festival this year, a non-refundable registration fee of $70 must be paid either by making an online payment. In addition, there is an option for students to purchase 2 meals in advance for a small additional cost. These two meals—at $5.00 for pizza on Thursday evening and $7.00 for Firehouse Subs lunch on Friday) are the ONLY food accommodations that UAB is providing in advance.  All other meal arrangements are the responsibility of directors/students/parents.  We do recommend that students take advantage of the on-campus meal, as time between rehearsals is limited, and this will be the fastest way to accommodate students for these 2 meals.


Payments and registration can be made here on UAB Department of Music’s website. Click on the eStore tab.


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Registration forms should be completed online/on or before November 10


*If you have any students who elect not to accept their position in the UAB Honor Bands this year, please notify our office IMMEDIATELY at 205-975-2263 OR spmurray@uab.edu so that we may contact our selected alternates and give them the necessary time to prepare for the Festival.

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It is imperative that you secure lodging arrangements for the selected applicants as soon as possible. Enclosed, you will find a list of hotels within the immediate vicinity of the UAB campus that will offer both competitive rates and comfortable accommodations. Neither the UAB Department of Music, the College of Arts and Sciences, nor the University itself accepts any responsibility for the actions or behavior of students while not involved with UAB Honor Band activities; it is the responsibility of both the student’s band director and/or parents to secure chaperones for this event.


Parking on the UAB campus can be difficult unless you arrive in plenty of time prior to your commitment. UAB Parking Services is aware that we will have guests on campus for both Honor Band weekends, but this will require your cooperation as well. Please see the enclosed map for available parking options, as these are the only arrangements that have been secured. Busses and vans will be directed to a separate lot after drop-off of students at the Alys Stephens Center. Along these lines, we strongly encourage carpooling for each school as a means to reduce unnecessary volume of traffic.


Check-in for the 2017 UAB Honor Band Festival will take place in the lobby of the Alys Stephens Center. In order to alleviate unnecessary transportation of large instruments (tuba, baritone, trombone, etc.), do not bring these into the registration area, as your assigned audition space will most likely be in another area of the Hulsey Center. During rehearsals, it is important that the storage of instrument cases is handled in an organized fashion – please store small instrument cases (flute, clarinet, oboe, trumpet, alto sax) underneath your chair, and large instrument cases in the rear of the rehearsal area on (or under) tables provided. Other items that will help the weekend progress smoothly are as follows:


  • All woodwind and brass players must bring a folding music stand.
  • Clarinet and Saxophone players should bring extra reeds.
  • ALL percussionists must bring their own sticks, brushes, and mallets (keyboard and timpani players included).
  • Snare drummers must bring their own snare drum (w/case and stand), and when possible bring the following: triangle (w/beaters), tambourine, and woodblock.
  • ALL PERFORMERS must bring a pencil to all rehearsals.



Fee and registration due by November 10:


  • All students will receive a UAB Honor Band Medal as well as a UAB Honor Band T-shirt.






*5 major scales and arpeggios of **student’s choosing for Middle School**, selected from all 12 major scales for High School (minimum 1 octave, extra credit given for 2 or 3 octaves) at a MINIMUM tempo of quarter note = 80 in eighth notes; preferred articulation is slurred ascending, and tongued descending

* the First exercise listed out of the ABA Handbook / All-State requirements for the 2017-2018 academic year.


**percussionists will be judged in all 3 areas of percussion (snare, keyboard, timpani) The overall score will be a TOTAL of all three areas together; students who demonstrate skills in all areas will receive more credit than students who only prepare one (or two) areas.





Some rules to follow during Honor Band Weekend:  During the entire weekend, all students must refrain from the use of cell phones, candy, gum, food, or drinks (bottled water, however IS acceptable) while in any rehearsal area or any part of the Alys Stephens Center or the Hulsey Center. The ASC is not an official building of the UAB campus – it is an entirely separate entity which the Department of Music rents for the Honor Band Festival, and it must be treated with respect in order for this event to remain in this wonderful facility. It would be much appreciated if each director would stress this to his or her participants. It should also be noted that no flash photography or video camera lighting will be allowed during the concert performance on Saturday – professional videos, CDs and DVD recordings are available for each participant.  In addition, there will be a unique UAB Honor Band Participant plaque available for purchase the day of the concert.



The cost for videos or CDs is $20/ea.  These may be ordered at the concert on Saturday.


Please see the enclosed schedule for exact times of events that are taking place throughout the 2017 UAB Honor Band Festival. Once again, we are looking forward to having your terrific students participate with our outstanding clinicians over the weekend.  We hope to provide a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding musical experience to all participants. Do not hesitate to call or e-mail if you have any further questions or comments that we can address.  We look forward to meeting you and your students!



Dr. Sean Murray

Director of Bands

(205) 975-9589



Dr. Gene Fambrough

Assistant Director of Bands

(205) 975-5823



Dr. Cara Morantz

Assistant Director of Bands



Mr. Kelsey Hoggatt

Office Associate

(205) 975-2263




Hotel Information


These hotels are all located within a 10 to 12-block distance of the UAB Department of Music and the Alys Stephens Center.


Hyatt Inn

2024 4th Avenue South

Birmingham, AL 35233

(205) 322-8600


Residence Inn Marriott

821 20th Street S

(205) 731-9595



808 20th Street South

(205) 933-9000


Homewood Suites

1016 20th Street S

(205) 703-9920


**There are several other hotels within easy driving to UAB’s campus that you may choose.






There are many restaurants within convenient distance to UAB and the Honor Band Festival. Some choices include:


  • Arby’s
  • McDonald’s
  • Burger King
  • Captain D’s
  • Waffle House
  • Subway
  • Chipotle
  • Taco Bell
  • McAlister’s Deli
  • Surin West
  • Roly Poly
  • Jim N Nicks
  • Starbucks
  • Tazikis
  • Newk’s
  • UAB Commons
  • Panera Bread
  • Full Moon BBQ


There is a Starbucks Coffee Shop located across the street from the Hulsey Center in our student library.