2017 Honor Band Information

UAB Middle School Honor Band 2017

November 30-December 1, 2017

DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS – October 6, 2017

 

Event Dates

The 2017 UAB Middle School Honor Band will consist of four bands:  Festival Honor Band, Green Band, Gold Band, and White Band. Auditions for band and chair placement will begin Thursday, November 30th, at 1 pm.  All four bands will rehearse Thursday through Saturday (November 30-December 1).  The concert will be held Saturday, December 2nd at 2:00 pm in the Jemison Concert Hall of the UAB Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Eligibility

Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students will be eligible. Every effort will be made to include representative numbers from each grade in the selection process. Over 300 invitations will be extended to students for participation in the 2017 UAB Middle School Honor Band Weekend.

 Division of Ensembles

A pre-determined instrumentation for each ensemble will be used (please see the enclosed breakdown). The top group will serve as the Festival Honor Band, with the highest-ranking auditionees seated within this ensemble. All remaining players will be divided equally between the Green, Gold, and White Bands (ex. flute #1 – Green, flute #2 – Gold; clarinet #1 – Gold, clarinet #2 – Green; etc.).

Selection Process

Priority for selection will be made as follows: 1)   BAND DIRECTOR’S RANKED ORDER OF RECOMMENDATION 2)    2017 All-State Students 3)    8th grade students with past experience at UAB Band events 4)    ALL students with past experience at UAB band events 5)    ALL students with positive band director recommendations   Given these selection criteria, every attempt will be made to take all eighth graders that apply to the UAB Middle School Honor Band Weekend. Heavy emphasis will be placed upon each director’s ranking scale in making our preliminary selections – please give this careful thought. Obviously, any additional pertinent information will assist in the decision making process.  In order to have fair representation from all schools, we ask that you try to keep your number of nominees near 10% of your program’s total enrollment.

 

Important Information

  • Upon notification of selection, there is a $70.00 non-refundable participation fee.
  • All students will receive a UAB Honor Band Medal as well as a UAB Honor Band T-shirt.
  • UAB Honor Band cds, dvds, and photos will be available for purchase at the festival.
  • Audition material will be:

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

– the Technical exercise from the Alabama All-State requirements for the 2018 year. You can find the etudes here.

–  Sight-reading

**percussionists may audition on either snare, timpani, or keyboards, but more credit will be given to students who audition on 2 or more percussion instruments: 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.

  • Auditions will be Thursday, November 30th 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
  • The first rehearsal will be held from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.
  • Directors, please contact Dr. Sean Murray, Dr. Gene Fambrough, or Dr. Cara Morantz if you can help with student auditions on either weekend.

 

Conductors:

Festival Band: Mr. Larry Clark, Composer

Green Band: Dr. Erin Charles, Vanderbilt University

Gold Band: Dr. Jennifer Compton Lambert, River Trail Middle School, Duluth, GA

White Band: Mr. Jim Matthews,  Music Education Consultant and Adjudicator, Brevard County, Florida

 

•Festival Honor Band Tentative Instrumentation*                           •Green, White & Gold Bands Tentative Instrumentation*

8 Flute                                                                                                    8 Flute

3 Oboe                                                                                                    3 Oboe

1 Eb Clarinet                                                                                          1 Eb Clarinet

12 Bb Clarinet                                                                                       16 Bb Clarinet

4 Bb Bass Clarinet                                                                               4 Bb Bass Clarinet

1 Contra Clarinet                                                                                  2 Contra Clarinet

4 Eb Alto Saxophone                                                                           6 Eb Alto Saxophone

2 Tenor Saxophone                                                                             2-4 Tenor Saxophone

1 Baritone Saxophone                                                                          1-2 Baritone Saxophone

3-4 Bassoon                                                                                           2-4 Bassoon

10 Trumpet                                                                                            10-12 Trumpet

6 Horn                                                                                                    8 Horn

6 Trombone                                                                                           8 Trombone

1 Bass Trombone                                                                                  1 Bass Trombone

2-3 Euphonium                                                                                    3 Euphonium

4 Tuba                                                                                                     4 Tuba

6 Percussion                                                                                          6 Percussion
                                                                                                                                       
76                                                                                                              92
352 total participants

 

 

 UAB High School Honor Band 2017

December 7-9, 2017

DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS – October 6, 2017

 

Event Dates

The 2017 UAB High School Honor Band will consist of four bands:  Festival Honor Band, Green Band, Gold Band, and White Band. Auditions for band and chair placement will begin Thursday, December 7, 2016, at 1 pm.  All 4 bands will rehearse Thursday through Saturday (December 7-9).  The concert will be held Saturday, December 9th at 3:00 pm in the Jemison Concert Hall of the Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center. 

Eligibility

Ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade students are eligible. Band directors should recommend students across all 4 grade levels, as care will be taken in the selection process to include all grade levels. Over 300 invitations will be extended to students for participation in the 2017 UAB High School Honor Band Weekend.  

 

Division of Ensembles

A pre-determined instrumentation for each ensemble will be used (please see the enclosed breakdown). The top group will serve as the Festival Honor Band, with the highest-ranking auditionees seated within this ensemble. All remaining players will be divided equally between the Green, Gold, and White Bands (ex. flute #1 – Green, flute #2 – Gold; clarinet #1 – Gold, clarinet #2 – Green; etc.).

Selection Process

Priority for selection will be made as follows: 1)    BAND DIRECTOR’S RANKED ORDER OF RECOMMENDATION 2)    2017 All-State Students 3)    Seniors with past experience at UAB Band events 4)    ALL students with past experience at UAB band events 5)    ALL students with positive band director recommendations   Given these selection criteria, we will make every attempt to take all seniors who apply to the UAB High School Honor Band Weekend. Heavy emphasis will be placed upon each director’s ranking scale in making our preliminary selections – please give this careful thought. Obviously, any additional pertinent information will assist in the decision making process.  In order to have fair representation from all schools, we ask that you try to keep your number of nominees near 10% of your program’s total enrollment.

BAND DIRECTORS MUST COMPLETE THE UAB HONOR BAND NOMINATIONS ONLINE.

While no selection is guaranteed, serious consideration will be given to each student. Last year there were over 1200 nominees for this event. Applications can be returned in the following manner: 1) complete the online form here at www.uabbands.org  no later than October 6th.

Important Information

 

  • Upon notification of selection, there is a $70.00 non-refundable participation fee.
  • All participating students will receive a UAB Honor Band Medal as well as a UAB Honor Band T-shirt.
  • UAB Honor Band cd’s, DVD’s, and photos will be available for purchase at the festival.
  • Audition material will be:

– 12 major scales and arpeggios (minimum 1 octave, extra credit given for 2 or 3 octaves) at

a tempo of quarter note = 120 in eighth notes, preferred articulation is slurred ascending, and tongued descending

– the Technical exercise from the Alabama All-State requirements for the 2018 year. You can find the etudes here.

–  Sight-reading

**percussionists may audition on either snare, timpani, or keyboards, but more credit will be given to students who audition on 2 or more percussion instruments: 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.

  • Auditions will be Thursday, Dec. 7th, 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm.
  • The first rehearsal will be held from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm.
  • Directors, please contact Dr. Sean Murray, Dr. Gene Fambrough, or Dr. Cara Morantz if you can help with student auditions on either weekend.

 

Conductors: 

Festival Band: Dr. Fred Speck, University of Louisville

Green Band: Dr. Gordon Brock, University of North Florida

Gold Band: Dr. Shelby Chipman, Florida A&M University

White Band: Dr. Sean Murray, University of Alabama at Birmingham
 

•Festival, Green, White, and Gold Honor Bands                                                         

8-10 Flute
2-3 Oboe
1 Eb Clarinet
12-16 Bb Clarinet
2-4 Bb Bass Clarinet
1 Contra Clarinet
4-6 Eb Alto Saxophone
2 Tenor Saxophone
1-2 Baritone Saxophone
3-4 Bassoon
10-12 Trumpet
6 Horn
6 Trombone
1 Bass Trombone
2-3 Euphonium
4 Tuba
6 Percussion
                       
76-87    per band

TOTAL:  304-348 total participants