To be eligible to audition you MUST be accepted to UAB, or to Jeff State by the time of auditions and during the fall semester of Marching Blazers participation. community college students have to provide their transient form at the time of audition and match the exact same community college they will attend at the time of enrollment and band participation. First year students attending Wallace St. or Lawson St. students are no longer eligible to participate (9/4/19).
The auditions will be very informal and as ‘painless’ as possible. We want you to be comfortable. By allowing you to choose your audition time and the material that you feel comfortable with, you will have a great opportunity to succeed. We will provide an environment that will allow you to perform at your best. We encourage you to bring your parent/guardian to the audition. After you audition, the Band staff can visit with you and your parent in order to answer questions and to clarify information about the UAB Bands.
How do I audition?
- To Audition in Person:
Call the UAB Band Office at (205) 975-BAND (2263) to select an audition date, or you can email Dr. Murray directly at email@example.com. Auditions generally occur between October and May of your senior year in high school. On your audition date, report to Room 208 in the Hulsey Center: 950 13th Street S, and meet with the band office assistant 30 minutes before your scheduled audition time. She or he will take care of your paperwork, prepare your warm-up site, and assemble the individuals that will hear your audition.
What if I am interested in performing only in the Marching Blazers?
This group is open to any UAB student. Instrumentalists must perform a placement/part assignments audition in order to participate. Percussionists must attend the designated camps and auxiliary unit members must audition in order to be assigned a performing position in the group. For more information on these camps and auditions, please call or email the band office.
Office Phone: 205-975-2263
Four to five minutes of your best playing. Prepare all major scales at a comfortable tempo and as many octaves as your instrument and ability will allow you to play with a great sound. You may choose to include a short solo, concerto, or etudes that you may be working on with your band director or private teacher. Many students prepare All-State and All-District tryout material. This material makes excellent college band audition music. The material that you choose does not have to be difficult, memorized, or have piano accompaniment. Simply play at your level with the materials you have available.
How do I register to audition for the UAB Drumline?
Email Dr. Gene Fambrough, Percussion Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org stating your intent to audition. Simply provide your name, phone number, mailing address, and UAB admissions status (or Jefferson State if applicable). Also, briefly discuss your audition intentions in regard to instrument choice and willingness to play other instruments within the percussion ensemble.
Saturday, May 4, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Individual auditions for snares and tenors)
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (bass drum section auditions)
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (front ensemble ensemble individual auditions)
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (snare / tenor ensemble auditions)
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (bass drum section auditions)
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (cymbal section auditions)
Friday, June 14, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (full ensemble rehearsal – all sections)
Auditions will take place at UAB’s Department of Music, located at the Hulsey Center for the Arts, 950 13th Street South. Upon arrival, potential members complete registration materials and submit audition fee. Bass drum auditionees will move to room 210, front ensemble to room 209, snares and tenors to room 308 in the Hulsey Center.
Potential members, returning and new, must pay a non-refundable audition fee of $20.00. Cash or check (payable to UAB Department of Music) acceptable.
What do I bring?
Potential members should bring appropriate playing implements—-snare drum sticks, quad mallets/sticks, bass drum mallets, and/or keyboard mallets. Additionally, because the number of those auditioning could exceed the amount of instruments owned by UAB, we ask current High School students auditioning for snare drum and/or quad drums to please bring your own instruments if possible. It is not necessary to bring bass drums, field cymbals, or keyboard instruments. You must also bring some type of earplugs/hearing protection for all ensemble rehearsals.
How will I be evaluated during the audition process?
Initial evaluations take place on Saturday, May 6, in individual and ensemble settings based on the exercises provided. Continued evaluation will occur on the first full ensemble rehearsal on Friday, June 9. Potential members are evaluated on their consistency in technique and sound quality as well as tempo control and rhythmic accuracy.
What will I be asked to play during the audition?
You are urged to familiarize yourself with the music materials found in the audition packet. So that potential members’ reading and quickness in learning can be evaluated, additional materials will be handed out on the day of auditions and utilized during the evaluation process as well.
If you should have any other questions or concerns regarding UAB Drumline auditions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Fambrough