The University of Alabama Bands houses the world famous “Million Dollar Band,” four large concert performance ensembles, and various Athletic Pep Bands. The Million Dollar Band rehearses Monday-Friday, 4:00-5:30 PM during the fall semester. The large concert performance ensembles rehearses twice a week throughout the fall and spring semesters and performs two-three concerts per semester in the Moody Concert Hall. Athletic Pep Bands rehearses at various times throughout each semester and performs for many Alabama Athletic events. Enrollment into any of these ensembles is open to any full-time student at the University, who completes an audition and is selected to participate in the ensemble. Auditions for marching band are held during the spring semester (February-April) of the student’s senior year in high school. All concert ensemble auditions are held at the beginning of the Fall semester (August). Members of the Million Dollar Band are encouraged to audition for one of the Athletic Pep Bands in mid-late September. For more information on joining one of these great groups, please visit the links below.
University Band Scholarships
As an incoming (new) student, Million Dollar Band and Large Concert Performance Ensemble Scholarships are offered to deserving students based upon musical ability and the needs of the band program. University Band scholarships are available to all incoming students, regardless of major, and amounts range from $500.00 to $1000.00 per year. These scholarships are renewable for up to four years as long as the student completes an audition, is selected, and participates in the ensemble. Students who perform in both the marching band and a concert ensemble are eligible for additional scholarship awards, based on the results of the concert ensemble auditions. All University Band scholarships are stackable on any other academic scholarship. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 to continue receiving a University Band scholarship.