Heath Nails is currently the University Bands Program Assistant at the University of Alabama where he administers operations for the entire band program. His duties include managing the budgets for the Million Dollar Band, University Bands Large Ensembles, Honor Band Festival and Summer Music Camps, supervising all Million Dollar Band scholarship auditions, and managing band personnel, library, and service award databases. Mr. Nails also supervises all concert promotion and management for the University of Alabama Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band as well as coordinates travel arrangements for the Band Department. Some of his major travel operations include the 2011 BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans, Louisiana, the 2012 SEC Championship Game in Atlanta, GA, the 2012 BCS National Championship Game in Miami, Florida, the 2012 and 2013 Winterguard International Championships in Dayton, OH, and the 2012 International Tour of Italy with the Alabama Wind Ensemble and Million Dollar Band. Mr. Nails received his Bachelor of Music Degree at William Carey College in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and the Masters of Music Education degree from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Prior to his appointment at the University of Alabama, Mr. Nails served as band director at Rock Quarry Middle School and Southview Middle School, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Fairhope Middle School in Fairhope, Alabama. Bands under his direction have received superior ratings at both the district and state level Music Performance Assessment. Additionally, he is currently the Orchestra Conductor for the First Baptist Church in Northport, Alabama and on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Winds, an all-adult community band based in Birmingham, Alabama.
Prior to his employment full-time with the University, Mr. Nails served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant with both the Music Education and University Band Departments at the University of Alabama. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant, Mr. Nails assisted in daily operations for the band program, supervised the 400 students of the Million Dollar Band during performances and trips, and assisted with the planning and execution of the Crimson Cavalcade of Bands, Alabama Honor Band, and Summer Crimson Music Camp. He also served as one of the conductors for the Alabama Concert Band and Tuscaloosa Winds community band.
Mr. Nails holds membership in the National Association for Music Education, the College Band Directors’ National Association, the National Band Association, the Alabama Music Educators’ Association and the Alabama Bandmasters’ Association.