The University of Alabama Band Specialty Programs for middle and high school students are offered all throughout the academic year. Ranging from honor bands to marching bands, these programs provide young musicians with top-notch experience and education, as well as an exciting way for students to get involved with the university. For more information on each of our programs, select one of the links below.

Crimson Cavalcade of Bands

This exciting event is sponsored by the Million Dollar Band and provides high school marching bands the opportunity to perform for other area high school bands in a supportive and friendly environment. The unique event allows each band to sit in the audience and watch the other bands in attendance perform their half time production, while the staff of the Million Dollar Band provides comments and feedback for each group. Don’t miss out on this fantastic performance opportunity!


Middle School Honor Band Festival

The Alabama Middle School Honor Band Festival is an event developed for the purpose of recognizing the achievements of exceptional middle school musicians.The festival includes rehearsal/final concert preparations with quality clinicians from successful middle school programs and concerts presented by middle school bands from the Southeast. This year, we will present two outstanding middle school ensembles in concert.


High School Honor Band Festival

The Alabama Honor Band Festival is an event developed for the purpose of recognizing the achievements of exceptional high school musicians. The Festival weekend includes clinics presented by the faculty of the University of Alabama School of Music and concerts presented by the Alabama Symphonic Band, the Alabama Wind Ensemble and the “SPECTRUM” concert, which features several of our wind and percussion ensembles as well as the 400 member Million Dollar Band. This year, we will present four outstanding high school ensembles in concert, along with the five festival honor bands.


“A” Day with the Million Dollar Band

Any high school students (grades 9th-12th), current MDB members and MDB Alumni are invited to participate each spring at the annual “A” Day presented by the Alabama Football Team. Participants perform cheers and music with the current MDB members at the “Walk of Champions” ceremony as well as in the stands during the game. This a great way to get an inside look at the MDB and perform at one of the most exciting events at the University. There is NO COST to participate! Participants will receive a box lunch and an “A” Day t-shirt to be worn during the game.


Crimson Leadership Institute & Summer Music Camps

Students enrolled in one of our camps will be under the leadership and guidance of the artist-faculty members of the University of Alabama School of Music. Joining the UA faculty will be guest faculty members recognized as expert leaders in the field of instrumental music education. Each member of our camp leadership team and faculty will work diligently to ensure that each student receives the highest quality camp experience. Our camps offer small group sectionals and coaching, specialized courses, and master classes…all this while spending time sharing music, leadership ideas and creative choreography with some of the most outstanding musicians and teachers in the country. We also provide our campers with a Crimson Music Camp t-shirt, supervised recreation time each evening (NOT INCLUDED AT CRIMSON LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE), and a fantastic finale performance (NOT INCLUDED AT CRIMSON LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE). Educational and insightful classes and rehearsals during the day, combined with fun-filled evening activities make Crimson Music Camps the place to be! Don’t miss it!