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Million Dollar Band on the field at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Text overlay: Alabama Honor Band 2021: Virtual Edition Registration Now Open

Alabama Honor Band 2021: Virtual Edition

  • January 5th, 2021
  • in News

Registration for the combined Middle School and High School Honor Band is now open! This year’s virtual event is completely free of charge so be sure to take advantage of this amazing opportunity. The event will take place February 1-4 from 5:00-7:30 PM (Central Time) each day.

Sessions for this year’s event include:

  • Masterclasses with UA Applied Faculty – highly specialized instruction on your instrument in a group setting
  • Improvisation session with Kevin Woosley – tips and tricks for learning to improvise. Improv isn’t just for jazz! Anyone can *and should* do it (check him out on TikTok: kevinwoosleypiano)
  • School of Music and University info session – What we offer and what you can expect to be able to learn and do here at UA (plus resources for applying and auditioning when you’re ready for college)
  • Audition Preparation – the “do”s and “don’t”s regarding how to get ready for and not be nervous in your next audition (whether it’s chair placement, All-State, or auditioning for college admission!)
  • Highlight videos of Concert Ensembles, the Million Dollar Band, and our yearly Spectrum concerts

Every year our Honor Band participants love getting their shirt, and we didn’t want to disappoint anyone by not having one this year. We have partnered with JnJ Apparel to make sure you can get them delivered directly to your doorstep! Visit our online ordering page to get the Alabama Honor Band 2021: Virtual Edition commemorative shirt and place your order before the window closes on January 25 at 9:00PM (Central Time). Anyone can buy a shirt! Students, parents, band directors, relatives, roadies, groupies, and anyone you can think of. $20 for a short sleeve or $23 for long sleeve.

Visit the online registration page to get signed up for this event as soon as possible to make sure you get all meeting invitations relative to your grade and instrument!

A Message from Our Director

Football game days are so special to so many people in this state and beyond who root for the Crimson Tide. While we wish the Million Dollar Band in its entirety could attend a full season of games, we are excited to have football back and certainly understand the limitations of reduced crowd capacity. This is especially true considering these limitation are being implemented for the safety of both the students and fans. We have worked carefully with the UA Athletic Department to achieve the best possible outcome for all concerned relative to these unique circumstances and our overall environment.

All of the 400 Million Dollar Band members will attend one of the five home games, and we are grateful that our senior members will have the opportunity to attend two.

Million Dollar Band members will take several safety precautions to protect themselves and others in attendance including:

  • Always wearing face coverings (instrumentalists will wear specially designed masks that allowed them to play with their mask on)
  • Social distancing in the stands
  • Social distancing from fans
  • No pregame pep rallies

Five different bands made up of 96 instrumentalist, color guard members and Crimsonettes will perform in the stands at the five home games. A greatly reduced staff of 10 members, including managers and trainers will attend each of the five home games as well.

Regardless of the number, the Million Dollar Band will continue to provide the spirit and excitement fans come to expect at Crimson Tide football games!

Dr. Ken Ozzello, Director, The University of Alabama “Million Dollar Band.