We are happy to announce the return of The University of Alabama Middle School Honor Band!

The University Bands is proud to announce the Eighth Annual Alabama Middle School Honor Band Festival will be held at the University of Alabama from December 9-10, 2021. The Alabama 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 one outstanding middle school ensemble in concert as well as the Festival Honor Band

THE HONOR BAND
We will select applicants to seat only one Middle School Honor Band.

New for this year: we will not have on campus auditions for the 2021 Middle School Honor Band.  Instead, each applicant will submit a video of the selected piece from the 2022 Alabama All-State Middle School Band audition material.

Application Instructions

  • Have your parent/guardian fill out the link below with all required information. Please check the accuracy on all emails entered as email will be the primary way of correspondence!
  • 2021 Alabama Middle School Honor Band Application
    • After you complete the application, you will receive an email confirmation.
      • If you do not receive an email, you did not complete the application – please return to the application link and fill it out completely.
    • ALL applicants will be notified of their status by 5 PM on November 19th, 2021.
    • Your application is not complete until you also submit your Video Audition (See below)
    • If you fail to turn in a video, you will be placed on the waiting list for your instrument.
      • If you are accepted to the honor band, you would be placed in the lowest chair for your instrument.
    • After you register, you will receive a confirmation email that we have received your submission.
  • In that email, there will be a link to upload your video submission.
  • We will notify all participants of their status by November 19th.

Video Audition (NEW)

  • Audition pieces will either be the lyrical or technical etude from the Alabama All-State Band audition material
    • A list of Audition Pieces can be found HERE!
    • The list of Percussion audition pieces can be found HERE!
      • Percussion: please play ONLY the etude for each instrument: Mallets, Snare, and Timpani.
  • You are welcome to record your audition piece as many times as you like, however please only upload one video.
  • All video submissions are due by Monday, November 15th at 11:59 PM.
  • Directions for your video audition will be sent out via your confirmation email.

Schedule

  • Coming soon!

**ALL EXERCISES ARE FROM THE RUBANK ADVANCED METHOD, VOLUME 1 (EXCEPT PERCUSSION).
This method book can be purchased from your local music store or may be available from your band director**

SELECTION OF PARTICIPANTS
Students who are selected to participate must attend all rehearsals, master classes, and performances during the Honor Band Festival. A list of students chosen to participate in the 2021 Alabama Middle School Honor Band Festival will be posted on this website by mid-late November.

HOUSING/MEALS/FEES
The Alabama Middle School Honor Band does not provide housing or meals. Arrangements for housing, supervision, transportation and meals should be taken care of by the high school director. For the 2019 Alabama Middle School Honor Band, students chosen to participate will be required to pay a participation fee of $85.00 (non-refundable), which includes admission to all clinics, concerts, participation t-shirt, name tag, and lapel participation pin. This participation fee will be due AFTER students have been notified that they have been selected to participate in the Alabama Honor Band. More detailed information will be available to those students selected to participate in the festival.

2021 GUEST CLINICIAN/CONDUCTOR

Mr. Alan Emerson
James Madison Middle School, Director of Bands
Madisonville North Hopkins High School, Assistant Director of Bands
Madisonville, Kentucky

2021 GUEST ENSEMBLE

Cass Middle School
Cartersville, GA
Abigail Russom, Conductor