UAB Holds Third Annual Brass Symposium, Feb. 14 - 15, 2014

2014 Brass Summit

The Third Annual UAB Brass Symposium will be held February 14th– 15th, 2014 on the campus of University of Alabama at Birmingham. This year's featured clinicians includes Alexa Yates (GR mouthpieces consultant), Alabama Symphony Orchestra members David Pandolfi (Principal Horn), Andy Miller (Principal Tuba) and Ryan Barwise (Second Trumpet), along with our UAB brass faculty.

A highlight of the Symposium is the High School Honors Ensembles. Students prepare pieces for performance in an all-brass environment where specific techniques involved with improving brass listening and ensemble skills are taught. The honors ensembles are open to all motivated trumpet, trombone, horn, euphonium and tuba players of high school age, with the recommendation from their directors. Recommendations can be either in the form of a letter accompanying the registration form or an e-mail, which should be sent to  Exceptional 8th grade students may also participate.

The $50.00 registration fee covers 7 hours of instruction, 3 clinics, a Friday evening faculty recital, a medal and a 2014 Symposium T-Shirt. Those in the Honors Ensemble will be featured in the Saturday afternoon Festival of Brass Concert and will participate in the Mass Finale with the UAB Brass Choir. Refunds cannot be made once the Brass Symposium fees have been processed.

Generally, students are on their own for meals. However, we can provide optional meals for Friday lunch and dinner for an extra $10.00 fee. With the tight schedule and limited parking, it is recommended that students take advantage of the on-campus meals.

The registration deadline is Friday, February 7th, 2014.

Click here to download registration packet

Click here to register online

Brass Symposium 2014 Schedule:

Friday, February 14th

8AM – 10AM: Registration (HC Lobby)

9AM: Band Scholarship Auditions (Conference Room)

9AM – 11AM: Auditions (Trumpets/Horns HC 244; Low Brass HC 240; Warm-up 209)

10AM: James Zingara Warm-up Clinic (HC 312)

11:00-11:30: Meeting/Posting of Results (HC 108)

11:30-1PM: Lunch

1PM: Alexa Yates Clinic

2PM – 4PM: Honors Ensemble Rehearsal (HC 209; HC 312)

2PM – 5PM: Alex Yates mouthpiece consultations (247)

4PM: Individual Instrument Clinics

                  Trumpets: HC108; Horns Conference Room; Trombones HC 221; Euphoniums HC 307; Tubas HC 312

5-6:30: Dinner

6:30-8PM: Honors Ensemble Rehearsals

8PM: Faculty Brass Quintet Recital

Saturday, February 15th

9:45AM: Call Time

9:00 – 11:30: Honors Ensemble Rehearsals (HC 210, HC 209)

10AM: Ryan Barwise master class to UAB students

11AM: Load/Jemison Set-up

11:30 Lunch

1:00: Andy Miller Clinic “Life as an Orchestral Musician” to HS/MS Students (HC 210 or Jemison Stage)

2:00: Mass Ensemble Rehearsal and Honors Ensemble Touch-ups (Jemison Stage)

3:00: Concert featuring brass choir, honors ensembles and mass ensemble in second half

Feel free to e-mail or call (205-934-2265) if you have any further questions.