208 Hulsey Center
Teaching Interests: Conducting, Music Education, Chamber Music, Instrumental Music
Office Hours: By appointment
- BA, Furman University, Music Education
- MM, Georgia State University, Instrumental Conducting
- PhD, Auburn University, Music Education
Sue Samuels teaches and administers the Marching Blazers, the Wind Symphony, the Symphony Band, the Blazer Band, and the UAB Summer Band (learn more about these groups below), as well as teaching courses in conducting and music education. She is a strong advocate for chamber music and for music education, and actively supports the UAB Percussion Ensembles, Flute and Clarinet Choirs, Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, Trombone Choir, Trumpet Ensemble, Brass and Woodwind quintets, and all other facets of instrumental music at UAB.
Dr. Samuels serves the larger band community by adjudicating at local, regional, and national marching band contests; serving as a guest conductor at various honor bands and all states; and presenting clinics at local, regional, and national professional conferences. She has published articles in Instrumentalist, the Journal of Music Teacher Education, and in the GIA book series Teaching Music through Performance in Band.
In addition to her work as a band director, Dr. Samuels enjoys being a mom to her beautiful son, Andrew, whom she adopted from Ethiopia in 2010.
The Marching Blazers, with more than 200 members, wows crowds with contemporary sights and sounds. They have given recent performances at international venues, including the Dublin, Ireland St. Patrick's Day Parade (2013) and the Daytona 500 Pre-Race Ceremonies (2014).
The UAB Wind Symphony performs at least two concerts per semester at the Alys Stephens Center and performs the very finest literature available for the contemporary wind band. The Wind Symphony has performed twice for the Alabama Music Educators Association State Conference (2007 and 2014), once at the Southern Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association (2008), and the Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival in Chicago's Orchestra Hall (2012).
The Blazer Band performs throughout the winter at home basketball games, and also accompanies the teams to the Conference USA and NCAA Tournaments.
The UAB Symphony Band contains both music majors and non-music majors who simply love the act of creating music in the wind band setting. The Symphony Band performs 1-2 concerts each semester at the beautiful Alys Stephens Center. They can also be heard annually at a holiday concert given for senior adults at a local church and at the spring commencement of UAB each year.
Dr. Samuels also conducts the UAB Summer Band, a community band that performs an annual July 4th concert in front of Bartow Arena.