Congratulation are in order as The UAB Jazz Ensemble takes the first place award (Band of Distinction) at the 2012 Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Student Jazz Band Festival. The annual competition is held in Birmingham, AL at the historic Carver District, which serves as home of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. The UAB jazz program is headed by Dr. Steve Roberts. UAB music technology major Micah Braxton won the Outstanding Soloist award for his performance on drums with the UAB Jazz Combo and the UAB Jazz Ensemble. Held annually, the competition included college jazz programs from throughout the state of Alabama and Mississippi.