The Future of the UAB Marching Blazers

Many of you may be wondering what the future of the UAB Marching Blazers will hold in light of the recent announcement regarding our football program. Although the traditional concept of marching band goes hand-in-hand with football, the UAB Marching Blazers recognize that while football games are important venues for performance, they are not the only venues. We plan to continue producing high-quality experiences for our students and fantastic entertainment for our audiences. We will move forward and develop a new concept of what a college marching band can be. Ideas we are considering include performing at professional sporting events; local, regional, and national marching band competitions and parades; and international travel and competitions. We have already been in contact with several organizations and are putting together a performance schedule for the 2015-16 Marching Blazers—including our woodwinds, brass, percussion, and all auxiliaries. Our plan is to grow the program by retaining our current members and recruiting many more who wish to be on the cutting edge of collegiate marching band experiences. Stay tuned for exciting sights and sounds from the UAB Marching Blazers.

UAB Computer Music Ensemble Presents Hypnagogia November 15

2014 Fall CME PosterWhat's Hypnagogia? It's the edge of consciousness. You know that time between sleep and wake when all the weird stuff happens? That's it! Come explore sleep, dreams, and hallucinations in 13 all-new electronic and electro-acoustic student compositions by members of the UAB Computer Music Ensemble. The show is Saturday, November 15th, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the Hulsey Recital Hall. Admission is free so invite all your friends -- but get there early -- the place always has a way of filling up!

Come enjoy music by some of your favorite CME members, like Andy Bostany, John Dewberry, James Tyler Cody, Taylor Goodwin, Paul Kindred (he's going to play his Tubulum again -- this time in surround sound!) and David Smith. They will be joined by newcomers Kyle Carpenter, Martin Castor, Zach Driggers, CJ Griffith and Zach Walker. Hear great music, see creepy video, and don't worry, we'll get the video games in there too! As always, it will be a college music concert like no other. Go to for more information.

Don't miss this terrific evening of original music!

Mezzo-Soprano Julie Simson Offers Master Class October 24

SimsonJulieMezzo-soprano Julie Simson offers a master class October 24 at 12:20 in Hulsey Recital Hall. While the singers will be chosen from UAB music students currently studying voice, all UAB students and faculty are welcome.

Julie Simson has sung with opera companies throughout the United States including Houston Opera, Dallas Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Memphis, and Opera Colorado performing such roles as Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly. She has also performed as soloist in major oratorio works with the Denver, Colorado Springs, Cedar Rapids, Omaha and Milwaukee Symphonies and in Boulder at the MahlerFest and Bach Festival.

Miss Simson was the recipient of a grant to study and perform in Europe where she subsequently won the prestigious Mozart Prize at the International Belvedere Competition in Vienna. After winning First Prize at the East & West Artists International Competition, she made her New York recital debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Miss Simson was featured in two concerts at the International George Crumb Festival in Prague Czech Republic, and in recital and masterclasses at the Hochschule für Musik Hans Eisler in Berlin Germany.


Composing a music career: Kevin Peek sets sights on sound

kevin peek hsIf the University of Alabama at Birmingham had a soundtrack, graduating senior Kevin Peek of Birmingham would write it.
A talented composer and music major with a concentration in music technology, Peek is set to graduate April 26. While at UAB, he’s achieved some highly acclaimed accomplishments that many people may recognize: Peek created soundtracks for UAB television commercials and for the TedXBirmingham commercial. He is a Digital Media fellow in the College of Arts and Sciences and was named the 2013-2014Department of Music’s Outstanding Music Undergraduate. His music degree focuses not only on performance, but on all aspects of being a professional musician, with a spotlight on the technology of modern music composition and editing.


UAB Music Technology Students James T. Cody and Taylor Goodwin Attain AVID Pro Tools Certification

Cody and TaylorJames T. Cody (L) and Taylor Goodwin (R)Congratulations to UAB Music Technology students James T. Cody and Taylor Goodwin for attaining AVID Pro Tools Certification under UAB’s AVID Learning Partner (ALP) program. The ALP program offers students professional-level certification on AVID software and hardware, including industry standard Pro Tools, Media Composer and Sibelius. UAB is the only school in the state of Alabama and among a very few in the southeast designated an AVID Learning Partner (ALP). James Cody and Taylor Goodwin join an elite group of UAB Music Technology majors to achieve this prestigious industry certification in the two years since UAB has been part of the ALP program. Congrats, Cody and Taylor.