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UAB Music Students Jake Hemminger and Valencia Callens Win Awards

music_winner_webUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Music students Jake Preston Hemminger and Valencia Callens earned honors and awards in March. Hemminger, a junior from Montgomery, was recognized as one of five students from Alabama to receive a full scholarship at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Conference in Dallas, Texas, March 13-16, 2013. Hemminger was chosen from a large number of qualified applicants from throughout the state based on his outstanding student record, credentials and letters of reference.

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Panion to Receive Social Justice Award

henry_panion_storyUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Professor Henry Panion III, Ph.D., will receive the 34th annual Drum Major for Justice Award by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) Women’s Organizational Movement for Equality Now (WOMEN) Inc. in Atlanta, Ga.

The SCLC/WOMEN award ceremony recognizes strong global present-day “Drum Majors” who carry on the philosophy, vision and mission of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and advance the social justice cause in their respective fields. The awards ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel.

Panion, an award-winning producer, composer, arranger, orchestrator and conductor, is a professor of music in the UAB Department of Music. He has worked with a venerable list of artists, including superstar Stevie Wonder, gospel star Kirk Franklin, vocal sensation Chaka Khan and American Idol winner Ruben Studdard, as well as more than 50 different orchestras throughout the world. Those include England’s Royal Philharmonic, Russia’s Bolshoi Theater Orchestra, Japan’s Tokyo Philharmonic and America’s National Symphony Orchestra.

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New Work by William Price Selected for NYC Festival

william_price_sThe New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival wants “WOOSH.” The new work by University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Assistant Professor of Music William Price, D.M.A., has been selected for inclusion in the 2013 festival.

The New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival is set for April 2-6, at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center, New York University (NYU) in Manhattan and at ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn. The festival is dedicated to showcasing the best electroacoustic music and video art from around the world.

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Marching Blazers Win International Band Competition In Ireland

uab_band_s_irelandThe University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Marching Blazers Band won the International Band Competition held in Limerick, Ireland, Monday, March 18, 2013.

The Marching Blazers were invited to Ireland by the mayor of Dublin to perform in the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday. The group of 120 band members left Dublin early Monday for the two-hour drive to Limerick, where they competed against 17 other international bands, including bands from Germany, Canada, Italy and the United States. After a cold, rainy and sleeting Sunday in Dublin, the band members shed their rain ponchos and showed off their green and gold uniforms on a sunny Monday in Limerick, said Director Sue Samuels, Ph.D.

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Marching Blazers Traveling to Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day parade

marching_bandThe University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Marching Blazers will pack their green and gold for a trip to the Emerald Isle March 14-21.

The mayor of Dublin, Ireland, Andrew Montague, last year invited the Marching Blazers to perform for the 2013 St. Patrick’s Day parade. After raising more than $100,000, 120 members of the 200-member band are going. They will march and perform in the two-hour parade on March 17 in front of an estimated 500,000 people. At least 17 bands from across the U.S., Canada, Germany, Italy and Ireland will march in the parade.

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