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All UAB enrolled students, regardless of major, are eligible to receive band participation-based awards.

Scholarship auditions for the 2022-2023 academic year are now open. All scholarship auditions must be submitted at the link below by May 29 in order to receive full consideration.

Non-Music Majors:
UAB Band auditions are for non-music major students wanting to participate in any of the concert or athletic bands, regardless of major.

Music Majors:
Students who plan on pursuing a degree in music must apply directly to the UAB Department of Music audition for the department before being accepted into the program.

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How do I audition? (On-campus or Video submission)

You have the option to audition in-person on February 26, March 25, April 8, May 6
You can submit an audition video. Please read the instructions for each method.

To Audition in Person:

In-person auditions are available on the following dates from 9am-12pm.

Sunday, February 26
Saturday, March 25
Saturday, May 6

Saturday, March 11
Saturday, April 8

Times for these auditions will be from 9am-12pm on the dates below. You will be contacted directly with a specific audition time two weeks before your chosen date.

To Audition via Video

Cell phone videos are acceptable if that is the only equipment available. Please share a link to your audition video on YouTube, Google Drive, or another file sharing service: Please check to make sure that the link you share has permissions set which will allow us to view it without additional permission requests. If you still have questions, email Kiera Ryan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to receive assistance on the submission process.

Please take note of the audition deadlines for the following ensembles:

UAB Marching Blazers:

Wind auditions for the UAB Marching Blazers must be submitted by May 29th, 2023.

UAB Wind Symphony and Symphony Band:

Video auditions for UAB Concert Bands ONLY must be submitted by July 10th, 2023.

Audition Material:

For all wind instruments--four to five minutes of your best playing. Prepare all major scales at a comfortable tempo and as many octaves as your instrument and ability will allow you to play with a great sound. You may choose to include a short solo, concerto, or etudes that you may be working on with your band director or private teacher. Many students prepare All-State and All-District tryout material. The material that you choose does not have to be difficult, memorized, or have piano accompaniment. Simply play at your level with the materials you have available. Percussionists: choose material that represents the quality and range of your playing. You are encouraged to demonstrate proficiency in snare drum (both rudimental and concert styles), a mallet keyboard instrument, and timpani. Most students use All-District or All-State audition material, but solos or other appropriate materials are welcomed. Rudiments and/or scales will be a part of the audition.

2023 UAB Bands Audition Application

Auxiliary auditions will also be done via an online format. For more information on this process and requirements for the auxiliary video auditions at  UAB auxiliary audition page.

What if I am interested in performing only in the Marching Blazers?

This group is open to any UAB student. Instrumentalists must perform a placement/part assignments audition to participate. Percussionists must attend the designated camps and auxiliary unit members must submit a video audition to be assigned a performing position in the group.


All students who audition for the UAB Bands are eligible for scholarships. The earlier you audition the more likely you will receive a scholarship offer. For more information on the scholarship process, visit the Admission, Financial Aid and Housing tab under “Prospective Members.”

Wind and Brass Video Requirements

  • Before playing, please state your full name for the camera.
  • All etudes and scales must be done in one, continuous, un-edited take. (Do not turn the camera off between songs.)
  • Your face and fingers/valves/slides must be visible at all times in the video.

Percussion Video Requirements

  • Before playing, please state your full name for the camera.
  • Use a practice pad (or tenor practice pad if available and needed), stand up if possible and make sure your feet and hands are visible. Bass drum auditions should play bass parts "in unison" using matched grip to the best of your ability.
  • Mark time to all exercises.
  • REQUIRED MATERIAL - One run-through (only) of each exercise in the 2023 Exercise Packet that you are able to play comfortably, done in one, continuous, un-edited take. (Do not turn the camera off between songs)
  • OPTIONAL - 30 seconds of any material you wish to prepare that best demonstrates your strengths.
  • Your hands and feet must be visible at all times in the video.
  • Video due date is May 6, 2023. Call back auditions for June 3 and June 10 will be notified by May 13.

2023 UAB Percussion Audition Material


Upload your video to YouTube as an “unlisted” video or to another file sharing service like Google Drive, Dropbox, or Box.

Secure a download link for the file that you can share with us. Please check to make sure that the permissions will allow us to view it without additional verfication!

Fill out the online application below:

2023 UAB Bands Audition Application

Results will be communicated by June 19th via email. Percussion members will report on August 7th. All other accepted UAB Marching Blazer members will report to campus on August 10thto begin our 2023 preseason camp.