Auditions are for students wanting to participate in any of the concert or athletic bands, regardless of major.

  • UAB Athletic Bands
  • UAB Marching Blazers
  • Blazer Band
  • UAB Concert Bands
  • Wind Symphony
  • Symphony Band

The auditions will be very informal and as ‘painless’ as possible. We want you to be comfortable. By allowing you to choose your audition time and the material that you feel comfortable with, you will have a great opportunity to succeed. We will provide an environment that will allow you to perform at your best. We encourage you to bring your parent/guardian to the audition. After your audition, the Band staff can visit with you and your parent in order to answer questions and to clarify information about the UAB Bands and scholarship opportunties.

How do I audition?

To Audition in Person:

There are five audition dates for admission to the UAB Bands program.

  • February 16th
  • February 29th
  • March 14th
  • April 4th
  • May 9th

Online Auditions:

We encourage you to audition in person, but if you are an out-of-state student or are unable to travel to campus on the selected dates, you may submit an audition video or audition via Skype. Call the UAB Band Office at (205) 975-BAND (2263) to receive information on the submission process.

On your audition date, report to Room 210 in the Hulsey Center: 950 13th Street S, and meet with the band office assistant 30 minutes before your scheduled audition time. She or he will take care of your paperwork, prepare your warm-up site, and assemble the individuals that will hear your audition.

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 in order to participate. Percussionists must attend the designated camps and auxiliary unit members must audition on our "Auxiliary Audition Day" in order to be assigned a performing position in the group. For more information on these camps and auditions, please call us at (205) 975-2263 or email our office associate, Mrs. Kiera Ryan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Audition Material

Wind Instruments

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. This material makes excellent college band audition music. 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

Percussionists

New students (non-Music majors) interested in only participating in the Marching Blazers can either wait until the official Drumline audition days or arrange for an in-person audition with Dr. Fambrough. You can prepare 4-5 minutes of exercises, cadences, or show excerpts as you like in order to demonstrate your skills. For those interested in participating in other ensembles, you may prepare All-State audition material (or something similar) if you wish. 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.