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 parents in order to answer questions and to clarify information about the UAB Bands and scholarship opportunities.

How do I audition?

To Audition in Person:

In-person auditions have been moved online. 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 June 13th, 2020

UAB Wind Symphony and Symphony Band:

Auditions for UAB Concert Bands ONLY must be submitted by July 11th, 2020

Online Brass and Woodwind Video Auditions:

Due to the COVID-19 virus, all remaining auditions for the 2020 bands will move to an online format.

All remaining auditions for wind players for the 2020-2021 UAB Band season will be completed by video submission. Cell phone videos are acceptable if that is the only equipment available. All of the information you need to complete and submit your video, including a video tutorial is posted below. 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.

2020 UAB Bands Audition Application

Auxiliary auditions will also soon be moving to an online format. Please check back 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 in order to participate. Percussionists must attend the designated camps and auxiliary unit members must submit a video audition in order to be assigned a performing position in the group.

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 2020 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 9, 2020. Call back auditions for June 6 will be notified by May 16.

Submission

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!

Fill out the online application below:

2020 UAB Bands Audition Application

Results will be communicated by July 27 via email. All accepted UAB Marching Blazer members will report to campus on August 14 to begin our 2020 preseason camp.

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.