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 30 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?

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 May 30th, 2022.

UAB Wind Symphony and Symphony Band:

Video auditions for UAB Concert Bands ONLY must be submitted by July 11th, 2022.

Online Brass and Woodwind Video Auditions:

All non-music major auditions for the 2022 bands will be in online format.

All auditions for wind players for the 2022-2023 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.

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.

2022 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 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.

Scholarships:

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 2021 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 7, 2022. Call back auditions for June 6 will be notified by May 14.

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 without additional verfication!

Fill out the online application below:

2022 UAB Bands Audition Application

Results will be communicated by June 19th via email. All accepted UAB Marching Blazer members will report to campus on August 12th to begin our 2022 preseason camp.