UAH Invitational Honor Band

jeremyThe UAH Invitational Honor Band provides qualified middle and high school students with a world-class clinic experience, facilitated by today's leading wind band conductors and composers.

Clinic Details:

Dates: November 12-14, 2015

Clinicians: Mr. Gary Green (High School) and Mr. Michael Sweeney (Middle School) Click here for conductor bios.

Cost of Clinic: $40 per participant (includes 2 meals and a commemorative t-shirt)

Location of Clinic: Thurber Arts Center, Randolph School, Garth Road, Huntsville

Contact: Dr. David Ragsdale,

Nomination and Selection

Participation in the UAH Invitational Honor Band is determined by a selection process which begins with student nominations by Music Teachers Only. If you are a Music Teacher, you may nominate up to 8 students from your program to attend the UAH Invitational Honor Band. Nominations are due by October 1, 2015. After all nominations are received, the Honor Band participants are selected and notified by October 15, 2015. Music Teachers may click here to nominate students.

Clinic Schedule

Thursday, November 12, 2015

4:00 PM    Registration and Auditions 

7:00 PM    CONCERT: UAH Wind Ensemble

Friday, November 13, 2015

9:00 AM    Rehearsal Session I

12:00 PM   Lunch Provided

1:30 PM     Rehearsal Session II

4:30 PM     Masterclasses with UAH Faculty

5:30 PM     Dinner Provided

7:00 PM     Rehearsal Session III

9:00 PM     Dismissal

Saturday, November 14, 2015

9:00 AM Rehearsal Session IV

12:00 PM Lunch on your own

2:00 PM Concert

Clinic Information


Auditions will take place at Randolph School in Huntsville. Look for signs directing you to the “UAH Music Event.” 

Driving Directions:

Randolph Center for the Arts, 4915 Garth Road, Huntsville, AL 35802
From I-565, exit on South Memorial Parkway. Take the Drake Avenue exit at Parkway Place Mall and turn left, traveling east, for approximately 2 miles, until you reach the four-way stop at the Garth Road intersection. Turn right, traveling south, for approximately .05 miles. The Randolph School and Thurber Center for the Arts will be on your left.


Registration, located in the lobby of the Center for the Arts, will be open from 4:00-4:30 PM, whereupon you will receive a packet of information for the clinic weekend, a nametag which you should wear during your stay on campus, and where you will pay the $40 clinic fee with either cash or check (made payable to UAH Music Department).


On Friday, both lunch and dinner are provided on campus at no additional charge to you. Your Honor Band nametag will serve as your admission to both meals, catered by local restaurants for your safety and convenience. Due to the freedom of Saturday’s clinic schedule, no meals will be provided.

The Concert Performance:

The concert performance will take place at the Randolph Center for the Arts at 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 14, 2015. CD and DVD recordings of the concert will be available from Tim Batt Recordings immediately before and after the concert in the lobby of the Center for the Arts. 

Concert Attire:

Dress for the concert on Saturday is very simple – it is whatever your school band wears for concert performances. For some, this may be band uniforms, for others, tuxedos or concert black or Sunday dress. If more than one person is attending the clinic from your school, please make sure you confer with them about their attire so that there is uniformity from school to school.


Parents are welcome to attend any of the clinic sessions with exception, of course, the auditions and masterclasses.


Clearly, participating students have been specially selected for this clinic. Any last minute no-shows will compromise the integrity of the clinic as well as reflect poorly on you, your band, and your school.

Chair Audition Information

  • For chair auditions, we will be using an abbreviated version of the 2016 Alabama All-State Band Audition Requirements.

  • The audition will consist of:
    1. Chromatic Scale: from the lowest note you can comfortably play to the highest, at the fastest tempo which allows for maximum accuracy.
    2. The first 16 measures of the technical audition excerpt.
    3. The first 16 measures of the lyrical audition excerpt.
  • The audition excerpts can be found and printed here:
  • Students in grades 9-12 will use the SENIOR HIGH excerpts, found in the left column.
  • Students in grades 6-8 will use the MIDDLE SCHOOL excerpts, found in the right column.
  • Percussionists should choose 1 main instrument to audition on and prepare that excerpt as described above. Percussionists will have an opportunity to demonstrate interest and ability on other instruments voluntarily. For instance, a student who auditions on Snare shall play the first 16 bars of the Snare excerpt after which they will be invited to demonstrate their interest and skills on mallets and/or timpani, if they wish to do so, informally and optionally.
If you should have any questions about the audition process, feel free to contact our faculty for guidance. They would be happy to assist you:

Flute, Ms. Rosa Richardson,

Oboe, Ms. Jen Case,

Clarinet, Dr. Ron Wray,

Bassoon, Mr. Hunter Thomas,

Saxophone, Ms. Mary Balch,

Trumpet, Dr. Carolyn Sanders,

Horn, Ms. Dorrie Nutt,

Trombone, Mr. Billy Bargetzi,

Tuba/Euphonium, Mr. Joel Mason,

String Bass, Dr. Mark Huff,

Percussion, Ms. Debi Loach,