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 9-11, 2017

Clinicians: Dr. David Waybright, Mr. Phillip Riggs, Mr. William Owens

Cost of Clinic: $50 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,

Honor Band Membership

The 2017 UAH Invitational Honor Band consists of 250 students from 80 schools across Alabama and Tennessee.

Clinic Schedule

Thursday, November 9, 2017

4:00 PM    Registration 

4:30 PM    General Meeting and Introductions

4:40 PM    Auditions

7:00 PM     Concert: UAH Wind Ensemble

Friday, November 10, 2017

8:30 AM    Arrival

8:45 AM    Masterclasses

10:00 AM  Rehearsal Session I

12:00 PM   Lunch Provided

1:00 PM     Rehearsal Session II    

5:00 PM     Dinner Provided

6:00 PM     Rehearsal Session III

8:00 PM     Dismissal

Saturday, November 11, 2017

8:30 AM Rehearsal Session IV

12:00 PM Lunch on your own

2:00 PM Concert

Clinic Information


ALL Auditions on Thursday, November 9 will take place at Randolph School in Huntsville. Look for signs directing you to the “UAH Music Event.” *Rehearsals on Friday and Saturday for the High School Honor Band will occur on the Garth Campus while the Middle School students will rehearse in the nearby Rhett Fine Arts Center on the Drake Campus of Randolph School.

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 $50 clinic fee with either cash or check (made payable to UAH Music Department). Following registration, please proceed to the Auditorium for a General Meeting and Introductions.


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.

UAH Wind Ensemble Concert: Thursday, November 9 at 7:00 PM

This required event is free to students, teachers, and family members. The one hour program will feature repertoire by Ticheli, Maslanka, Sousa, and more.

The Honor Band Concert Performance: Saturday, November 11 at 2:00 PM

The concert performance will take place at the Randolph Center for the Arts at 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 11, 2017. 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 2018 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 or so bars (as marked) of the Alabama All-State technical audition excerpt.
    3. The first 16 or so bars (as marked) of the Alabama All-State lyrical audition excerpt.
  • Students in grades 9-12 will use the SENIOR HIGH excerpts, found HERE.
  • Students in grades 6-8 will use the MIDDLE SCHOOL excerpts, found HERE.
  • 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.
  • Please note that this is an HONOR Band and therefore sight reading of audition material will not be allowed and shall result in the disqualification of participation with no refund of fees.
f 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,

Bassoon, Mr. Hunter Thomas,

Clarinet and Saxophone, Ms. Mary Balch,

Trumpet, Dr. Carolyn Sanders,

Trombone, Mr. Billy Bargetzi,

Tuba/Euphonium, Mr. Joel Mason,

String Bass, Dr. Mark Huff,

Percussion, Ms. Debi Loach,