Friday, December 20, 2013

Abandoned Instruments

The following students have left instruments or other items in the band room for the holidays. Contact Dr. Sargent immediately for pickup instructions and to discuss possible consequences (

Madison T.
Logan C.
Evan J. (binder)
Mollie S. (binder)
Schyler McC. (book and binder)
Olivia S.
Chris S.
Jacob L.
Max T.
Christopher J.
Andrew R.
Patrick W.
Matthew R. 
Taylor T.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Fundraiser Leftovers for Sale

We have the following leftover items available for sale from our recent fundraiser. If you wish to purchase any items, please e-mail Dr. Sargent at BY 11:00 am THURSDAY with "fundraiser leftovers" in the subject line. Indicate the quantity and description of the item you would like. Dr. Sargent will reply with confirmation of your order. Your student may come to the band room by the end of the day Thursday with payment to pick up the item. Checks should be made payable to the Moody Band Boosters. Unpaid or unclaimed orders will be returned to the freezer on Friday for storage. 

Thank you!

Aunt Annie's Breadsticks $14.00 per box, 2 available
New York Style Cheesecakes $12.00 each, 6 available
Key Lime cheesecake $12.00, 1 available
Aunt Annie's Soft Pretzels $15.00, 1 box available
Braided Bread $15.00, 1 available
Cookie Dough Variety Pack $16.00, 3 available
Fudgy Brownies $12.00, 3 available
Lemon Drop Cookie Dough $15.00, 4 available
Caramel Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough $15.00, 2 available
Variety Sampler Cheesecake $12.00, 7 available
Strawberry Cheesecake $12.00, 2 available
Turtle Cheesecake $12.00, 2 available
Fudge Brownie Cheesecake $12.00, 8 available
Cookie Dough Bites $15.00, 2 available
M&M Candies Cookie Dough $15.00, 2 available
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough $15.00, 1 available

Sunday, December 15, 2013

UAB Brass Symposium II

More info on the UAB Brass Symposium from Dr. Zingara, UAB trumpet professor:

I would like to take this opportunity to inform you of our Third Annual UAB Brass Symposium, which will be held on February 14th– 15th, 2014 on the University of Alabama at Birmingham campus. This year's featured clinicians will include Alexa Yates (GR mouthpieces consultant), Alabama Symphony Orchestra members David Pandolfi (Principal Horn), Andy Miller (Principal Tuba) and Ryan Barwise (Second Trumpet) along with our UAB brass faculty.

A highlight of the Symposium are the High School Honors Ensembles, which basically are “Honor Bands for Brass.” The students prepare pieces for performance in an all-brass environment, where they can learn specific techniques involved with improving brass listening and ensemble skills. The honors ensembles are open to all motivated trumpet, trombone, horn, euphonium and tuba players of high school age, with the recommendation of their directors. Recommendations can be in the form of a letter accompanying their registration or an e-mail sent to Exceptional 8th grade students may also participate. The $50.00 registration fee covers 7 hours of instruction, 3 clinics, a Friday evening faculty recital, a medal and a 2014 Symposium T-Shirt. They will also be featured in the Saturday afternoon Festival of Brass Concert in which they will perform their Honors Ensemble pieces as well as participate in a Mass Finale with the UAB Brass Choir. Refunds cannot be made once the Brass Symposium fees have been processed.

UAB Brass Symposium information and online application materials can be found on our web page:; also, please feel free to look us up on Facebook. I have additionally attached a current flyer for application purposes. The registration deadline is Friday, February 7th, 2014.

Generally, students are on their own for meals, but there is a tight schedule and limited availability of parking. However, we can provide optional meals for Friday lunch and dinner for an extra $10.00 fee. We do recommend that students take advantage of these on-campus meals; this will be the fastest way to accommodate the large number of students that we anticipate at this event.

Brass Symposium 2014 Schedule:
Friday, February 14th
8AM – 10AM: Registration (HC Lobby)
9AM: Band Scholarship Auditions (Conference Room)
9AM – 11AM: Auditions (Trumpets/Horns HC 244; Low Brass HC 240; Warm-up 209)
10AM: James Zingara Warm-up Clinic (HC 312)
11:00-11:30: Meeting/Posting of Results (HC 108)
11:30-1PM: Lunch
1PM: Alexa Yates Clinic
2PM – 4PM: Honors Ensemble Rehearsal (HC 209; HC 312)
4PM: Individual Instrument Clinics (J. Zingara, D. Pandolfi, J. Koonce, M. Cochran, A. Miller)
Trumpets: HC108; Horns Conference Room; Trombones HC 221; Euphoniums HC 307; Tubas HC 312
5-6:30: Dinner
6:30-8PM: Honors Ensemble Rehearsals
8PM: Faculty Brass Quintet Recital

Saturday, February 15th
9:45AM: Call Time
9:00 – 11:30: Honors Ensemble Rehearsals (HC 210, HC 209)
11AM: Load/Jemison Set-up
11:30 Lunch
1:00: Andy Miller Clinic “Life as an Orchestral Musician” to HS/MS Students (HC 210 or Jemison Stage)
2:00: Mass Ensemble Rehearsal and Honors Ensemble Touch-ups (Jemison Stage)
3:00: Concert featuring brass choir, honors ensembles and mass ensemble in second half

This is a unique event to this region, and I think it can offer a lot to both students and teachers. Please feel free to e-mail or call (205-934-2265) if you have any further questions.

Thank you for your time in this matter.


James J. Zingara, DMA
Assistant Professor of Trumpet
University of Alabama at Birmingham
247 Hulsey Center, 950 13th Street South
Birmingham AL 35294-1260

Friday, December 13, 2013

UAB Brass Symposium

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Department of Music


UAB Brass Symposium 2014
Clinics, activities and concerts for brass enthusiasts of all ages

February 14th – 15th, 2014


Alexa Yates, Vincent Bach Trumpet Clinician and GR Mouthpieces Consultant

Dr. James Zingara, Trumpet and Gold Ensemble Director, UAB

Dr. Martin Cochran, Euphonium Faculty and Silver Ensemble Director, UAB

Mr. Ryan Barwise, Second Trumpet, Alabama Symphony

Mr. Jeffrey Koonce, Trombone Faculty, UAB

Mr. David Pandolfi, Principal Horn, Alabama Symphony

Mr. Andy Miller, Principal Tuba, Alabama Symphony

Dr. Steven Roberts, Trumpet Faculty, UAB

The UAB Faculty Brass Quintet
The UAB Trumpet Ensembles and Trombone Choir
Blazer Brass Quintet
Brass Exhibits
High School Honors Ensembles
The 2014 Festival of Brass Concert and Mass Finale

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Please cut along dotted line and return to: Dr. James Zingara, UAB HC 247, 950 13th Street South, Birmingham AL 35294

REGISTRATION FORM (Please print.)Registrations must be received by Friday, February 7th, 2014.

Name _________________________________________________ Instrument____________________________________

Address ____________________________________________________________________________________________

City _____________________________ State _____________ Zip _____________

School _______________________________________ Phone _____________________________

E-mail_____________________________________ Year in School (Fr/So/Jr/Sr)_______________ T-Shirt Size________

 YES, I would like to participate in the HS Honors Ensemble. (open to students Grade 8 and higher). Participants will receive a medal, a Symposium T-Shirt, 3 clinics.

 $50.00 registration fee enclosed. Refunds will not be made once the Brass Symposium fees have been processed.

 I am a senior and would like to take a UAB Band Scholarship or Music Major audition while at the Symposium.

If you would like to take an audition, please check one: Music Major Music Minor Scholarship (non-music major)

 $10.00 meal fee enclosed for Friday lunch and dinner (optional, but recommended).

Please make checks out to UAB Brass Symposium

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Parade Contingency

Band Members:
The City of Moody will notify me at 2 pm on Saturday of the status of the Christmas parade. IF the parade is rained out on Saturday, the city will hold the parade at the same time on Sunday, 12/15. If the city chooses to postpone, we only have two buses available on Sunday and would not be able to transport beginners. There is some possibility that the band may have to cancel altogether in the event of a postponement. Please be sure to check this website, your text or e-mail, and/or Yahoo Groups around 2 pm Saturday. If you hear nothing from me via any of these means, please arrive at the band room by the 3 pm call time for further instructions or to prepare for the event. PLEASE DO NOT ASSUME POSTPONEMENT. If in doubt, arrive at the band room at call time for accurate information.

In the meantime, please send word of potential conflicts with the proposed Sunday make-up date to This will help me to determine the feasibility of the band's participation in the event of a rain-out.

Thank you!

Monday, December 9, 2013

End-of-Semester Reminders

After-School Rehearsal Monday, 12/9/13 until 4:30, band room. If you are involved in this, you already know it. (auxiliaries and new marchers)

After-School Rehearsal Tuesday, 12/10/13 until 4:30, band room/parking lot. All Christmas parade participants EXCEPT for beginners.

Thursday, 12/12/13: Christmas Concert. All band members-- this is a required performance and is a part of the semester grade. Call time: beginners, 6:00. All others: 5:30. Concert time: 6:30. Admission: One new, unwrapped toy for the Moody Fire Dept toy drive. Location: MHS gym. Uniform: Band Polo, khakis. We will not meet at the band room first. Report directly to the high school gym with your instrument and all necessary equipment and music. We need help transporting equipment to and from the high school gym before and especially after the concert! Large cardboard boxes needed (with volunteers) for transport of toys to fire dept.

Saturday, 12/14/13: Christmas Parade. Marching members, auxiliary members, and other band members who have followed through on necessary paperwork and uniform requirements. Call time: 3:00 pm, band room. Parade begins at 5:00. Pickup from band room at 6:30. All participants MUST ride the bus to and from the parade with the band. Dismissal is from band room only. Santa hats required (you provide your own). Non-players, please bring large bags of candy.

Tuesday, 12/17/13: Band Boosters, 6:30 pm. Queen of Hearts meeting. All hands on deck!

Thursday, 12/19/13: Last day to order band sweatshirts/hoodies for those who would like to place orders. (not required). Forms available in band room. Delivery is in January after school resumes.

Friday, 12/20/13: School dismisses at 12:00 noon. Do not let your child come home without an instrument to practice during the holidays! Lost and found bin will be emptied and taken to charity. Be sure you have no items remaining in the bin. Cubbies should be cleaned out completely. No personal items left in the band room.

Saturday, 12/21/13: Tuba Christmas. See Dr. Sargent for details.

Happy Holidays!