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