Monday, February 24, 2014

MPA Photo Order Forms

MPA Photo order forms are available at the band room for anyone wishing to order a photo of the full band on stage at MPA this week. $15.00 for an 8x10

Monday, February 3, 2014

Sectional Make-Ups

The following students need to see Dr. Sargent to make up for absences from today's sectional:
J.J. R.
Kaity N.
Alexus G.

7:30 am at the band room is the best make-up playing time every day this week. Simply arrive, warm-up, and pass-off your MPA pieces. Otherwise, please schedule with Dr. Sargent. Thank you!

UAB Brass Symposium Deadline Extended

The registration deadline for the UAB Brass Symposium has been extended to Monday, February 10th due to the recent ice storms. Students may register online at:

Original Posting:
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

Junior High Parents Please Read!

Moody Bands


Music Performance Assessment 2014

Dear parent or guardian:

As announced previously, select members of the Moody Junior High bands will have an opportunity to perform as a combined ensemble at the Alabama Bandmasters Association Music Performance Assessment at Gadsden City High School on February 26th, 27th, or 28th. A specific date will be announced soon. Music Performance Assessment offers our students the chance to perform for professional adjudicators who will offer constructive comments. The opportunity is quite important to our program and therefore will demand specific requirements from students and support from parents.

All intermediate band members are expected to attend the field trip. A select group of beginning band members who have completed at least through page 20 of the EE book (winds) or who have attained a minimal level of competency in the Alfred Method book (percussion) by February 10th will be eligible. In the event that instrumentation requirements are not met, a student may be chosen to attend and perform despite not having an adequate number of pass-offs completed. Likewise, any student unable to demonstrate an acceptable level of self-discipline in daily band classes, regardless of pass-off level, may be disallowed. An announcement of participating members will be posted on Monday, February 10th at Consequently, a field trip permission form will be sent home to be signed by a parent or guardian and returned by Friday, February 14th. All students chosen to participate will then be expected to attend two after-school rehearsals until 4:30 pm: February 13th and February 20th. The uniform for the performance will consist of the Moody Band polo shirt, khaki slacks, dark socks, and brown or black dress casual shoes (no tennis shoes, flip flops, or sandals). Considering the importance of this performance, no substitutions to the uniform will be accepted.

I look forward to offering your student this challenging but rewarding opportunity to perform as a member of the Moody Junior High Band. Please contact me at the number above or at with any questions.


Dr. Bradley K. Sargent, Director of Bands