Student Musician Opportunities
There are many opportunities for young musicians to grow! Participating in any of the following experiences gives students the chance to play with well-known conductors, rub elbows with university music professors, practice auditioning, perform in concerts, meet people with similar interests, and become better musicians.
All State Competition
Band students in HTMS and HTHS bands are encouraged to improve their musicianship by auditioning for the All-State Band. Audition dates are music are listed on the Alabama Bandmasters Association website. The students that are selected to participate from our district will compete against the other districts in our state to be ranked for chair assignments. Visit the AMEA website to learn more about All State to to download music files and All State Band Requirements. High School and Middle School materials can be downloaded below.
District Honor Band
Alabama Music Educators Association District 4 Honor Band, Homewood High School, Homewood, Alabama.
University of Alabama Honor Band
The Alabama Honor Band Festival is an event developed for the purpose of recognizing the achievements of exceptional high school musicians.
Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra
The Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO) was founded in 2010. Now under the direction of Dr. Blake Richardson, the ASYO is an ensemble dedicated to giving young musicians in the state of Alabama the opportunity to learn and grow through the rehearsal and performance of great orchestral music in a professional setting.
Members of the ASYO rehearse weekly at Mountain Brook Junior High School, work regularly with the Musicians and Conductors of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and perform concerts spanning from standard orchestral repertoire to pops and chamber music, from unique settings to the Jemison Hall Stage where the ASO plays it's Masterworks concerts. The ASYO is open to students ages 12-22 who play an orchestral instrument, and currently consists of 70 young musicians from 8 Alabama counties and 25 schools.
Jacksonville State University Honor Band
The annual Southerners' Honor Band Festival program includes nationally acclaimed guest conductors, one high school Wind Ensemble, two equal high school Symphonic Bands, and two equal middle school bands.
University of Alabama Crimson Music Camp
The University of Alabama Summer Band Camp offers two weeks of instruction with programs in Jazz and Improvisation (High School 9-12), Drum Major and Leadership Team (High School 9-12), Marching Percussion (High School 9-12), Color guard (High School, 9-12), Majorette and Dance Team (High School 9-12), Strings (Junior High and Senior High 6-12) and Concert Band (Junior High and Senior High 6-12). Students enrolled in the camp will be under the leadership and guidance of the artist-faculty members of the University of Alabama School of Music. Joining the UA faculty will be guest faculty members recognized as expert leaders in the field of instrumental music education.
From modest beginnings more than three decades ago, Drum Corps International (DCI) has developed into a powerful, nonprofit, global youth activity with far-reaching artistic, educational and organizational influence. Through the annual DCI Tour and World Championships, Drum Corps International provides entertainment to millions through live performances and nationally-broadcast events. Drum Corps International is Marching Music’s Major League™.