Category Archives: Honor Band/All State

UNA Extravaganza 2017

Attention students/parents, I have just received this announcement for the 2017 UNA Pride of Dixie Marching Band Extravaganza event.  Several Buckhorn Band graduates are in the UNA POD and if anyone is interested in checking out the band/school, this is a good opportunity to do it.  Email directly to reserve a spot.

2017 Marching Band Extravaganza

Saturday, September 23

Braly Stadium, Florence, AL

Students participating in all areas of your marching bands are welcome! The website times are a little off so please follow these times if different from the site:
We’ll have an early UNAPOD rehearsal (8:00am-9:30am) at the field on Pine Street; registration for the 2017MBEx (9:30-10am) at the field; practice from (10:00am-12:00pm); break for the middle of the day & meet back at the south end of the stadium at 5:00pm; perform at halftime with the Pride of Dixie!

Participants receive a free 2017MBEx t-shirt, a medal, and a UNA goodie bag.  Our goal is to have 1000+ performers on the field! Let’s do this!

The registration form as well as sheet music for the event can be found at the link.  You can even show up Saturday morning with your registration form and payment, but a drill spot should be reserved by email.

Website link:  


**Please send your registration list to by Wednesday, September 20, if you are not able to mail it to save your students a spot in the drill!

All State Orchestra Auditions

Each year, the Alabama Orchestra Association requests auditions from wind players throughout the state to fill the wind instrument spots in the All State Orchestra.  If interested, please the see the note below and let me know if you need any guidance or help: The Alabama Orchestra Association is requesting winds and percussion for their… Continue Reading

UAH Honor Band

Attention all Winds and Percussion students/parents: The University of Alabama in Huntsville Invitational Honor Band is pretty much the only symphonic honor band during the Fall semester and is quite elite.  This honor band requires that directors nominate 8 students for participation.  Instead of just picking 8 of our top students, I prefer to nominate… Continue Reading

The 2018 District & All State Honor Band Audition

The 2018 District & All State Honor Band Audition requirements are now available.   Parents, when you have some time, please look this over, go the link, print out the necessary documents, and help encourage your student to participate in this challenging but very worthwhile process!  Lots of our students are capable and should do… Continue Reading

Honor Band Opportunities – Spring 2017

Jacksonville State University Jacksonville State University has put out their Honor Band information.  It is structured such that the student “applies” online and includes my email address ( so that I can then make a recommendation once everyone has applied.  JSU is a fantastic university with a booming band program – like most Alabama universities,… Continue Reading

Symphonic Honor Band Opportunities

Please see the information below concerning great honor band opportunities. I highly encourage ANY students to sign-up and try for these opportunities, whether a student thinks he or she is capable. University of Alabama Honor Band Festival High School February 2-5, 2017  – Applications Deadline: November 28 Registration for the 32nd Annual High School Honor Band Festival… Continue Reading

All-State Orchestra

All-State Orchestra is often overlooked by band programs but there are active school orchestras across the state and the All-State Orchestra Festival requires woodwinds, brass, and percussion as well.  Please see the message below calling upon these kind of students to audition.  I would encourage interested students to try out for this as another incredibly… Continue Reading