Program Assistant, Bands
BM, William Carey University
MA, University of Alabama
Heath Nails is currently a full-time staff member in the College of Arts and Sciences and School of Music at the University of Alabama where he serves as the University Bands Program Assistant, administering all operations for the University band program. His primary duties include all logistics organization and operational units of the University Band program, managing all financial obligations for the Million Dollar Band, University Bands Large Ensembles, Honor Band Festivals and Summer Music Camps, supervising all Million Dollar Band auditions, and managing band personnel, library, and service award databases. Mr. Nails also coordinates all concert promotion and management for the University of Alabama Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band as well as coordinates travel arrangements for the University Band Department. Some of his major travel operations for the Million Dollar Band include the 2011 BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans, Louisiana, the 2012, 2014 and 2015 SEC Championship Games in Atlanta, GA, the 2012 BCS National Championship Game in Miami, Florida, the 2012 International Tour of Italy with the Alabama Wind Ensemble and Million Dollar Band, the 2014 College Football Playoff Semi-Final Sugar Bowl Game in New Orleans, Louisiana, the 2015 College Football Playoff Semi-Final Cotton Bowl Game in Dallas, Texas and the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game in Phoenix, Arizona. Additionally, Mr. Nails has been closely involved in working with both the College of Arts and Sciences and the University Athletic Department in all issues relative to the operations of the band program. Other responsibilities include serving as the University of Alabama Bands liaison at state and national music conferences. Mr. Nails received his Bachelor of Music Degree from William Carey College in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and the Masters of Music Education degree from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Prior to his appointment at the University of Alabama, Mr. Nails served as band director at Rock Quarry Middle School and Southview Middle School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Fairhope Middle School in Fairhope, Alabama. Additionally, he currently serves as General Manager/Director of Personnel on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Winds, an all-adult community band based in Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Nails currently has the privilege of serving as guest conductor with the University of Alabama Concert Band during its Fall and Spring 2016-2017 concert series. Prior to his employment full-time with the University, Mr. Nails served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant with both the Music Education and University Band Departments at the University of Alabama. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant, Mr. Nails assisted in daily operations for the band program, supervised the 400 students of the Million Dollar Band during performances and trips, and assisted with the planning and execution of the Crimson Cavalcade of Bands, Alabama Honor Band, and Summer Crimson Music Camp. He also served as one of the conductors for the Alabama Concert Band and Tuscaloosa Winds community band.
Mr. Nails holds membership in the National Association for Music Education, the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, the Alabama Music Educators Association and the Alabama Bandmasters Association.