The University of Alabama Symphonic Band performed at the Southern Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Professor Randall O. Coleman, Associate Director of Bands, has served as conductor of Symphonic Band since 2007. The ensemble was selected via blind audition process to perform at CBDNA along with 8 other prestigious ensembles from the Southern Division. The Southern Division includes the states of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia.
Symphonic Band’s program included Sacred Spaces by John Mackey; California by David Maslanka; Arrival Platform Humlet and Handel in the Strand by Percy Grainger, My Soul to Keep by Julie Giroux, featuring UA School of Music voice faculty member Dr. Alexis Davis-Hazell; La Lira de Pozuelo by Luis Serrano Alarcon, which was conducted by UA Director of Bands, Dr. Kenneth Ozzello; and Symphony No. 1 – Codex Gigas by James M. David. The Symphonic Band was honored to perform the world premiere of Movement III of Dr. David’s new work and looks forward to performing the entire symphony in the Moody Concert Hall on April 21.
The 73 current members of Symphonic Band range from freshmen to graduate students and represent 15 U.S. states. Approximately 80% of the ensemble are either Music Education, Music Performance or Music Therapy majors, with the remaining students representing other majors from all across campus.