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AMEA 2016 Performing Groups

The Alabama Wind Ensemble is a select group of the finest wind players and percussionists from within the University Band Program and the School of music. The ensemble has been invited to perform at prestigious events such as the College Band Directors National Association Convention, the Southern Division of the Music Educators’ National Conference and the Alabama Music Educators Association State Conference. The Alabama Wind Ensemble has commissioned and premiered works by noted composers such as Donald Grantham, Nigel Clarke, and Richard Saucedo.

The Auburn Junior High Mixed Choir is comprised of students from the three mixed choirs of the AJHS choral program. These students have been a part of recent AMEA lobby group performances and regularly participate in the Fall Choral Festival in Dothan, Alabama All-State Chorus and various state and national choral assessments. All AJHS choral students set goals to earn superior scores and top three placements in all choral ventures – having recently earned first in division at the Fall Choral Festival, superiors with distinction at state choral performance assessments, and caption awards such as best vocals. This year, these students will produce their triennial “Merry Madrigals.”

The Boaz Intermediate School Honor Choir was formed in 2006. It is an auditioned group of fourth and fifth grade students which rehearse once a week after school.


choir presents an annual Christmas and Spring Concert as well as performs at various local events throughout the school year. They have performed in conjunction with the Gerhart Chamber Music Festival since 2007. The Honor Choir performed at the 2012 AMEA Conference. The group currently has 100 members and is under the direction of Miriam Richey.

The Birmingham Seven (B7) is a straight-ahead jazz septet (four horns and three rhythm) patterned after the small groups of the hard-bop era led by Chris Kozak and co-led by Daniel Western. Comprised of some of the finest and most sought after jazz performers in the region as well as current faculty and alumni of the University of Alabama, their live repertoire consists of transcriptions and adaptations from iconic recordings by artists such as Duke Ellington, Oliver Nelson, Gigi Gryce, Sun Ra, and Lee Morgan as well as original arrangements and compositions by Chris Kozak, Daniel Western, Tom Robinson, and Tom Wolfe. While following the trajectory and tradition of hard bop ensembles, there is an air of uniqueness in the flexibility of the performers to improvise in a variety of styles. The B7 has a familial quality as the personnel has remained unchanged since its inception in 2006 and that is evident in their live and recorded performances.

The Crimson Jazz Quaret is a Professional Contemporary Jazz Quartet featuring the Jazz Studies Faculty from the University of Alabama and was formed in 2005. They are Professor of Jazz Studies Tom Wolfe on Guitar, Professor of Saxophone/Woodwind Area Coordintor/ Jazz Studies Dr. Jonathan Noffsinger on Saxophones, Professor and Director of Jazz Studies Christopher Kozak on Double and Electric Bass, and Instructor of Drum Set/Jazz Studies Mark Lanter on Drum Set. The repertoire of the group ranges from traditional Jazz Standards to more contemporary arrangemenst of popular music as well as original compositions. They have been featured nationally and internationally at Jazz festivals in the Southeast and around the world. They are currently in the studio recording their sophomore effort to be released in Spring of 2016.

The Faith Academy Choral Program is a member of the AVA and the AISA. With Elementary, Junior, Senior, and Chamber Choirs, the Choral Program has a total number of 127 members. In 2015, 27 members of the Junior and Senior Concert Choir Members participated in the Alabama All-State Choir. All choirs received superior ratings at AISA with the Senior Concert Choir and Chamber Singers receiving superior ratings at the AVA State Choral Performance Assessment as well as the Fiesta-Val Invitational Festival in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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