On May 1, 2019 the Sparkman Wind Ensemble will participate in the University of Alabama Crimson Camp. The band will travel via school bus and will need to bring money for lunch during the day and possibly late afternoon.
- 8:30am – Call Time
- 9:00am: Depart Sparkman HS
- Transit: Stop and eat lunch
- 12:30pm: Arrive at Alabama University Tuscaloosa
- 1pm: Warmup
- 1:50pm: Performance
- 2:40pm: Clinic
- 3:30pm: Listening Block
- 5:00pm: Depart Alabama University
- 7:30pm: Arrive at Sparkman High School
- Bus 1 – Woodwinds
- Bus 2 – Brass/Percussion
The Crimson Festival of Winds will be a non-competitive, educational festival designed to showcase the “best of the best” high school and middle school wind bands from across the state of Alabama. There will be no “required music” for the festival and there will be no ratings or placements for the ensembles. Directors will be free to choose literature that allows the ensemble and the director an opportunity for growth. Immediately following each band’s performance, one of our outstanding evaluators will work with each ensemble for a 20 minute “hands on” clinic.
Directors will receive recorded critique from the evaluators along with written comments and a professional recording of the concert. Concert bands earning an overall “superior” rating at an Alabama Bandmasters Association district level Music Performance Assessment in the spring of 2018 or 2019 will receive an invitation to participate in the Crimson Festival of Winds.
Dr. Cody Birdwell
Director of Bands, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
Dr. David Gregory
Retired Director of Bands, Reinhardt University and Conductor Georgia Wind Symphony, Waleska, Georgia
Ms. Diane Koutsulis
Retired Director of Bands, Green Valley High School, Las Vegas, Nevada
Dr. Kevin Sedatole
Director of Bands, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan