Sue Samuels is the Director of Bands at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her responsibilities include teaching and administering the Marching Blazers, the Wind Symphony, and the Blazer Band, as well as teaching courses in conducting and music education. Since Dr. Samuels arrived in Birmingham, the bands at UAB have continued to grow and thrive under her direction. The Marching Blazers continue to wow the crowds with contemporary sights and sounds. The UAB Wind Symphony performs at least 2 concerts per semester at the Alys Stephens Center, and the group continues to perform the very finest literature available for the contemporary wind band. UAB continues to host more than 200 high school band performers at the All-Star Band Festival each fall and more than 600 young musicians at the annual Middle School and High School Honor Band festivals each December. The Blazer Band performs throughout the winter at home basketball games, and also accompanies the teams to the Conference USA and NCAA Tournaments. In addition, Dr. Samuels has created the UAB Community Wind Symphony, a group of interested amateur musicians of all ages who perform 3 concerts a year. Dr. Samuels is a strong advocate for chamber music and for music education and actively supports the UAB Clarinet Choir, Blazer Woodwind and Brass Quintets, and all other facets of instrumental music at UAB.
Dr. Samuels' teaching experience prior to her arrival at UAB includes 12 years at Lassiter High School in Marietta Georgia, 1 year as Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Georgia, and 2 years as Director of Bands at WT Woodson High School in Fairfax, Virginia. Under her direction, all bands she conducted received straight superior ratings at festivals over her 14 year career as a high school band director. In addition, the bands at both Lassiter and Woodson performed at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, and the Lassiter Band won the 1998 Marching Band Grand National Championships.
A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Dr. Samuels attended Furman University in Greenville where she obtained a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. Dr. Samuels has also been educated at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where she completed the Master of Music Degree in Instrumental Conducting and at the Eastman School of Music. She received the PhD in Music Education from Auburn Univeristy in 2009.
Dr. Samuels is frequently invited to serve as a clinician, conductor, adjudicator, and guest speaker throughout the country. She is a member of the Music Educator's National Conference, the College Band Directors National Association, and the Alabama Music Educator's Association.
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