Heath Nails is currently the Coordinator of Band Operations and Conductor/Instructor of the Alabama Concert and University Bands in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Music and Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Alabama. His primary duties include all logistic 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, managing band personnel and serving as the conductor/instructor for both the Concert and University Bands. Mr. Nails also coordinates all concert promotion and management for the University of Alabama Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band and University 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, 2015 and 2016 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, 2015, 2016, and 2017 College Football Playoff Semifinal Games; Sugar Bowl Game in New Orleans, Louisiana (14), AT&T Cotton Bowl Game in Dallas, Texas (15), Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Game in Atlanta, Georgia (16) and Sugar Bowl Game in New Orleans, Louisiana (17) and the 2016, 2017 and 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Games in Phoenix, Arizona (16), Tampa, Florida (17) and Atlanta, Georgia (18). Mr. Nails has been closely involved in working with both the College of Arts and Sciences and the University of Alabama 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. Additionally, Mr. Nails serves as a Group Travel Specialist for Springdale Travel, a branch of Tzell Travel Group based in Mobile, Alabama. His responsibilities include pre and post trip planning for student groups as well as serving as the official travel escort for student group trips.
Mr. Nails received his Bachelor of Music degree from William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and the Masters of Arts in 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 Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Mr. Nails currently has had the privilege of serving as guest conductor with the University of Alabama Symphonic Band during its Fall and Spring 2015-2016 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, the Alabama Bandmasters Association and is an Honorary Member of the Nu Nu Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi while also serving as Chapter Sponsor for the University of Alabama Chapter.