February 7 – 9, 2019

Welcome to the 10th Annual University of Mobile Honor Band! Your time at UM Honor Band will be artistically inspiring, musically challenging, educational and FUN – all at the  university ranked #1 Best Regional College in the South by College Consensus. University of Mobile is a Christ-centered academic community providing liberal arts and professional programs to renew minds through intellectual and spiritual development for the fulfilling of one’s  professional calling.

The Alabama School of the Arts (ASOTA) at UM is dedicated to train, develop and educate the next generation of musicians to pursue excellence and impact others with their art. Our faculty are professional, award-winning musicians with experiences in touring groups, theatrical and church stages, orchestras and classrooms across the globe. ASOTA is currently home to more than 20 student ensembles which present hundreds of performances annually in schools, churches,  public venues, civic and political meetings, and conferences – literally around the world.

Student Information
Director Information

Due to continuing requests, the deadline has been extended to
January 9.

Mr. Artie Adams

Artie Adams received a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Music Education from The University of Southern Mississippi. He began his teaching career in Taylorsville, Mississippi in 1988. After a very successful six-year tenure at Taylorsville, Adams accepted the position of director of bands at South Jones High School in Ellisville, Mississippi.  Over the next 24 years, South Jones built a reputation as one of the most successful band programs in the state of Mississippi.  During Adams’ tenure, South Jones performed in ten different states ranging from Texas to Virginia. Two of the most notable performances were the 2009 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C. and the Mississippi Bandmaster’s State Convention in 2013.

Artie Adams has received numerous awards and honors during his teaching career including the 1993 Outstanding Young Band Director for Mississippi; Mississippi Lion’s All-State Band percussion instructor in 1998 and 2001, as well as concert director in 2007 and 2015; Jones County Award of Excellence in Education; Who’s Who Among American Teachers; STAR teacher for South Jones; South Jones Teacher of the Year; two term president of the Southeast Mississippi Band Director’s Association; and 2009 Outstanding Bandmaster for the State of Mississippi.  In 2013, Adams received the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association.  After Mr. Adams’ retirement as a band director in 2017, he was inducted into the Southeast MS Band Director’s Association Hall of Fame in 2018.

Artie and his wife Sheila have a son, Andrew, a daughter and son-in-law Abbey & Jordan Gunn and one granddaughter, Sofia Claire.


*UMobile Band Scholarships Offered to All First Chair Players.

*Dynamic Performances from UM Instrumental Ensembles.
RamCorps, The Symphonic Winds, The UM Jazz Band and Welsh Revival.

*The Opportunity to Premiere a New Band Composition.

-For the fifth consecutive year, students will present the world premiere of a new wind band composition, conducted by the composer, Steve Dunn. As a bonus, all participating band programs will receive a complimentary copy of the work for their library.

*An Outstanding Guest Clinician Mr. Artie Adams