Including: RamCorps, The Symphonic Winds, The UM Jazz Band and Welsh Revival.


For the fourth 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.


2018 Honor Band dates coming soon!



Chris Neugent has been the Director of Bands at Spain Park High School, Hoover, Alabama, since 2011. Prior to his appointment as Band Director, he served as Associate Band Director at Spain Park, Band Director at Simmons Middle School, and Associate Band Director at Oak Grove High School. His duties include leading The Pride of the Park Marching Band, Chamber Winds, and Symphonic Band. Under his leadership, Mr. Neugent’s bands have received consistent Superior Ratings at contests and festivals in every area of performance – symphonic, marching and jazz.

Mr. Neugent received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in Music Education from the University of Alabama and is a National Board Certified teacher. While attending UA, he served as the principal clarinetist of the UA Wind Ensemble and Huxford Symphony Orchestra and performed in several other ensembles included the Million Dollar Band. His professional affiliations include MENC, and ABA.

Outside of his teaching capacities at Spain Park, Mr. Neugent also enjoys serving as the Orchestra Director at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

Mr. Neugent and his wife, Angie, have been blessed with six children and currently reside in Helena, Alabama.

  • The UM Honor Band will meet on the beautiful University of Mobile campus, Thursday afternoon through Saturday afternoon, February 9-11, 2017, and is for qualified High School students who play a band instrument.
  • Admission is based on the student’s application and an accompanying nomination from their band director.
  • Easy Application Process
  • This year the application process is entirely online!
    • Students may apply online and an e-mail will be sent to directors for their recommendation OR
    • Directors may recommend students online and an e-mail will be sent to the students for their application information. EASY!!
  • Application deadline is November 21, 2016.
While you do not audition to get into the UM Honor Band, there ARE chair placement auditions upon arrival. All first chair players will be awarded a University of Mobile scholarship.

Woodwind and Brass:

  • Two (2) major scales of your choice as many octaves as you can comfortably play
    them. Choose one “Flat” scale and one “Sharp” scale.
  • Prepare a short piece (etude, solo excerpt, etc.) to demonstrate your technique, tone
    and musicianship. We will be able to listen to no more than about 30 seconds of this
  • Sight reading.

***Bass Clarinet players need to also bring a Bb clarinet and be prepared to audition on
that instrument as well. The number of bass clarinetists we use will depend on how we
can best balance that section with the size and strength of the clarinet section.***
[Percussionists should audition in as many of the following categories as possible.
You must provide your own mallets and sticks.]

  • Snare:
    • 2 rudiments (double stroke and either a paradiddle or flam rudiment)
    • Sight reading
  • Mallets:
    • A chromatic scale and another major scale of your choosing
    • Sight reading.
  • Timpani:
    • Play a note given by adjudicator on a mallet instrument and then tune
      a drum to that pitch. You will then need to tune another drum a specific
      interval above that pitch.
The cost for the honor band is $75 ($10 non-refundable application fee and $65 registration fee upon acceptance).

This fee covers 3 meals, Honor Band t-shirt, Honor Band medal, Honor Band name tag, clinician, etc.

During Honor Band there will be dynamic performances from outstanding University of Mobile instrumental ensembles – RamCorps, The Symphonic Winds, Welsh Revival, and the UM Jazz Band. This great week will conclude with a performance by the Honor Band, led by guest conductor, Mr. Chris Neugent. All UM Performances are free of charge and open to students, directors and chaperones
The final honor band concert is free of charge and open to the public.
Concert dress is your high school concert band uniform. Daily dress will be casual, but modest and respectful.
(No bare midriffs, no shirts with inappropriate language or designs, no short skirts or shorts, etc.)

As a director, please help us by either communicating this information to your students and preempting any possible problems or directing any adults who may accompany the students to do that on your behalf.

Each participant must bring a music stand.

Each participant (or group) needs to have a director or adult chaperone(s) present.

University of Mobile does not provide housing, but there are a number of hotels very close to campus. A few of these include:

Microtel Inn & Suites Saraland
1124 Shelton Beach Road, Saraland

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
1401 Industrial Parkway, Saraland

Hampton Inn Mobile North
1320 Industrial Parkway, Saraland

Best Western Inn & Suites Saraland
1118 Shelton Beach Road, Saraland

The Fairfield Inn: Mobile*
950 A I-65 Service Road South, Mobile

Courtyard By Marriott: Mobile*
1000 W I-65 Service Road South, Mobile

Hampton Inn: I65 @ Airport**
950 A I-65 Service Road South, Mobile

*For UM rates for Courtyard By Marriott and Fairfield Inn, please use the code: 8UM
**For UM rates for Hampton Inn I-65, please use the corporate code: 0002717250