Welcome to the website of the University of Mobile Honor Band!
We invite all high school band instrumentalists to apply for a chance to be part of a tremendous three day event. You will find that your time with the UMobile Honor band will be musically challenging, inspiring, educational AND fun!
*UMobile Band Scholarships Offered to All First Chair Players.
*Dynamic Performances from UMobile 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. Jerell Horton, Director of the Award Winning Vestavia Hills High School Band program.
Jerell Horton has been the band director at Vestavia Hills since 2006. He is a graduate of Samford University. Prior to his appointment at Vestavia Hills High School, he served as assistant director at Pizitz Middle School and Vestavia Hills High School. While at
Vestavia Hills, the bands have consistently earned superior rating at District and state concert band festivals as well as the ABDA festival, the Vestavia Hills Wind Ensemble performed at the 2011 Alabama Music Educators Conference, and the National Concert
Band Festival in 2013. The Vestavia Hills High School Rebel Marching Band performed in the 2010 London New Year’s Day Parade in London, England. The National Band Association recently awarded the National Program of Excellence Southern Division Blue Ribbon Award to the Vestavia Hills High School band. Mr. Horton has served as an honor band clinician within the states of Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia. He is also on staff for the Auburn Summer Marching and Leadership camp and volunteers his service to the Music For All Summer Symposium. Mr. Horton a National Board Certified teacher and was recently named to SBO magazine’s 2014 list of 50 Directors Who Make a Difference. Mr. Horton was honored to serve on 2017 Music for All Tournament of Roses teaching staff. He is married to Monica Horton (also an educator) and they have two children, daughter Madina Jaimes (6) and Edward Israel (9 months).
Due to continuing interest, the deadline has been extended to January 10
-If you are a high school band instrumentalist, you can start your application process here: Student Information
-If you are a director, you may nominate students from your program here: Director Information
Welcome to the University of Mobile Honor Band! We are planning a time for you that will be musically inspiring, educational and fun – all on a campus that was named one of the “50 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges in U.S.” (ChristianUniversitiesOnline.org) and by US News & World Report as “#8 Best Regional Liberal Arts Colleges in the South”. As one of America’s Best Christian Colleges and America’s 100 Best College Buys – and recently ranked #1 in Alabama’s “College Smart Ratings” by FindTheBest.com, UMobile combines quality academics and a genuinely caring faculty with a Christian worldview. UMobile’s Alabama School Of The Arts is dedicated to train, develop, and educate the next generation of musicians with a goal to direct students in developing their artistry as they 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. At the Alabama School Of The Arts, we currently have more than 20 ensembles which perform in schools, churches, public venues, civic and political meetings, and conferences – literally around the world.