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Matthew Downs, PhD
Assistant Professor of History
(251) 442-2588

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This academic year University of Mobile will hold its 10th Annual Honor Band Festival, February 7 – 9, 2019. We are, as always, excited about this year’s event and think we have something both extremely worthwhile and highly enjoyable for your participating students.

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

Easy Nomination/Application Process

-Students can fill out the application on our website ( and we will send you an e-mail link. That way you can simply fill out the recommendation for the student online.

-You may also recommend your best students by filling out the online nomination form (also and we will send your students a link to fill out their application.

You can start your nomination process here. Nomination Form

The Deadline for Applications and Nomination Forms is November 19.

The Opportunity to Premiere a New Band Composition.

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


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 Artie Adams.

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 the student’s 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.

Other Information

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

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Steve Dunn


UM Honor Band 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

Fairfield Inn & Suites
2950 Towneship Blvd, Saraland

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