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

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Due to continuing interest, the deadline has been extended to January 10

The UMobile Honor Band will meet on beautiful the University of Mobile campus, Thursday afternoon through Saturday afternoon, February 1 – 3, 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.


Mr. Jerell Horton

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).


-UMobile Opera Presents: “La Serva Padrona”
September 29, Weaver Auditorium, UM Campus

-Symphonic Winds Concert
October 19, Shiloh Baptist Church

-Jazz Band Concert: Music of Ella Fitzgerald
October 26, Ram Hall, UM Campus

-The Alabama School Of The Arts Present: Christmas Spectacular
November 16 – 19, Cottage Hill Baptist Church, Mobile, AL

-UMobile Music Theater Presents: “White Christmas”
December 1 and 2, Saraland Performing Arts Center



-Night Of The Classical Masters
February 27, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Mobile, AL

-Symphonic Winds Concert
March 15, Location TBD

-Sixth Annual UM Jazz Band Festival
March 23, Martin Hall, UM Campus

-Jazz Band Concert: Elvis Lives
April 2, Ram Hall, UM Campus

-UMobile Opera Presents: “Le Nozza di Figaro”
April 13 & 15, Saraland Performing Arts Center

– The Alabama School Of The Arts Present: Spring Spectacular
April 29, Redemption Church

Easy Application Process

The UMobile Honor Band 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!!

You can start your application process here. Honor Band Application

The Deadline for Applications and Nomination Forms is November 20.


While you do not audition to get into the UMobile 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 piece.

-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.

University of Mobile Band Scholarships will be awarded to all First Chair Players!


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. Jerell Horton.

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.)

Other Stuff

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

Contact Us

Steve Dunn
(251) 442-2447


UMobile 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