RamCorps is Starstruck in Nashville
University of Mobile Brass and Percussion Group Records 2nd Album
MOBILE, Ala. – RamCorps, a 30-member high impact visual brass and percussion ensemble from University of Mobile, recorded its second album, “The Movement,” at Starstruck Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
The album was recorded in May and will be released in August of 2016.
RamCorps traveled to Nashville to record in a professional studio owned by two-time Grammy Award winner Reba McEntire. Students worked with professional Nashville musicians as well Tom Reeves, a music producer and mixing engineer at Westpark Creative Group who has worked with The Imperials, Dolly Parton, Lifeway,
Dollywood Entertainment, Opryland Entertainment, Celebrity Cruises, Word Entertainment, Warner Music and many more.
Jesus Morales, RamCorps trumpet section leader and senior music education major from Haines City, Florida, said, “Recording in a professional studio and working alongside the first-call trumpet player in Nashville, Steve Patrick, has been one of the most inspiring experiences that I have had in my four years as a member in RamCorps. Steve took the recording sessions as opportunities to use it as a master class, improving each of us individually and as a section.”
University of Mobile Associate Professor of Music, Director of Instrumental Studies and Director of RamCorps Kenn Hughes said the album is more than a collection of great music.
“This album shows the heart of RamCorps and the goal behind what we do,” Hughes said. “’The Movement’ is sharing the Gospel using music as a tool to attract a variety of people from all walks of life. The way this group of students gets to express their love for Christ using music is unlike any other, and affords us opportunities that are most unique.”
RamCorps recorded a few fan favorites, “The Movement” and “Brooklyn” by Young Blood Brass Band; an additional new single by RamCorps member Michael Jolly, “Just in Time,” and many more well-known songs arranged by Joe Murphey, a professional tuba and bass player as well as arranger at Studio Musician in Nashville, Tennessee.
The instrumental group impressed Nashville’s professional musicians and producers.
“After spending a week in the recording studio with RamCorps, the word ‘intentionality’ comes to mind,” said Reeves, the producer and mixing engineer.
“These are college students who are intentional about learning to be their best and being what God has called them to be and what He has called them to do. You can actually see God’s plan unfolding in each of their lives. I was honored and humbled to be around these folks and their talented director, Kenn Hughes,” Reeves said.
RamCorps presents a unique explosion of music and theater with intense, choreographed musical experiences achieving high levels of excellence in performance. It is one of more than 20 performing ensembles in the University of Mobile Center for Performing Arts.
The group performed over 120 times during this past 2015-2016 academic school year, giving concerts in churches, schools and public venues across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas, South Carolina and North Carolina. RamCorps has traveled internationally on musical missions trips to areas such as Jamaica, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands, and in Sochi, Russia during the Olympics. RamCorps has had the honor of playing as the house band on the Duck Commander Cruise and is a Compassion International artist.
“RamCorps’ mission is to elevate the University of Mobile, promote musicianship, and to edify the body of Christ,” said Hughes.
By Haley Ikner, University of Mobile Media Relations Writer
About University of Mobile:
University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study, with an 880-acre campus located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama.
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