University of Mobile RamCorps Mentors Students at Alabama School of Math and Science

Kathy Dean News

MOBILE, Ala. – It takes talent, teamwork and dedication to be a member of RamCorps, one of over 20 ensembles in the Roger Breland Center for Performing Arts in the Alabama School of the Arts at University of Mobile.  Students at the Alabama School of Math and Science in Mobile saw that spirit first-hand during a two-day workshop Sept. 14-15.

The 40 members of RamCorps mentored high school students during the workshop, which included a RamCorps performance on Friday. On Saturday, ASMS students joined RamCorps to present a concert that concluded the workshop.

“RamCorps presents a unique explosion of music and theatre with intense, choreographed musical experiences achieving high levels of performance with trumpets, mellophones, trombones, baritone horn, contras, saxophone and a drum-line,” said RamCorps director Kenn Hughes, associate professor of music and chair of the Department of Music.

RamCorps performs at schools, churches, community and civic events. The group is a highlight at the university’s annual Christmas Spectacular, which draws audiences totaling over 9,000.

The partnership between the university and ASMS, Alabama’s public residential high school for sophomores, juniors and seniors seeking advanced studies in math, science and the humanities, was a learning experience for both high school and college students, said Hughes.

While high school students learned techniques and musicianship from a group that travels throughout the United States and has performed internationally from Cuba to China, college students gained experience in teaching, mentoring and service.

“RamCorps’ high-impact brass and percussion performance in a huge variety of styles certainly impresses everyone. However, it is the hard work and hearts of the students that are most impressive,” Hughes said.

The group regularly participates in international missions through Global Missions Projects, a not-for-profit organization that coordinates mission projects around the world for music groups. Hughes is ministry director for Global Missions Project, and RamCorps has participated in projects in Russia, Germany, Jamaica, Turks & Caicos and Cuba.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, RamCorps will perform at Disney World; the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum complex in New York City, and at numerous marching festivals.

For information about RamCorps or to book an appearance, contact Hughes at or call the Alabama School of the Arts at 251.442.2383.



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. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in over 90 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.

For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.


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Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean

Kathy is an award-winning media relations director and former journalist whose expertise has enabled the University of Mobile to gain national and regional attention. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Auburn University and worked as a journalist for 12 years, including 10 years at the Mobile Press-Register, earning regional and national awards for coverage of education, deadline reporting and feature writing. She joined the University of Mobile staff in 1993, earning awards for writing and public relations including the Baptist Communicators Association grand prize for feature writing in 2015 and 2012. She is a charter member of Providence United Methodist Church, serves on the board of the John Will Scholarship Foundation, and is a member of the Public Relations Council of Alabama, Baptist Communicators Association, and Society of Professional Journalists. Kathy lives in Daphne with her husband, Chuck, who earned his M.B.A. from the University of Mobile. They have two children and two grandchildren.