University of Mobile’s RamCorps Headed to New York City for Thanksgiving

Amber Kelley News

MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile’s RamCorps is on a mission to play loud and proud, and they are taking that mission to New York City. From Nov. 25-29 the brass and percussion ensemble will perform in Carnegie Hall, entertain Black Friday shoppers at Macy’s, and appear in a Christmas video with UM’s Steinway Artist Kadisha Onalbayeva.

Their New York tour kicks off Nov. 25 at Carnegie Hall with the 9th Annual Christmas in New York concert on the Perelman Stage in Stern Auditorium. In addition to RamCorps, the show will feature Charles Billingsley, Marcia Wilder and The American Festival Choir.

On Nov. 26, RamCorps and Steinway Artist Dr. Kadisha Onalbayeva, UM director of piano studies and professor of music, will record a Christmas music video at the Steinway & Sons piano factory. RamCorps will perform “Give It One,” arranged by Joe Murphy, while Onalbayeva plays excerpts from “The Nutcracker,” arranged by Mike Coleman. UM alumnus Harrison Hughes will produce the video that is being sponsored by Steinway & Sons and distributed globally.

On Nov. 29, RamCorps will perform at Macy’s from 10 a.m. to noon for their Black Friday event.

RamCorps currently has 35 members and travels weekly to theaters, high schools and churches. Their hard work, energetic performances as well as their willingness to serve has enabled them to revisit previous venues and has provided new performance locations such as The Intrepid in New York during Fleet Week and Bandafolie’s in France last summer.

The ensemble is under the direction of Kenn Hughes, associate dean and chair of the department of music in the Alabama School of the Arts at University of Mobile.

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For more information about the University of Mobile’s Alabama School of the Arts or other ensembles, visit

University of Mobile offers a variety of performing arts degrees in the Alabama School of the Arts. For more information, visit or call 251.442.2222.

About the University of Mobile

The 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 degrees in over 75 academic programs. Founded in 1961, the 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 the University of Mobile, visit the website at or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222

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Amber Kelley

Amber Kelley is the marketing communications specialist for University of Mobile. Amber received her Bachelor of Science in Communication from UM. As marketing communications specialist, Amber writes press releases and other content for UM. She is passionate about serving in her youth group at Redemption Church. She enjoys spending time outside, reading a good book and watching romantic comedies on Netflix.