“Our big thing is playing at churches, but we do also play at schools to get our name out there,” said Zack Steele, a 2010 graduate of Walker High School and current member of RamCorps. “Our main goal is to bring all glory to God. In everything we do, we want to spread the word of Christ and make a good name for the school.”
The University of Mobile is a four-year, Baptist-affiliated university with 1,577 students, according to its website.
Prior to tonight’s concert in Jasper, the group will perform at Spain Park High School in Hoover. On Thursday, RamCorps performed at Gordo High School. The group has also performed in Atlanta, and the upcoming schedule includes a stop in Warner Robbins, Ga.
“We’ve been all over Alabama,” Steele, a junior at the university, said. “In all, this spring tour includes 17 concerts in nine days. It keeps us really busy, but it’s totally worth it.”
Steele said his time as a member of the Walker High band helped shape his future in music.
“Being in the band at Walker, it instilled in me the love for this specific type of music,” he said. “When I got into college and got into RamCorps, it was a completely different world. But the love I got from playing in the band at Walker helped mature me, and now it’s more than just enjoying doing this. It’s what I do.”
According to the university’s website, RamCorps is an auditioned, elite instrumental ensemble employing trumpets, mellophones, trombones, baritone horn, contras and a drum-line on to stages in schools and churches alike across the southeast. It combines high-impact brass and percussion performance of a variety of styles with choreographed movement.
“It’s fun stuff, it really is,” Steele said. “There’s just not anything else like it.”
Members of RamCorps put in an average of 40 hours per week with the ensemble.
“We come from a really small university, but that doesn’t take away from our drive or our want to do this,” Steele said. “We put a lot of time into this, so it’s obvious we want to do this and be good at it.”