Kenn Hughes

Associate Dean, Roger Breland Center for Performing Arts

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Music, Worship


B.M.E, University of Oklahoma; M.M.E, Wichita State University.

Areas of Instruction

Ram:Corps, Jazz Band, Trombone, Finale

Kenn Hughes

Associate Dean, Roger Breland Center for Performing Arts


Mr. Kenn Hughes, Associate Professor of Music, Associate Dean, Music Chair in the Alabama School of the Arts at the University of Mobile, is an accomplished musician and musical director. At the University of Mobile, Mr. Hughes has brought dynamic choreography and drama to Ram:Corps, a touring, high-powered, precision brass and percussion performance team that travels the world representing the university. The University of Mobile Jazz Band has garnered much acclaim in recent years for their dynamic concerts featuring classic big band standards as well as innovative, contemporary arrangements. Mr. Hughes is also the recipient of the highest faculty honor, the 2016 William A. Megginson Teaching Award.

Kenn Hughes holds a master’s degree in music education from The Wichita State University and a bachelor’s degree in music education from The University of Oklahoma.

As a trombonist, his artistry has taken him to over 36 countries. He has toured with Casting Crowns, Natalie Grant, Avalon, Jaci Velasquez, Carman, TRUTH, Denver & The Mile High Orchestra, Salvador and Michael English. Additional performances with artists include Ralph Carmichael, Bernard Harris, Mandisa, Phil Keagy, Mike Tait, Tommy Sims, Israel Houghton, Amy Grant, Johnny Lang, Bob Hope, Rosemary Clooney, Debby Boone, Dino and Russ Lee. He was also the principal trombonist with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra in Florida.

He has numerous recordings to his credit. Along with Denver & the Mile Orchestra’s nine CDs including the Dove Award-winning “Groovy,” Hughes has recorded with Bart Millard of Mercy Me on the Grammy-nominated album “Hymned Again,” with Ron Kenoly on the Integrity recording “Sing Out,” Camp Kirkland on “Gloryland Band 5” and tobyMac’s “Tonight.”

A freelance arranger and orchestrator, Hughes has published works with Word Music, LifeWay and Gaylord Entertainment. He is a sought-after clinician, artist, adjudicator and guest conductor. Kenn is actively involved in world missions as Ministry Director for Global Missions Project.