Kevin Welborn currently serves as the Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at The University of Alabama. Mr. Welborn assists with all aspects of the university bands, including instruction and logistics of The University of Alabama Million Dollar Band marching band, conducting the Symphonic Band, instructing undergraduate conducting students, graduate seminars, and assisting with all other areas, directors, and operations. Mr. Welborn previously served as The University of Alabama’s Associate Director of Athletic Bands from 2019-2022.
Mr. Welborn recently served as the Director of Bands for the Avon High School Band in Avon, Indiana from 2022-2023. The Avon High School Band is one of the most successful high school band programs in the country, having earned 17 World and National championships, and 57 state championships in the last three decades. Recently, the Avon Wind Ensemble placed 3rd at the 2023 ISSMA state concert band contest, 2nd in the 2022 Bands of America Championship, and multiple state and national championships and accolades in related ensembles.
Welborn also served as the Director of Bands for the Clinton Public School District in Clinton, Mississippi from 2015-2019 and as the Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Percussion from 2009–2015. Under Welborn’s leadership, the Clinton Band was a consecutive Bands of America regional finalist, earning first place in class, as well as first place caption awards at multiple BOA regionals. In addition to multiple state sweepstakes awards and concert band accolades, the Clinton Indoor Percussion Ensemble was the 2013 WGI “Scholastic A” Class silver medalist, the 2014 WGI “Scholastic Open” Class gold-medalist champion, and a 2015 “Scholastic World” class 10th place finalist at the WGI World Championships held in Dayton, OH. Prior to graduate school, Welborn served as an assistant band director at Kempner High School in Sugar Land, Texas from 2006-2007.
In addition to holding bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education/conducting from The University of Southern Mississippi, Welborn is currently pursuing a PhD from The University of Alabama. Kevin is an alumnus of the Carolina Crown and Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, playing snare drum for both organizations. He was on the percussion staff at The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from 2016-2018. Prior to that, he served as the percussion caption head for the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps from 2009-2012, a percussion staff member for the Troopers in 2007 and 2008, as well as a consultant for the Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle corps in 2004 and 2005.
Mr. Welborn currently serves as one of the Associate Music Ensemble Coordinators for The Bluecoats Drum Corps, as well as adjudicator, clinician, and leadership speaker for bands and organizations throughout the country. He enjoys spending time and traveling with his wife, Karen, who works full-time with a law firm, while she also designs and teaches color guard and band visual concepts for multiple organizations including being on colorguard staff at The University of Alabama. Kevin and Karen also run a design, consulting, and leadership business for marching and concert bands across the country.