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By Kathryn Schiliro, Managing Editor

Turn it up, Marching Bulldogs!

The 132-member Morgan County High School marching band took to the road Saturday, Oct. 5, to participate in the Tournament of Bands – a high school marching band competition – hosted by River Ridge High School in Woodstock.

Of the seven Georgia bands competing, the band, colorguard, drum line and Drum Major Dylan Jaynes earned “Superior” ratings – that’s the best possible – and, as far as rankings at the tournament, the band, colorguard and drum line came in second overall while Jaynes won first place for his directing of the band as Drum Major.

“The creative visual package with great colorguard dance [and] stampede scene with the 8-foot poles earn positive merit,” Band Director Jeffrey Rowser wrote, in an e-mail, of the show, which features music from “The Lion King.”

Rowser said the band would use judges’ comments and critiques, specifically those regarding improvement of fundamental techniques with “better control of upper body in the difficult music passages,” to prepare for the next competition, the Heart of Georgia Invitational, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26. This competition is larger; there are 18 bands entered to compete.

“I’m extremely proud of the students’ success and totally impressed with the leadership of the band’s senior class,” Rowser writes. “Their influence is really helping our freshmen develop into outstanding band members.”

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