By Leila Dycus, Intern
Marching bands from across the state gathered this past weekend for the Heart of Georgia Marching Festival, and among them was the Morgan County High School (MCHS) Marching Band.
On Saturday, Oct. 26, the MCHS marching band traveled to Warner Robins High School. MCHS was one of 22 teams competing in the Heart of Georgia Marching Festival.
According to Band Director Jeffrey Rowser, all the bands were given the opportunity to play before a panel of judges. The judges base their decision on musical performance, visual performance and overall performance effectiveness.
The Morgan County band presented its “The Lion King” show for the judges. The show earned high marks from the judges and was a crowd favorite. The Morgan County High School Band received honors that include: Superior Band, Superior Drum Major, Superior Drumline, and Excellent Colorguard.
These honors led to a second place finish in band, drum major, drumline, and colorguard for the MCHS Marching Band. The band competed in the Class 4A, which, according to Rowser, is based on band size, not school size. The MCHS band will finish out their marching season alongside the football team.
“As long as our team plays, we play,” said Rowser. Rowser went on to say that the band students and parents are phenomenal, supporting him and the philosophy of being a competitive band. He also gave credit to his incredible booster parents. On top of playing at football games the MCHS Marching Band will head west this Christmas.
“Our band has accepted an invitation to perform in the 2014 Hollywood Christmas Parade in Hollywood, California. We are thrilled that we are getting recognition around the nation,” said Rowser.