By Kalli Drake Staff Writer
With over 400 audience members, the Morgan County High School band finished the year strong and gave the crowd something to look forward to for next year. All band students in ninth through 12th grade performed in this show, and it was the final performance of the seniors’ high school careers. The concert showcased a feature the band has been working on since January, solos, duets and the band’s high achieving saxophone quartet.
The students rehearse four days a week during school hours, and they work on a variety of pieces. It featured senior flautist Cheyenne Stevens performing “Concertino,” a clarinet duet performing “Ragtime” and the saxophone quartet playing “Georgia on my Mind.” The concert band played “Blaylock Canyon,” “Blaze of Glory” and “New Era Fanfare.” The symphonic band played “Prestissimo,” “Into the Raging River” and “Ballade,” a lyrical tone poem. “We invite people of all ages and walks of life to come hear the incredible talent of the MCHS bands,” said band director Jeffrey Rowser. Rowser also stated that the band is growing by leaps and bounds, and they have many outstanding things ahead.
At the concert, the band announced the long-awaited secret of their 2015 halftime show, and a special invitation to perform in November 2016. As far as the performance itself, Roswer feels the pieces were performed at a high level of musicality. The only trouble he notes is the small stage, so the sizable band runs into difficulty in having to squeeze on the stage to perform. The performance was an emotional one for many, including Rowser, who will be saying goodbye to the first group of seniors who have been with him all four years. The class of 2015 is his first set of freshmen from 2011. “It’s always a happy, sad time for the end of the year and sending the seniors off to their new lives,” Rowser said.