By Reann Huber
Morgan County High Band had tremendous success within this past year and received several awards throughout the year, and deserved some more recognition at their own band awards night.
MCHS band director, Jeffrey Rowser, gave out many awards to individually recognize a vast majority of his students. Students were recognized at excelling within their own section, among their class levels, best marcher, as well as other individual awards given to those who stood out in other ways.
Rowser also called on all of the seniors to share their plans after graduation and gave his own “just before you go to college” speeches as one final send off to his seniors before they go off and do great things in college.
“Achieve the things that you are capable of achieving,” Rowser said to the seniors. “Now all of you have some really glowing plans. You have to put them into action.”
Even though there were plenty of awards given out during the night, all of the many awards the band has achieved throughout the year were also displayed for everyone to see. Among the awards the marching band received this year included superior ratings in all categories, like drum major, color guard, and overall band.
Rowser could not be more proud of what his students have accomplished within this past year and knows they will do great things in the future.
“Our 2015-16 year has been filled with much success and accolades,” Rowser said. “The students and parents hard work is evident in our fabulous results.”
The MCHS band will continue to do great things as they move forward, including traveling to Hawaii this November to perform at the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Marching Bulldog Band is one of 32 bands that were invited to come perform at this event and honor this important moment in our history.
The music education program at MCHS continues to grow and succeed in all that it does, and it has done so with the help of others along with the talent of all the students.
“Music education is alive and well in Morgan County Schools due to unbelievable support from our Board of Education purchasing instruments and providing funds for instructional needs,” Rowser said in an email. “[Along with] the Band Booster Club for their relentless effort to provide additional support with fundraisers for the program and the hard working students that are the driving force are reason for the award-winning success.”