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Director of Bands

Jeffrey Rowser, 
the Morgan County School System's 2014-15 "Teacher of the Year", and 2013 Georgia Music Educator of the Year, is a native of Attalla, Alabama and is a 1976 graduate of Etowah High School, where he lettered 3 years in band, basketball and track.  Mr. Rowser later graduated from Auburn University (AU) with his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music Education.  He was a saxophone major, studying with Lawrence Morgan. He also studied music arranging with Dr. Johnnie Vinson and Bob Richardson.  He performed his student teaching duties with the legendary Tommy Goff at Auburn High School in 1980.  While at Auburn, he was drum major of the Auburn University Marching Band for three years. His appointment by Dr. Bill Walls made Jeffrey the first African American Drum Major at Auburn University and in the Southeastern Conference.

 

Mr. Rowser, recently selected to be Director of Bands at Morgan County HS, brings 34 years of experience in music education.  He was chosen in 2006, to lead the East Jackson Fine Arts Department in Jackson County Schools (GA).  His hiring in 2006-07 was to prepare a Fine Arts Department that would begin its work in August 2007.  He was chosen as “Teacher of the Year” for East Jackson in 2011.  Prior to East Jackson, he served as a director in Dougherty County, Marietta City Schools(STAR Teacher 1988), with 15 years serving as the founding director at Salem HS (Conyers, GA), where he was “Teacher of the Year” in 1994 for Rockdale County Schools.  During his career his bands received Superior Ratings in all marching, jazz and symphonic music events.  His bands have won over 600 awards, with 300 of those coming at Salem HS as “Superior, Best-in-Class and Grand Champion” awards in band, drum major, colorguard, and winterguard and drum line.  His bands have received special invitations to perform in London, Toronto, Hawaii, Orlando, Kansas City and NY.  His groups have performed frequently in the Atlanta Children’s Healthcare Parade televised on WSB-TV2. He and his wife, Vernelle, established the Salem HS Dance Team that won 9-State Champion Awards in both Jazz and Pom style competition.  During those years the group also earned a national ranking with the Universal Dance Association held annually in Orlando, Florida.

 

In 1991, Rowser became a co-founder of the “Drum Major Leadership Academy” held annually on the campus of Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville.  His student management workshop, “Team Building Anywhere” is a featured session for band, chorus student council and athletic groups around Georgia.  He is now the founder of “Premier Drum Major and Leadership Academy”  in South Carolina, Alabama and recently established at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA.  He is also a frequent clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor of Regional and State Band events in the Southeast.  He has served on the Georgia Music Educators Board of Directors and organized several district events.

 

He is a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association, National Association of Music Educators, Phi Beta Mu Bandmaster Honorary and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

 

He is married to the former Vernelle Jones, manager "Kidz In Step" dance studio.  They have three daughters.  Kayla Danielle, a professional ballet dancer with the Nashville Ballet; Hilary Dionne, a graduate of Kennesaw State working for the Heidelberg Company and Carmen Elise, is a student at Morgan Co HS.

 



 

Email Me: jeffrey.rowser@morgan.k12.ga.us