Morgan County Charter School System
One Morgan Band Program
A Word From Mr. Rowser
Welcome to our band website!
This site will have announcements and information about the Morgan County band program. Please use the headings at the top of the page to find whatever information you need. Announcements, calendar dates, media, and more will all be updated on this website for your convenience.
For more announcements and for another way to connect with our band program, search for @onemorganband on Facebook.
The Morgan County Band Program provides instrumental instruction to students 6th - 12th grade and allows students performance opportunity with traditional concert bands, jazz bands and small chamber ensembles, and with the Morgan County Bulldog Marching Band. We follow the tradition of "One Morgan" which is prevalent in our school system by considering ourselves a single, seamless program from beginning band all the way to the highest level of musical instruction. Read below to learn more about the performance opportunities students have through our program.
At Morgan County Middle School, under the direction of Karisa Seymour, students begin instruction in the beginning 6th grade band. Here, they learn fundamentals of reading and making music on both recorders and on traditional band instruments. 7th and 8th grade students participate in intermediate and advanced bands, allowing students the opportunity to participate in an ensemble which meets their instructional needs while still providing a challenging environment for growth and development. The two mixed-grade bands perform at LGPE for adjudication, and both regularly earn Superior ratings.
At Morgan County High School, under the direction of Jeffrey Rowser, students have 3 mixed-grade ensembles to participate in, based on performance ability. We have the Techniques Class, the Concert Band, and our premiere performing ensemble, the Advanced Symphonic Band. Our Concert and Symphonic bands both perform at LGPE for adjudication and have received straight Superior ratings for many years.
The Morgan County Marching Bulldog Band consists of high school students who want experience playing in a corp-style marching band and athletic pep band. Our marching band works hard to perform and compete regularly throughout the season, earning awards and accolades every year for musicality and marching technique including a Grand Champion award from the Berkmar Invitational during the 2018 season.
Students have the opportunity to perform in smaller chamber ensembles and jazz band throughout the One Morgan Band Program. The High School uses our annual AFLAT Fine Arts Showcase to feature select students will perform solo and chamber works to audiences throughout the building. The MCHS drama department also uses student musicians for the annual musical, where they have the opportunity to perform in a pit orchestra for an authentic Broadway production experience. The MCMS jazz band regularly performs in public venues around the state, including recent performances at the Governor's Mansion. All of our students also participate in Solo and Ensemble, which provides them an opportunity to be assessed and to receive feedback in these smaller groups. Our students regularly earn superior ratings at these events for their chamber performances as well as solo work.