By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer

Morgan County High School’s (MCHS) annual summer band camp kicked off Monday, July 21 and will commence on July 31, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., with 154 band members signed up to participate. “We are going to do all we can to endure and survive the heat,” said Jeffrey Rowser, MCHS band director, of the outdoor band rehearsals during camp. “These kids will put themselves through a lot to show their school spirit.” Under the direction of Rowser, the school marching band will rehearse routines for half-time shows during football season and prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Hollywood this November.

The MCHS marching band was selected to represent the state of Georgia in annual Hollywood Christmas parade on November 30. “It is such an honor to be selected for this,” said Rowser. The five-day trip will cost $1400 per student and 122 so far are signed up to go so far. “We could always use help with fundraising,” said Rowser. “We would love for people to sponsor more kids to go who might not have the money to make such a trip.” The band will not only get to participate in the parade, but go to Disneyland and tour the city. “We have a packed itinerary. It’s going to be an amazing trip for these kids,” said Rowser. “The trip make’s this year’s band camp extra special as we prepare the music for this year.” “The band of Morgan County has a history of excellence and my job is to sustain that with the performances we do. We want to help keep music alive here in Morgan County,” said Rowswer. To find out how to sponsor a student for the trip, contact Jeffrey Rowser at MCHS: 706-342-2336.