The Morgan County High School (MCHS) Bulldog Marching Band performed its new “Space Odyssey’’ routine at the home football game against Monroe Area last Friday. It was a chance for the band to show off its new tunes before competition season begins later this September.

The first band competition of the season will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Baldwin High School in Milledgeville. The next competition will be held at Monroe Area High School in Monroe on Saturday, Oct. 23.

“We’ve had two fabulous performances,” said Jeffrey Rowser, MCHS Band Director.

Rowser praised band students for their tireless dedication in the face of multiple obstacles.

“The students are really working hard and dealing with tremendous heat restrictions and several rainout rehearsals. The students are memorizing a tremendous amount of music and drill movements,” said Rowser. “Our color guard is an amazing group of young ladies with great work ethic and desire for excellence. MCHS is a great place for these kids to learn and grow into their future.”

Indeed, band students braved the soaring summer heat for the annual band camp to learn the new routine. This year, 148 band students practiced new formations, routines and musical pieces each day in the intense summer heat during band camp. Band leaders are hoping all their hard work will pay off during competition season that begins this Fall.

The band’s new Fall routine, “Space Odyssey,” features music from “Space Odyssey 2001,” “The Right Stuff,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Claire deLune,” and “Moondance.”

Winning awards and receiving accolades is not unusual for the MCHS Bulldog Marching Band, but for Rowser the real reward is the journey.

“I’m so blessed to have an opportunity to continue my career with great kids, parents and brilliant professionals at Morgan County schools,” said Rowser.

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