The annual Band Camp at Morgan County High School commenced last week as 148 band students practiced new formations, routines and musical pieces each day in the intense summer heat.

“It is with great pleasure to announce the Morgan County High School Bulldog Band has completed band camp!” said MCHS Band Director Jeffrey Rowser after camp ended last Friday. “I am really proud of the staff, kids and parents. It was a fabulous camp!”

Rowser praised the seniors in the band, noting this year’s band camp was to be their last.

“A very amazing group and my seniors for the Class of 2022 is top shelf. We had a fabulous walk to honor our amazing seniors in their final Band Camp dinner,” said Rowser.

Every year, band students spend the week together to prepare for the fast-approaching football season in which the One Morgan Band performs halftime shows during home games.

The One Morgan Band Facebook page thanked all band teachers, band aids, parent volunteers and local businesses, churches, and groups that donated food and supplies for this year’s band camp.

“Thank you to all the band camp instructors for working with our kids in 90-degree heat. Thank you to [Karisa] Seymour who has the ability to take kids who have never touched an instrument and foster in them a love for making music,” said a statement from the One Morgan Band. “And Most of all, thank you to Mr. Rowser who inspires our kids every day to be part of something bigger than themselves. We are so thankful for what you teach and preach every day: kindness, respect and positivity and of course, to be the best darn band in the land.”

The One Morgan Band also thanked this year’s Band Camp Chairs Deann Cook, Jeannie Rice, and Scarlet Torok.

“They did an amazing job,” said a statement from the One Morgan Band.

Torok thanked the community and all who participated in this year’s band camp for their contributions to make the week a success.

“Band Camp 2021 is in the books and it was an amazing week. Now that we’ve had time to sit back and count our blessings, we would like to send out a big thanks to the folks who stepped up to help when asked,” said Torok. “To all the parents who showed up to help and/or brought supplies. To the instructors who came from all over the country to spend a week training our kids. To the businesses and organizations who helped feed 160 folks every night, which is no small feat when more than half are teenage boys. We couldn’t have done it without you.”

This year’s Band Camp was sponsored by Lakepoint Community Church — Madison Campus, Madison Realty, Inc., Breco Realty and Auction Company, Marco’s Pizza, Ricardo’s Kouzzina, Madison FUMC, Redeemer Church of Madison, and Fusion Church Madison.

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