Aaron Morgan is Madison County High School’s new band director, replacing Nick Golding, who recently took the band director’s position at Jackson County Comprehensive High School.
Morgan, a native of Powder Springs, graduated from McEachern High School in 2006, and got his undergraduate degree at Georgia State. He was in graduate school at Arizona State when he took the MCHS band director’s position.
“I wanted to teach in Georgia and this is a great opportunity and an excellent program,” said Morgan. “So it kind of jumped out at me.”
Morgan has spent plenty of time playing in marching bands with the euphonium, also known as the baritone.
“It’s like a small tuba,” said the band director. “I have to explain that constantly. Nobody knows what a euphonium is….I originally started on the clarinet. So I played that as well.”
Morgan said his time in the McEachern marching band led him to a career in music.
“I had positive experiences in my high school, being involved in the band program there,” he said. “And that pushed me to study music in college. And while I was in college, I got to do some teaching with some local high schools in the area I grew up. That was what cemented me wanting to teach kids and bands. It was a blast. I had a good time.”
Morgan has been working with 105 band students in band camp, trying to get them prepared for the fall.
“They’re handling everything I’ve been throwing at them really well,” he said. “It takes a really mature person, whether it’s an adult or a teenager, to handle a transition from a successful director who has been here for several years to something different, especially if they don’t know if what I’m doing is going to work for them or not. And so they’ve been really great about putting some faith in me. They’ve been really cool about that.”
Morgan said during camp that he’s already seeing “some really promising results in certain areas.”
“I’m excited,” he added.
Morgan said this fall’s show will be called “Kaleidoscope.”
“We wanted the visual idea to be as approachable and understandable as the music,” said Morgan. “So the ‘Kaleidoscope” theme is a pretty good fit, because we can do a lot of visual things, but it’s understandable. It has shapes that reoccur. It’s going to be cool.”
Those wanting to get a sneak peak of the fall show can show up today (Thursday), Aug. 1, at 8 p.m. at the high school football stadium for a preview performance.