• Congratulations to Amber Bussey (1st chair alto), Nate Kirchoff (soprano and bass clarinet), Tyler Hay, Annabeth Hatfield, and Emily Hardee in being selected for the South Georgia Region Band!
  • Congratulations to Amber Bussey, Annabeth Hatfield, Emily Hardee, Tyler Hay, Nate Kirchoff, Rayanna Wester, Jabrell Wesley, Grace Young, Ben Smith, Crystal Courson, Alex Weekley, Tyris Faison, and Jaela Rogers for earning a position in the District 8 Honor Band!
  • Congratulations to Amber Bussey, Annabeth Hatfield, Emily Hardee, Tyler Hay, Nate Kirchoff and Rayanna Wester for passing to 2nd round all-state!
Southeastern Percussion Festival

Disrtrict 8 Honor Band

2017 CMI Grand Champions

Ware County Golden Gator Band

First off, I would like to thank you for your support of Ware County Schools, Ware County High School, and the “Golden Gator” Band! It is my distinct pleasure and honor to serve this community and the students of Ware County High School in the area of instrumental band while being an advocate for Fine Arts within a great community that has a rich legacy of bands and appreciate the Arts. This year's halftime show is entitled “A New Orleans Suite” with movements entitled: The Big Easy, Devastation, Aftermath, and Restoration. This 4 movement work will depict the very essence of New Orleans as it experienced the wrath of Hurricane Katrina. From The Big Easy to Bourbon Street and down to the 4th and 5th Ward of New Orleans, the devastation of the flooding and how the communities pull together in the aftermath of the hurricane will bring a strong emotional since to the marching band field. Even in the face of adversity where help was delayed the resilience of that community shine through with PRIDE! The “Golden Gator” Band plans to take you on that journey from before and after
hurricane Katrina to show that the vibrant restoration and Mardi Gras still continues to this day and the City of New Orleans is very much alive! The show starts with a movement of songs that you would always hear in New Orleans such as Just A Closer Walk with Thee, Down by the Riverside, and When the Saints Go Marching In. As the show continues to movement two,
what appears to be a fun song with Lil’ Liza Jane, later forecast the devastation beginning to happen and New Orleans goes into an unexpected twist of events from the natural disaster. The third movement brings a Louis Armstrong favorite What a Wonderful World, but it doesn’t give a wonderful sound at first. Through the help of citizens from around the country, the transition of the song returns to a major key to depict the hope and longing of the Restoration period. Songs such as Big Noise from Winnetka and Do Whacha Wanna in the fourth movement brings back the spirit of New Orleans as the streets are filled with Mardi Gras parades once again. We hope you enjoy our New Orleans Journey this year! As the new Director of Bands three words I would use to describe what I would like to showcase with the “Golden Gator” Band is PRIDE, Professionalism, and Passion. I believe these personality traits are essential to the overall success of each student to develop character, decorum, and musicianship. My love and passion for music education often serves as a “vehicle” to inspire students to become life-long learners and inherit vital life lessons for their future. My
desire is that my passion transcends to each student that I have the opportunity to teach. I also have an inspiration for encouraging students to purse music at a post-secondary level to further their talents and perform abroad. My greatest endeavor is to inspire as many band students as possible to allow their instrumental investments to help pay for their college education, no matter their major. Never Stop Playing! Moreover, my family and I have found a “family & community” based city where our
family may continue their education with rigor and relevance within all subjects and become active participants within the community of Waycross. Safety and a since of a “village” are very important values that we are finding within the community of Waycross that helps to foster Golden Gator PRIDE! I would also like to give a special thank you to the WCHS Administration, Band Staff – Michael Leeth, Brooke Richardson, Andrew Bennett, Rebekah Long, Megan Tapley, Cailin Aucoin, LaTimothy King, & Chelsie Jenkins; Music Arrangers – Mike Bearden, Calvin Kelley, Michael Leeth; Drill Designer – Alan Carter; And of course a special thank you to the WCHS Band Boosters and parents of this great program! Go GATORS!

Marcus K. Rayner
Director of Bands
Ware County High School