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The Morton band program is under the direction of Tim Gray and serves the music education development of over 190 wind, percussion, and guard students at Morton High School. The goal of Morton Bands is to develop students’ lifelong love of music and to expand their musical achievement through appropriate performance opportunities in Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Brass Ensemble, and Color Guard. Considerable emphasis is placed on individual student growth and achievement. Each year, multiple band members are selected for the Illinois Music Education Association District Honor Band and Orchestra, All-State Bands and Orchestras, and various honor ensembles throughout the state.

2017 Sudler Shield

The Morton High School Band Program is the recipient of the 2017 Sudler Shield - An international award recognizing high school, youth, and international marching bands of world class excellence, presented by the John Philips Sousa Foundation. In May of 2018, a formal award ceremony, hosted by the John Philip Sousa Foundation, was held to the students, parents, and staff of the Morton High School band program. The John Philip Sousa Foundation is a non-profit foundation dedicated to the promotion of international understanding through the medium of band music.

2021 Morton Marching Invitational
11:00am – 9:30pm
Morton High School - Carper Field

Why Join MHS Marching Band?

The Morton High School Marching Band is a Bands of America Grand National Semifinalist and a Bands of America St. Louis Super Regional Class AA Champion. The band has performed in the Presidential Inaugural Parade and has won five Illinois Governor’s Trophy awards. At the state level, the Morton High School Marching Band has won the Illinois State Class 2A Championship for the past 15 years.

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What They Say About Us

Being in HS, it’s really special to look back on all the years so far and I can clearly see the growth in myself as a musician and a person as well as my fellow band mates, it’s really cool to see that we’ve grown together as a group sooo much and there’s still more growth to come, I really enjoy getting to grow alongside my closest friends and making memories I know I’ll never forget! I personally feel that one of the best moments for me is at the ending of a performance of the show or concert inside and the band hits its final chord and you look out at the audience and smile and it feels like all those hours of practicing and dedication paid off! The adrenaline rush and the feeling of things all coming together is amazing.

MHS / Band Member