Get To Know Us

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.

2020 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

As parents, we remembered all of the fun that we had as members of our high

school marching bands. So, when it was time for our child to make the band

decision, we strongly encouraged it. Turned out that it was the right decision!

Band has been the central foundation for our child’s growth from Jr. High through

High School. It is where friends are, fun is, music is, and challenge. Band has

allowed our son to have so many growth experiences personally with music -

symphonic band, jazz band, and marching band - and as a person with leadership

training, taking on leadership positions, and gaining close relationships with peers

and staff. Band will be what he remembers about high school and will provide

him with talents that he will be able to use throughout the rest of his life.

As a parent there is nothing better than watching these events and cheering the

marching band on. MOR - TON!

Band Parent