Gautier's Hometown Band Program - GHS Gator Band - GHS Band Spirit Fundraiser

Our hometown band program is spectacular & the skills our students develop throughout the program will be carried into their adulthood.  
Students have their first opportunity to try out for band in the 6th grade at Singing River Academy. 
They learn fundamentals with Director Stephanie McArthur.
Students progress to 7th/8th grade at Gautier Middle School where they expand those skills with Director Louise Smith.  Over the last 4 years, Mrs. Smith has taken her 8th grade varsity students to compete at the MHSAA High School evaluations, scoring All-Superior ratings every year.  They were the only Middle School applying & ranking superior in the State up to last year. 
At the High School level is where all the training meets fun in football games, marching band, concert performances.  These take place under Director of Bands, Brandon Wilson and his Asst. Band Director, Candance Blake.
GHS Gator Band
Comprised of 150 students that include 25 color guard members
2019 Seniors equal 17
2018/2019 Marching Show- Annabel Lee
Marching Competitions
Hurricane Classic: All-Superior Ratings
Gulf Coast Invitational: All-Superior Ratings
Gold Medal Classic:  All-Superior Ratings
State Marching Competition, Jackson MS- Ranked 9th in the state for 5A category
Gator Band Night, Annual in the Fall
All three levels of band students perform on the football field during a home game each fall. When they get together, they nearly total an incredible 400 piece band for Gautier! 
Concert Evaluations/ Performances
GHS Wind Ensemble performed at William Carey University as the featured concert - it's a huge honor to be asked to attend & perform.
MHSAA State Band Evaluations: All- Superior ratings in all categories
Nearly everyone enjoys music, whether by listening to it, singing, or playing an instrument. But despite this almost universal interest, many schools are having to do away with their music education programs.  Fortunately, PGSD continues to offer this program for our students!


Read on to learn why music education is so important, and how it offers benefits even beyond itself.

1. Musical training helps develop language and reasoning: Students who have early musical training will develop the areas of the brain related to language and reasoning. The left side of the brain is better developed with music, and songs can help imprint information on young minds.

2. A mastery of memorization: Even when performing with sheet music, student musicians are constantly using their memory to perform. The skill of memorization can serve students well in education and beyond.

3. Students learn to improve their work: Learning music promotes craftsmanship, and students learn to want to create good work instead of mediocre work. This desire can be applied to all subjects of study.

4. Increased coordination: Students who practice with musical instruments can improve their hand-eye coordination. Just like playing sports, children can develop motor skills when playing music.

5. A sense of achievement: Learning to play pieces of music on a new instrument can be a challenging, but achievable goal. Students who master even the smallest goal in music will be able to feel proud of their achievement.

6. Kids stay engaged in school: An enjoyable subject like music can keep kids interested and engaged in school. Student musicians are likely to stay in school to achieve in other subjects.

7. Success in society: Music is the fabric of our society, and music can shape abilities and character. Students in band or orchestra are less likely to abuse substances over their lifetime. Musical education can greatly contribute to children’s intellectual development as well.

8. Emotional development: Students of music can be more emotionally developed, with empathy towards other cultures They also tend to have higher self esteem and are better at coping with anxiety.

9. Students learn pattern recognition: Children can develop their math and pattern-recognition skills with the help of musical education. Playing music offers repetition in a fun format.

10. Better SAT scores: Students who have experience with music performance or appreciation score higher on the SAT. One report indicates 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math for students in music appreciation courses.

11. Fine-tuned auditory skills: Musicians can better detect meaningful, information-bearing elements in sounds, like the emotional meaning in a baby’s cry. Students who practice music can have better auditory attention, and pick out predictable patterns from surrounding noise.

12. Music builds imagination and intellectual curiosity: Introducing music in the early childhood years can help foster a positive attitude toward learning and curiosity. Artistic education develops the whole brain and develops a child’s imagination.

13. Music can be relaxing: Students can fight stress by learning to play music. Soothing music is especially helpful in helping kids relax.

14. Musical instruments can teach discipline: Kids who learn to play an instrument can learn a valuable lesson in discipline. They will have to set time aside to practice and rise to the challenge of learning with discipline to master playing their instrument.

15. Preparation for the creative economy: Investing in creative education can prepare students for the 21st century workforce. The new economy has created more artistic careers, and these jobs may grow faster than others in the future.

16. Development in creative thinking: Kids who study the arts can learn to think creatively. This kind of education can help them solve problems by thinking outside the box and realizing that there may be more than one right answer.

17. Music can develop spatial intelligence: Students who study music can improve the development of spatial intelligence, which allows them to perceive the world accurately and form mental pictures. Spatial intelligence is helpful for advanced mathematics and more.

18. Kids can learn teamwork: Many musical education programs require teamwork as part of a band or orchestra. In these groups, students will learn how to work together and build camaraderie.

19. Responsible risk-taking: Performing a musical piece can bring fear and anxiety. Doing so teaches kids how to take risks and deal with fear, which will help them become successful and reach their potential.

20. Better self-confidence: With encouragement from teachers and parents, students playing a musical instrument can build pride and confidence. Musical education is also likely to develop better communication for students.


It is important that the community continues to support our hometown band & we therefore invite you to visit us during the week of May 13th through May 18 at our studio in Gautier! Visit our website for details on the GHS Band Spirit Fundraiser!