MILLEDGEVILLE — Baldwin High School band students will be marching to the beat of the drum under the guidance of new leaders this school year.
A Homewood, Ala. native, Ryan Murrell is the new high school band director and fine arts director for the Baldwin County public school system. As he currently pursues his masters degree in music education from Georgia College, Murrell’s passion for music and teaching students stemmed from the influence of his high school band director.
“My high school band director believed music was something I was good at; he was a huge influence. He always pushed his students to be good people at the end of the day. I was good at music and I felt that I could teach students to be good musicians and ultimately good people,” Murrell said. “I’ve been working with kids of various ages since I was 15 years-old through different camps, and I’ve always loved it. I’ve been doing band camps since 2006 here, and there was always something about Baldwin High School’s program I really connected with.”
To help Murrell with advancing the band program and its students is new Assistant Band Director David Cheek. A Macon native, Cheek earned his bachelors degree in music education in 2010 from Georgia College. Using his experience during his student teaching days at Warner Robins High School and performing as a guest soloist for the North Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Cheek is also excited to start his journey with his new Baldwin band family.
“Mr. Murrell will be in charge of the marching band and I’ll be in charge of jazz band. I’m really excited to see this group of students rise up to our expectations and see how high they can climb this year,” Cheek said. “I’ve seen Baldwin perform when I was in high school and in college, and Baldwin was always an excellent group. Now I’m part of it and it’s going to be a great experience.”