Director has passion for bandPublished 10:54am Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The junior high band at Kennedy Secondary School is marching to the beat of a new drum this year with the arrival of band director Josh McGowan, who has taken Scott Kummrow’s old position.
Kummrow is now directing the high school band following the retirement of Jim Iverson.
“I’ve known I wanted to be a band teacher since 10th grade,” McGowan said.
After graduating from Hopkins High School, he attended Concordia College to pursue a degree in music education. McGowan applied for the junior high band director position in Fergus Falls in April before he graduated in May.
“It was my first choice for places I wanted to be,” he said. “I heard from my student teaching advisor that Fergus Falls had a great band program. It’s close to Concordia and it’s close to home. I had met Scott and Denise (Wiese), and they seemed super nice.”
McGowan received a call from high school principal Dean Monke while climbing a rock wall. He answered the phone while hanging onto the wall and accepted the job offer.
McGowan moved to Fergus Falls in August to get acclimated and prepared for the school year. The first performance he will need to be ready for is the homecoming field show at halftime of the Otter football game Friday night.
“The students have been really great so far,” he said. “They can be a little crazy, but they’re a lot of fun to work with. They’re enthusiastic about music and willing to go the extra mile to keep this band program going.”
McGowan said he is looking forward to bringing a newer style of band directing to Fergus Falls.
“I haven’t told them yet, but I’m going to have the students do some singing,” he said. “I think that’s an important tool in all kinds of music. I’m excited to see how they react.”
The school year has gotten off to a fast start for McGowan, but he said he is happy to be teaching at Kennedy.
“Fergus Falls has an incredible reputation for music, and I’d like to keep that going,” he said.