History

Madison Southern High School Band is a comprehensive band program providing the students a variety of performance opportunities in local, regional, national and international venues.  Ensembles available to students at MSHS include symphonic band, marching band, jazz band, pep band, percussion ensemble and winter color guard.

Student musicians in the band program have earned membership in the Bluegrass All-Regional Band, the KMEA All-State Band and the NAfME/U.S. Army All American Marching Band.  Alumni of the band program have performed with countless professional symphony orchestras across the United States, the Canadian Brass, numerous military service bands and in the pit orchestra for musicals on Broadway.

In the fall of 1988 Madison Southern High School opened as the second high school in the Madison County school district.  The Band was under the direction of David Thompson. Mr. Thompson led the band to the KMEA State Marching Band Championship in Class A in both 1991 and 1992 and continued as Director until 1998.  Mr. Thompson also composed the school’s fight song which is still played today.  Barron Jones was the band director from 1998 until 2006. Madison Southern currently competes as a Class AAAA marching band and is under the direction of David Ratliff who has been the director since 2006.

To see a complete history of the Madison Southern Marching Band, go here.