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Director: Marcus K. Rayner
Director: Marcus K. Rayner
Newly appointed as the Director of Bands for the Ware County Schools and Ware County High School, Marcus K. Rayner is one of the most inspiring and positive music educators and musician with music education. Prior to his position at Ware County High School, Mr. Rayner was the Director of Bands at Washington County High School for 8 years where his bands received several superior ratings at LGPE and with the Marching Bands. Mr. Rayner has been the Director of Bands at Treutlen Middle High School in Soperton, GA, Stockbridge High School in Stockbridge, Georgia, and Alfred Ely Beach High School in Savannah, Georgia. Mr. Rayner also served as the Associate Director of Bands at Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Georgia for five years. Throughout this time, Mr. Rayner has devoted his career to educating students in music on and off the podium to bring Advocacy & Awareness of the Arts throughout many communities.
Mr. Rayner worked towards his Masters in Music degree with an emphasis in Instrumental Conducting at Georgia Southern University, where he also received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education in 2001. He also serves as a band adjudicator for various marching band competitions in Georgia. Mr. Rayner also serves as a percussion coordinator for the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) All-State Band for over 15 years. Mr. Rayner has arranged, consulted, and served as a clinician for many band programs and Drum & Bugle Corps within the state of Georgia and Florida. During the 2008 Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference in Savannah, GA, Mr. Rayner was one of the featured clinicians and presented a clinic entitled, “The Pit is NOT the Pits!” In addition, Mr. Rayner has served on the GACE Bias committee and the GACE passing score committee for the state of Georgia in Music Education.
Mr. Rayner is married to Kimberly Rayner (18 years) and now has five loving children, Madelynn, Marcus II, Malcolm, Matthew, and Micah. Min. Rayner is served as the Minister of Music at San Clair Missionary Baptist Church in Wadley, GA for almost 5 years before moving to Waycross. He is also a Senior Minister of Music with the Kingdom Church of Christ, HUTL of Baxley, Georgia, which is also his hometown. Marcus is an active member of GMEA, PAGE, NAFME, and PAS. Marcus also enjoys working and recording on several gospel and jazz albums. Being a mentor to students, educating students, and performing music abroad is one of Mr. Rayner’s great passions. Mr. Rayner’s favorite inspiring quote of his is:

“A Superior Performance is a Direct Result of Superior Preparation, P.R.D.I.E. & Passion!”
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