Covenant Academy’s Band program has had humble beginnings. It was started with a handful of 6th graders in the 2011-2012 school year and for its first two years saw little growth and even less visibility amongst the rest of the school. That all changed in the fall of 2013 with the arrival of Mr. Lewis Watson, our Director of Fine & Performing Arts and Director of Bands. Mr. Watson immediately set out to take the Band and its students from being, as he liked to call it, “The Unicorn” (everyone has heard Covenant has a Band, but no one has seen them) to being the Musical Ambassadors of Covenant Academy.
During the 2013-2014 Academic year, Covenant’s 6th, 7th and 8-12th grade Bands conducted their first ever public performances to include Christmas & Spring Concerts. Twelve of Covenant Academy' band students were selected to the GISA All Select Middle & High School Honor Bands, with 3 appointments to first chair in the Symphonic Band.
Additionally, in the fall of 2013, Covenant Academy saw the inception its very own Ram Pep-Band that directly supports the Varsity Football and Basketball Teams to include the Pep-Band accompanying the Varsity Basketball teams to perform at Phillips Arena, since its inception.
In the fall of 2014 Covenant Academy’s Ram Pep-Band was invited to perform with Mercer Universities Marching Band, at the Mercer Bear’s home football games. The Ram Pep-Band performed with Mercer at two of their games during the 2014 football season. The Ram’s have been invited back to Mercer University every year since to perform with the Mercer University Marching Band on the annual Band day.
The Covenant Academy Band program has continued to grow with the introduction of the Zero-Hour Jazz Band that meets before school on Monday’s & Fridays. Additionally, Covenant’s Concert and Jazz Bands have earned high ratings at the GICAA Instrumental Music Competition earning multiple Superior Ratings in both Solo, and Full Ensemble Work, achieving 2nd place at the State Level.
Word of the Covenant Academy Band program has spread resulting in the Band program being the direct recipient of over $75,000.00 in donated equipment from multiple sources as well as completely remodeling their Band room to include the addition of acoustic panels.
Director Of Fine Arts