About the Band Program
The McCarthy Middle School Band Program is an arts organization and an integral part of life at the school. The Band Program is one of the largest organizations in the entire school system with members who perform in a plethora of ensembles during and after school.
The primary goal of the Band Program is to provide a comprehensive and well-rounded music education for every student. This education focuses on building a solid foundation of music theory & playing technique, upon which artistic performances are built. In addition to providing a quality music education, the Band Program also recognizes the need to educate the whole child. Band Directors seek to develop the character and citizenship of each member of the Band, assisting each student to attain his/her own personal best.
The McCarthy Band Program has the privilege of being an academic class that requires extra curricular involvement, which meets both inside and outside of the Band classroom. These “after-hour” commitments include but are not limited to performances, rehearsals, and competition festivals. There is an extra commitment required around certain concerts and performances, and these requirements are discussed in the Assessment portion of the Band Handbook. All other performances are encouraged, but are not mandatory. The McCarthy Band Program will continue to promote a culture of musical enrichment and diversity through its performance opportunities.