Join the BIGGEST organization in all of Cary High School!

Don't miss out on a great opportunity to be a part of something AMAZING.

In BOTH semesters, the concert band programs consist of 3 “sit down” bands - Concert Band, Symphony Band, and Wind Ensemble.  All 9th graders are enrolled in Concert Band. It is highly encouraged for all students to be enrolled in both semesters. 


The Cary Marching Band is made up of three sections - the horn line (all brass and woodwinds), drumline/front ensemble and color guard.  The Cary Marching Band is one of the elite marching bands in the United States.  They consistently earn high rankings because of the hard work and dedication of the students, staff and families.  The band has achieved many top honors in the last few years including being a regional finalist in Bands of America competitions, and Semi-Finalist at the Grand National Championships.  The marching band is an afterschool, extracurricular activity.

Throughout the school year, many exciting ensembles happen such as Jazz Band, Orchestra Pit for the Musical, Color Guard, Winter Guard, Indoor Winds, and Indoor Percussion Ensemble.

Watch this awesome video that talks about what it’s like to be in the High School Band

Watch this great video for your parents to watch about participation in Band

Marching Band Mythbusters

Myth #1: We can never take a summer family vacation. Busted! Marching band takes a
month off during June/July and has a summer schedule that is VERY OPEN for family

Myth #2 : Marching band takes over your life. Busted! Marching band practices during the
school year with approximately 3-4 practices a week. That leaves time after school for plays,
clubs, sports, church activities and dinner with the family. Band students participate in nearly
every athletic team in our school. You can do sports and band!

Myth #3: I can’t take AP or honors classes and be in the marching band. Busted! As a
matter of fact, the collective GPA in marching band is one of the highest of all activities at
Cary. Many of our students are AP and Honor Students.

Myth #4: Marching Band is expensive. Busted! There is a cost to being in the marching
band, but we have many opportunities to fund raise to help offset those costs. Band camp and
travel expenses are included.

Myth #5: I can’t play in the band because I don’t play a marching band instrument. Busted!
If you play the piano, guitar, oboe, bassoon, etc., don’t let that stop you from considering
marching band. The staff will help you find an instrument where you can be successful.


Parents Take Note

·         Studies indicate that music education dramatically improves a student’s ability to solve 
      complex math and science problems.


·         Students who participate in music programs score higher on standardized tests.

·         Music participants, on average, receive more academic honors and higher grades.


“Before I became a member of the Marching Band, I was heading down a path that wasn’t good for me — I now have higher expectations of myself. The program demands much of us — the challenge is ongoing. I think it’s crazy not to be involved with the Marching Band.”


“It’s a great place to meet new people and have fun — I met so many kids as a freshman in the band that it was much easier starting high school in the fall.”


“This is a once in a lifetime experience — you can’t get these feelings in any other high school activity!  It’s amazing how much it changes you — I used to be very shy, but the program has changed that.”

Sounds Great!  (But I have a few questions)

“I’m worried that I’m not good enough to be in the Cary Marching Band”.  Acceptance is based on the student's maturity level and positive attitude as well as their playing abilities.  If you are dedicated to doing this, we will help you reach your fullest potential.  ALL ARE WELCOME HERE!


“What’s the next step for Marching Band?”  Show up to the rehearsal on the calendar for your section.  Follow any emails with information.  Current 8th grade through 11th grade student “mini-camps” will be held in May/June.


“What classes do I sign up for to be in the band?”  In February/March of 2021, sign up for Concert Band.


“Is there a Marching Band Class?”  No.  Marching Band is an extracurricular activity.  Sign up for the band class and you are qualified to be in the Marching Band.   You do NOT have to be a member of the marching band if you are in a fall sport.  We want you to participate in as much as you possibly can.  It all starts with signing up for class.


2021 Marching Band Performances *tentative

  • All Cary High School home football games

  • Local parades - Cary homecoming parade, Cary Holiday, and Raleigh Holiday

  • Local Competitions - at Panther Creek, Middle Creek, and Sanderson

  • Hosting and performing at the 62nd Annual Cary Band Day

  • Bands of America Regional at Liberty University

  • Bands of America Grand National Championships (missing 3 days of school) held in Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis Indiana