Why Join Band?

Imagine attending a new school and not knowing anything about where to go, or who to talk to. The transition from middle school to high school is easier for band students because you will have over 150 friends to help you through this process. Incoming band freshmen have immediate contact with upperclassmen, in a big brother/big sister kind of way. High school band is very healthy for students in a multitude of ways.

The Facts

Why should you consider joining the high school band?

Because high school band is unlike anything you have done before. It can greatly enhance your high school career, and it is, very simply, the best experience.

McLean High School’s band program has become well known, not only for its high standards of performance, but also for the quality of experience given to its members. Our band program is a model for programs across the state. As you participate in the program and continue to grow, this will become more and more clear to you, as it has to literally hundreds of students before you. The pride and sense of camaraderie will profoundly impact your future. Most students who come to McLean High School are aware of our reputation, but how we reach such high levels is at least a mystery, and often the source of great fear. Incoming freshmen often assume that the only way to get so good is to do nothing else. This could not be further from the truth. In fact, one of the facets of the band that we are most proud of is that we accomplish these very high goals while maintaining a balance with the total school experience. We have top scholars, athletes, honor society members, student government leader, etc. among our ranks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will Band fit in an aggressive academic schedule? Yes! We have students who are planning to enter all fields in college. The class schedule at McLean High School is made to allow these students to take a full schedule of classes (including A.P.) and play in one of the bands during all four years.

How good do I have to be? All students are admitted into the band program. Yes, even beginners!

Will band and time commitment adversely affect my grades? Whether you are in activities, or not, at McLean High School, good grades are dependent upon being a good worker. If you are conscientious and organized, band, or any other activity, will not adversely affect your grades. The bands’ schedules have been carefully developed to work with the school’s academic demands. In fact, many of the school’s top scholars are in band. We average two to three times our statistical allotment of members in the top of their graduation class and National Honor Society.