Cary High School
In existence for more than 90 years, the Cary High Marching Band is one of the most visible and active groups on the campus. It includes most woodwind and brass instruments, percussion, and color guard; membership is open to any Cary High student who displays proficiency in any of the areas noted above.
The Band usually has a “trip” each year which involves going to an out-of-state performance during our competitive marching season or over Christmas or Spring Break. Some of these trips have included three Tournament of Roses Parades, appearances at college football games from the Orange Bowl to Cotton Bowl, and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. In 2016 the Band is making another appearance at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. In 1998, the Band represented Cary at the London New Year’s Day Parade and presented concerts in Cary’s sister city, Le Touquet, in France. In 2000 the band returned to Le Touquet, with a trip to Bruges, Belgium, a performance at EuroDisney, and a visit to Paris.
Band students learn more than just marching and music. They develop skills of responsibility, teamwork, and leadership that prepare them for life. Hard work, dedication and commitment by its members are key ingredients that make the Cary Band successful. The Band pushes toward new levels of performance each year; excellence has always been a tradition that every student strives to uphold. Due to the amount of time the students spend in practice, travel, and competition close friendships and a feeling of camaraderie develop.
Each year, the Cary Band hosts “Cary Band Day.” Held for more than 60 years, Cary Band Day is the longest running band competition in the Southeastern United States. Many bands from North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina participate in this community event. The competition sees up to 40 bands compete for prizes not only for field competition, but also for the Cary Band Day Parade.
The Cary band also represents the school in local and community events, including Lazy Daze, Governors’ Inauguration parades and Christmas parades in Cary and Raleigh, NC. In all these performances, Cary Band is the visual symbol of our school and community. The Band has long had a reputation for “standing out” as a well-disciplined, visually exciting, musically accomplished band that has consistently won awards in difficult competitions. When the announcers at field shows say “Cary High School, you may enter the field of competition”, like Cary High’s athletic teams, the Band is putting their hours of practice and hard work and talent on the line to represent our school; they have a Tradition of Excellence.