The Mac Band, nick-named the “Big Blue Marching Machine”, enjoyed 50 years of success as one of the premier band programs in the state of Texas and the United States.
Under the direction of legendary Texas Hall of Fame band directors such as John Pearson, Bill Brady, and Linda McDavitt (with many others as well), the band won two UIL State marching titles in fall 1984 and 1985, received countless UIL Sweepstakes designations, won the All American High School Jazz Festival Invitational, and won the International Jazz Festival. Many students from these MacArthur bands went on to become professional musicians and music directors around the United States.
The end of the 2000’s first decade saw significant change in the Mac Band. With a new Band Director almost every year, the “Big Blue Marching Machine” quickly became one of the smaller programs in the district and state 6A classification.
In the fall of 2016, new director Evan Berry pledged to return the program to its successful roots, with a new identity that captured the spirit of the band that previously reigned top in the state. Led by the newly adopted five tenets of the program – Pride, Commitment, Perseverance, Integrity, and Excellence, the Mac Band immediately began to grow and reclaim much of its success.
This is the new MacArthur High School Band. Now a consistent marching contest finalist, a world-class percussion program, competitive color guard, and outstanding concert ensemble, the Mac Band provides highest-level musical experiences to all participating students. Most importantly, the Mac Band is committed to creating human beings with great character and integrity, equipped with the skills necessary to be successful in whatever discipline or field they choose to pursue. It is the mission of all Mac Band Directors to instill confidence in our student body to become the leaders of tomorrow.