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.
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 and jazz ensembles, 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.
Douglas MacArthur High School originally opened as the North East Rural High School in 1950. It was in this year that the first rendition of the MacArthur Band came to be. As the only high school band in the northeast section of San Antonio, the Mac Band quickly became a staple of the community.
The MacArthur Band believes in creating a culture of teamwork while building self-confidence and strength of character.