Since 1981, Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas, has cultivated a nationally renowned band program that equips students to succeed in not only music but all areas of life by teaching discipline, honor, intensity, integrity, hard work, dedication, communication, teamwork, social skills, and problem solving.
The Marcus Band strives to do whatever it takes to create pride in excellence through marching band and concert ensembles.
During the fall, students participate in the 230-member Marcus Marching Band. The marching band provides entertainment at varsity football games and prepares a field production for marching contests, including local, University Interscholastic League (UIL), and Bands of America (BOA) events.
While strongly emphasizing performance over placement, the Marcus Marching Band has been a consistent finalist at the Texas UIL State Marching Band Contest, earning five state championships, one Silver Medal, and two Bronze Medals. Additionally, Marcus is a four-time BOA Grand Nationals finalist, a regular BOA regional and super regional finalist, recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Shield and Flag of Honor, and named the Texas Bandmasters Association Exemplary Program in 2017.
In the spring, students participate in one of four concert ensembles: Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, or Varsity Band. Individual students participate in Lewisville ISD Solo & Ensemble and the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All-State process. Additionally, several student musicians participate in community ensembles, including the many ensembles of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra.
The Marcus Band’s culture of excellence stems from a successful collaboration of students, faculty, and parents. Marcus band directors partner with private studio faculty and the directors of feeder middle schools to help students develop instrumental skills and ensemble abilities.
The Marcus Band Boosters, an unparalleled network of enthusiastic parents, provide students with consistent financial, physical, and moral support to enhance their efforts in their goal of “Pride in Excellence.”