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Welcome to the Band

The Heritage High School band program provides an outstanding opportunity for students to develop their musical skills, perform at high levels, compete against other schools, and create lasting memories.

 

Led by director Clint McCaskill, the program offers a number of options for students who wish to explore their passion for music. From the marching band and color guard to the concert band, percussion ensemble, jazz band, and guitar ensemble, there are possibilities here for everyone. Students may also choose to enroll in the school's AP Music Theory course.

Being a member of the Heritage High School “Husky” Band means more than playing an instrument or spinning a flag - it's about developing leadership skills, building strong relationships, and being a part of something greater than oneself.

Whether you are a student, parent, guardian, or community member, we welcome you to join us in celebrating the power of music and the impact it can have on the lives of our students. Learn more about the Heritage High School Band program below.

  • Who is the band director at Heritage High School?
    Since 2012, Clint McCaskill has served as the Director of Bands at Heritage High School. Prior to Heritage, he spent nine years as Director of Bands at J.F. Webb High School in Oxford, NC. Originally from Rockingham, NC, Mr. McCaskill received his Bachelor’s in Music Education from Appalachian State University in 2001. In 2003, he earned a Master’s of Music Education, also from App State. In 2009, he became a National Board Certified Teacher. ​ Mr. McCaskill has been named "Teacher Of The Year" multiple times. He is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society and he is a recipient of the John Philip Sousa Award. When not working with the students at Heritage, Clint enjoys spending time with his family and producing videos for his YouTube channel, Explore Your Land, which focuses on hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities.
  • What music programs are offered at Heritage?
    Heritage High School offers a wide range of music-related programs, both curricular (for credit) and extracurricular. FALL SEMESTER (curricular): Marching Band Color Guard Concert Band Jazz Ensemble Guitar SPRING SEMESTER (curricular): Concert Band AP Music Theory SPRING SEMESTER (extracurricular) Heritage Indoor Percussion Ensemble (HIPE) Winterguard Jazz Band
  • Does Heritage participate in any band or guard competitions?
    Competitions are a big part of the Heritage Husky band experience. During the fall, the Marching Band and Color Guard compete against other high schools at four or five major events across Wake and neighboring counties. And the same is true in the late winter and early spring for our remarkable HIPE (percussion ensemble) and Winterguard groups. In addition to competitions, the Marching Band and Color Guard perform at all Heritage home football games. They also march in two or three of the area's legendary holiday parades, most notably the big Christmas parade that takes place in downtown Raleigh each year and attracts tens of thousands of spectators. And of course, our Concert, Jazz, and Guitar ensembles give a number of excellent live performances throughout the year.
  • What is Band Camp?
    At the beginning of every school year, the marching band and color guard learn a brand new show. If you've ever seen a marching band perform, you know that these shows are complex, with tightly coordinated music and perfectly synchronized moves that fan out across the field. To be good enough to play for a cheering football crowd or impress the judges at a competition, the marching band and color guard must be exceptionally well rehearsed. At Heritage, it all begins with Band Camp, an intensive, two-week crash course in early August where band members learn to play, march, and come together as a team. Throughout the camp, students are supported by the band director and several specialist technicians who coach individuals, instrument sections, and the entire band and guard to achieve the best possible performance. Students often say that Band Camp is one the most memorable parts of their high school experience.
  • Who are the Band Boosters?
    The Heritage High School Band Boosters is a legally incorporated non-profit organization which exists to support the band program and its Director. Members include all parents and guardians whose students are currently enrolled in any of the school's band programs. The Boosters provide resources to the band in two critical areas: Funding: It takes money to operate a successful, competitive band and color guard program. Funds raised by the Band Boosters pay for staff (specialized music and guard technicians), uniforms and props, transportation, music licenses, instrument repairs, insurance, and other necessities. Volunteering: Parent volunteers support the band program in countless ways, including the packing, unpacking, and transporting of equipment, instruments, and props; organizing and cleaning uniforms; providing snacks and drinks to band members; and running fundraising campaigns. Each year, members are elected to serve on the Band Boosters board of directors. Working closely with the band Director, the board is responsible for the band's finances and for ensuring that the band has sufficient resources, both monetary and voluntary, to perform at the highest possible level throughout the year.
  • Is there a fee for participating in band or color guard?
    Please be sure to read the notes about the Band Boosters just above. Various expenses involved in running the band program are described there. In order to cover these expenses, there is a membership fee for most of the individual band and color guard programs. Fees vary by program depending on the specific expenses projected in the annual budget, a copy of which is available to all members of the Band Boosters. Families are expected to pay the appropriate membership fee for any program in which their student has enrolled. Band fees at Heritage have been benchmarked against those of several other Wake Country high schools and ours are consistently lower, sometimes by a considerable amount. Band fees can be challenging for some families so the annual budget always includes a certain amount set aside for financial assistance. If this is of interest, please contact the Band Boosters Treasurer: treasurer@heritagehuskyband.org Any inquiry about financial assistance will be treated as strictly confidential.
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