The McLean Concert Band and Wind Ensemble provide challenging music and performance opportunities for developing musicians at the intermediate level. The bands perform four concerts per year, in addition to District Festival and a Spring Trip for a competitive performance. These bands consistently earn straight “I” (highest) ratings at District Festival, as well as top honors during the annual Spring Trip performance. The bands typically perform at a level equivalent to many high school advanced bands, taking into account both the challenging musical repertoire and excellence of the presentation. Most members also study with private instructors; band members also earn recognition in solo competitions and are selected by audition for District Band honors.