About the Band

The McLean High School Band 


The McLean High School (MHS) Band program provides a vibrant, award-winning, musically-superior experience for students and audiences alike. The program is committed to the achievement of musical excellence in all areas and at all levels of performance. The MHS Band has received international recognition for “Outstanding Musical Excellence” as demonstrated by selection for the Sudler Flag of Honor (2000); Bands of America Concert Band Festival performance (1995, 2006, and 2011); and the Midwest Clinic, International Band and Orchestra Conference (December 2006).  The Symphonic Band has also performed at the Virginia Music Educator's Association State Conference in 2002, 2006, and 2011.


The band program has been part of the McLean High School experience since the school’s beginning in 1955. Following the Photo by Kent Arnoldarrival of Director James Kirchenbauer in 1982, the program has grown from a modest ensemble of 33 students and a single percussionist to a full spectrum of beginning, intermediate, and advanced musical opportunities. The extensive band program consists of a 60-member concert band, a 55-member Wind Ensemble, a 25-member percussion ensemble, over 20 dedicated Jazz Ensemble musicians, 150 marching band members, and the highly selective 80-member Symphonic band.


Chris Weise took over as Director of the band program in the Fall of 2008 when Mr. "K" retired and moved on to other things.

The Band is composed of four ensembles:
The Color Guard makes up the five group of the Band.