The Spartanburg High School Band, as part of SHS since 1932, is one of the oldest band programs in South Carolina. The band has grown from its original thirteen members to around 200 students in the Marching, Concert, Jazz, Colorguard, and various other ensembles. The band has been featured at the American School Band Directors Association National Convention twice, the Southeastern Concert Band Clinic, and the SC Music Educator’s Convention. The band has represented the state in Philadelphia during the 1987 Bicentennial of the Constitution and the 1998 and 2000 Thanksgiving Day Parade. It has also marched in several Governors Inaugural Parades and has represented South Carolina in the Presidential Inaugural Parade. The band has also done parades in New York City, Disney World, and New Orleans. The band has consistently received numerous awards in concert band, jazz band, marching band and is a consistent recipient of the SCBDA Outstanding Performance Award.

Mission Statement

The Spartanburg High School Band is an inclusive and welcoming program that centers around musical performance, learning organizational skills and personal growth. We give performances of all types in several different musical areas: Concert Band, various chamber ensembles, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Percussion Ensemble and Winterguard. Through musical performance, band members create close ties, friendships, memories and mentorships as we strive to create musical excellence.


Director - Coordinator of Band, John McAllister -
Director, Alice Welchel -
Director of Percussion Studies, Matt McDaniel -
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The Spartanburg High School Band gives a number of performances throughout the year. The marching band performs at all football games, several selected festivals and local community parades. The Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble give several concerts each year presenting a wide variety of music for winds and percussion. All instrumental students are encouraged to participate in state solo and ensemble festivals, and qualified students are encouraged to audition for All-State Band and Western Region Band. The Jazz Ensemble rehearses during 7th period and periodically after school. Selected students learn to play in a variety of styles such as swing, blues and rock. Improvisational skills are developed in the most highly motivated students.
Marching band rehearsals begin in August prior to the opening of school. Interested students are invited to call the band office (room 108E, phone 594-4410, ext. 7249) for further information.


Director - Coordinator of Band: John McAlister
Directors: Sharon Atherton, Robin Dehollander, Matt McDaniel, Myrella Samuels, Alice Welchel, Vern Weygandt


Drum Major: Kierra Walker, Drew Whelchel
Band Captain: Victor Fleifel
Woodwind Captain: Shakeria Nickson
Brass Captain: Destiny Smith
Drum Captain: Cole Lewis
Band Equipment Captains: Jack Warren


Librarian: Ethan Durham
Uniform: India Foster
Field Crew: Adam Moore


Flutes: Katie Edge
Clarinets: Chyre Bates
Alto Saxophone: Evelyn Stephens
Low Reeds: Avyonna Ballew
Trumpets: Kenashia Thompson
Horns: Makala Fuller
Low Brass: Naomi Williams/Charles Jeffers
Tubas: Jack Warren

2017 Senior Recognition Band Awards

U.S. Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award

Cole Lewis

Prinicipal’s Award in Band

Faith Ballenger, Chyre Bates, Katie Edge, India Foster, Cymone Littlejohn, Adam Moore, Shakeria Nickson, Destiny Smith, Kena’shia Thompson

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