CORCORAN HIGH SCHOOL PANTHER BAND PROGRAM:
"The Corcoran High School Instrumental Music Department’s primary goals are the advancement of excellent musicianship, performance, and the emphasis on student responsibility. The Curricular and Co-Curricular development of our high school musicians through a rigorous study of music literature, preparation, and performance opportunities will enhance their quality of life, and prepare them to be outstanding members in their community."
It's one of the oldest known programs in the Central Valley, with a band every year since the school's inception 100 years ago. The program's Co-Curricular mission of the Panther Pride Band and Color Guard will always be first and foremost, to promote spirit and secondly, to make people feel proud about their Corcoran community. Because it is a Co-Curricular class, much of what we do during the school day academically ties into our musical performances and building upon critical thinking/ social skills outside of the classroom.
Since the fall of 2007, The Panther Band has been under the direction of Mr. Chad McCoy. Prior to his position as Director of Bands at Corcoran High, Mr. McCoy began his teaching career in the state of New Mexico at Moriarty High School. A native of Southern California, and a graduate from Arizona State University in Instrumental Music Education, his dedication to the CHS Band Program has seen a steady rise in numbers and ensures the Corcoran Panther Band Program will thrive for years to come.
Many of the Old timers of the band before I arrived here liked to ask the standard rhetorical question; "Where is the Marching 100?", but in this age and time, I think the Panther Band has survived quite well thank you very much...
In the Fall semester, The Panther Pride Marching Band and Color Guard performs at every Rally, and many sporting events including Football, Basketball and Cross Country! Other performing duties outside the school grounds include The Cotton and Christmas Tree Parades, and the highlight being the leader of the pack in the Annual Snake Parade during Homecoming Friday!
In the Spring semester, we compete in the Tulare Kings Music Educators Association (TKMEA) Festivals around the valley performing Concert and Jazz music. TKMEA hosts the All District Honor Bands every January/February that individual members may audition for (Panther Band pays all of the fees!). When it comes to trips, the Panther Pride Band have traveled all over the state of California. A sampling of destinations over the years have included: Lemoore Tiger Classic, Orange Cove Band Review, Exeter Fall Festival Parade, Knott's Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Kings County Homecoming Parade, Selma Band Festival, Fresno State Band Day, and the Pismo Beach Marching Band Review.
When Marching Band/ Football season is over, our indoor concerts include Holiday, Spring and if time permits, A Pass In Review Show that includes performances from the marching band season.
It is important to mention that a band calendar is put in place at the beginning of every semester so we can plan out competitions/performances ahead of time (located on the home page). It is the member's responsibility for making sure he/she can attend all of the showcase and competitive performances throughout the semester.
When it comes to being in any instrumental music class at CHS, being irresponsible has no place in my groups.
Being absent especially during a performance competition will clearly affect the band's performance.
Therefore, attendance for ALL performance activities is mandatory.
One of the benefits of performing in a Corcoran High School Instrumental Program for the community (not school related) is that you can contribute towards your community service hours with CSF.
As you can see, there are numerous opportunities for all who are participants of the Panther Pride.
Should you decided to participate, you will create memories and build relationships that will last a lifetime!
If you have any questions about the Instrumental Music Department, please feel free to email Mr. McCoy at firstname.lastname@example.org