About the Maverick Bands

Learn more about the classes we offer, our goals, and the band director!

Concert Bands

Concert Band is the primary component of the band program. Students are placed according to their skill level and experience. Our bands perform a fall, winter, and spring concert and participate in the annual district assessment (Music Performance Adjudication). Students in the concert band program also have opportunities to participate in Solo/Ensemble MPA and All-District/State Band activities.

Jazz Bands

Jazz Ensemble is a class that prepares and performs music in styles such as swing, rock, funk, blues, and Latin. Students learn the basics of improvisation as well as developing advanced strategies. Instrumentation includes trumpets, trombones, saxophones, piano, electric bass, drum set, and guitar. Students must be performing at a “proficient” level. Approval of the band director is required for enrollment.

Marching Band

The Marching Mavericks is composed of a wind ensemble, drumline, and color guard. Students in the marching band develop skills and friendships that will last a lifetime. Students wishing to participate must register before each season during the Spring. 

Our Awards Program

An awards program has been established for band members for the purpose of rewarding students who meet certain performance benchmarks as well as demonstrate excellence in supporting the band program’s goals. These awards can be earned by all students. The criteria for earning each award are below:

Wind Players

OUTSANDING BAND STUDENT
The Outstanding Band Student Award is presented to students who meet the criteria below. Students must play the performance component with consistent accuracy of notes, rhythms, tempo, characteristic tone, intonation, and musicality. Students meeting these criteria will be awarded the Outstanding Band Student plaque and certificate.
1. Complete at least three years of the Concert Band program and at least three seasons of marching band.
2. Log in at least twenty (20) hours of assistance with the Ridge Road Middle School (or other middle school) Band.
3. Participate in the District Solo & Ensemble MPA for at least two years.
4. Play major scales (and arpeggios) and chromatic scale as specified in the All-District Band requirements for grades 9 & 10 (four-minute time length).
5. Submit a two-page, typed (double-spaced) essay documenting the following actions that you have demonstrated, benefiting the MCHS Band program: leadership, citizenship, attitude, and attendance.

GOLD MUSICIAN AWARD
The Gold Musician Award is presented to students who meet the criteria below. Students must play the following with consistent accuracy of notes, rhythms, tempo, characteristic tone, intonation, and musicality. Students meeting these criteria will be awarded the Gold Musician trophy and certificate.
1. Major scales and arpeggios (tongued) as specified in the All-District Band requirements for grades 9 &10 (three-minute time limit).
2. Chromatic Scale (slurred) as specified in the All-District Band requirements for grades 9 & 10.
3. Prepared selection as specified in the All-District Band requirements for grades 9 & 10.
4. Earn a “superior” rating at District Solo & Ensemble MPA.
5. Audition for the All-District Band at the grade 9 & 10 level.

PLATINUM MUSICIAN AWARD

The Platinum Musician Award is presented to students who meet the criteria below. Students must play the following with consistent accuracy of notes, rhythms, tempo, characteristic tone, intonation, and musicality. Students meeting these criteria will be awarded the Platinum Musician trophy and certificate.
1. Major scales and arpeggios (tongued) as specified in the All-District Band requirements for grades 11 & 12 (four-minute time limit).
2. Chromatic Scale (slurred) as specified in the All-District Band requirements for grades 11 & 12.
3. Prepared selection as specified in the All-District Band requirements for grades 11 & 12.
4. Earn a “superior” rating at District Solo & Ensemble MPA.
5. Audition for the All-District Band at the grade 11 & 12 level.

MASTER MUSICIAN AWARD
The Master Musician Award is presented to students who meet the criteria below. Students must play the following with consistent accuracy of notes, rhythms, tempo, characteristic tone, intonation, and musicality. Students meeting these criteria will be awarded the Master Musician trophy and certificate.
1. Major scales and arpeggios (tongued) as specified in the All-District Band requirements for grades 11 & 12 (four-minute time limit).
2. Chromatic Scale (slurred) as specified in the All-District Band requirements for grades 11 & 12.
3. Prepared selection as specified in the All-District Band requirements for grades 11 & 12.
4. Earn two “superior” ratings at District Solo & Ensemble MPA.
5. Audition for the All-District Band for two years and successfully participate in the All-District Band Clinic/Performance at least one year.

Percussionists

 

  1. OUTSANDING BAND STUDENT
    The Outstanding Band Student Award is presented to students who meet the criteria below. Students must play the performance component with consistent accuracy of notes, rhythms, tempo, characteristic tone, intonation, and musicality. Students meeting these criteria will be awarded the Outstanding Band Student plaque and certificate.

    1. Complete at least three years of the Concert Band program and at least three seasons of marching band.
    2. Log in at least twenty (20) hours of assistance with the Ridge Road Middle School (or other middle school) Band.
    3. Participate in the District Solo & Ensemble MPA for at least two years.
    4. Play the Rudimental long roll (open-closed-open); Orchestral Buzz Roll (ppp-fff-ppp), Flam (open-closed-open); Single Paradiddle (open-closed-open)
      or
      Play the following Major Scales & Arpeggios two octaves on a mallet instrument (G, C, F, B-Flat, E-Flat, A-Flat and D-Flat. Chromatic scale beginning on C (two octaves)
    5. Submit a two-page, typed (double-spaced) essay documenting the following actions that you demonstrated, benefiting the MCHS Band program: leadership, citizenship, attitude, and attendance.

GOLD MUSICIAN AWARD
The Gold Musician Award is presented to students who meet the criteria below. Students must play the following with consistent accuracy of notes, rhythms, tempo, characteristic tone, intonation, and musicality. Students meeting these criteria will be awarded the Gold Musician trophy and certificate.

  1. Play the snare drum, mallets, or timpani requirements below as specified in the All-District Band auditions, grade levels 9 & 10:
    1. Snare – Ru
      dimental Long Roll: (open-closed-open), Orchestral Buzz Roll: (ppp-fff-ppp); Flam (open-closed-open); Single Paradiddle (open-closed-open); Prepared piece.
    2. Mallets – Two octave major scales and arpeggios (same rhythms as winds): G, C, F, B-Flat, E-Flat, A-Flat, D-Flat. Two octave chromatic scale beginning on C. Prepared piece.
    3. Timpani – Roll: (ppp-fff-ppp); Interval tuning: 3rds, 4ths, 5ths. Prepared piece.
  2. Earn a “superior” rating at District Solo & Ensemble MPA.
  3. Audition for the All-District Band at the grade 9 & 10 level.

PLATINUM MUSICIAN AWARD
The Platinum Musician Award is presented to students who meet the criteria below. Students must play the following with consistent accuracy of notes, rhythms, tempo, characteristic tone, intonation, and musicality. Students meeting these criteria will be awarded the Platinum Musician trophy and certificate.

  1. Play the snare drum, mallets, or timpani requirements below as specified in the All-District Band auditions, grade levels 11 & 12:
    1. Snare – Rudimental Long Roll: (open-closed-open), Orchestral Buzz Roll: (ppp-fff-ppp); Flam (open-closed-open); Single Paradiddle (open-closed-open); Prepared piece
    2. Mallets – Two octave major scales and arpeggios (same rhythms as winds): D, G, C, F, B-Flat, E-Flat, A-Flat, D-Flat. Two octave chromatic scale beginning on C. Prepared piece.
    3. Timpani – Roll: (ppp-fff-ppp); Interval tuning: 3rds, 4ths, 5ths. Prepared piece.
  2. Earn a “superior” rating at District Solo & Ensemble MPA.
  3. Audition for the All-District Band at the grade 11 & 12 level.

MASTER MUSICIAN AWARD
The Master Musician Award is presented to students who meet the criteria below. Students must play the following with consistent accuracy of notes, rhythms, tempo, characteristic tone, intonation, and musicality. Students meeting these criteria will be awarded the Master Musician trophy and certificate.

  1. Play the snare drum, mallets, or timpani requirements below as specified in the All-District Band auditions, grade levels 11 & 12:
    1. Snare – Rudimental Long Roll: (open-closed-open), Orchestral Buzz Roll: (ppp-fff-ppp); Flam (open-closed-open); Single Paradiddle (open-closed-open); Prepared piece.
    2. Mallets – Two octave major scales and arpeggios (same rhythms as winds): D, G, C, F, B-Flat, E-Flat, A-Flat, D-Flat. Two octave chromatic scale beginning on C. Prepared piece.
    3. Timpani – Roll: (ppp-fff-ppp); Interval tuning: 3rds, 4ths, 5ths. Prepared piece.
  2. Earn two “superior” ratings at District Solo & Ensemble MPA.
  3. Audition for the All-District Band for two years and successfully participate in the All-District Band Clinic/Performance at least one year.

Our Goal

For the Mallard Creek High School Band program recognized as one of the top band programs in Charlotte.

Build the band enrollment to support two full concert bands, jazz band, and 80-member marching band.

Increase the quality of each band to a “superior” level as rated through the District MPA (Music Performance Assessment).

Provide leadership opportunities and experiences for students.

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Provide opportunities for students to participate in All-District/State band activities.

Provide opportunities for students to be assessed at District Solo/Ensemble MPA.

Provide assistance to students wishing to pursue further music instruction at the college/university level.

Paul Boren

Paul Boren

Director of Bands

Mr. Paul Boren was active as a band director at the high school and middle school levels in Florida for many years. His bands have consistently earned top ratings at the district and state level evaluations in the areas of concert, marching and jazz performance. His bands have traveled to perform at the Dogwood Festival (Knoxville, TN), Six Flags over Georgia, Walt Disney World (Orlando, FL), Festival of Winds, (Tampa, FL), Music Education Day at the University of Miami, and at a Miami Dolphins Halftime Show. He was also the conductor of the “Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches”, a community band serving adults in the Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach county areas. Under his direction, the band performed at the American School Band Director’s Association (ASBDA) national summer convention in Orlando, Florida.  Mr. Boren has served as an MPA Adjudicator and District Chairman for the Florida Bandmasters’ Association.

Mr. Boren has also served as an administrator for Adult/Vocational & Community Education programs in South Florida. He was instrumental in securing accreditation status from the “Council on Occupational Education,” a national accrediting body for post-secondary occupational programs, for programs under his supervision.  

Mr. Boren earned the Bachelor of Music Education and Masters of Science in Music Education degrees from the University of Florida and Florida International University; as well as certifications in Educational Leadership and Administration in Adult Education from Florida Atlantic University.

He is very pleased to be teaching at Mallard Creek High School and hopes to provide students with many memorable musical and leadership experiences.