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Director of Bands

Jacob Rowe

Jacob Rowe

Teacher - Band

Assistant Director of Bands

Kristin Lin

Kristin Lin

Teacher - Music

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Welcome to the 2019 - 2020 school year! The McCutcheon Bands have a proud tradition of excellence and this year has 200 students enrolled in band classes! The heart of our program is our concert bands which have consistently earned superior ratings at ISSMA contest. Concert Band classes provide the students with the opportunity to learn the classic literature of music history as well as numerous contemporary band works. The McCutcheon Bands have long been known for their strong support of our athletic teams through ensembles such as our marching band, “The Pride of McCutcheon” and “The Maverick Pep Band,” which plays for basketball games. These extra-curricular groups, along with the musical pit band, provide enjoyment for our students, support our athletic teams, and provide entertainment for the community and guests that attend those events.


Band Calendar


Wind Ensemble

Wind Ensemble is an auditioned group which performs top level music; it consists of students at all grade levels, many of whom take private lessons.

Pertinent information regarding this class will be posted in its Canvas site.

Symphonic Band

Symphonic Band is a non-auditioned group consisting mostly of sophomores, juniors, and seniors that performs at all McCutcheon concerts as well as ISSMA functions.

Pertinent information regarding this class will be posted in its Canvas site.

Concert Band

Concert Band is a non-auditioned group consisting mostly of underclassmen that performs at all McCutcheon concerts as well as ISSMA events.

Pertinent information regarding this class will be posted in its Canvas site.

Music Theory

It is the purpose of this class to educate and prepare students who show an interest in the pursuit of a major or minor degree in music. This is a one semester course. Students will have the option to take AP Music theory every other year. 

Pertinent information regarding this class will be posted in its Canvas site.

Percussion Ensemble


Piano lab is an opportunity for any student to enhance their ability on the piano. This course is available to students with no prior experience or who may be accomplished pianists. Students will learn the basics of notation, note names, counting, and musical expression. This lab is an opportunity for all students and may be repeated for credit. There is a $12 course fee that will cover the cost of the book used in class.

Pertinent information regarding this class will be posted in its Canvas site.



Extracurricular Bands: PoM, MPB, Jazz and Solo and Ensemble Information

Pride of McCutcheon (PoM)

The Pride of McCutcheon (PoM) is an all-volunteer group that provides school spirit during the football season. Students get together a couple weeks before school starts to learn music and the basic marching fundamentals. The marching band practices twice a week after school once the school year begins and performs several halftime shows a year. In addition to performances at home football games, the Pride of McCutcheon has performed at local parades, ISSMA Festival, Purdue Band Day, and the Harrison Showband Spectacular.

Maverick Pep Band (MPB)

The Maverick Pep Band (MPB) is an all-volunteer group that plays for many home varsity boys’ and girls’ basketball games. One of the largest activities at McCutcheon, the pep band entertains the crowd with many fan-favorite tunes. They rehearse during October into early November and then perform at home boys’ and girls’ basketball games between November and February. It is a very popular extra-curricular activity that every band student should consider doing!

Solo and Ensemble

Students can elect to participate in solo and ensemble contest, which is hosted by the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA). The district site is at Harrison High School. Students performing Group I solos who receive a gold rating at the district site may choose to go on to the state site at North Central High School. Here is the information packet for State Solo and Ensemble at North Central HS on Feb. 24th:

State Solo and Ensemble Packet (McCutcheon Specific)

Full ISSMA State Solo and Ensemble Schedule (Use Ctrl-F to search)

Jazz Band

Sax Ensemble

Band Boosters


E-mail: mccutcheonbandboosters@gmail.com


The McCutcheon Band Boosters consist of all parents and guardians of McCutcheon Band students. The group is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.

Band Booster Constitution


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Officers for 2019-20

President: Jessica Kujawa

Vice President: Dusty Granson

Secretary: Jaye Gusman





Private Lessons

Here is a list of local private lesson instructors. This list is not comprehensive. Please let us know of others we should add.


*Celeste Edwards 448-9808

Keilah Bailey 490-2250

Lissa McKinnis 714-0185


Jan Applegate ob 463-4337

Janet Priest ob 765/296-4102

Michelle Hardaway bsn 438-2985

Samantha Wagner bsn samantha.wagner.sw@gmail.com (765) 269-6449

Janet Armstrong bsn 474-6751


*Kaitlin Wright 421-7306

Sharron Howard 583-4178

Amanda Goodspeed 490-9558

Linda Bennett 463-9843

Stephanie Garner 412-2449

Beth Purkhiser 427-1355


Beth Purkhiser 427-1355

Sharron Howard 583-4178

Ned Boyd 412-4918 (Jazz Improv)


*Marilyn Renner 532-8613 merenner@gmail.com

Jake Rogers 440 655-3059

Dr. Mo Trout 494-3952 (PU Faculty- adv students only)


*Marilyn Renner 532-8613 merenner@gmail.com

Jim Wells jwellshorn@hotmail.com

Laura Sommer 347/524-6018

Low Brass

*Miranda Culver maculver26@gmail.com (TB)

Lynn Colwell 430-2171 (TB-E-TU-Jazz Bass)

Bill Kisinger 497-1340 (TB/E)

Ryan Burnette rburnette@tsc.k12.in.us (E-TU)

Don Issacs 474-6778 (E)

Matt Skiba 430-6213 (TB)


Jason Caudill 426-2059

Larry Guentert 572-2940

Dr. Pam Nave 494-3952 (PU adv only)

*denotes MHS Sectional Instructors

Band Jackets

Please print this form, fill it out, and return to the directors when you believe you or your student has earned a band letter. We will verify points and award the student with the letter patch and an authorization to purchase a band jacket. Additional patches can be purchased via the MHS Online Store in the Band Fees section.