The McAlester High School Band is the flagship of the band program. This ensemble meets first hour everyday. The marching band performs at every football game and competes during the fall at several marching band competitions. Such competitions are the Oklahoma Band Masters Association and the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Association State Contest. During the fall, students also have opportunities to audition for the South Eastern Band Directors Association Honor Bands as well as the Oklahoma Music Educators Association All-State Band. Once Marching Season is over, auditions are held and the high school band is divided into two concerts bands (Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band). Both bands meet during first hour.
Students in High School band have the opportunities to be part of: Steel Drum Band, Jazz Band, Woodwind Choir, String Ensemble, Color Guard, Percussion Ensemble, Pit Orchestra, and Basketball Band. Most of these extra groups meet before school. The High School band can be seen twice a year in public concerts at their Christmas Concert and Spring Concert, and travels every two years for out of state performances (recent trips: Williamsburg, Virginia; San Antonio, Texas; Los Angeles, California; Chicago, Illinois; and Orlando, Florida).