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"The Pride of New Riverside"

May River High School Wind Symphony Earns Invitation to Perform at the

2019 SCBDA State Concert Festival

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May River High School Wind Symphony


Class V

2019 SCBDA

State Concert Performance Assessment

"March of the Belgian Paratroopers" by Pierre Leemans

"Rhosymedre" by Ralph Vaughan Williams

"Children's March - Over the Hills and Far Away" by Percy Aldridge Grainger / arr. Erickson



2019 May River HS Beaufort County School All-County Band Members

Welcome to the website of the Award-Winning May River High School Band Department!

In an effort to be effective in communicating with our band members, band parents, and the community, we have developed this site as the primary source of information regarding the May River Bands.

The BAND app is our primary platform for CURRENT UPDATES, SCHEDULES, CALENDARS, AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION.  It is the responsibility of all band members and parents to download the BAND app, and to be responsible for the information therein.  To login to the BAND app for the first time, click below on the green BAND app logo:

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7th Place


2018 SCBDA Lowerstate Championships

4th Place



SUMMER BAND (Dates are times are considered tentative and are subject to change.  Dates will likely NOT be added, in other words this schedule should be considered the most expansive of options): (Revised 2/20/19):

Summer Band Camp tentatively begins on July 22, 2019.   The tentative band camp schedule can be found in more detail on the calendar page.

Band Camp is considered MANDATORY and is REQUIRED FOR PARTICIPATION if a student would like to be eligible for inclusion in the competition show.

Weekly Rehearsals – all-sections – VOLUNTARY – Tuesday, June 11th; Tuesday, June 18th; Monday, June 24th; Tuesday, July 9th – 6:00 – 8:30pm

Monday, June 24th – Thursday, June 27th – COLOR GUARD CAMP (color guard only) – MANDATORY – 8am – 5pm

Monday, July 22nd through Thursday, July 25th – Rookie Camp – new marchers and leadership team –  MANDATORY – 8am – 1pm

Monday, July 22nd through Thursday, July 25th – Percussion Camp (percussion only) – MANDATORY – 8am – 1pm

Saturday, July 27th – Band Registration Day – time to be assigned (by grade and alpha) – MANDATORY (student and at least one parent/guardian)

Monday, July 29th through Thursday, August 1st – FULL BAND CAMP – week #1 – all sections – MANDATORY– 7am – 5pm.

Monday, August 4th – Thursday, August 8th – FULL BAND CAMP – Two-a-days – all sections – MANDATORY – 7am- 2pm; 4:30pm – 8:00pm

Thursday, August 8th – BAND PREMIERE NIGHT – MANDATORY– 6:30pm

Monday, August 12th – August 15th – Post Camp PM Rehearsals  – all sections – MANDATORY – 7am- 2pm; 4:30pm – 8:00pm

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Mr. Carbone at





David G. Carbone, Director of Bands

Letter to May River Students and Parents from Mr. Carbone

The May River High School Band program is now currently in its 3rd year of existence, and in its second season under band director Mr. David Carbone.


Mr. David Carbone has over 30 years of experience in music education and the marching arts as a performer, conductor, educator, arranger,and adjudicator, including a 25 year career as a band director and music educator at the high school and collegiate levels in Florida, Ohio, Texas, and South Carolina.

At the start of his career in Florida, Mr. Carbone’s marching ensembles earned Division I “Superior” ratings every year (8 consecutive) at FBA District contest, while his concert ensembles earned straight superior ratings on stage 6 years consecutively. While in Ohio and Texas, his marching ensembles advanced to Bands of America (BOA) Regional and Super Regional Championship Finals competitions fourteen times, the Grand National Semi-Finals in five consecutive seasons, and have won two BOA Grand National Class Championships – one each in Class A and AA. The Bellbrook High School indoor percussion ensemble, directed and arranged by Mr. Carbone, earned the WGI Bronze Medal in the Scholastic Open division at the Winterguard International world percussion championships. As Band Director at James Martin High School (6A high school in Texas), Mr. Carbone’s concert ensembles earned the coveted UIL “Sweepstakes”Award each and every year (8 consecutive), while earning an invitation to perform at Carneige Hall in 2016.

Mr. Carbone is currently Director of Bands at May River High School in Bluffton, SC where he took over a new band program of just 26 students in the summer of 2017 and in two short years has grown the program to approximately 120 students.  In 2018, the May River HS “Silver Sound” placed 4th at the SCBDA Lowerstate Marching Band Championships and placed 7th at the SCBDA Class 3A State Marching Band Championships.  The May River HS Wind Symphony has earned SUPERIOR ratings at Concert Performance Assessment both years (2018, 2019) under Mr. Carbone’s baton, including a SUPERIOR with DISTINCTION in 2019, which was immediately followed by an invitation to perform at the 2019 SCBDA State Concert Festival.  In the spring of 2019, the May River HS Band program was awarded the SCBDA Outstanding Performance Award (OPA), the highest accolade that can be awarded a band program in the state of South Carolina – recognizing band programs that have established excellence in marching band and concert band, as well as individual student musical achievements in All-Region/State auditions and Solo / Ensemble.  This is the first ever OPA earned by a Beaufort County high school band program.  The award was established 30 years ago in 1990.

Mr. Carbone holds a Masters Degree in Wind Band Conducting from the University of South Florida, as well as a Bachelors Degree in MusicEducation from the University of Miami (FL). His collegiate experience includes graduate teaching assistantships at the University of South Florida as well as an appointment as visiting professor and interim Associate Director of Bands at the University of Texas at Arlington,where he served as director of the UTA Maverick Marching Band, and conductor of the University Concert Band and Symphonic Band. In the spring of 2017, Mr. Carbone was named Associate Conductor of the OLLI Low Country Concert Band at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Mr.Carbone maintains an extremely active schedule as an adjudicator for Music For All, Bands of America, Winterguard International, and Drum Corps International as well as several local and regional circuits nation-wide. He also is in demand as a band clinician, program coordinator, and guest conductor nationwide.  He is an educational artist with Innovative Percussion, Inc., as well as a VIP Educator with Conn Selmer, Inc.  Mr. Carbone resides in Bluffton, South Carolina with his beautiful wife Carrie, son Beckett, daughter Jordan and two furry children – his dogs Grainger, and Daisy.

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Please feel free to contact Mr. Carbone with any questions or comments you may have regarding the band program.  You may either him directly at,  or use this contact form.  All information on this form is forwarded to the gmail band account.  Thank you for your time, and GO MAY RIVER BAND!