The Carter High Band Program is made up of numerous different ensembles, the Marching Band, a 150 member marching ensemble, the seasonal 67-member competitive marching band, the 50 member Wind Ensemble, the 100 member Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, and a 40 member Freshman Concert Band. These groups are under the direction of Mr. Matthew McCurry, assisted by Ms. Kristin Arp, Mr. Kevin Ross and Mr. Justin Miller. In the past nine years the band has seen incredible growth from a band of thirty-five playing members to an anticipated one-hundred fifty member marching ensemble in the fall. The award winning band program consistently receives top ratings at marching and concert festivals and contests and produces students that regularly place in the All-East and All-State bands.
The Band has performed numerous times in Disney’s Magic Kingdom, The Nokia Sugar Bowl, The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Christmas Parade, the Atlanta St. Patrick's Day Parade and was the winner of the Daytona 500 Music Festival. The band made its first international appearance in the 2010 Lord Mayor’s New Year’s Day Parade in London, England. The Marching Hornets traveled to Waikiki, Hawaii in November 2013 to participate in the Waikiki Holiday Parade and for performances at the Pearl Harbor Memorials.