The McArthur High School music program is one of a rich and colorful history. The program opened with the school in 1957 under Principal Alfred G. Ryll, Ryll a musician himself saught to have the finest of music programs at the newly opened McArthur High School.  Ryll hired experienced Band Director Forrest Schanks to take on the task of opening the new school, Schanks quickly built a strong program with a strong community outreach which helped the program grow in local popularity. In 1962 Shanks moved on to other endeavors and Ryll again searched for a strong director to take over the growing program, it was at this time Ryll came across an application with an attached 8mm film, in watching the film Ryll saw a Jacksonville honor band performing in the Tangerine Bowl half time he, watched the band do a whole new style of show dubbed "Drill Corps" it was at this time that Ryll hired the honor band director Mr. Donald Bradley. Bradley served as Director of Bands from 1962- 1979 transforming the then "Traditional Style" Mustang Band into South Florida's first Drum Corps Style Marching Band. The Marching Mustang Band became well known thoughout the state of Florida with it's lage Majorette, Drill Team and Corps Style Marching and won many contests thoughout Bradley's tenure. In 1981 Bradley finally gave way to David Stawski.

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