Mark McGahey

Director of Bands
Wind Ensemble Director
Marching Band Coordinator
Colorguard Sponsor
Spring Trip

A little about me


Mark McGahey is in his thirtieth year as a music educator. He has been Director of Bands at Keller High School in Keller, TX for twenty-two years. He also directed bands at South Grand Prairie High School in Grand Prairie, TX, and Shawnee High School in Shawnee, OK.

Bands under his direction have enjoyed notable success, including while at Keller High School: UIL Sweepstakes Awards, “Best in Class” recognitions, five-time National Winner of the Mark of Excellence National Wind Band Honors Contest, Bands of America Super Regional Finalist, First Runner-Up at the 1999 4A Texas State Marching Contest, 2012 5A TMEA Honor Band Finalist and the 2000 4A State Honor Band in Texas. The Keller Band was a participant at the Texas 5A UIL State Marching Contest in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012, and was the 10th place finalist at the 2014 Texas 6A UIL State Marching Contest.


In 2015, the Keller High School Band was named a finalist at the prestigious Bands of America Grand National Championships, and a Sudler Shield of Excellence recipient. The Sudler Shield is an internationally recognized award for excellence in marching band, and Keller HS was one of two bands in the world that received this honor. This past November, the Keller HS Band earned 5th place honors at the Texas 6A UIL State Marching Contest.

Mr. McGahey holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Oklahoma, where he studied with Gene Thrailkill, William K. Wakefield and Roland Barrett. He was a student of Tom Bennett while earning his Master’s Degree in Music Education from Texas A&M in Commerce (formerly East Texas State University).

Mark McGahey was formerly on the brass staff of the World Champion Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from Rosemont, Illinois. Honors with this group include not only four World Championships, but also the highest score in DCI history, an undefeated season, and the 2002 and 2006 Jim Ott Award presented to the hornline with the highest score. He has authored an instructional DVD entitled The Cavaliers Brass: From the Concert Hall to the Football Field that has been met with international acclaim. 

Mark is an active clinician and guest lecturer in many states including Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Florida and Illinois. He is an adjudicator nationwide, most notably with Drum Corps International & Bands of America. Mr. McGahey has judged at DCI World Championships from 2013 to 2015. Mark has been named Teacher of the Year at Keller High School in 2000 and 2015, and was also named a UIL Sponsor of Excellence recipient in 2016.  His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Phi Beta Mu Honorary Music Fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Mu Alpha.  He recently served as President for the Texas Music Adjudicators Association.