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Art and Music

2017 Fine Arts Festival
The Fine Arts department recently held CCSD's 3rd annual Fine Arts Festival at McBee High and McBee Elementary. All 16 schools were represented with either students participating in either an honor band clinic, honor chorus clinic, or artist-in-residence experience. The two-day clinic was held at McBee High and Elementary schools with a culminating concert and art show on the evening of the second day.
The Festival is presented as fulfillment of our Fine Arts mission and strategic plan. It also assist in meeting several requirements for our gifted and talented arts program, ALPHA Arts.
Nomination Forms for 2017-2018 for Art, Music and Band ALPHA program

The nomination window for the ALPHA Arts program is open until October 20, 2017.  Anyone can nominate any student in grades 3 through 12 to be screened for the program.  Simply complete one of the attached forms and return it to your child’s music, art, band, or chorus teacher. 

Students who are nominated will be pre-screened sometime between October 23 and November 21.


Your child’s music, art, band, or chorus teacher can provide more information.

2016-2017 Summer ALPHA Program

The fine arts programs in Chesterfield County are stronger than ever!  We just finished our ALPHA Arts summer program at CRMS.  Students received instruction in Visual Art, Chorus, Band, General Music, and (new this year) steel drums!  Additionally, students were offered fine arts electives ranging from Rock & Roll History to Collage to Music Theory.  Students also attended a field trip to Greenville to see exhibits at the Greenville County Museum of Art as well as Hairspray live at the Greenville Little Theatre.


Chesterfield High School Band Wins State

The Chesterfield High School Marching PRIDE wrapped up their competitive season on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 by winning the 2014 SCBDA  Class A State Marching Band Championship held at Batesburg-Leesville High School. The band was the smallest in competition on the day with only 28 total members and they ended up winning all three major judging captions of music, marching, and overall effect. Also, winning five of the six judges who were scoring each bands individual performance. Under the direction of Mr. Steve McGinnis with assistance from Associate Director Mr. Bryce Benning and Color Guard Instructor as well as McBee graduate Mrs. Dalen Kirby. The band was also able to capture the very first lower state title this season as well.


“I inherited a very talented and well trained group of musicians. My predecessor Mr. Cameron Watkins set up the band program at Chesterfield incredibly well. All marching season we as a staff have been blown away at their ability to overcome obstacles everyday no matter the conditions. We have preached hard work all season, and the goal was never to win a state title but to out work everyone else. If the students could accomplish that, the competition would take care of itself. These young man and women show up and work more than a team but as a family toward a common goal of excellence. At times it was difficult, but this group choose to stay the course and be rewarded. I also have to mention the never ending support from the band boosters, the community at large and the administration at Chesterfield High.  This honor would not have been possible without each and every one of them. I am just excited for these students they can take this memory with them for the rest of their lives and no one can take it away. Over this season, I hoped each day that these students learned the value of hard work and dedication. Because on Saturday they proved they had what it took to overcome adversity. We all couldn’t be more proud.” Mr. McGinnis said.

CCSD awarded Distinguished Arts Program Grant

Chesterfield County School District was awarded a Distinguished Arts Program grant by the SC Department of Education for the project entitled Improving Arts Education. We received the maximum award in the amount of $40,000. The purpose of the DAP grant is to assist schools and districts in developing and implementing arts initiatives that support quality arts education programs that significantly improve student achievement in the arts through curriculum, instruction, and assessment based on the implementation of the 2010 South Carolina Academic Standards for the Visual and Performing Arts. Funds from this grant will be used to purchase supplies and materials for art and music classes, band instruments, technology and multimedia equipment, support artist in residence programs and provide professional development opportunities for fine arts teachers.

How You Can Help

Go to  to find teachers with classroom projects that you can help fund.  It is a great way to help bring much needed materials and supplies to our art. music and band programs.
Check out Cheraw Intermediate School's  request.