Princess Anne High School is home to PA Bands and is a 19-time Virginia Honor Band with 11 of those years coming under the baton of band director John Boyd. Known throughout the region for its famed marching band, the Fabulous Marching Cavaliers, Princess Anne has also built a reputation for its two concert programs (the Symphonic Band and the Wind Ensemble), its jazz program (The Speed of Sound Big Band, the Showtime Big Band and the Hot Fedora Jazz Combo), its Percussion Ensemble, and its Indoor Program (The Cavalier Winterguard). Additionally, every year since the spring of 2002 the band program hosts an annual concert series for area percussion ensembles and jazz bands called the Big Spring Jam, which features Princess Anne’s percussion ensembles as well as it’s jazz ensembles.
John Boyd earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Jacksonville State University in Alabama in 1997. He was hired as the Director of Bands at Henry E. Lackey High School in Indian Head, MD from 1997 - 2001 and has been the Director of Bands at Princess Anne since July of 2001. He was the first band director at Princess Anne since the incomparable Ron Collins to annually annually take two bands to the VBODA District 2 Concert Assessment, and founded the Big Spring Jam Concert series as well as the Speed of Sound Big Band, the Showtime Big Band, the Dominion Storm Indoor Drum-line, and is one of the charter organizers and provided the conceptual vision of the Virginia Marching Band Cooperative. He is married to Mrs. Kelly Boyd, a PAHS 12th grade IB English and 11th and 12th grade IB Theories of Knowledge teacher. They have been blessed in life with their son Gabriel and daughter Shannon.