The first Cary Band Day was organized by Matt Brady and the Cary High School Band Boosters in 1959. Band Day continues to be held on the second Saturday in November each year. Every year several hundred high school bands from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia are invited to attend, and the first fifty to respond are accepted to march in the parade. There is a field competition following the parade, with judges from university music programs and the National Band Organization. Awards are given after the last band plays, usually around midnight.