The heartbeat of the band program at North Lincoln High School is the concert band. It is through concert bands that students learn musicianship, good tone production, intonation and a solid technique foundation. Our belief is that participation in concert band bleeds over into other ensembles, most notably the Marching Band or Jazz Band. Students are required to take at least one semester of concert band in order to be a member of the marching band. Both semesters are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED! North Lincoln offers two concert band classes during the school year.
Symphonic Band is designated as the entry level large wind band for underclassmen. Freshmen usually play in this ensemble after completing middle school band. This band is designed to solidify good playing and ensemble rehearsal habits learned in middle school and expose students to more advanced literature that is available good high school bands. The Symphonic Band typically performs music in grades III-IV, along with pop and film charts in the spring. This band regularly receives superior ratings at the North Carolina Music Performance Adjudication festival in late March and performs 4-5 school concerts.
The Wind Ensemble is the most advanced band at North Lincoln, with membership by director approval only. This band plays the most challenging literature available for high school bands as well as performing new pieces and experimental works. Students continue to grow in their musicianship and technique learned in the Symphonic Band. The Wind Ensemble is considered the premier performance ensemble at North Lincoln, and thus will often travel off campus or give more public concerts than the Symphonic Band. This band performs music in grades V-VI as well as select collegiate level works. The Wind Ensemble as consistently received superior ratings at the North Carolina Music Performance Adjudication festival in late March and performs 4-5 school concerts.