Kevin M. Still, NLHS Director of Bands, NLMS Assistant Director
Kevin M. Still serves as the Director of Bands at North Lincoln High School in Lincolnton, North Carolina. His teaching responsibilities include conducting the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, and Pit Orchestras. He serves as the head director of the “Band of Knights” Marching Band and also assists with the middle school bands at North Lincoln Middle School. The North Lincoln High School band program consists of over 130 students supported by a comprehensive parent booster organization. The band program has been praised for its contemporary approach to performances, family-like atmosphere and comprehensive ensemble offerings.
Mr. Still began his career as the Director of Bands & Choirs at West Stanly High School in Oakboro, NC, where he conducted the Concert Band, Marching Band, Vocal Ensemble and Jazz Band. During his tenure at WSHS, the band and choir grew substantially, including the band enrollment at West Stanly Middle School almost tripling. Under his direction, ensembles from West Stanly consistently earned ratings of “excellent” and “superior” at state and regional music festivals and competitions.
Mr. Still holds the Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he was awarded the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Scholarship and graduated with Honors. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Music Education at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. An accomplished composer, Mr. Still has written works for all types of ensembles, including works performed by Charlotte Symphony players and UNC Charlotte music faculty. He actively writes for other high school bands in North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia.
As a performer, Mr. Still marched trumpet with the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps in 2009, earning a silver medal and high brass honors. Mr. Still maintains an active performing schedule throughout the Charlotte region, and teaches piano and trumpet privately.
Mr. Still holds professional memberships with Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the National Association for Music Education, and the North Carolina Music Educator’s Association. Outside of music, he enjoys golfing, hiking, running and church service opportunities. He lives in Charlotte with his wife Kristen and their two crazy cats, Clara and Gracie.
Mitchell Stokes, NLMS Director of Bands, NLHS Assistant Director
Mr. Mitchell Stokes is the Director of Bands at North Lincoln Middle School in Denver, North Carolina. He also serves as the Assistant Director of the North Lincoln “Band of Knights” Marching band. He is a 2016 graduate of UNC Charlotte where he obtained the Bachelors of Music in Music Education. Prior to coming to North Lincoln, he was the Director of Bands at Kennedy Middle School in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mr. Stokes has worked with several award-winning marching bands around the Charlotte area, serving as a woodwind and marching technician.
Mr. Stokes’ primary instrument is the clarinet and has performed both locally and internationally on the instrument. In 2015 he was selected as a participant in the World Youth Wind Orchestra (WYWO) for the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) conference in San Jose, California. In the summer of 2016 he performed as a part of a quartet at conferences domestically in San Francisco, California and internationally in Glasgow, Scotland for the International Society of Music Education (ISME).
Mr. Stokes loves teaching and working with students both in class and within the marching band setting. Fun Fact: Mr. Stokes attended the same college AND high school as Mr. Still!
Christyl Barber, Percussion Director
Christyl Barber holds a degree in music education from Appalachian State University where she attended from 2003-2007. Ms. Barber works as the percussion director for the North Lincoln “Band of Knights” where she has been working on staff as instructor for marching, concert and Indoor percussion for the past 9 years. Over the years
Christyl has helped to establish the award winning North Lincoln Percussion ensemble program at North Lincoln High School. North Lincoln Percussion has received many superior ratings under her direction and instruction including: being named the 2014 CIPA Indoor Circuit, PSA class Champions, 2015 CIPA PSA Bronze medalists and most recently the CWEA Circuit PSA 2016 Silver Medalists.
Over the past 7 years Ms. Barber has made a name for herself by writing and arranging percussion books for both the outdoor and indoor arena for a number of schools which include: North Lincoln High School, Chase High School, St. Stephens High School, East Burke High School and Gaffney High School. Over the past 3 years, Ms. Barber has been working as percussion specialist in the schools teaching beginning to advanced percussion to North Lincoln High School, North Lincoln Middle and East Lincoln Middle School students. Ms. Barber has been working as a private percussion teacher giving lessons to students year round in the Lincoln County area since 2008. Many of her students have auditioned and been accepted into honors bands, universities and other higher level performing ensembles.
Eriq Wade, Color Guard Director
Eriq Wade is the colorguard director for the North Lincoln “Band Of Knights” Marching Band and North Lincoln Winterguard. In addition to his duties at North Lincoln, Eriq is also the colorguard director at Porter Ridge High School located in Indian Trail, North Carolina.
As a director/instructor, Eriq has taught with many of programs in the Charlotte area. When starting his teaching career, he was located at Weddington High School for two years. Other teaching stints include Forestview High School (color and winterguard), Ardrey Kell High School (Colorguard 2014), Forest Hills High School (Colorguard 2015) and Cuthbertson High School (Winterguard 2017).
Eriq has been a performer with some well known programs around consisting of Gentoo Independent Winterguard in 2014 and the Carolina Gold Drum & Bugle Corps in 2015. He will continue to grow as performer as he plans to march in the upcoming years.
Dr. Chesley Black, Drum Major & Student Leadership Instructor
Dr. Chesley Black has been the Drum Major Instructor of the North Lincoln High School “Band of Knights” since the school opened in 2003. While an undergraduate student at East Carolina University, Dr. Black served as Head Drum Major of the ECU Marching Pirates for several years. He has 20 years of experience teaching drum majors at the high school, university, and drum corps level and has been involved with the marching band activity for a total of 24 years. Dr. Black is also an active clinician and adjudicator for several programs and competitions.
Dr. Black also serves as the Student Leadership Program Director of the UNC Charlotte “Pride of Niner Nation” Marching Band (2015-present). He also served as the Drum Major Instructor of the ECU Marching Pirates (2009-2014) and the East Lincoln High School “Mustang Band” (1999-2003, 2010-2014).
Dr. Black received his doctorate in higher education administration from Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. He also received a Master of Science degree in Instructional Technology, a Graduate Certificate in Performance Improvement, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems, and a Certificate in Business and Technical Communication from East Carolina University.
Ian Yount, Percussion Instructor
Ian Yount is an alum of North Lincoln, where he participated in the marching band program for seven years and was active in the concert band and indoor percussion areas as well. Ian spent the summers of 2014, 2015, and 2016 with 7th Regiment, an open class drum and bugle corps based in Connecticut, where he marched snare drum and served as drumline captain in 2016. Ian is currently a junior studying International Business at UNC Charlotte
Brandon Nichols, Color Guard Instructor
Brandon Nichols is an alum of East Lincoln High school and graduated from Western Carolina University with a Music Education Degree in 2015. Currently, Mr. Nichols serves as Director of Bands at Long Creek Elementary School in Huntersville, a performing arts partial-magnet school. Brandon has taught with many programs in the past few years, including the programs at Tuscola High school, East Lincoln High School, Lincolnton High school, and Olympic High School.
Brandon has over 10 years of marching band and colorguard experience. While in high school, he marched trumpet in the marching band for four years and participated in East Lincoln Cheval winterguard for three years; making finals at World Championships in his senior year. Brandon marched in the Pride of the Mountains Marching band for three years on trumpet and one year in the colorguard.
He also had the honor of marching in the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. In the last 5 years, Brandon has marched with WCU Winterguard (2013), Reynolda Winterguard (2014), Olympic Independent (2015), and Etude World Winterguard (2016-2017).
Andrew Quillen, Brass & Visual Instructor
Andrew Quillen was an original member of the North Lincoln Band of Knights and a member of the school’s first graduating class in 2005. He joined the North Lincoln band staff in 2008 as the assistant brass instructor and has been the head brass instructor since 2011. Andrew also currently serves as the public address announcer for the Roundtable Tournament of Bands. He can often be heard at competitions yelling encouragement to the students before and during their performance. In his eleventh year on staff he is looking forward to helping continue the tradition of excellence at North Lincoln.