The North Lincoln High School Band of Knights is one of the largest and most visible student groups on campus. The ensemble is a competitive unit that provides students the opportunity to learn and perform a highly artistic show, perform for thousands of people over the course of the season, and to travel extensively throughout North Carolina and the United States. Members are held to high standards academically and receive encouragement and support to maintain those standards. Each fall, the Band of Knights learns a customized competitive show that explores various topics and subjects. The band focuses on student leadership and teamwork efforts in order to produce quality performances. Parents and friends of the Band of Knights are encouraged to get involved and help out! The Band of Knights meet entirely after school, and members must meet certain criteria for membership.
The Band of Knights is the largest student group on campus, and thus is held to high standards both academically and personally. Qualifications are as follows:
- All students must maintain passing grades in all of their classes in order to be eligible to participate, and must maintain a B average or higher in their band class.
- Winds and percussion must be enrolled in a band class in order to participate. While it is highly encouraged to be enrolled in both semesters of concert bands, students who enroll in one semester should enroll in the spring semester.
- Color Guard students must be enrolled in Music Specialization (Guard Class) unless they have prior approval from Mr. Still and the color guard staff to not enroll.
Students interested in color guard or percussion must attend the auditions at rookie camp in early May. Specific placement within units will depend on talent/skill level. Woodwind and brass players who have successfully completed 8th grade band in middle school are not required to audition. Students who have not participated in middle school band should contact the band director for specific requirements. All rookies are highly encouraged to attend rookie camp in May in order to meet the staff and student leaders, learn our marching technique, and attend an information session on Friday, May 13th at 5:30pm with their parents for Q&A with the directors/staff.
All new members are required to attend rookie camp May 9th-13th from 3:30pm-6pm in the band room. The purpose of these meetings is to provide an opportunity for students and parents to visit our campus, meet our staff and parent boosters, and actually do some rehearsing (wear tennis shoes and bring your instrument). Students who do not attend this rookie camp may not be permitted to march. The camp ends at 6 each day in order to allow students time to get home and do homework.
Summer rehearsals are necessary due to the school schedule and the amount of training/conditioning involved in this activity. Band Camp is the most important time of the marching band season. It is two intense weeks where students focus almost entirely on learning the competition show. Band camp is the most critical of all weeks; exceptions to these weeks are made sparingly and are based on musicianship skills and circumstances. Most sections will conduct sectionals throughout the summer months. These meetings are not mandatory, but if you’re in town and available, they could be a great tool to get better and hang out with friends! Section leaders will contact you regarding sectionals and must give at least a week’s notice.
Marching Band can be an expensive activity. Almost everything is custom designed to fit our band’s size, instrumentation and experience. We must provide music, drill, choreography, bus transportation, marching competition entry fees, color guard uniforms and equipment, marching uniform care and maintenance and hire instructional staff in order to share a season of success and positive experiences. For what we do (and we are competitive!) NORTH LINCOLN IS ONE OF THE CHEEPEST IN CHARLOTTE! Many Charlotte schools charge anywhere from $500-$1000 to do marching band. We strive to keep this number as low as possible. Also, many of the bands that we will see at Bands of America have budgets that are 3 times that of ours. The fee this year for all winds and percussion students will be $325. Students are also responsible for their shoes (@$30) and their gloves (a one-time fee of $10). Color guard fee is $325 plus the cost of their uniform (around $100). Color guard members are also responsible for their shoes (@$30) and their gloves (a one-time fee of $10). All members will be charged a travel fee (usually $80-$150). This fee will be announced towards the end of band camp once we have quotes from hotels and buses (for BOA Atlanta competition as well as our general fleet for other shows – activities buses and the band trucks)
In order to help our families pay their marching dues and to ease the burden of paying a large lump sum, we ask for the money to be paid following the payment schedule below.
$100 due with application packet on May 13th (last day of rookie camp)
$115 due July 1st – please mail to P.O Box or school
$110 due August 15th (first day of 2nd week of camp)
Travel fee will be due September 10th (Mini Camp weekend) ***travel fee is not offset by financial aid***
* The band boosters do offer financial aid to those students/families who qualify. Please contact Mr. Still or a treasurer for the appropriate form. Only Mr. Still and our student account treasurer will know about financial aid information (per the NLBB bylaws). Only families who have filled out the appropriate form will be offered financial aid. WE WILL NOT TURN AWAY ANY STUDENT FOR FINANCIAL REASONS!!! The boosters exist to help J!
A complete break down of our marching band budget is included in the hand book. Check it out and see how much it really costs to operate a VERY SUCCESSFUL, NATIONALLY KNOWN band program. We are proud to offer our students these experiences without “breaking the bank”.
As the marching band meets entirely after school, attendance is critical to the success of the group. Attendance is taken at all rehearsals and performances, as these events are required as stated on the schedule. Students who demonstrate excessive tardiness and/or absences may not be eligible to participate in performances, travel with the group, or may have their membership revoked without refunds of marching fees. While families are asked to schedule doctor’s appointments around marching band events, students who do need to miss rehearsals and/or performances should consult with the director in order for it to be excused. Emergencies will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
How do I sign up?
In order to be included in the 2016 North Lincoln Band of Knights, each student—new and returning—must complete the attached forms and either submit them to the NLHS band office, fax it to the school, or submit its contents via email. 1/3 of marching fees ($100) will be due as deposit for the season. This fee will not be refundable as we use that money to plan for the season based on student numbers. Students/families with a credit in their band account can have this deposit deducted by indicating so on the form. The $100 will be used toward the overall marching band assessment. Because our music and drill is custom written for our band, we must know exact numbers by May 26th. Students who enroll after May 26th are not guaranteed a position.