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ELHS band rekindles pride with performances

The East Lincoln High School “Mustang Band” known as the “Show Band of the Carolinas” had a very successful season this year.
Under the direction of Dustin Stamey, the band received accolades that convinced many supporters it was on the rise during a difficult time in its history. With assistance from Kimberly Wise, director of Bands at East Lincoln Middle School, Stamey and his staff were able to rekindle the pride East Lincoln had known for many years. The fall 2004 staff included: Rachel Wood and Ashley Fogg, colorguard instructors; Jeff Wise, visual instructor; Greg Franklin, brass instructor; Hannah Hackworth, woodwind instructor; and Joseph Brege, percussion instructor.
The band won many awards throughout the season, never receiving less than a “superior” rating at any contests.
At the South Caldwell “Spartan Classic,” the band won 1st place awards for drum major, visual ensemble; music and hornline. It took 2nd place in percussion, marching, general effect ,and second place overall in class AA with a “Superior” rating. The band also won the prestigious Spartan Cup.
At the Ledford High School Festival of Bands the Mustangs captured their first Grand Champion Band of the Day award of the season. It also received 1st place awards in drum major, music and second place awards in marching, general effect, percussion and visual ensemble. The band took second place overall in class AA with a superior rating. The band also won the most outstanding pit crew award.
At the North Lincoln Roundtable Tournament the band won 1st place for drum major and took 2nd place wins for music, percussion and marching. It won 1st place overall in classs AA with a “superior” rating. The Mustangs also received the most outstanding pit crew award.
In Charlotte at the Olympic High School Trojan Classic the band received 1st place awards in music, visual performance, general effect, and placed 1st overall in class A with a Superior rating. The band was awarded 4th place finalist of the top ten bands in the finals.
The band also took a second place award in marching at the annual Cary Band Day. They received a 2nd place in class AAA with a superior rating.
On Nov. 6 the East Lincoln Band staff, boosters and members of the band hosted the 14th annual Carolina Classic Showcase of band. Some 13 bands attended the competition.by Special to the LTN

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