The North Lincoln High School â€œBand of Knightsâ€ completed a successful second year of competition in under the direction of Neil Underwood.
The band has had many successes and is making a bid to become one of the top high school marching bands in North Carolina.
The â€œBand of Knightsâ€ 2004 field show, â€œMaxâ€™s Band Adventure,â€ told the story of a little boy who wanted to be a member of the band and of the mischief he creates. During the show, Max dreams of leading the â€œwild thingâ€ band.
Never receiving less than a â€œsuperiorâ€ rating at any of their competitions, the band, directed on field by Drum Major Brittany Fainn, achieved numerous accolades for their performances. The highlights of the season were:
Class Champion â€“ Foard Band Classic
Grand Champion â€“ Royal Regiment Tournament of Bands
Best Solo Performance â€“ Royal Regiment Tournament â€“ Jeff Jordan, Tuba Solo
Grand Champion â€“ Pisgah Tournament of Bands
Finalist â€“ Western Carolina University Regional Tournament ofChampions
Finalist (3rd Place Overall Band) â€“ Olympic High School â€œTrojan Cupâ€
Grand Champion â€“ Carolina Classic Showcase of Bands
Underwood believes the success the band had this year has been due to the hard work and dedication of the students, staff and parents.
â€œThe â€œBand of Knightsâ€ is truly a team effort that feels like one oversized family,â€ he states.
The band relied heavily on the coordination of many individuals: Assistant Directors Jerry Lowe and Joanna Underwood; Percussion Instructors Frank Bloom and Eric Perkins; Colorguard Instructors Lisa Biggs, Dana Muisener, and Virginia Broome; Horn Line Instructors Ryan Holden, Beverly King, and Pamela King; and Drum Major Instructor Chess Black.
The band salutes the 23 seniors who have helped lead this band since its conception: Steven Ameigh, Raechel Bernardi, Ashlee Bourassa, Ashley Childs, Ashan Davis, Brittany Fainn, Ashley Hooks, Sarah Horak, Jeff Jordan, Julian Kaplan, Justin King, Stephanie Lake, Emily Lauro, Alex Omalza, Andrew Quillen, Andrew Reep, Jada Roark, Danielle Saltzman, Derek Schronce, Adam Shinn, Michael Smith, Michael Stokes, and Brian Summers. They will be missed.
Editorâ€™s note: This is the last in a series of articles following all of Lincoln Countyâ€™s high school bands. Our thanks to Ronda Friel for compiling these reports during the past few months. by Special to the LTN