Overview

North Buncombe High School Band Program

History:  The NBHS Band was started in 1959.  Under the able leadership of several directors, the NBHS Band slowly developed into one of Western North Carolina’s most consistent programs.  Much of the NBHS band’s success is tied to the expectations and traditions set in place by the former band director, Wallace Brown.  Mr. Brown’s long tenure led the Marching Black Hawk Band to the forefront of all Western North Carolina’s marching ensembles.  After 31 years of teaching at NBHS, Mr. Brown retired in June of 2003. 

In the fall of 2003, Mr. D. Sanford Boone was hired as the NBHS band director.  Here is a brief listing of recent accomplishments.

2003

1st place Class AAAA -Land of the Sky Marching Festival

1st place – Color Guard

1st place – Drum line

1st place – Horn line

1st place – Drum Major

Superior Rating

 

Finalist Class AA - Tournament of Champions, WCU

                        1st place – Drum line

1st place  - Color Guard

1st place – Drum Major

Superior Rating

 

2nd place Class AA – Heart of Carolina Marching Festival

                              1st place – Visual Performance

                              1st place - General Effect

                              2nd place – Music Effect

                              Superior Rating

 

Participant – Bands of America Regional Championship

                                              Tampa, Fla.

 

Superior Rating: Grade V – Western District Concert Festival

                                    Symphonic Band

 

2004

                        3rd place Class AAAAAA – Land of the Sky Marching Festival

                                                1st place – Color Guard

                                                2nd place – Music

                                                2nd place – Drum Major

                                                2nd place – Drum line

                                                Superior Rating

 

                        Participant – Tournament of Champions, WCU

 

                        Participant - Bands of America Regional Championship

                                                Atlanta, Ga.

 

                        2nd place Class AA – Carolina Classic Marching Festival

                                                2nd place – Visual Performance

                                                2nd place – Music

                                                1st place – Percussion

                                                1st place – Visual Ensemble

                                                1st place – Overall Effect

                                                Superior Rating

                       

Inclement Weather: Grade V -Western District Concert Festival

                                                            Symphonic Band

 

2005

Sweepstakes Winner – Land of the Sky Marching Festival

                                                1st place Class AAAAA

1st place – Drum line

                                                1st place – Music

                                                1st place – Color Guard

                                                1st place – Drum Major

                                                Superior Rating

 

                        Participant – Tournament of Champions, WCU


Chancellor’s Cup Winner – ASU Marching Festival

                                                1st place Band Class AAAAA

                                                1st place Color Guard

                                                1st place Music

                                                1st place Visual Effect

 

                        All-states Champion Group AAAAA – USSBA Championship

                                                1st place Band Class AAAAA

                                                1st place Music

                                                1st place Color Guard

                                                1st place Visual Effect

 

Superior Rating: Grade VI – Western District Concert Festival

                                    Symphonic Band

 

Excellent Rating:  Grade IV – Western District Concert Festival

Concert Band

 

                        Superior Rating:  Western Region-North Carolina Jazz Festival

                                                            Jazz Band

 

2006 

Sweepstakes Winner – Land of the Sky Marching Festival

1st place Class AAAAA

1st place – Color Guard

2nd place – Drum line

1st place – Horn line

1st place – Drum Major

2nd place - Music

Superior Rating

Participant – Tournament of Champions, WCU

Host Band – John L. Perko Classic – USSBA/NCBMA Contest

 

Grand Champion - Music In The Castle – Bristol, Tenn.

                        USSBA Regional

                        1st place – Class AAAAA

1st place – Visual Performance

                              1st place - Overall Effect

                              1st place – Music Effect

                              1st place – Color Guard

                              Superior Rating

 

USSBA National Championship – Annapolis, MD

                                                3rd place Band Class AAAAA

                                               

Superior Rating: Grade VI – Western District Concert Festival

                                    Symphonic Band

 

Superior Rating:  Western Region-North Carolina Jazz Festival

                                    Jazz Band

The school year 2006-2007 has been a unique and rewarding experience for the NBHS Black Hawk Band.  It was a year of many great accomplishments and awards.  Our proudest moments were our second straight year of Superior Ratings at the Western District Concert Festival and the West Region Jazz Festival.  North Buncombe High School is the only high school band from the Western District to receive a Superior Rating at this year’s NC Jazz Festival.  Also, North Buncombe is the only North Carolina high school band west of Charlotte to receive Superior Ratings in Concert Festival and Jazz Festival for the past two years.

The NBHS Band curriculum offers Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Winter Guard, Pit Orchestra, and AP Music Theory.  This year, we placed 29 students in All-county Band, 19 students in All-district Band, 7 students in All-Region Jazz Band, 1 student in All-State Jazz Band and 2 students in All-State Honors Band.  This is the most well balanced instrumental music program in WNC.  Come join us!!!!!


Visit the Black Hawk Band web site at http://blackhawkband.com/

For more information email Sandy Boone at sandy.boone@bcsemail.org