• The Lake Norman Charter band program begins with the 5th grade. Students do not need any experience to join band in 5th grade and may choose to play flute, clarinet, trumpet or trombone. Students will have the opportunity to audition to switch to other instruments during their 5th grade year. There are 2 required concerts per year for 5th grade band.

    The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade bands build on the skills learned in the previous grade and shift the focus to preparing for performances. Students in these grades are also eligible for All District, Charlotte Metro Area Charter Honor Band, Solo and Ensemble, and other expanded performance opportunities.

    **The 7th and 8th grade bands also include a group performance trip to places such as Carowinds and NC Music Performance Adjudication**

    The high school band is treated as a performance ensemble, with the main focus being preparing and performing quality music. A strong emphasis is put on leadership, responsibility, and teamwork. HS band students are also eligible for University Honor Bands, All District, Charlotte Metro Area Charter Honor Band, Solo and Ensemble, and to lead band tutoring for service hours.

    **The High School Band participates in a trip to Disney World
    every other year and a yearly trip to NC Music Performance Adjudication **

    There are also many after school opportunities available to band students. They are listed below:

    • Tuesdays (3 - 5 PM): Knight Riders Drum Line and Pep Band - This group performs in parades and at the HS Home football games (8th-12th grades)

    • Wednesdays (3 - 4 PM): Jazz Band – This group performs jazz standards including swing, funk, latin, and seasonal music (7th-12th grades)

    • Thursdays (3 - 4 PM): Band Tutoring – Students may come to the band room to practice, play with other students, and/or get help from Mr. Scaringelli or HS students (All students allowed and encouraged).