27 October, 2018

Dear Students and Parents,

It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that we announce the upcoming season for the North Lincoln Winterguard!  This ensemble is dedicated to providing the students of North Lincoln High School with the highest level of dance instruction, performance opportunities, and teamwork. Students will learn professional caliber dance routines and equipment choreography from top Charlotte-area guard educators, and compete with high quality groups from other schools from North Carolina and South Carolina.  

What is Winterguard?

Competitive winterguard is an incredible performance opportunity that originated from drum corps. Winterguard ensembles function similar to the color guard found in most high school marching bands.  They learn choreography and drill just like in marching band, but perform their shows on a special tarp in a gymnasium.  Groups compete in different circuits based on resources and ability, and are grouped in “classes” based on similar criteria.  More importantly, winterguard units provide students the opportunity to focus on dance and performance related techniques.

Requirements of membership

In order to qualify for NL Winterguard membership, students must pass an audition, be in good standing both academically and financially, and demonstrate a willing attitude and good work ethic.  Middle school students who have participated in marching band are eligible, but must be approved by the high school director.  All NL Winterguard members should adhere to the attached schedule and practice/stretch regularly at home.


Auditions will be held on Tuesday, November 13, Wednesday, November 14, and Thursday, November 15 at North Lincoln High School from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Contracts to be a member of the NL Winterguard will be given after the final audition day. The $100.00 deposit is due upon receiving a contract for all students.  All prospective members are required to attend the both audition days in order to get the most instruction! The auditions are formal… while previous experience in color guard is not a requirement, students must show knowledge for basic equipment spinning and demonstrate their ability to learn choreography.  They will be assessed by the North Lincoln Colorguard staff.  Students who are offered a spot will be given a contract to sign.  All audition results are made by the North Lincoln Colorguard staff, and are final.

Rehearsals and Equipment

The North Lincoln Winter Guard will rehearse on Mondays 6-8:30pm (dropped after January), Tuesdays and Thursdays during the months of January through March from 5:30pm-8:30pm at Pumpkin Center Elementary School.  All equipment will be purchased through the school… students will be responsible for uniforms and makeup.  Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from rehearsals. Transportation on competition days will be determined based on factors such as distance, travel with the North Lincoln Percussion and performance times.  

Fees and Fundraising

Lincoln County Schools does not provide any funding for a group of this nature, and because of the need to hire choreographers and staff, there will be a membership fee of $300 and a uniform fee (between $80-$120) to be paid in installments throughout the season.  The fee can be broken down in installments due on the dates below:

$100 due at the audition dates – this fee reserves a student’s spot in the ensemble and allows us to pay required entry fees for competitions

$100 due December 9

$100  due January 20

Uniform fees will be due by the first competition in February.  

Payments are due on these dates unless you have spoken with the directors prior to the date.


Schedule and Travel

NL Winterguard will be participating this year in Carolina Winter Ensemble Association (CWEA), a competitive circuit consisting of schools and independent lines from North Carolina and South Carolina. We will be attending six shows as well as circuit championships.  Championship weekend will be held Saturday, March 23 at Winthrop Coliseum in Rock Hill, SC.   An official schedule is included in this letter.  All rehearsals and performances are mandatory for membership; failure to adhere to the schedule and/or excessive absences will result in expulsion from the group WITHOUT tuition refunds.

Final Thoughts

We are very fortunate to offer this ensemble to the students of North Lincoln, and that our administration is in support of this organization.  We hope that this group will promote a safe and accepting environment for our performing students, and that it will strengthen the Band of Knights!  All members are expected to act in a dignified and professional manner at all times while traveling and performing with the group.  It is important to remember that each student represents themselves, their family and friends, the Band of Knights and North Lincoln High School.  Students who cannot act in a mature manner and make wise decisions will be dealt with by Mr. Still, and ultimately dropped from the group WITHOUT refunds.

We hope that this experience will be an enjoyable one for all students, parents, directors and staff!  We hope to see you out cheering on the North Lincoln Winter Guard!

Yours in Music,

Kevin M. Still

Director of Bands        

North Lincoln High School

(704) 736-1969


Eriq Wade

Colorguard Director

North Lincoln Winterguard

(704) 254-2341


Brandon Nichols

Colorguard Instructor

North Lincoln Winterguard

(704) 530-7942


2018-2019 North Lincoln Winter Guard

Schedule of Events

(Revised 10.24.18)


Nov. 13, 14  & 15        Auditions                                                6:30pm-8:30pm        

Nov. 19                Rehearsal                                                6:00pm-8:30pm

Nov. 26, 27, & 29        Staging Rehearsals                                        4:00pm-8:30pm

Dec. 3, 4, & 6                After School Rehearsals (Monday is 6pm-8:30pm)        5:30pm-8:30pm

Dec. 10, 11, & 13        After School Rehearsals (Monday is 6Pm-8:30pm)        5:30pm-8:30pm

Dec. 17                 After School Rehearsal                                6:00pm-8:30pm

Dec. 18                No Rehearsal (Winter Concert @ 7pm)

Dec. 20                Staging Camps                                        10:00am-8:00pm

Dec. 21 – Jan. 1 WINTER BREAK FOR LCS (no rehearsals)


Jan. 3                        After-School Rehearsals start                                5:30pm-8:30pm

Jan. 7, 8, & 10                After School Rehearsals (Monday 6pm-8:30pm)        5:30pm-8:30pm

Jan. 14, 15, & 17        After School Rehearsals (Monday 6pm-8:30pm)        5:30pm-8:30pm

Jan. 21                        No Rehearsal (Holiday)

Jan. 22                        Rehearsal Camp                                        1:00pm-7:00pm

Jan. 24                        After School Rehearsal                                5:30pm-8:30pm

Jan. 28, 29, & 31        After School Rehearsals (Monday 6pm-8:30pm)        5:30pm-8:30pm

Feb. 2                         CWEA Premiere North @ Northwestern HS                TBA

Feb. 5 & 7                After School Rehearsals                                5:30pm-8:30pm

Feb. 12 & 14                After School Rehearsals                                5:30pm-8:30pm

Feb. 19 & 21                After School Rehearsals                                5:30pm-8:30pm

Feb. 23                         CWEA Mooresville HS                                TBA

Feb. 26 & 28                After School Rehearsals                                5:30pm-8:30pm

Mar. 2                        CWEA Ardrey Kell HS                                         TBA

Mar. 5 & 7                After School Rehearsals                                5:30pm-8:30pm

March 9                CWEA Byrnes HS                                        TBA        

Mar. 12 & 14                After School Rehearsals                                5:30pm-8:30pm         

March 16                WGI Mid-Atlantic @ Winthrop Coliseum                TBA

Mar. 19                After School Rehearsal                                5:30pm-8:30pm

March 21                Parent Performance                                        7:30pm

March 23                CWEA Championships @ Winthrop Coliseum        TBA

***OTHER DATES MAY BE ADDED/Changed due to winter weather OR unforseen events***

Rehearsal Schedule

Mondays 6:00pm-8:30pm (dropped after January)

Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30pm-8:30pm