North Gaston

Wildcat Band

Recent Announcements

November 13

Good afternoon! Here's a look at what's coming up.

Basketball Concessions

Our first basketball game is this Friday, November 18. We are still in need of volunteers to help out. As of now, we only have two adults for the first shift and nobody for the second shift. Please consider signing up if you can.

Fruit Sale

Due to some minimum order requirements, we will have some extra varieties of fruit available for purchase. These are all $25 each. Please let me know if you would like to purchase any of these.

Navel/Marmalade Gift Box - 3 available

Navel/Apple/Pear Gift Box - 4 available

Our fruit sale will continue online for home deliveries only through December 11. Use the link below to order.

All-District/All-County Band

Sign ups for All-District and All-County band are going on now. Students who wish to audition for All-District need to pay $10 to audition. All-District auditions are on Saturday, January 14 at Porter Ridge High School. Students will be responsible for their own transportation. All-County auditions are on Thursday, January 19 at Ashbrook HS. We will be taking a bus, but students may be picked up by a parent after their audition is over.

Winter Concerts

Our Winter Concert is Thursday, December 8 at 7pm. In preparation for this, we will have two after school rehearsals. These will be on November 29 and December 1 from 3:30-5:00. Students must be picked up by 5:00. We will also perform with the WC Friday 8th grade band at their concert on Tuesday, December 6. More info about this later. Below is the dress code for our concerts.

Concert dress –

Men: Long-sleeve black dress shirt, black dress pants, long tie (no bow ties), black socks, black dress shoes

Women: Black dress pants with black blouse or long black dress; black dress shoes (no sandals or similar open-toed shoes)

2023 Summer/Fall Calendar

Since many of you are already beginning to plan summer vacations, I am releasing our summer and fall calendar now. Please plan accordingly so students can be in attendance. One change is that we will have Summer Chop Builder rehearsals throughout the summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These are not mandatory rehearsals, but if students are in town they are expected to attend. It is crucial to our success that students are in attendance for band camp. See below for the calendar.

NGHS Band 2023-24 Calendar

October 19

Good morning! We had a great day on Saturday coming away with 1st place in our class and only half a point away from grand champion! Yesterday's rehearsal went really well and I think the students understand now what they need to do to continue to get better. There is no football game or competition this weekend. Enjoy the time off!

Senior Night

Senior Night is next Friday, October 28. Parents, you are invited to join us for dinner at 5:00. Your son/daughter will be honored for their service to the band during halftime. Each senior will be escorted onto the field by his/her parent(s)/guardian(s). Please fill out the form below so that we may include this information in our acknowledgement of your son/daughter. If you have any questions, please let me know. I look forward to seeing you on the 28th. Below is the schedule for the game.

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Fruit Sale

Our annual fruit sale will begin soon. More details in a separate email.

Upcoming Events

10/29 - East Burke Competition (schedule not released yet)

11/1 - No after school practice

11/3 - After school practice until 5:00

11/5 - Gaston County Marching Band Fanfare (schedule not released yet, but it will be in the morning and early afternoon)

11/11 - Veterans Day Parade (voluntary for students, must provide own transportation)

October 2

There's lots of important information here, so please read it carefully.

Williamsburg Trip Deposits

The $50 deposit for the Williamsburg trip was due on Friday. If you have not turned this in yet, please do so this week so we can make our first payment. We want everyone to go. If there is an issue with getting this paid, please just let me know and we can work something out. We also still need one at least one more couple to go on the trip with us.


BBQ tickets are now being sold. Students received 5 tickets last week and may get more once they turn in the money for those. Tickets are $15 each unless a business purchases 10 or more plates. Then, they are $12. There is an online order form and a sign up sheet you can take to a business to have people sign up for a plate. Bulk orders from a business do not need actual tickets. We need all money, sign up sheets, and leftover tickets turned in by this Thursday, October 6 so we can have Richard order the food. Depending on how many are sold at that point, we may continue selling after that date. Let me know if you have any questions.

NOGA Band BBQ Sale

NOGA Band BBQ Flyer/Sign-up Sheet

Our biggest need right now is having people to work concessions. We only have two people signed up at this point. We need to know in advance that we are going to have people in the different volunteer areas. We cannot just wait for people to show up Saturday morning. If you have not signed up for an area, please do so today so we can plan accordingly. This is a major undertaking and we need every family to help out. See below for the sign up link.

Competition Update

It's unfortunate that our first two competitions have been cancelled, but we are looking forward to competing on October 15 and 29. We will be at Freedom High School on October 15 and East Burke High School on October 29. Then, we finish the season with the Gaston County Marching Band Fanfare at Stuart Cramer on November 5. More info on these to come later.

September 28

Homecoming Game

Remember that the homecoming game is tomorrow, not Friday. We also have a pep rally during 4th period tomorrow. Students are to wear the Agent 54 shirt and blue jeans for the pep rally. They also need to bring all uniform parts with them to school in the morning. We will perform our show after the game. See below for the schedule.

Homecoming Game Schedule

Forestview Competition

The Forestview competition has been cancelled, so there will be no activities after school on Friday or Saturday. More information about the Wildcat Invitational will be sent out this weekend.

Williamsburg Trip

Please remember that the $50 deposit for Williamsburg is due by Friday, September 30. You may via cash or check payable to NOGA Band Boosters, PayPal to, or Venmo to @nogaband. As a note of reference, here is the trip policy from our handbook. If you have any questions, please let me know.


  1. If the trip is to occur during school hours, each student must maintain an overall C average.

  2. Students who receive OSS are ineligible to go on the trip. Students who receive three or more instances of ISS will be ineligible to go on the trip. Any payments that have been made prior to the suspension are non-refundable.

September 26, 2022

This week's homecoming game has officially been moved to Thursday. The schedule will remain the same, just on a different day. If you signed up to volunteer and are no longer available to help, please let me know. Below is the schedule.

Homecoming Game Schedule

September 25, 2022

Good afternoon! There is a lot of information here, so please read it carefully.

BBQ Sale

We will begin selling BBQ tickets tomorrow with the online form going out. Printed tickets will be given to the students to sell on Tuesday. Tickets are $15/plate. However, any single location such as a school or business that orders 10 or more plates will pay $12/plate. The school or business may collect money from individuals, but must submit the complete order. Below is the link to the online order form. Payment must still be sent to the school and checks should be made payable to NOGA Band Boosters. PayPal ( and Venmo (@nogaband) will be accepted, but please include a note that it is for the BBQ and how many plates you are ordering.

Friday' Homecoming Game

Let me preface this by saying that we need to be prepared to play this game on Monday, October 3. There is a chance that Friday could be rained out. Stay tuned.

We have several volunteer positions still open for Friday - 50/50 tickets, pit crew, and halftime snack. If you can help out in any of these areas, please sign up using the link below.

Here is the schedule for Friday night. Please note that we will perform our show after the game since the homecoming court will be featured during halftime.

Homecoming Game Schedule

Forestview Competition

Our first competition is this Saturday at Forestview. We perform at 3:00. We have several volunteer positions open for this as well including providing lunch and helping on the pit crew. If you can help out, please sign up using the link below.

Here is the schedule for Forestview.

Forestview Contest Schedule

Williamsburg Trip

Please remember that the $50 deposit for Williamsburg is due by Friday, September 30. As a note of reference, here is the trip policy from our handbook. If you have any questions, please let me know.


  1. If the trip is to occur during school hours, each student must maintain an overall C average.

  2. Students who receive OSS are ineligible to go on the trip. Students who receive three or more instances of ISS will be ineligible to go on the trip. Any payments that have been made prior to the suspension are non-refundable.

Wildcat Invitational

We are less than two weeks away from the Wildcat Invitational! There are still lots of volunteer positions available and we must fill every one of them. Our goal for this contest is to provide a solid educational and fun experience for the bands in attendance. The only way to do that is to be able to have every facet running smoothly. If you have not already signed up, please consider where you can serve. We cannot afford to wait until the last minute to fill these spots. We need the assurance well ahead of time that these are going to be covered.

We have four of the necessary 12 trucks and trailers signed up for. If you or someone you know can help us out here, please let me know or sign up as soon as possible. We also need more trophy sponsors and ads for the program. All of the links and documents are below. Please help us out however you can. Thank you!

Wildcat Invitational Ads.pdf

Trophy Sponsorship Form.pdf

September 21, 2022

Here are the minutes from last night's meeting.

If you are able to supply and truck/ATV and/or trailer for the Wildcat Invitational, please sign up today. Thank you!\

We also need more volunteers for this Friday's home football game.

September 18, 2022

Good afternoon! We are looking forward to our next home football game and welcoming the 8th graders from WC Friday to join us! We are still in need of more volunteers for Friday night. We need people to sell 50-50 tickets and someone to provide the halftime snack. We also have slots available for pit crew, water station, and setting up and serving the pre-game meal. If you can help with any of these, please use the link below to sign up.

Here is the schedule for Friday night's game.

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Band Parent Meeting

We will have a meeting for all band parents this Tuesday at 6:00 in the auditorium. We will be talking about the Wildcat Invitational and the Williamsburg trip. Please make every effort to be in attendance.

September 16, 2022

Good morning! Here is the schedule again for the game at Forestview tonight. If you do not have the BAND app, please make sure you have downloaded it, joined our BAND, and turn on notifications. This is how I communicate our arrival and departure times for football games and competitions. This way, you can be sure to pick up your child on time after the game tonight. Here is a link to join. Please make sure you include who your band student is so I know who I'm approving for the app.

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Next Friday

We have several volunteer spots still available for our home football game next Friday. We need someone to provide the pre-game meal, halftime snack, and sell 50-50 tickets. If you can help out with any of this, please sign up using the link below. If you sign up for one of the meals, I will let you know how many people to plan for. Thank you!

Wildcat Invitational

Our most pressing need for the Invitational is knowing how many trucks and trailers we will have. If you have an open trailer to haul band equipment to and from the stadium and parking lot, please sign up using the link below. If you can also haul it yourself with a truck or ATV, sign up for that as well. We need 12 of these, and so far only have one.

September 11, 2022

Good afternoon! I'm excited to be back this week and looking forward to working on our show again. Here is some more information about our upcoming Wildcat Invitational.

We will begin setting up for the event on Friday, October 7 after school. The band will not be going to the away game that night so we can get many things set up for Saturday. Volunteers will be needed from right after school until about 8:00. On Saturday, we meet at 7am to go over final details and then spend the next few hours preparing each station. Volunteers will be fed lunch before the first bands start arriving around 12:00. The contest will run into the evening with awards at 8:30 and then we have to clean everything up. That process takes until at least 11:00. If you are unable to commit to the entire day but still want to help out, let me know what time you would be available and I can let you know where you can best serve. Our biggest need at this point is securing trucks, trailers, and drivers for all the bands' equipment. If you can help out in this way, please sign up on Sign Up Genius.

We also need to secure ads for the program and sponsors for trophies. If you have contacts with our area businesses, please reach out to them about these. We will also accept sponsors and ads from individuals. Getting these will really help cut down on the cost of this event and increase our profit. Here are the links for these.

Trophy Sponsorship Form.pdf

Wildcat Invitational Ads.pdf

Upcoming Schedule

Tuesday - After school practice until 6:00

Thursday - After school practice until 6:00

Friday - Football game at Forestview

Game Schedule Away

Tuesday, September 20 - Band Parent Meeting at 6:00

Friday, September 23 - Home Football Game

Saturday, September 24 - Marching Band Practice 9am-Noon (lunch provided)