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Northgate Band Program History

About Our Program

The Northgate High School Band program is the instrumental arm of a diverse and extraordinary fine arts curriculum at the high school. Northgate, Coweta County's newest High School, (founded in 1996), is currently populated with approximately 1800 students. The instrumental music program serves these students through 3 concert bands, marching band, jazz band, percussion ensemble, a competitive Winter Guard program and Winter Percussion program.

The band's motto, "Nothing Less Than The Best", is exemplified in every facet of the program. Consistently recognized for their high performance standards with every ensemble, the students strive to move the program forward in each succeeding year to heights yet unknown.

Under the leadership of founding Director Alan Armstrong, now with the assistance of Assistant Director Chris Sink, the program has grown from an initial size of 21 students in 1996 to an enrollment which has in some years exceeded 160 students (including a phenomenal growth rate of 662 percent in their first six years of existence)

Supported by an outstanding and active Band Booster Organization, the program looks forward to more growth and continued excellence from all facets of the program in the future.

Northgate Viking Band Resume -- 2012

In 15 years as a competitive unit, the band has earned an astonishing 112 class championship awards, 39 Divisional Championship awards and 8 Grand Championship awards. Competing in their own classification, they have established a winning percentage of 92 % over the last 15 years.

The Northgate Viking Marching Band is the most competitively successful organization in the HISTORY of Northgate High School.

The marching band was named the AA Division Parade Champions at the Dixie Classic Parade Competition in Williamsburg, VA in 2000.

They have performed in the WSB-TV Salute To America 4th of July Parade on three occasions (one of the largest July 4th parades in the Nation)

They have performed four times in the Egleston's/Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta Christmas Parade. In 2003, they were invited to come to Atlanta 2 days early and videotape the Grand Opening of the CHOA Festival of Trees with parade Grand Marshall "Mickey Mouse". This opening ceremony was telecast during the live broadcast of the Parade 2 days later.

They were named the Band Division Parade Champions of the 2003 Chinese New Years Day Parade in San Francisco California.

They were selected to participate in the Hollywood Christmas Parade in Hollywood California in 2005.

They were selected to participate in the St. Patricks Day Parade in Chicago, Illinois in 2010

They performed live on "Star-94" alongside then morning show hosts Steve McCoy and Vickie Locke. At the time of their performance the station was the highest rated radio station in Atlanta

The Indoor competitive colorguard unit has been named a Gold Medalist once, silver medalist once and a bronze medalist once at Winterguard International (WGI) Regional Championships. They were a gold medalist three times, bronze medalist once and silver medalist twice at the regional Southeastern Circuit Championships. In 2003, they attended the WGI World Championship competition for the first time and placed 16th in the NATION. In 2008, due to growth in the program, this program expanded to include two units. The scholastic guard finished 4th in their classification in their first year and was a silver medalist at the 2009 SAPA Championships and gold medalist at the 2011 championships. The independent unit was the Gold Medalist at SAPA Championships in 2008, 2009 and 2010. At the Winterguard International World Championships held in Dayton OH, this unit has finished in 5th place in Class A and 13th in the Open Class at these WORLD Championships.

The indoor competitive percussion unit has been named a finalist at 3 Winterguard International Regional Percussion Championships. They were also named the silver medalist at the Southern Association for Performing Arts Championships in 2007, SAPA Gold Medalist in 2008 and were the Gold Medalist at the Winterguard International South Carolina Regional Percussion Championship in March of 2008. In 2009, they were named Champions of the WGI South Eastern Regional Percussion Championship and earned Silver Medalist honors at the SAPA championships.

The band has been represented by membership in Honor Bands at the University of Georgia, The University of South Carolina, Georgia State University, Jacksonville State University, and the University of West Georgia. The band has been represented in the Georgia Music Educators All State band on 13 different occasions and has had students awarded "1st Chair honors" in the All State band on three different occasions.

The Concert Band program consists of three concert bands which regularly participate in Georgia Music Educators events and perform multiple yearly concerts in the community. The bands perform literature ranging from Grade 3 to Grade 6 (the most difficult music available) in both festivals and concerts. The Advanced Symphonic Band performed for the GA State Leadership Convention in 2003 and ambassadors from Gifu, Japan. In 2011 they were selected to perform as a featured guest ensemble at the University of Alabama Honor Band Clinic. In 2012, the Northgate Band received the Georgia Music Educators "Exemplary Performance Award" for oustanding achievement in all facets of the band program. They were one of the first three bands selected for this honor in state history.

The band or affiliated units have traveled to and performed in Gulf Shores, AL Pensacola, FL Washington, DC Mobile, AL San Diego, CA Jacksonville, FL Murfreesboro, TN Tuscaloosa, AL Dayton, OH Tampa, FL Hollywood, CA Panama City Beach, FL Chicago, IL as well as hundreds of local and regional performances over the last 16 years.