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Sioux Falls Lincoln "Patriot" Marching Band

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

UNIFORM: The Lincoln Band uniform is comprised of Columbia blue jackets, black pants, silver baldrics, black shako hats, and black plumes with silver highlights.

BAND DESCRIPTION: 246 total, 4 drum majors, 77 brass, 36 percussion, 92 woodwinds, 8 banner carriers, 29 color guards.

The Sioux Falls Lincoln "Patriot" Marching Band is under the umbrella of the Lincoln High School Band program and is the product of five concert Bands that meet on a daily basis throughout the school year. The Program’s elite Symphonic and Concert Bands are audition only and comprised of students who study music privately outside of school. In addition, the program also has three active jazz bands that also meet daily, as well as a pep band and an active solo and ensemble program. Three orchestras and five choirs round out the robust Music Department at Lincoln.

The Sioux Falls Lincoln "Patriot" Marching Band has a long tradition of outstanding accomplishments including: • FOUR Tournament of Roses Parade appearances: 1992, 1998, 2005, 2013 • THREE Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade appearances: 1994, 2000, 2008 • Sweepstakes trophies at numerous local and regional competitions throughout the Upper Midwest, including the sweepstakes trophies at the 2011 Sioux City, Iowa ‘Starfest’ field competition; the 2011 ‘Valleyfest Showdown’ in Des Moines, Iowa; and, 2011 University of South Dakota ‘Quad State’ field competition, the 2012 'Tri-State' band festival in Luverne, Minnesota, and the 2012 'Big Sioux Review' in Brandon, South Dakota.

The drum line was regionally undefeated from 2001 through 2006, and again from 2009 through 2011. The Lincoln High School Band Program has had record numbers of students in the South Dakota All-State Band for the past 13 years. In 2010, a state-record thirty-seven students made into the South Dakota All-State Band from Lincoln, comprising nearly one-fourth of the group.

The 2012 Lincoln Marching Band received the outstanding drum major award at four competitions, the outstanding colorguard award at three competitions, the outstanding hornline award at four competitions, and the outstanding drumline award at two competitions. They also finished the 2012 season with two sweepstakes awards.

Founded in 1965, Lincoln High School is one of three public high schools in the city of Sioux Falls, SD. It has a student population of approximately 2000 students from grades 9 through 12. The Lincoln High School Band program is only in its fourth head directorship since it began in 1965 and has had a rich tradition in concert, jazz, marching, and solo and ensemble groups.

PERSONNEL: Bob Carlson and Dan Carlson, directors; Carter Christensen, Rachel Nevin, Elizabeth Smorada and Kelsey Stotz, drum majors.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Band is supported by an extremely active band parent association that has been in existence for over 35 years. In 2011, 34 band students from Lincoln High School made the South Dakota All-State Band, which is approximately one fifth of the entire South Dakota All-State Band. The Lincoln Band has had more students annually in the South Dakota All-State Band for the past 15 years than any other school in the state, and set the state record at 37 members in 2009. The Lincoln Band also contains 8 AP Scholars, 6 AP Scholars with Honors, and a whopping 28 AP Scholars with Distinction.

The Lincoln Band also has three AP National Scholars, as well as one of the two AP State scholars (of which there are only two in the State). 42 students in the band are maintaining a 4.0 G.P.A. The average G.P.A. of the Lincoln Band is 3.4. Lincoln High School was also recently ranked in the top 5% of schools in the nation and the top academic school in the state of South Dakota by US News and World Report.

To raise funds for the trip, they sold magazines, cookie dough, fruit, raffle tickets, wreaths, frozen food, jewelry, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, grocery cards, car wash coupons, rock concert tickets, chicken dinner tickets. This is band director Bob Carlson's 44th and final year of teaching and his 14th at Lincoln High School. He has brought his bands to three Tournament of Roses Parades, Three Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parades, four Minnesota Vikings Football games, one Green Bay Packers Game, and has performed with his symphonic band at six state music conventions. He is currently the oldest active band director in the state of South Dakota.

The band directors at Lincoln High School, Bob Carlson and Dan Carlson, are a father-son team. They have been teaching together for 14 years at Lincoln High School. Bob was Dan's band director from 5th grade through 12th grade. They have never had an arguement! The Band traveled 36 hours on 7 charter buses to arrive at the parade. The average high in December for the city of Sioux Falls is 29 degrees F and the average low is 8 degrees F. The Band regularly rehearsed in temperatures below freezing during their final two months of preparation for the parade.

Sioux Falls is the largest city in the state with a population of over 165,000 people. The city is located in the southeast corner of the state, approximately fifteen miles from both the Iowa and Minnesota borders, and about 70 miles from the Nebraska border. Sioux Falls is home to thriving healthcare and financial industries, including Citibank, First Premier Bank/Premier Bankcard and Raven Industries. The City has a wide array of leisure activities to offer, including a professional minor league arena football, basketball, hockey, soccer, and baseball teams. Sioux Falls is also the home of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, which performs in the Washington Pavilion Center of Arts and Sciences. Sioux Falls was named Money Magazine’s number one place to live in the country in 1992.

Updated on: 11/30/2012 12:06:32 AM

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