About the Lincoln Band


Lincoln's bands consistently earn superior ratings at the district and state levels, having received the Otto J. Kraushaar Award several times over the school's 30-year history. This award recognizes a record of straight superior ratings at all state marching and concert festivals throughout an entire year.

The Lincoln Band has also achieved recognition on a national level as an outstanding high school band program. Recent performance invitations include:

  • 2011 University of Georgia January High School Band Festival
  • 2009 Music for All National Concert Band Festival
  • 2005 Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic
  • 2004 CBDNA/NBA Southern Division Conference
  • 2002 Bands of America National Concert Band Festival
  • 2001 University of Florida Concert Band Invitational
  • 1999 ABA Convention
  • 1997 Southeastern Band Clinic

The Lincoln Band has performed throughout the country and abroad including Washington, D.C., New Orleans, a national TV performance at the Independence Bowl, and in London, England. Lincoln Band students are consistently represented in the Florida All-State Bands, FSU Tri-State Bands, the Tallahassee Youth Orchestra, the Tallahassee Winds, the FSU Honors Jazz Band, and the Panhandle Jazz Band. Lincoln is also proud of its high representation in the All-District Band and Solo & Ensemble Assessments.


The Concert and Symphonic Bands are the foundation of the band program at Lincoln High School. Although we provide many different opportunities for music performance, these ensembles provide the full range of music education from which other opportunities stem. These classes are where fundamentals are taught and musicianship flourishes.

Although performance is a major goal for these courses, it is not the only one. It is our belief that "the process is just as important as the product." Most musical concepts are taught through the rehearsal of quality literature for performance. There are standards, however, that are not met through performance. Student objectives include listening to, discussing, and writing about music as well as acquiring a basic knowledge of music history and theory.

All students are encouraged to participate in as many musical opportunities as they can both through and outside of Lincoln High School. Private lessons are strongly recommended. If a student is interested in continuing with music beyond high school, private lessons and involvement in as many musical opportunities as possible are essential for success.


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