North Buncombe High School is proud to foster a music program which strives to mold its students not only into talented musicians, but responsible young adults who aspire to become involved in a community rich in the cultural arts. We are proud to be led by an alumnus by the NBHS music program.

Our director, Andrew Shelton, brings a wealth of musical education and performance experience to a program that consistently places a large number of students in All-County, All-District, All-Region Jazz, All-State Jazz, and All-State Honors Bands.Mr. Shelton encourages students to perform at their highest levels. Whether it be through individual performance, in our small or large ensembles, or in our award-winning Marching Blackhawk Band, Mr. Shelton’s love of music is infectious and fun. His great relationship with our students provides him the opportunity to solidify technique and musicality skills, while allowing students to enjoy their classes as they become great musicians.

The NBHS music curriculum includes Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Pit Orchestra, AP Music Theory, and Winter Guard. Established in 1959, the NBHS Band’s success is built upon years of tradition, knowledge, and the high expectations set in place by several beloved Band Directors. Wallace Brown set the standard upon which the band program’s rich history of success thrived for 31 years. Upon Mr. Brown’s retirement, D. Sanford Boone stepped into the director’s role. Mr. Boone not only continued Mr. Brown’s high standards and principles but raised the bar even higher, helping the band achieve even greater success until his retirement in 2012. We are thrilled to have Andrew Shelton carrying on the tradition of excellence in music education for NBHS Students.