South Caldwell High School is one of three traditional high schools in the Caldwell County School system. There are approximately 1630 students enrolled in grades 9-12. Students come from a rural community of families who work mainly in the manufacturing and service industries.
The South Caldwell High School Band began in 1977, under the direction of Bob Love. Mr. Love developed a strong concert band foundation, and built a legacy of musical excellence recognized across the state; evident in his recent induction into the North Carolina Bandmasters ‘Hall of Fame.’ Arden Carson continued the tradition from 1984-2002, creating a generation of student musicians that excelled in the concert arena, and individually through solo performance, sending many of his graduates to study music collegiately.
Jason Childers became director of bands in the fall of 2002, and began expanding the size and scope of the band. Keeping the concert arena as its focus, competitive marching band, jazz, chamber ensembles, indoor percussion, winter guard, and AP music theory have all become an integral part of the program. With the leadership of middle school directors Leah Massey, Sarah Stafford, and Patrick Haymore the high school band membership has grown to over 200 students. The band currently offers three concert ensembles and three separate jazz bands, with each student participating in a chamber ensemble throughout the year.
The Spartan Regiment performed by invitation at the 2013 North Carolina Governor’s Inaugural Parade in Raleigh, North Carolina. In November 2015, the SCHS Wind Ensemble performed by invitation at the North Carolina Music Educators Annual In-Service Conference, held in Winston Salem at the Benton Convention Center. The concert, jazz, and marching bands have performed across North Carolina and beyond, including recent performances in Chicago, New York City, Orlando, and the Bahamas. The band has recently received special invitations to perform in Washington D.C. and Hawaii.