It is the mission of the Pinecrest Area III Band Booster organization to support, promote, and foster the marching band, symphonic/concert band, jazz band, color guard, pep band and any other music venture the student(s) or director’s vision carries them.
No student shall ever be turned away from the program due to financial in-ability to pay fee’s so by volunteering personal time, physical, moral, and financial support the organization assists the Band Director in providing our students with musicianship, showmanship, pride of accomplishment, tradition, spirit, loyalty, and especially citizenship.
Director of Bands
Eugene Cottrell attended Concord University in Athens, WV. While there, he marched with the world championship finalist Canton Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in 1990 and 1992. In 1992, he was a section leader and soloist for the Bluecoats. After graduation, he taught at West Point Middle and High School in Mississippi as an assistant band director for 3 years. He spent 15 years at Northwood High School (six years concurrently at Horton Middle School) in Pittsboro. During that time period his bands received consistent superior ratings at the middle school and high school levels concurrently. Cottrell was named to Who’s Who of America’s Teachers in 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2006. In 2005 he was named a National Teacher of the Year by the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.
In 2011 he received the Jackson Parkhurst Award for Special Achievement from the NC Symphony. Along with the Maxine Swalin Award for Outstanding Music Educator, these awards recognize NC music teachers who “Make a lasting difference in the lives of students of all abilities and backgrounds, Serve the community in an exemplary manner as a role model in music education, instill a love for music in children, and inspire students to reach appropriately high musical standards.”
Currently in his 5th year as Director of Bands at Pinecrest High School the Marching Patriots have won several Grand Championships over the past three seasons while receiving all superior ratings over that same time period. The Pinecrest Wind Ensemble has also received superior ratings in grade V and VI. Mr. Cottrell was most recently the guest clinician for the Southeastern 9/10 All District Band which represents over 45 schools. He enjoys family time with his wife, Leslie, and daughters, Madison and Sydney. Mr. Cottrell is also a published photographer and he loves golf way more than it loves him back.
Evan Spivey is a 2013 graduate of Pinecrest High School where he participated in all bands. He was the captain of the percussion section his junior and senior year. He is a graduate of Sandhills Community College with an Associate in Science Degree in Chemistry.
Evan has been playing drums and percussion for 10 years. He owns his own production company doing sound, lighting, and stage design around North Carolina. This is his fourth year as a percussion instructor at Pinecrest.
Color Guard Instructor
Jamie Barnes comes to us with 25 years experience as a color guard instructor, and 11 years theater background. She is an educator certified to teach English and Social Studies. This is Jamie’s first year as a color guard instructor for the Pinecrest Marching Patriots.
2020 Board Members
President- Lisa Gibbs
Vice President- Suzanne Bondurant
Uniform Manager- Christine Palazzolo
Treasurers- Kelly Chance & Lori Smith
Secretary- Renee Wicker
Neil Waters- Pit Crew Manager
The Pinecrest Marching Patriots Band is one of the biggest collection of students in the school. It consists of one class a day and after school practices.
The Marching Band performs at all home football games as weather permits and goes to competitions at other high schools almost every weekend in September and October. So whether you want to play an instrument or twirl flags in the color guard, there is always room for more in our great big band family.
For the longest time, Concert Band at Pinecrest High School has only had classes available in the spring semester. But now, there will be one Concert Band class held in the fall semester as well. If students are interested in the spring concert band season, they must have participated in either marching band class or the fall concert band class.
The concert band class consists of learning new pieces of music for concerts, going to Music Performance Adjudication or MPA, and progressing on subjects such as sight reading and music history. If you are willing to learn and work hard in a fun and welcoming environment, sign up today for a Concert Band class.
The Pep Band season starts shortly after the football season ends. Pep Band plays in the gymnasium for our basketball team here at Pinecrest. It is a small ensemble full of participants of the marching band who wants to play for and support our sports programs even more.
If you enjoy the Marching Band, then Pep Band is a great way to get to know better the members of our Patriot Band. And our basketball team isn’t bad to watch either. It is a great new program added only just last year and is expected to grow as our band does, so come join us in support!
Jazz Band is not an offered class at Pinecrest, but a club of sorts. Students are asked late in the fall semester to try out for Mr. Cottrell if interested in joining.
The Jazz Band consists of trumpet, trombone, saxophone, upright bass, and guitar players; as well as a pianist and a percussionist. Practices are held before school every Tuesday and Thursday as schedules allow and perform at the Spring Concert with the Concert Band. They also do work in the community, such as playing at retirement homes and the Grand Re-opening of Lowes Foods. If you have a love for jazz, bebop, or swing music, or learning about its history, come try out!