About & FAQ

Railer Band

The Lincoln Community High School Band is very active at school and in the community. The band performs in multiple settings including concert band, marching band, pep band, jazz band, and pit orchestra. The students work long hours to perfect their craft and it definitely shows. Railer Bands is proud to support the citizens of Lincoln and grateful for the support that we receive from them in return.

Meet the Director

Mr. Nigel Range is the Director of Bands at Lincoln Community High School. He received a Bachelor of Music Education from Western Illinois University. He joined the staff at LCHS in 2014. When you see him wearing a necktie, be sure to notice the saxophone on his tie clip–that’s his favorite instrument.


  • 1. Band Questions
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  • 1. Can I Be in Band and Other Activities (Football, Poms, Cheer, etc.)?

    Absolutely!  We have students in band who also participate in Football, Poms, Cheer and many other school activities.  The key is to discuss your plans, with your parents, your coaches, and with the Band Director.

    Don't let wanting to be in other activities stop you from exploring band!


  • 2. When is the Band's season?

    Marching Band season starts in August with two-weeks of band camp at LCHS.  Then, there are 4-5 all-day band competitions usually 1-2 hours away.  Also, the Marching Band performs at each of the 4-5 home football games under the "Friday Night Lights." The band also marches in the LCHS Homecoming parade.

    Beginning in November, everyone in the Marching Band becomes part of the "Pep Band" and play at each of the home basketball games.

    There is also a winter concert and a spring concert, usually at the end of the semester.

    It's a busy, year-round season, but lots of fun!

  • 3. How Much Does it Cost to Be in Band?

    The cost to be in band is surprisingly small.  You need access to an instrument. (LCHS has some available to use, otherwise there are instrument rentals that we can help you find.)  There are no fees to join band.  Uniforms and Pep Band shirts are provided. (There are some additional costs for color guard uniforms.)  Don't let money stand in the way of you being in band.  It's one of the least expensive high school activities there is.)

  • 4. How Much Music Do I Need to Know to Be in Band?

    It's good to have a basic knowledge of reading music and playing an instrument.  However, we know that some people started band in the 4th grade and others not until 8th grade.  People start high school band at different levels--and we will help you improve.  If you have any questions about your music level, don't be afraid to reach out to Mr. Range with your questions.)

  • 5. Do My Parents Have to Spend a Lot of Time Helping with Band?

    The LCHS Band Boosters is a group of parents who help support the band by traveling with the band to competions, serving refreshments at home games and selling concessions at basketball games.

    Your parents don't have to be involved in Band Boosters, but it's a fun group and a big support to the Band Programs!