Pride of the Tribe Marching Band

The "Pride of the Tribe" Marching Band has been a fixture in the Natchitoches Community for decades. On Friday nights in the Fall, the marching band can be seen at NCHS Football games, LMEA Marching Competitions, and the Festival of Lights Parade. In the Spring, the marching band will perform at local Mardi Gras Parades and select NCHS Boys and Girls Basketball Games.

The Pride of the Tribe is under the Direction of Mr. Michael Cody Thurber and Ms. Emmaleigh Toney.

Concert Band

The Natchitoches Central Concert Band performs in the traditional concert stage setting. In the fall semester, the concert band performs a Christmas Concert, and will volunteer in the community with nursing home performances and a performance at Shirner's Children's Hospital in Shreveport. In the Spring Semester, the NCHS Concert Band performs at the Natchitoches Parish Concert Band Festival, LMEA District II Festival, a Spring Concert, and travels to a regional concert band festival.

The NCHS Concert Band is under the baton of Mr. Michael Cody Thurber and Ms. Emmaleigh Toney

Tribal Fire Colorguard

Colorguard Instructor

The Tribal Fire colorguard is the auxilary unit of the "Pride of the Tribe" Marching Band. The Tribal Fire colorguard performs at all events as the "Pride of the Tribe" Marching Band. In the Spring Semester, the Tribal Fire Colorguard performs as the NCHS Winterguard.

The Tribal Fire Colorguard is under the direction of Mrs. Cady Cassels


The NC Winterguard competes on the annual Louisiana WGI Winterguard Circuit. All members of the Tribal Fire are also members of the Winterguard.

The NC Winterguard is under the direction of Mrs. Cady Cassels

United Sound Chapter

United Sound is an initiative to see the inclusion of special needs individuals into the music education world. At Natchitoches Central, we are only the second United Sound chapter in the state of Louisiana. United Sound sees students take the lead in working music with their peers and providing a memorable, educational, and enjoyable experience to all involved. The United Sound NC Chapter will perform their first concert in May 2022 at the Natchitoches Central Band Department Spring Concert.

The NC United Sound Chapter is largely a student run organization, but is under the supervision of Mr. Thurber, Ms. Toney, Mrs. Cassels, and NC "DES" instructor Allie Humes.

Jazz Band

The NCHS Jazz Ensemble is all about teaching students three things:

1)How to improvise and perform in a variety of jazz style/settings

2)Learn the history and culture of Jazz as it developed in the USA

3)Learn multitude of repertoire composed by Jazz master musicians

The Jazz Band is active in the Spring semester and performs a concert in May on the Riverfront Stage in downtown Natchitoches.

The Jazz Band is under the direction of Mr. Alexander Guillory