NRCA instrumental ensembles average seven or more performances a year in our Fine Arts Center. Four large ensembles regularly participate in regional adjudication. The Marching Knights’ average season includes five or six performances for home football games, three Marching Band Competitions, and the Raleigh Christmas Parade.
- Michael Scanlan (Class of 2011) was the first band alumni to ever serve as a collegiate drum major directing for the NC State’s Power Sound of the South.
- Natalie Bell (Class of 2012) attended Belmont University and is now a professional composer and arranger working in Nashville. Natalie has been a primary source of music for the Marching Knights.
- Samuel Sparrow (Class of 2013) attended Manhattan School of Music after graduating from NRCA. In 2017, he became the first NRCA band alumni to earn a professional symphony seat with the Charlotte Symphony.
- Numerous band alumni have and continue to perform on the collegiate level with ensembles at: Manhattan School of Music, Belmont University, Appalachian State, UNCG, Campbell University, Elon University, NC State, ECU, Liberty University and Western Carolina University.