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About the Director...

Bobby Hinson received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from East Carolina University in 1991 and his Master of Music Degree from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA in 1993. Mr. Hinson served as Band Director at East Millbrook Magnet Middle School from 1993-2004. Bands under his direction have performed at the North Carolina State Band Contest Festivals, and contest festivals in Florida and Tennessee, and Georgia. His students have placed in the All-County, All-District, and All-State Honors Bands.

Mr. Hinson is a member of the Music Educators National Conference and the Central District Bandmasters Association. He served as guest conductor and clinician for the 2000-2001 New Hanover County All-County Middle School Band, the 2005-2006 Martin County All-County Middle School Band, the 2008-2009 Alamance County All-County Middle School Band, the 2009-2010 Carteret County Middle School Honors Band, the 2009-2010 Nash County All-County Middle School Band, and served on the staff of the East Carolina University Summer Band Camp from 1994-2009.

Mr. Hinson was a finalist for Wake County Teacher of the Year for the 1999-2000 school year. He was awarded "Band Director of the Year" by the Central District Bandmaster's Association in 2000. Mr. Hinson was Salem Middle School's 2007-2008 "Teacher of the Year".

About the School...

  • Amanda Boshoff, Principal
  • Molly Dibble, Assisant Principal
  • Timothy Belton, Assistant Principal
  • Seth Ashburn, Assistant Principal


  • 6th Grade Band
  • 7th Grade Band
  • 8th Grade Band

This is an opportunity for Salem band students who have at least one year's experience to see how they rank among middle school band students from across Wake County, Central North Carolina, and the entire state. All-County, All-District, and All-State Band members from Salem will be immortalized on the wall of our bandroom. The three requirements for auditions are:

  • Eight scales
  • Prepared solo
  • Sightreading
Those that make the band will only be involved in two rehearsals and one performance. Call any time with questions or email Mr. Hinson. Advanced band members are expected to audition. Intermediate band and advanced Beginning band members may audition as well. No one ever made anything without trying!

Parents, be sure to monitor and sign your child's practice chart every week. I recommend 30 minutes every weekday to achieve the required 150 minutes per week. There is always a practice assignment. End each session with something fun!

Parents, help your child and his/her performing arts class by being a part of the Salem PTA! No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.


Private lessons are an advantage of living in a metropolitan area, such as the Triangle. Please take advantage of one-on-one instruction by a professional musician who plays the instrument your child is learning. This, combined with band class, will give your child the complete instrumental music education. Contact Mr. Hinson for details and a list if area private teachers.

Click on Handbook for more detailed information.





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