Phone: 910-455-4888 (Ext. 34034)


Degrees and Certifications:

Western Carolina University Bachelor of Science in Education (Music Education) Bachelor of Music 2018 Teacher of the Year

Mr. Lance J. Barton

Subjects Taught

1st Period - Piano - Beginning

2nd Period - Concert Band 

4th Period - Marching Band 


Western Carolina University (Fall 2013) - Cullowhee, NC

  • BSEd: Music Education
  • BM: Music


  • "Pride of the Mountains" Marching Band
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Symphonic Band
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Inter-Fraternity Council


Graham High School (C/O 2006) - Graham, NC


  • National Honors Society
  • Marching Band
  • Concert Band
  • John Phillip Sousa Award
  • All District Honors Band 
  • FCA
  • Key Club
  • Student Council


During my summers in college I was privileged to work with many high school band camps from south central North Carolina to western North Carolina. I served as a section leader for two years and a drum major for one year during my years with Western Carolina University's "Pride of the Mountains" Marching Band. In the fall of 2013 I completed my student teaching at West Henderson High School under the tutelage of Allen Klaes, David Starnes, and Dr. William Bryant. In January of 2014, I served as the substitute band director for John A. Holmes High School.

Performing Ensembles: Sinfonia Winds, WCU Wind Ensemble, WCU Symphony Band, WCU Concert Choir, Early Music Ensemble, "Pride of the Mountains" Marching Band, All District Symphonic Band

Contests: Student Soloist (WCU Wind Ensemble) - 2010; Student Conductor (Western Carolina University) - 2011, 2012, & 2013

Professional Organizations

  • NAfME (National Association for Music Education)
  • North Carolina Music Education Association
  • North Carolina Bandmasters Association 
  • Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity


I am currently in his ninth year as Director of Bands at Southwest Onslow. I am a native of central North Carolina (Burlington, NC), but I love the mountains as much as I love the beach. I am a graduate of Graham High School (Go Red Devils!) where I was involved with the band, student council, and soccer. My love of music carried me to Western Carolina University after high school, where I studied Clarinet and Music Education and received 2 degrees (Bachelors of Science in Education & Bachelors of Music). During my time at Western Carolina I was very active on campus, performing in the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, various small ensembles and collaborated with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. I also served as a drum major for WCU's "Pride of the Mountains" Marching Band, which performed in Indianapololis, Atlanta, and the 2011 Rose Bowl Parade. I enjoy Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, exploring new music, sports (Go Heels!), and spending time with my 4 year-old Schnauzer-Terrier mix, Ellie.