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Profiles of Pasco high school marching bands

Gulf High School Buccaneer Band

• Band members: 70

• Staff: William Rutherford, director; Kelly Rutherford, color guard sponsor; Angelo Saroukos, percussion instructor

• Drum majors: Rachael Hitchcock and Drew Eglin

• Halftime show theme: "Superheroes!" Selections include music from Batman, Superman and The Incredibles.

• Calendar: Trip to Atlanta in April

• Feeder schools: Gulf Middle and International Baccalaureate students from Bayonet Point Middle, Chasco Middle, Seven Springs Middle and Paul R. Smith Middle

• Accolades: Last year, bassoonist Shane Gillen represented Gulf High in the All-State Band and the Pasco All-County Band. In April, the color guard received its first superior rating in several years at the State Solo and Ensemble Music Performance Assessment for the Florida Bandmasters Association.

• Gulf High Music programs: jazz band, concert, strings, choral, Jazz Fusion ensemble

• Needs: Donations for upcoming trip, concession supplies

• Available for community performances

• Contact Bill Rutherford at, (727) 774-3374; Tom Deininger (booster president) at or visit the website

Ridgewood High School Marchin' Rams

• Members: 30

• Staff: Tark Katzenmeyer, director; Vicki Knapp, color guard and visual instructor.

• Drum majors: Arie Matthew and Holly Moon

• Halftime show theme: The Blues Brothers. Selections: I Can't Turn You Loose/Soul Man, Soul Finger, Think/I Can't Turn You Loose and Flip, Flop, and Fly. All songs arranged by Paul Murtha.

• Calendar: University of South Florida HOT Day, Sept. 10 at Raymond James Stadium, Tarpon Springs Outdoor Music Festival, Oct. 15

• Feeder schools: Chasco Middle and Bayonet Point Middle

• Accolades: Arie Matthew and Holly Moon participated in the 2011 University of Florida High School Honor Band and the 2011 Penny's Band Leadership Camp

• Needs: New drum line equipment, donations for instrument repair. Contact:

Pasco High School Marching Band of Pirates

• Members in band and color guard: about 66

• Staff: Edward Evans, director; Jay Wood, percussion instructor; and Laurel Weightman, guard instructor

• Drum major: Meredith Phipps

• Halftime show theme: STYX /Paradise Theatre. Selections include A.D. 1928/ Rockin' The Paradise, Too Much Time On My Hands, The Best of Times

• Calendar: Community parades and events

• Other school music programs: symphonic band, jazz band, string ensemble, drum line and percussion ensemble

• Feeder schools: Centennial Middle and Pasco Middle

• Contact Ed Evans at (352) 524-5531.

Sunlake High Soaring Sound Marching Band

• Band members: 80

•  Director: Tonya O'Malley

•  Staff: Betsy Koss, Nicholas Souder, Tom Schurr, Melanie Wittke and Brian Guedes

•  Drum majors: Madeline Varieur and Katelyn Nguyen

• Halftime show theme: Bach Nouveau

• Calendar: Community performance on Sept. 10 at Sunlake High, two regional marching band competitions in order to qualify for state competition

• Feeder school: Rushe Middle

• Accolades: During the 2010-11 school year, the band qualified and competed for the first time at the state level and placed 15th. Out of three regional competitions over the past two years, the marching band has won the class title twice. The jazz band also qualified for state assessment.

• Needs: The band is actively seeking business sponsorships in exchange for advertising opportunities with the band. Also needed is an equipment transportation vehicle.

• Available for community performances

• Contact Tonya O'Malley at or (727) 246-1000.

Wiregrass High Marching Bulls

• Members: 85

• Staff: George DeGuzman, director; Justin Rojas-Baggett and Michael Washington, percussion; Megan DeGuzman, Rene Robles, Renee Edmundson, Jasmine Cox, color guard and visual staff; Christopher Noto, Alex Cabañas, drill/music

• Drum majors: Emily Crissey and Nathan Tindall

• Halftime show theme: That '70s Show. Selections include Carry on My Wayward Son, You've Made Me So Very Happy, In the Stone

• Calendar: Several competitions around the state in October

• Feeder school: Dr. John Long Middle

• Accolades: In the past four years, the color guard has earned the gold medal and two silver medals in the state championship competition. In addition, several students have graduated from Wiregrass and have begun their higher education and careers in the music industry.

• Needs: The band and band boosters seek cash donations to help families cover expenses of being a member of the band. The group needs large coolers, bottled water and a golf cart or four-wheeler. Contact George DeGuzman at

Zephyrhills High School Marching Bulldog Band

• Band members: 80-90

• Staff: Russell L. Schmidt, director; Tonya Campbell, guard instructor

• Drum majors: Julia Hines and Tim Manning

• Halftime show theme: Pirates of the Caribbean

• Other music programs: jazz ensemble, symphonic band, marching band, chorus

• Calendar: Fall Concert, Oct. 18 at the school; Winter Concert, Dec. 13 at the school; Spring Concert, May 22 at the school.

• Feeder schools: Centennial Middle and R.B. Stewart Middle

• Accolades: The jazz ensemble earned straight superiors at the Florida Bandmasters Association's 2011 Jazz Music Performance Assessments.

•Needs: Instruments and funds are requested to help provide supplies and equipment to students in need.

• Available to perform locally and throughout Central Florida

• Contact:; (813) 794-6233;

Festival dates

• Florida Bandmaster Association Marching Festival, Nov. 5 at River Ridge High School

• Florida Bandmaster Association Concert Festival, Feb. 1-3 at the Pasco Schools Center for the Arts at River Ridge High

• Florida Band Master Association Jazz Festival, Feb. 9 at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel High

All-County Band performances

• All-County Concert Band, Jan. 28 at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel High

• All-County Jazz Band, April 26 at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel High

Profiles of Pasco high school marching bands 08/30/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 7:03pm]
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