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Second preview of high school marching bands in Pasco

Euphonium player Kelsey Johnson, 14, keeps an eye on director Brian Schmidt while playing Queens’ Crazy Little Thing Called Love during summer band rehearsal at Fivay High School in Hudson. Alongside her is fellow euphonium player Nicholas Kuhn, 14.


Euphonium player Kelsey Johnson, 14, keeps an eye on director Brian Schmidt while playing Queens’ Crazy Little Thing Called Love during summer band rehearsal at Fivay High School in Hudson. Alongside her is fellow euphonium player Nicholas Kuhn, 14.

Fivay High School Falcon Band

• Band members: 50-60

• Staff: Brian L. Schmidt, director of bands; Stephanie Popplewell, guard instructor

• Drum major: Alexis Carro

• Halftime show theme: Rock. Selections: Anyway You Want It (Journey); Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen) Carry On My Wayward Son (Kansas); Don't Stop Believin' (Journey)

• Calendar: All home football games; Winter Concert, Dec. 15 at Fivay High; Spring Concert, May 31 at Fivay High

• Feeder schools: Hudson Middle, Crew Lake Middle, Bayonet Point Middle

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

• Needs: Any donated instruments and funds to provide supplies and equipment to students in need.

Available to perform for the community. Contact: [email protected]; (727) 246-4187;

Hudson High School "Class Act" Band

• Band members: 60

• Staff: Terry Adams, director; Cory Rotenour, drum instructor

• Drum majors: Kelsey Speulda and Chris Pollard

• Halftime show theme: Led Zeppelin. Selections: Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Kashmir

• Calendar: Trip to New Orleans

• Feeder schools: Hudson Middle, Crews Lake Middle

• Other school music programs: percussion ensemble, jazz ensemble, symphonic band, woodwind choir, brass choir

• Accolades: The jazz ensemble was one of two Pasco bands to receive superior ratings at the Florida Bandmaster Association's Jazz Performance Assessments.

• Needs: Sponsorship money for the trip to New Orleans

The band is available for community performances. Contact Terry Adams at (727) 774-4323; e-mail, [email protected]

J.W. Mitchell High School Marching Mustangs

• Band members: 125.

• Staff: Joel Quina, director; John Lluvera, percussion; Ashley Smith, color guard; Tom Damato, visual

• Drum majors: Shawn Marron and Jessica Malka

• Halftime show theme: Livin' for the City. Selections: Make Me Smile (Chicago); Livin' for the City (Stevie Wonder;) New York, New York; Conga (Miami Sound Machine)

• Calendar: Fall Concert, Oct. 11. Prism Concert, Dec. 9 and 10.

• Feeder School: Seven Springs Middle

• Needs: Donations for instruments and music

• Other music programs: jazz ensemble, wind ensemble, symphonic band, percussion ensemble, musical theater and chorus

• Contact: (727) 774-9357; e-mail, [email protected]

River Ridge High School Marching Knights

• Band members: 50

• Staff: Robert Cook, director

• Drum majors: Naomi Miyazato and Amanda Beckman

• Halftime show theme: Legends. Selections: Adventure, Mysticism, Action, Sacrifice, Victory Jubilation

• Calendar: Trip to the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville in January

• Feeder school: River Ridge Middle

• Needs: Cash for the trip to the Gator Bowl Parade and game.

• Other music programs: concert band, guitar class, musical theater, dance and a new basketball pep band for home rivalry games

Available for community performances. Contact: [email protected]

Wesley Chapel High Wildcat Marching Band

• Band members: 57

• Staff: David Martin, director; Christy Hobby, color guard; Dustin Huston, marching and visual; Elise Gonzalez, head percussion instructor; Heath Crouch, percussion instructor

• Drum major: David Becker

• Halftime show theme: "Heartbeat," by Key Poulan. Selections: Adrenaline, Passion and Heart Attack

• Calendar: Chamberlain High FMBC Competition; Newsome High FMBC Competition

• Feeder school: Weightman Middle

• Other school music programs: jazz band, concert band, chorus, musical theater, drama, dance

• Needs: Cash and a 20-foot trailer to transport equipment to replace the trailer that was stolen years ago

Available for community performances if funds for transportation are provided. Contact [email protected]

Marching band practice at Fivay High is a twice a week venture, typically held inside the band room, what with all the afternoon rain storming down these past few weeks.

Lightning and metal instruments make for a dangerous mix, said band director Brian Schmidt. "The most important thing is for the kids to be safe."

Blending the marching with the music becomes more of a challenge then, especially with a such a young band needing to be oriented with their place on the football field. Now in the school's second year, the Falcons have nearly doubled in size, but most of the players are freshmen with little marching experience.

"We're the youngest band in the county so we're in for a tough year or two," said Schmidt, who as a second-year teacher, promises to grow right along with them. "But when they come around, they'll be a real good team."

Here's a preview of what's coming down during halftime on Friday nights at Fivay High, as well as the offerings from other Pasco high schools.

Festival dates

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

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

• 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


Last week's bands

For the first batch of bands featured last week, visit and look under "Pasco Top of the Class."

Second preview of high school marching bands in Pasco 09/06/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 9:50pm]
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