Hometown Pinellas

From service members to marching bands
Published November 26

Redington Shores resident graduates Marine Corps boot camp

Redington Shores resident Beau Browning, who graduated from Seminole High School and St. Petersburg College, recently graduated from the United States Marine Corp boot camp. The training is a 13 week-process that includes numerous physical and mental tests concluding with the "The Crucible" a 54-hour, 48-mile training session. Browning is the son of Dave and Jan Browning of Redington Shores.

St. Petersburg native serves aboard hospital ship in Colombia

Howard Pryor of St. Petersburg is serving aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort, which recently arrived in Turbo, Colombia. More than 900 U.S. service members, volunteers and partner nation personnel are embarked for the mission to provide medical assistance during stops in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras. They expect to treat approximately 750 patients per day and perform approximately 20 surgeries per day aboard the ship while working alongside partner nation personnel.

Tarpon Springs Outdoor Performance Ensemble wins Bands of American Division AA championship

Tarpon Springs Outdoor Performance Ensemble was crowned Bands of America 2018 Division AA National Champion and ranked in the top five marching bands in the nation last weekend at the Bands of America Grand Nationals in Indianapolis. The Tarpon Springs Outdoor Performance Ensemble performed a production entitled RP1, inspired by Ernest Cline's novel Ready Player One and takes place in 2045, where much of humanity uses the virtual reality software OASIS to escape the desolation of the real world. The ensemble was named 2018 Bands of America Orlando Regional Champion at the Bands of America Orlando Regional Marching Band Competition in October and won Outstanding Music Performance, Outstanding Visual Performance and Outstanding General Effect. It was Bands of America Grand National Champion in 2014 and 2017 Atlanta Super Regional Champion.

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