.........The Florida Marching Band Season is Officially Underway!
   


SPACE COAST ISLAND CLASSIC

This week FMBC sanctioned four Regional Shows. Members of our staff attended the Merritt Island Space Coast Classic, and we were pleased to be a part of a well-run event. We saw some great bands, including a magnificent Merritt Island Host Band!

The 1A class at the Space Coast Island Classic was won by the First Academy. We noted that they had competed earlier that day at Leesburg, then drove across the state to compete here on Merritt Island. Middleburg won the Best Visual trophy, narrowly defeating the Pedro Menendez Band for 2nd place in their division. Rockledge, as the sole 2A entry, entertained the crowd with a rock concert featuring music by the Who and the Rolling Stones.

The 3A class was won by the Astronaut War Eagle Band, performing a well polished show with music by the Beatles. A close second with a very difficult show (they will be hard to beat when they get their show finished) was the Pine Ridge Panther Band, who took the Best Music trophy for the 3A class. Deltona opened the 4A Class with more Beatles music and Moondance. Are we beginning to see a trend here? The other 4A band, Hialeah Gardens, arrived late due to equipment problems, but they were well worth waiting for, as they scored an amazing 79.40 with their outstanding musical arrangements, a great Color Guard,and their salute to the great American passtime - Major League Baseball.

The lone 5A competitor was the Grand Champion of the event, the Timber Creek Regiment. They performed a show called 'Lighten' Up" - a happy show and another salute to the music of the 50's with tunes like "Up Tight" and "Long and Winding Road."

Other FMBC shows last weekend included Durant, where Braden River barely outscored Robinson by a fraction of a point to win the championship, Leesburg where Nease edged out Santa Fe and Gainesville in the evening Finals, and Hialeah where Flanagan narrowly beat Miami Coral Park to win the Hialeah Showcase of Champions.

The first two weeks of the 2014 season are now history! Recaps are posted on our Recaps page.


Timber Creek tells us to 'Lighten' Up' and have a good time as they revisit the music of the 50's at the Space Coast Classic!

Band Directors, if you can't participate this coming year, but would like to be on (or stay on) our e-mail list, click here.

ATTENTION FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL
& INDEPENDENT DRUM LINES!

There is a special event just for you now in the final planning stages! FMBC is working with our strategic partner, DCI, to host an all-new event for us - the first FMBC-DCI 'Battle at the Beach' Drum Line Competition. The event will be held at the 'Postcard Inn on the Beach,' located due west of the Tropicana Dome on St. Petersburg Beach on November 21st 2014, the evening before FMBC Semi-Finals and Finals. Although the concept is not new, this specific 'Drum Line Battle' program was designed and developed by DCI as a part of their new 'SoundSport/Drum Line Battle' program series. You can view the Rules at the DCI Drum Line Battle Website and you can register here. Drumlines must have 2 - 30 members, and all equipment must be carried (no grounded percussion). Competing groups perform head-to-head, each in a 12 meter (40 ft) square zone, separated from their competitor by a 2 meter neutral area. Performance time must be between 1-1/2 and 2 minutes. Competitive divisions will be determined based on the groups who enter. Although this is a competitive event, DCI tells us that the adjudication is heavily weighted towards audience entertainment! More information is available in Issue number 2 of our 2014 newsletter.

More details to follow...

2014 NEWSLETTERS
Sept 29th
Oct 8th
Issue #2 Cover Letter Newsletter #2
Oct 16th
Issue #3 Cover Letter Newsletter #3
 
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Please contact Justin Shuler at the Group Travel Network (call him Toll-Free at  (866) 563-3703) and take advantage of his hard work in finding the best prices for you and your band at band-friendly area hotels, as well as tickets to Bush Gardens and other area attractions. Discounted Group Purchase tickets for Semi-Finals and Finals are also available! See our FMBC FINALS INFORMATION page for more details.

FMBC 2014 GATE TICKET PRICES
FINALS AND SEMI-FINALS


Semi-Finals (All Locations): $14
Finals: $20.00 at Tropicana Field
VIP seats: Finals ONLY....$30.00

ALL TICKET SALES AT THE
GATE ARE CASH ONLY
!
2014 SEMI-FINALS SITES
1A - CLEARWATER HS
2A - GAITHER HS
3A - PLANT HS
4A - 5A - TROPICANA FIELD

The FMBC 2014 Registration form
is available on line. Click HERE to Register your band to participate in FMBC 2014 Semi-Finals!

Remember that performance order is now heavily dependent on the date of your registration! (along with your score at an FMBC Regional Show).

A tip from one of the early registration bands - when you enter your contact phone number on the entry form, use dashes between the area code and the number (xxx-xxx-xxxx). Don't leave the dashes out or you may get an error message when you try to submit the form.

As in the past, there are two levels of Registration, Standard Registration or Premium Registration - you can choose which ever works best for your band. If your band moves on to Finals, you will receive either 20 wristbands (standard) or 30 wristbands (premium) for Finals. All other personnel needing to enter any gate will need to purchase entrance wristbands. The details are below;

STANDARD REGISTRATION
$450 includes;

- 5 Staff/Director Credentials for Semi-Finals and Finals and
- 20 Chaperone/parent/staff/prop movers/bus drivers passes for Semi-Finals only

OR

PREMIUM REGISTRATION
$750 includes;

- 10 Staff/Director Credentials for Semi-Finals and Finals and
- 30 Chaperone/parent/staff/prop movers/bus drivers passes for Semi-Finals only

 

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL BAND
TO PERFORM AT FMBC FINALS!!

We are pleased to announce that the Florida International University Golden Panther Marching Band under the direction of Barry Bernhardt will be one of the groups performing in exhibition at the 2014 FMBC State Finals!!

 

 
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FMBC Finals Olympic Retreat as viewed from the Judges' Seats - Nov 23, 2013 - Tropicana Dome, St. Petersburg Fl.

FMBC SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 2014

With the aid of Music 'n Motion summer camps and the Central States Judges Association (CSJA), FMBC offers Scholarship opportunities for FMBC participating Instrumentalists and Guard members.

Your support is greatly appreciated by FMBC and by the many gifted students who work so hard to excel in high school band and guard, and have dreams to advance their training in music and the visual arts. If you would like to help support tbe 2014 FMBC Scholarship Fund, contact our Executive Director, Cathy Kersten at our main office.

 
 
2014 KEY DATES
FMBC/BIMBC Island Contest of Champions in Nassau, Bahamas
March 29th
Deadine for Early-Entry participant discount & pre-season seeding.
April 1st
CSJA Spring Seminar and Training in 2014 FMBC Standards (Indianapolis)
April 26th
Deadline for registration for the FMBC 2014 Summer Seminar (Call or e-mail our home office).
July 1st
Deadline for Sanctioned Regional Registration & Deposit
July 1st
2014 FMEA/FBA Summer Convention Altamonte Springs (Orlando area)
July 10-12
2014 FMBC/CSJA Summer Seminar for Directors and Adudicators
(Oak Ridge HS, Orlando)
July 13
Sanctioned Regional Deadline for Declaring Judges for review
Aug 1st
CSJA Fall Seminar (Indianapolis)
Aug 10th
FMBC Review of Judges for Regional Shows Complete
Aug 25th
First FMBC Regional of the Season
Sept 27th
Deadline for Revising/Correcting Class Size for Semi-Finals
Oct 27th
FMBC Semi-Finals Entry Deadline
Nov 1st
Deadline for receipt of applications for Jon Kersten Scholarships
Nov 2nd
FMBC Yearbook Photo Deadline
Nov 4th
Deadline for advance discounted ticket and merchandise sales
Nov 4th
FMBC Semi-Finals Program Information Deadline
Nov 7th
FMBC State Semi-Finals and Finals Schedule Finalized
Nov 17th
2014 DrumLine Beach Battle
Nov 21st
2014 FMBC CHAMPIONSHIPS!!
Nov 22nd
 
 
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