We have reviewed the results of the questionaire sent to participating band directors, and we have set the date for the 2016 FMBC Semi-Finals and Finals as...(Drum Roll Please)...

Tropicana Dome
November 12th, 2016

Plus we are planning to make the 2016 season even better for competing high school bands that participate in our events. Some of our plans are not yet finalized, but we will share them with you as soon as we can. Here are some things that we can tell you, though.

REGIONAL COORDINATORS - We are now asking our Regional Coordinators to handle and approve the show assignment dates for all of the shows in their Region. ALL 2016 SHOW DATES MUST BE REVIEWED AND APPROVED BY THE REGIONAL COORDINATOR. It is our goal to minimize the overlap of shows in the same geographic area, to insure that all FMBC Regional Shows can be successful. Of course, there are a limited number of weekends, and a long list of schools that would like to host an FMBC Regional. As in the past, show dates will be assigned/approved primarily by each show's seniority with FMBC (some dates may be forced to adjust due to other circumstances, such as stadium availability, homecoming dates etc.). Our show hosts know that it is impossible to eliminate all overlaps, but we will do our best.

We have divided the Central Florida Region into two Regions, one region centering around the Tampa metroplex, and a second region centered around the greater Orlando area. Dan Dubay will continue to manage the Tampa area, and Brian Fisher will be the new Regional Manager for Central Florida.

SEMI-FINALS SITES - In 2016 we plan to add one additional semi-finals site. This will allow all size classes to finish their semi-finals performances earlier, and thus allow more time for Finalist bands to get to Tropicana Field.

In addition we plan to rotate the Semi-Finals so that every size class has a chance (every 5 years) to display their Semi-Finals performance in the Tropicana Field Stadium.

MORE TO COME - We are reviewing several other suggestions submitted to us at the FMEA show, and will let you know what other great things are in store for FMBC in 2016!

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If you are interested in becoming a 2016 FMBC Sponsor, we would llike very much to speak with you. Contact Sandi Rosenblatt at FMBCState@gmail.com for information.



The Florida Marching Band Coalition, FMBC, is a Florida-based, non-profit organization founded by Jon and Cathy Kersten of Apopka Florida. Our sole focus is based on charitable and educational goals, and thereby providing a service to YOU! Other than a small registration fee that covers the cost of the supplies we send to you, we never take a single dollar from our Regional Show Hosts. We are not raising money for our organization - we are committed to helping you raise money for yours! The profits from your FMBC show go 100% to your school to help support your band program.

2015 FMBC Finals Retreat
FMBC Finals Olympic Retreat as viewed from the Pressbox - Nov 21st, 2015 - Tropicana Dome, St. Petersburg Fl.
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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, including our new FMBC Hall of Fame Scholarships, started in memory of John Rusnak. We extend our thanks for the support of the Cape Coral (charitable) Foundation in helping us get these scholarships launched!

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 any of tbe FMBC Scholarship Funds, contact our Executive Director, Cathy Kersten at our main office.

Deadine for Early-Entry participant discount & pre-season seeding.
April 1st
CSJA Spring Seminar and Training in 2016 FMBC Standards (Indianapolis)
Deadline for registration for the FMBC 2016 Summer Seminar.
Deadline for Sanctioned Regional Registration & Deposit
July 1st
2016 FMEA/FBA Summer Convention Daytona Beach
July 8th-10th
FMBC Summer Seminar
CSJA Summer Florida Clinic
Sanctioned Regional Deadline for Declaring Judges for review
Aug 1st
CSJA Fall Seminar (Indianapolis)
FMBC Review of Judges for Regional Shows Complete
Aug 15th
First FMBC Regionals of the Season
Deadline for Revising/Correcting Class Size for Semi-Finals
FMBC Semi-Finals Entry Deadline
Deadline for receipt of applications for Jon Kersten Scholarships
FMBC Semi-Finals Program Information Deadline
FMBC Yearbook Photo Deadline
Deadline for advance discounted ticket and merchandise sales
FMBC State Semi-Finals and Finals Judges announced and Preliminary Schedule Released
FMBC State Semi-FInals Final Schedule Released
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