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


The 2014 FMBC season opened with the Boca Raton High School Cavalcade of Bands on Saturday, September 27th. Ten bands competed at this event. The weather was beautiful as the day started, but some of our 2A bands had to deal with a sudden downpour - fortunately no lightning in the area.

The 1A class was won by the perennial powerhouse band from The King's Academy. The 2A class was a closely fought battle, as Somerset Academy edged out the Seminole Ridge band to take home the 2A Championship trophy.

The 3A class was a victory for Spanish River, as they were well prepared to do battle with the fine band from Atlantic High School. Okeechobee High School won the 4A Class.

The 5A was the event everyone was waiting for, as the Stoneman Douglas Eagle Regiment was facing the Park Vista Striking Cobra Band. As Stoneman Douglas was introduced there was a brief tribute to their late director, the late John Rusnak, a long time friend of FMBC both personally and professionally. Their new interim director, Sarah Odio, had just started with the program a few days ago. Stoneman Douglas confidently took the field and gave an outstanding performance, scoring an amazing 79.4 from the judges. They were followed by an equally outstanding performance by their lone 5A competitor at this show, the Park Vista Striking Cobra Band. As the awards were announced, we learned that the Eagle Regiment took the outstanding music and outstanding visual awards for 5A. The Striking Cobra Band won outstanding percussion, color guard and general effect in the 5A Class. There was no doubt that the outcome would be close. As the final announcement of the day was made, it was an exciting moment for all. When the numbers were totalled, the Striking Cobra Band edged out the Eagle Regiment by a fraction of a point, scoring 79.85 - the highest score of the day.

The first FMBC Regional Show of the season is now history! A full Recap is posted on our Recaps page.

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.


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. 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 details to follow...

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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;

$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


$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


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!!




Olympic Retreat 2013
FMBC Finals Olympic Retreat as viewed from the Pressbox - Nov 23, 2013 - Tropicana Dome, St. Petersburg Fl.
Algy Team Collection
2013 Finals Olympic Retreat 2
FMBC Finals Olympic Retreat as viewed from the Judges' Seats - Nov 23, 2013 - Tropicana Dome, St. Petersburg Fl.


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.

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
Nov 22nd
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