Local marching bands score honors at competition
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 8:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 8:31 p.m.
Two out of five Alachua County marching bands finished their seasons in the top five in their respective classes at the 15th annual Florida Marching Band Coalition State Marching Bands Championships on Saturday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
The Buchholz Golden Regiment Marching Band wound up fourth in the state after winning the semi finals competition. The band scored 90.83 out of 100 in the semifinals, beating out 15 other bands. They also scored best music for the semi-finals competition.
“The music (portion) is the most important because band is a music organization,” Buchholz band director Alex Kaminsky said. He said he was thrilled with the band’s performance, calling the Golden Regiment’s performance in the finals the band’s strongest this year.
Santa Fe High School Raider Regiment placed third in the finals after scoring fourth in the semi finals. The Santa Fe Raider Regiment received a score of 87.41 in semi finals and a score of 85.48 in finals competition and received the Best in Class award for General Effect in both the semi finals and finals competition. General Effect judges how effectively the music and visual portions of the show contribute to the energy and excitement level of the show, Santa Fe High School band director Nathan Bisco said.
“The band gave our greatest performance of the year in finals. The score was just lower because judging is always tougher in the finals portion of the competition,” Bisco said.
Santa Fe High School and Buchholz High School were the only two schools in Alachua County to qualify for the finals championships. Eighty-four bands competed at the championships on Saturday.
Students from Gainesville High School, Newberry High School and P.K. Yonge marching bands also competed in the semi-finals competition. The Gainesville High School Hurricane Marching Band ended in seventh place, the P.K. Yonge Blue Wave Marching Band scored eighth place and the Newberry High School Band of Pride Marching Band landed in 10th placed in their respective classes.