THE SEASON IS HERE...
AND WE ARE OFF AND RUNNING!

   


FMBC EARLY REGISTRATION SEEDING NUMBERS

Registration for FMBC 2016 Semi-Finals is now open. This year your Registration Fee can be paid with Credit Card, Check, or by using PayPal. You can view the current list of registered bands, their tentative size class and their seeding number here.

Here is the link for Registration;

2016 FMBC SEMI-FINALS REGISTRATION FORM

This Year's Event Date - November 12th, 2016
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THE FIRST FMBC REGIONALS OF 2016
ARE NOW IN THE HISTORY BOOOKS!

On Saturday, September 24th, our 2016 season began with two regional shows located over 300 miles apart in our great state - one at Chiefland High School, and the second at Boca Raton High School. The weather at Chiefland was hot and humid as the first band of the season took the field. This year it was the North Marion band, who were on the field promptly at 3:15 in the afternoon. Facing into the sun, they somehow managed to keep an eye on their drum major, and gave the audience and the judges a great performance. Eight bands performed at Chiefland, and the Grand Champion band was announced at 7:30 PM - Eustis High School.

The show at Boca Raton was scheduled to start at the same time, but the bands had to deal with weather delays as a typical Florida afternoon storm kept threatening to send the show indoors. However, the show got underway in the beautiful Bobcat Stadium a little after 4 pm, and the rain held off until just after the last band performed, giving all 12 bands a chance to premier their 2016 shows on the field! The Grand Champion of the 2016 Boca Raton Cavalcade of bands was Park Vista High School. Complete Recaps are posted on the RECAPS page.

Next weekend we have four FMBC Regional Shows, with the West Coast Invitational at Durant near Tampa, the Falcon Sound Invitational in SE Florida, the Contral Florida Marching Arts Invitational at Leesburg, which of course is as the name implies, in north central Florida, and Echoes of Excellence at Middleburg in the northeast part of the state. Our staff will be attending many shows this season, and we hope to see you there!!

2016 FMBC CHAMPIONSHIPS
OUR 2nd GUEST BAND ANNOUNCED!

In addition to the University of Miami's 'Band of the Hour' and the Hurricanette Dance Line, we are pleased to announce that the Western Carolina University 'Pride of the Mountains' Marching Band will be featured at the 2016 FMBC Semi-Finals and Finals!

The University of Miami's 'Band of the Hour' from the Frost School of Music at the University is directed by Jay C. Rees, and their Huricanette Dance Line is choreographed by Natalie Chernow. More information about the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami is available here.

The 'Pride of the Mountains' Marching Band, under the leadership of director David Starnes along with their Color Guard under the leadership of Bobby Richardson, will present their 2016 Production Show entitiled "Whee See You..." for the entertainment of the FMBC Audience. You can read more about this outstanding ensemble at their website.

 
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FMBC 2016 CLASS SIZES

A (1-24 Winds)
AA (25-35 Winds)
AAA (36-56 Winds)
AAAA (57-80 Winds)
AAAAA (81 and Up Winds)


 
 

ABOUT FMBC

The Florida Marching Band Coalition, FMBC, is a Florida-based, non-profit organization founded by long-time Florida residents, Cathy and the late Jon Kersten. Our sole focus is based on charitable and educational goals, and thereby providing a service to YOU!

Other than a small administrative fee that covers the cost of the supplies we send to you and the maintanence of the website we use to promote your show, we never take a single dollar from our Regional Show Hosts. We are not using your Regional Show to raise 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.

FMBC 2016 SPONSORSHIPS

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. You can even have your company or performing group recognized at FMBC Finals, along with a promotional video of shown on the 'big screen' between band performances at Tropicana Field.

 
 
 
2015 FMBC Finals Retreat
FMBC Finals Olympic Retreat as viewed from the Pressbox - Nov 21st, 2015 - Tropicana Dome, St. Petersburg Fl.
Algy Team Collection
 

ABOUT FMBC SCHOLARSHIPS

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.

 
 
2016 KEY DATES
Deadine for Early-Entry participant discount & pre-season seeding.
March 31st
CSJA National Seminar for Judges
(Indianapolis)
April 30th
CSJA Summer Florida Clinic
Davenport Florida
For more information, click here
June 19th
Deadline for Sanctioned Regional Registration & Deposit
July 1st
2016 FMEA/FBA Summer Conference Hilton Inn - Daytona Beach
July 6th-8th
Sanctioned Regional Deadline for Declaring Judges for review
Aug 1st
CSJA Fall Seminar (Indianapolis)
For more information click here
Aug 13th
FMBC Review of Judges for Regional Shows Complete
Aug 15th
First FMBC Regionals of the Season
Sep 24th
Deadline for Revising/Correcting Class Size for Semi-Finals
Oct 20th
FMBC Semi-Finals Entry Deadline
Oct 26th
Deadline for receipt of applications for Jon Kersten Scholarships
Oct 26th
FMBC Semi-Finals Program Information Deadline
Oct 26th
FMBC Yearbook Photo Deadline
OCt 26th
Deadline for advance discounted ticket and merchandise sales
Oct 26th
FMBC State Semi-Finals and Finals Judges announced and Preliminary Schedule Released
Nov 4th
FMBC State Semi-FInals Final Schedule Released
Nov 7th
FMBC CHAMPIONSHIPS!!
Nov 12th
 
 
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