2011 NEWS ARCHIVE

 

FMBC 2011 NEWSLETTERS
 

 

CSJA SPRING SEMINAR - CSJA once again hosted their midwestern spring seminar in Indianapolis, and their Florida spring seminar in Orlando, focusing heavily on FMBC Reference Criteria at both events.

FMBC/DCI SUMMER SEMINAR - Our 2011 Summer Seminar was held on July 31st at the Citrus Bowl Pressbox in conjunction with Drum Corps International. This year we had a wide variety of attendees - band directors, show designers, judges, and FMBC staff spent the day discussing the theme of the seminar - which was the challenges facing smaller bands.

Our guest speakers, Aaron Robin, Executive Director of the Central States Judges Association, and Kathy Lavay, former director of the highly successful Santa Fe High School band in Alachua Florida spoke at length about the strategies that directors of smaller bands have used around the country to find success not only in competitive marching programs such as FMBC and BOA, but also how to maximize their presentations for FBA Performance Evaluations and the hometown crowd at football games.

Thanks to our friends and business partners at DCI, participants in our clinic were able to participate in a mid-afternoon special presentation from members of the world-famous Blue Man Group, followed by a one-hour on field clinic by the members and staff of the Boston Crusaders.

Our clinic drew to a close with Aaron's explanation about how CSJA judges are trained to focus their recorded comments on education to help both students and directors - not just on setting scores and ratings. The session concluded as Cathy Kersten and the FMBC staff reviewed FMBC's plans for the future, and was followed by a special reception for FMBC Directors in the pressbox, with an opportunity for them to view the evening DCI show from that air-conditioned VIP venue.

As we prepared to take seats in the beautiful Citrus Bowl Pressbox, we first thought that the evening DCI show might be rained out, but the storms moved out of the area, and the DCI competition got underway only a few minutes behind schedule. The winners of the DCI show were clearly the Boston Crusaders, but the surprise for all of us was the Jacksonville Florida-based Teal Sound - their emotionally charged presentation and powerful horn line sound brought the crowd to its feet over and over again. It turned out to be a wonderful, educational day capped off by a small but outstanding DCI show.

TWO UNIVERSITY MARCHING BANDS PERFORMED AT FMBC SEMI-FINALS AND FINALS

Two outstanding nationally known Marching Bands from two major universities perrformed at this year's FMBC Semi-Finals and Finals;

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA'S NATIONALLY FAMOUS
MARCHING KNIGHTS
AND THE
THE COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
SPIRIT OF THE CHANTICLEER!

The fantastic Coastal Carolina University Marching Band made the 550 mile trip to entertain our participants and Guests. Click here to learn more about CCU Bands! And Florida's own University of Central Florida Marching Knights performed as well! Click here to learn more about the extraordinary UCF bands. All colleges and universities displaying at the Tropicana Dome will have representatives available to talk to students about scholarship opportunities and discuss the features of their college music programs.

DISCOUNT TICKETS FOR FMBC, BUSCH GARDENS, AND UNIVERSAL STUDIOS

As has become our custom, FMBC arranged for discount tickets to Busch Gardens and Universal Studios for any bands that were interested in spending the day after Semi-Finals and Finals at either or both of these two popular destinations.

2011 SEASON SCORES

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