2016 is already history, and we are about to embark on a New Year filled with excitement and promise. FMBC is busy preparing for the 2017 FMBC Championships. We thank the many participating directors, their staff, and even a couple of student leaders who responded to our survey. You provided valuable information that we will use as we prepare to make 2017 the best year ever for the Florida Marching Band Tournament.

We will be at the FMEA Conference, January 11th-14th. Please stop by and visit and let us know how things are going for your program! We will be in booth 3011 on Aisle 3 at the Convention Center in Tampa this year, and we would love to see you.


2016 Weather was beautiful in the area as over 80 bands and nearly 10,000 musicians descended on the Tampa/St. Petersburg area to entertain the crowds and display the results of months of hard work. And the Final Results are available in our archives. Check out our 2016 Season History Page to see how your favorite band scored!

The Finals were a few minutes behind schedule this year, but when the announcements were made, you could hear the cheers for every single band all the way to Orlando - at least it seemed that way to all of us in the Press Box as 25 bands stood on the field and their friends and supporters in the stands shouted out their congratulations and support!

Here were the Class Winners for 2016

1-A - Mater Academy
2-A - Northside Christian
3-A - Palm Beach Central
4-A - Jupiter
5-A Park Vista

But as always, those of us who are teachers and administrators understand that every single student who participated was a winner, and we hope you understand that as well. We congratulate every single one of them, and thank the students and their directors and their staff for a day of truly outstanding performances.


We all had a chance to enjoy the outstanding Western Carolina University 'Pride of the Mountains' Marching Band at the end of 2016 FMBC Semi-Finals and Finals, as well as the simply amazing University of Miami's 'Band of the Hour' from the Frost School of Music at the University and their Huricanette Dance Line.

More information about the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami is available here. and you can read more about the Western Carolina 'Pride of the Mountains' band at their website.

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



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.


If you are interested in becoming a 2017 FMBC Sponsor, we would llike very much to speak with you. Contact Sandi at 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.

FMBC 2016 Finals Retreat
FMBC Finals Olympic Retreat as viewed from the Pressbox - Nov 12th, 2016 - 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, including our new FMBC Hall of Fame Scholarships, started in memory of John Rusnak.

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.
March 31st
CSJA National Seminar for Judges
April 30th
CSJA Summer Florida Clinic
Davenport Florida
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)
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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 25th
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 Preliminary Schedule Released
Nov 4th
FMBC Sem-Finals Judges Announced
Nov 7th
FMBC State Semi-FInals Final Schedule Released
Nov 7th
Nov 12th
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