.........2015 is here - and we hope your
Concert Bands, Wind Ensembles and
Jazz Ensembles are having a great year !



The planning for next year is well underway. The early submittal draw is complete, and seedings are posted. You can click through on the FINALS INFORMATION page or simply click HERE to view the early draw seedings for 2015.

SHOW HOSTS - Please check the show schedule posted on the new REGIONAL EVENTS page and advise any changes or corrections by sending an e-mail to the FMBC Technical Coordinator at FMBC01@gmail.com .

As we announced in January, we will once again be hosting FMBC Finals in the Tropicana Dome, and we will again be hosting the unique and exciting Battle at the Beach for Drum Lines the evening before state Semi-Finals and Finals. A reference note - you do NOT have to be participating in FMBC State Semi-Finals to participate in the Beach Battle Drum Line competition. With a little luck, maybe we can convince our fearless leader to break out those fire batons again this year to help light up the beach!

We have adjusted our class sizes slightly to try to get a more even balance in each size grouping. Size classes for 2015 will be

1A - 1 to 24 Winds
2A - 25 to 35 Winds
3A - 36 to 56 Winds
4A - 57 to 80 Winds
5A- 81 Winds and up

As in the past, your performance time at FMBC Semi-Finals is based on a combination of your score at a Regional Event, and the date we receive your paid registration, with the earliest registrations going on last in their class. More information about seeding is in our Rules and Regulations.

You can now pre-register for Semi-Finals and/or for the Beach Baattle Drum Line Competition. You do not have to participate in FMBC Semi-Finals in order to participate in the Beach Battle. From April 1st onward, paid applications for Semi-Finals will be seeded on an as-received basis.

Here are the links for registration;

To Register for FMBC State Semi-Finals, use this link;


To register for the FMBC Beach Battle Drum Competition on the Friday evening before FMBC state Semi-Finals,, use the link below;


FMBC Finals will be held on November 21st, so start making your plans for the Big Event in 2015 now....


The Central States Judges Association, the organization that trains and certifies its judges in interpretation of FMBC criteria (and criteria from other states) and provides the judges for many of our Regional Shows and many of the judges for FMBC State Finals, as well as for other pagaentry arts events around the world, will host a clinic on July 18th at Springstead High School in Spring Hill Florida near Tampa for current and prospective future judges, as well as band directors and staff. In prior years we have combined the two clinics, but this year we decided to split them up in order to give more time for each organization to focus on items of specific interest to each group. For more information on the CSJA Clinic, click here, or contact Katie Buelow at KAB08@TampaBay.rr.com.

The location for the FMBC event has changed. Unfortunately we ran into a facilities problem at the Hilton Inn in Daytona Beach, plus several directors advised us that it was just too far for them to drive if they were not already attending the FBA Summer Clinics. As a result the Board of Directors of FMBC decided to relocate the clinic to a more central location near our home office. The FMBC event will be held at the Hampton Inn in Apopka rather than at the Hilton in Daytona Beach as originally planned. The FMBC meeting will start at 10:30 am, and will conclude by 4 pm.

The FMBC event this year is intended for Approved 2015 Regional Show Hosts along with their tabulators and show management staff, and will focus on how to manage an effective FMBC Regional Show. Host school directors and staff from schools that will be hosting a 2015 FMBC Regional Show are invited and encouraged to attend.

All FMBC Regional Show Directors should have already received registration materials along with detailed information on the location and a schedule of events by e-mail. If you are an FMBC Regional Show Host and have not received the materials, please contact us.

Original Photos Courtesy of JoleschEnterprises.com



We hope you were able to attend the FMEA winter convention this year. The clinics were among the best ever, and the performances were off the charts. We had a larger booth this year, complete with a couple of our special 'FMBC Director's Chairs' and we enjoyed seeing many of you again. We were able to discuss our plans for the future and get valuable input from many of you in person. (Plus we got to visit a lot of old friends).

As our returning show hosts know, we strive to sanction shows on a priority basis based on seniority, but once a date is locked in on a school district calendar (and our calendar), it can become difficult or impossible to make changes.

Show dates are now posted, and are not expected to change. We appreciate our show hosts working with us and working together to minimize overlap in each geographic area. Of course, some overlap is inevitable, but we do our best to help minimize this so that all of our regional shows can be successful.

As always, FMBC is unique in that we are a Florida-based, non-profit organization, and our sole focus is providing a service to YOU! We never take a single dollar from our regional show hosts (other than a small registration fee that covers the cost of the supplies and in some cases personnel we send you). The profits from your show go 100% to your school to help support your band program.



Our friends at the Group Travel Network have negotiated discounted rates for FMBC Finals Weekend at several area hotels and motels. A complete list, along with contact information, is posted on our FMBC Finals Information Page.

When you contact these hotels, please let them know we recommended them so that these hotels will continue to work with us to provide discounted rooms in the future!


We would like to welcome BrightSpark Student Travel and Charms Office Assistant to FMBC. These two new sponsors are worth checking out - both are well-established, nationally recognized companies in their field, and can offer opportunities to you and your students.

If you are interested in becoming a 2015 FMBC Sponsor, we would llike very much to speak with you. Contact Sandi Rosenblatt at FMBCState@gmail.com for information,



1A - Hialeah High School
2A - Seminole Ridge High School
3A - Jupiter High School
4A - Buchholz High School
5A - Park Vista High School

and to our


Barron Collier High School

FMBC Finals Retreat 2014
FMBC Finals Olympic Retreat as viewed from the Pressbox - Nov 22, 2014 - Tropicana Dome, St. Petersburg Fl.
Algy Team Collection


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.

Deadine for Early-Entry participant discount & pre-season seeding.
April 1st
CSJA Spring Seminar and Training in 2015 FMBC Standards (Indianapolis)
May 2nd
Deadline for registration for the FMBC 2015 Summer Seminar.
July 1st
Deadline for Sanctioned Regional Registration & Deposit
July 1st
2015 FMEA/FBA Summer Convention Daytona Beach
July 8th-10th
2015 FMBC Summer Seminar (Daytona Beach Area)
July 11th
CSJA Summer Clinic, 8:30 AM
Springstead HS, Spring Hill Fl
July 18th
Sanctioned Regional Deadline for Declaring Judges for review
Aug 1st
CSJA Fall Seminar (Indianapolis)
Aug 8th
FMBC Review of Judges for Regional Shows Complete
Aug 24th
First FMBC Regional of the Season
Deadline for Revising/Correcting Class Size for Semi-Finals
Oct 27th
FMBC Semi-Finals Entry Deadline
Nov 2nd
Deadline for receipt of applications for Jon Kersten Scholarships
Nov 2nd
FMBC Yearbook Photo Deadline
Nov 2nd
Deadline for advance discounted ticket and merchandise sales
Nov 2nd
FMBC Semi-Finals Program Information Deadline
Nov 7th
FMBC State Semi-Finals and Finals Judges announced and Schedule Finalized
Nov 12th
2015 Drum Line Beach Battle
Nov 20th
Nov 21st
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