The "Pride" of Port Charlotte Marching Band

Marching Band

What is Marching Band?

Marching Band is one of the best activities you can get into! Wikipedia has a good section on Marching Band found here. A Marching Band typically has a group of musicians and a Color Guard. Click here for the Wikipedia section on Color Guard. They combine to musically and visually perform a 7-10 minute show.


When does it start?

Marching Band typically begins at Band Camp in May when school ends. We usually have camps for the next years Student Leadership and incoming freshmen. The first week of school, the marching band begins a series of short rehearsals twice a week to prepare for the performances - competitions and half-time shows. During the first few weeks of July, Band Camp is held. Band camp is when the students learn . During practices the marching band will learning their show. This year's show is called Night watch. (Click here to view the show on YouTube) The Fall Practice schedule which normally is Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Marching band & color guard practice at the same time. On weekends with competitions, it is typical to have a Saturday practice before we travel to our competition.


When is the Competition Season?

The Competition season usually begins in September and goes through the beginning of November. Competitions are held almost every Saturday during this time period. During competitions each of the Bands will be graded by a panel of judges on music, marching, and visual elements of their show. This score then determines the placement of the Band at that competition. Check the calendar for the full competition schedule. The marching season consists of District & State Finals. Bands who make it to the State Finals get to perform at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis in front of thousands of people!


How is Marching Band Organized

Florida uses a class system based on school size and band size. This allows the Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA) to keep approximately the same number of bands in each district. For its marching band competitions, classification of participating bands are determined by the number of wind players in each band. Classes range from 1A to 5A. We are planning to attend the Showcase of Champions Competition of Gainesville, Lightening Tournament of Bands and the FBA District Marching evaluation.


The "Pride" of PC History

The "Pride" of Port Charlotte Marching Band mainly performs during the fall and is composed of members from within the entire program. The "Pride" has established an impressive and enviable record of accomplishments during its 32 year history. The marching band has become known for its musical quality and exciting performances locally and throughout the state of Florida. As a member of the Florida Bandmasters Association, the "Pride" has received an overall Superior rating at the FBA District Marching evaluation for 31 of its 32 year existence. In competitive events, the "Pride" has been awarded over 500 placement, caption, and championship trophies. The marching band has represented Port Charlotte High School throughout the United States and Europe. Performances have included: The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City; The Cotton Bowl National Marching Championships and New Year's Day Parade in Dallas, Texas; The Fiesta Bowl Classic and Field Championships in Phoenix, Arizona; the Lord Mayor's New Years Day Parade in London, England; The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade; and The St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City.