The "Pride" of Port Charlotte 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.