This ensemble provides a society and family
to which all band students can belong. It is a place where they
learn values and standards, where they can learn to depend on one
another in their pursuit of excellence. They learn about responsibility,
doing their fair share, and sticking to a common goal. They learn
to value people, respect their peers and not make judgments on the
superficial. They frequently acquire a stronger base for their adult
life than any other avenue open to them. This particular ensemble
is the most accomplished marching band of any in the state of Florida
and have been crowned The 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2006 Division
AA Bands of America National
The Marching Band performs the half time program
at all home football games and select away games. The first official
marching band competition is usually the Seminole Sound Spectacular
at Seminole High School early in the season, followed by state,
regional and national Bands of America events including competitions
at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, the Georgia Dome in Atlanta
(home of the NFL Atlanta Falcons), and the National Championships
in Indianapolis, Indiana.
At the Conservatory, each school year starts with
the The Outdoor Performance Ensemble and Marching Band programs.
Beginning with the "Ice Breaker" event in May of each
year, the Marching Band season stretches through November and includes
performances at the local, regional and national level.
At "Ice Breaker", incoming freshman
(graduating 8th graders) are introduced to the Leadership Conservatory
for the Arts. Following Ice Breaker and during the summer months,
Marching Band musicians practice at least weekly in either sectional
rehearsals or full band rehearsals at the high school.
Band Camp begins the week before school starts
and is required for all Conservatory students. During Band Camp,
students work full time on the musical compositions for the fall
program. After school starts, band practice is Tuesday and Thursday
nights and most of the day on Saturday. Attendance is mandatory
The Conservatory and Tarpon Springs High School
hosts the Tarpon Springs Music Festival competition
each year in October which attracts high school bands from throughout
Florida and Georgia.
Please read "The
Values of Marching Band" for a great description of the