The theme of 2021 was truly "back in action!" Here's a look back at some of our program's accomplishments over the past year:
In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the University Band fields three separate FFCC "indoor" ensembles: the Winter Guard presents "It Is Well," a message of hope and comfort in difficult times; the Indoor Percussion Ensemble continues the 2020 season with "Beyond the Horizon," and the brand-new Indoor Wind Company presents "Post Virum," set in a distant future.
The Winter Guard hits the ground running, earning first place at the FFCC Lake Howell Regional.
The University Band hosts its first event in over a year, welcoming over 40 schools to a highly regulated, socially-distanced FFCC regional.
Twenty-nine University students earn "superior" ratings at the virtual FBA Solo & Ensemble Festival.
A school-record 19 students - Thomas Ambrose, William Barnes, Daniel Bonnet, Joseph Cassidy, Liam Cervantes, Nozomi Devine, Kayla Elias, Dominic Gonzalez, Connor Gotham, Benyamin Hajder, Dante Jaramillo-Vasconez, Alexis Lau, Julia Moen, Marli Myles, Matthew Pedrero, Summer Ramsay, Pharit Smitasin, Jared Sta.Ana, and Matthew Wong - perform with the OCPS All County Band.
The Indoor Wind Company and Winter Guard both place third at the FFCC championships, with the Indoor Percussion Ensemble earning the gold medal for their class.
Nine students - Kayla Elias, Jared Sta.Ana, Dominic Gonzalez, Sophia Ait Daoud, Julia Moen, Zabiel Morales-Diaz, Diego Talavera, Joseph Cassidy, and Nozomi Devine - earn a "superior" or "superior with distinction" rating at the FBA State Solo & Ensemble Festival.
The Prism Concert returns in a new split-venue style, dividing performances between the gymnasium and auditorium.
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The University Band returns to Band Camp for the first time in two years! We have two "freshmen classes" doing this for the first time...
We premiere our 2021 field show, "The Glass Cage." The show was designed for 2020 but after a year of online learning, it seemed even more relevant!
The Marching Band show continues to take shape as we prepare for the competitive season.
Juniors Dominic Gonzalez and Jared Sta.Ana audition into the All State Orchestra, and Daniel Bonnet earns a coveted spot in the All State Jazz Band.
The University Band starts off the season in spectacular fashion, hosting ten bands and the UCF Marching Knights at the University Classic, winning an FMBC Regional Championship, and earning Third Place at the BOA Orlando Regional.
After a "superior" rating at FBA and another FMBC Regional Championship, the band caps the season off by earning the Silver Medal at the FMBC State Championships with a 92.1, the highest score in school history.
Breaking our school record set earlier this very year, twenty-four students - Thomas Ambrose, William Barnes, Daniel Bonnet, Michael Carpenter, Jonathan Carroll, Liam Cervantes, Jason Crocker, Nozomi Devine, Dominic Gonzalez, Connor Gotham, Jorge Gutierrez, Alexis Lau, Huy Ma, Xander Manabat, Julia Moen, Zabiel Morales-Diaz, Matteo Moreali, Marli Myles, Matthew Pedrero, Summer Ramsay, Ian Rivera-Blanco, Jared Sta.Ana, Sienna Sutherland, and Matthew Wong - audition into the OCPS All County Band.
An additional four students - William Barnes, Daniel Bonnet, Connor Gotham, and Alexis Lau - audition into the OCPS All County Jazz Band.
Our concert and jazz ensembles put on our first actual Winter Concert in nearly four years, following by a band "homecoming" dance that was a great hit.
The University Band is back in full gear upholding our reputation as one of the premiere music education programs in the State of Florida. Here's to another great year!
Here's some of the things we're looking forward to in 2022:
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