Posted Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Be sure to check out the great work the FBA Legacy Committee has been doing to preserve the legacy of some of our state's greatest retired band directors. Joe Krienes
was just added and new videos are being added all the time, so check back often! read more ...
Posted Monday, December 09, 2013
Here are the forms to register for the adjudicator certification workshops being held on January 8 at the Tampa Convention Center.
Posted Saturday, December 07, 2013
We are saddened to report the passing of the original "Big Green Indian" Jim Leonard, Ft. Walton Beach, Wednesday, December 4, 2013. Jim was a founding father and past president of FBA. After he fought in WWII, he became the first band director at Choctawhatchee High School. He was a legend in everyone's mind that knew him....but more importantly he was a friend, father, grandfather & great- grandfather. He will be greatly missed. There will be a Celebration of Life for Jim Leonard on Thursday, December 12, at Two Trees Restaurant in Ft. Walton Beach. FL, by the Ft. Walton Beach Golf Course, 4:30 to 7:30.
Posted Thursday, November 14, 2013
Sadly, we report the death of Alan Fetterman, former Band Director at Miami Palmetto Senior High School and member of the FMEA Hall of Fame. He also served as the Music Supervisor for Miami Dade County Public Schools. Mr. Fetterman was 79 years old. His wife Donna preceded him in death over 2 years ago. There will be a Memorial Service in his Honor at 11 AM on Thursday, November 21st at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2450 S.E. Ocean Boulevard in Stewart, Florida.
Posted Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Dean Locke, long time band director at Umatilla High School, passed away on November 4th due to complications from heart valve surgery. Dean was a lifetime member of the Florida Bandmasters Association. Dean Locke became the music teacher at Umatilla High in 1969. He taught at UHS and at Umatilla Middle School for the next 30 years until his retirement in 2000. Mr. Locke introduced marching band and jazz band to the students at UHS. Under his direction, the UHS Band performed at many events around the State of Florida including the Gasparilla Parade in Tampa, the opening of Walt Disney World, the Gator Growl in Gainesville, Band Day at the University of Miami, and the Edison Pageant of Light Parade in Ft. Myers. He also took bands to Atlanta, Ga. and Washington D.C. The Umatilla High School Band received consistent Excellent and Superior ratings at both district and state FBA marching and concert assessments during Dean’s tenure. Dean was very active in FBA, serving as district chairman multiple times during his career. Dean was the coordinator for the Florida All-Star Marching Band for 3 years. Memorial contributions can be made to a scholarship fund that will be given to a Umatilla High School music student in Dean’s name. Contributions can be sent to:
Dean Locke Memorial Fund
United Southern Bank
P.O. Drawer 29
Umatilla, Fl. 32784
There will be a Memorial Service for Dean Locke on November 25, at a site and time in Umatilla yet to be determined. A group of former students, friends and band directors is being formed to play at the Memorial Service. If interested in playing in the group, contact Wes Locke at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Posted Wednesday, October 23, 2013
During a period of more than 30 years, hundreds of Highlands County students learned about music and playing instruments from Paul Gustat. "He was a great teacher," said Bob Fritz, a former student who later played music at churches. He said Gustat was one of the five most influential teachers he had in school from elementary school through college.
Gustat, who was band director at Sebring High School for around 30 years, died Oct. 17 at the age of 92. As a band director, Gustat carried on the work of his father, Peter Gustat, who started the Sebring High School Band in 1926. Peter Gustat had developed a program that led to Sebring High School bands competing and winning against bands from much larger schools. His son continued that tradition during much of his career with the school system and retired around 1979, but returned to teach for seven years at Fred Wild Elementary School. Hill-Gustat Middle School was partly named for him and his father. "He was a wonderful father, a wonderful grandfather and a wonderful great-grandfather," said Merrilou "Skee" Gustat, his widow.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 23, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Sebring. read more ...
Posted Thursday, May 16, 2013
State S&E Central Site - March 20-22, 2014 - Seminole High School, Sanford
State S&E North Site - March 24-25, 2014 - Buchholz HS, Gainesville
State S&E South Site - March 27-28, 2014 - Barron Collier HS, Naples
State Band Northeast Site - April 21, 22, 23, 2014 - Daytona Beach State College (News Journal Center)
State Band Northwest Site - April 23, 24, 2014 - Tallahassee Community College
State Band Central Site - May 1, 2, 3, 2014 - USF (Tampa)
State Band South Site - April 30-May 1, 2, 2014 - FIU (Miami)
Posted Saturday, February 09, 2013
The following documents present the findings of a select committee which was formed to describe a band program that represents policies, procedures, and fundamentals that can be defined as Best Practices in Florida school band programs. read more ...