img_0949Rachel Gorman loves being a leader in the Stoneman Douglas High School band known as the Eagle Regiment. She is an assistant drum major and plays the baritone. Playing music well is important to her and so are the many friends she has made over her years in band.

“We work hard during practice but it is very rewarding,” she said. “We bond together as a family.”

The Stoneman Douglas marching band will be one of many performing in the upcoming FBA assessment at Coral Springs High School this Saturday. Bands will be judged on music and marching efforts.

Brianna Sanchez also loves being a part of the band program at Stoneman Douglas. She plays the trumpet and is an assistant drum major. “It takes dedication and focus to do well in band and I enjoy playing music,” she said. “We are like a family and we bond together.”

Josh Hogan, a trumpet player in the Eagle Regiment said he has made a lot of friends in band and likes practicing and performing. “I have worked hard in band and this is my favorite activity,” he said.

Alexander Kaminsky, the band director is pleased with the band and says it is doing well in performances and competitions. The Eagle Regiment received all superior ratings at the recent Florida Bandmaster’s Association assessment at Coral Springs High School. The bands were evaluated on music, marching, general effect, auxiliary and percussion. The J.P. Taravella High School, Coral Springs High School and Coral Glades High School marching bands received straight superior ratings.

Members of the Coral Glades High School enjoy being a part of the band and enjoyed the competition.

Faith Silvia plays the vibraphone and has made many friends in the band. “I like to play music. We are just a big happy family. I love being a part of this band,” she said.

Her mother Heather Silvia is  Coral Glades band parent. She loves that fact that kids in the band are so dedicated to band and believes it takes dedication to be successful.

Michael Friedman, band director for J.P. Taravella High School is proud of the work that his band has been doing during the fall. He has found that band students love to play music and enjoy the camaraderie of being in the band.

Also, the Eagle Regiment earned a superior rating and performed very well in Atlanta as a 2016 Bands of America Super Regional top ten finalist finishing in ninth place. This was the band’s first exposure to major national competition. Bands from throughout the Southeastern United States participated and as far west as Missouri.