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Three Local Marching Bands Advance to State Semifinals, Springstead Competes at Tropicana Field

HERNANDO – Three area high school marching bands competed against over 80 bands from across the state Saturday, in the Florida Marching Band Coalition Semifinals held at two Tampa High Schools. But only one school would hold on for the Final competition, to be held later that evening at Tropicana Field. 

Weeki Wachee beat out Hernando in the 2-A Division Semifinals but neither band would advance to the Finals. A total of 20 bands competed at Gaither High School, where Somerset Academy, Northside Christian, Seminole Ridge, and South Miami all advanced to the Finals.

In the 3-A Division, Springstead High School’s Marching Band competed against 16 bands at Plant High School, and later joined Palm Beach Central, Duncan Fletcher, Lake Minneola, and Miami Coral Park to compete in the Finals.

After nearly 18 grueling hours, five marching bands walked away victorious but Springstead would fall short of the top rank in their Division.

The top five FMBC Marching bands are Mater Academy (1-A), Northside Christian (2-A), Palm Beach Central (3-A), Jupiter (4-A), and Park Vista (5-A).

More information can be found on the FMBC website at

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  • This was my daughter’s 1st year with the MB. Great pictures – and thanks for the article.

    Monday, 14 November 2016, 6:40 pm
  • Congratulations. Memories made for ever! I lived and loved marching band.

    Monday, 14 November 2016, 9:04 am
  • Maybe, in the future, you can get pictures from all the bands… not just Springstead.

    Sunday, 13 November 2016, 10:52 pm
      • I’m a Springstead parent, so I’m happy to see these photos. However, you could always ask parents from the other bands for permission to use photos that they’ve shared publicly. I’ve seen some amazing photography from some of the parents, and I’m sure they’d be happy to share.

        Monday, 14 November 2016, 4:06 pm
  • re: band competition…. congtrats to all! i love HS marching bands. way to go Hernando Co.

    Sunday, 13 November 2016, 9:09 pm

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