Band of the Week 2022 - Braden River Marching Band of Pirates
Band of the Week 2022 - Braden River Marching Band of Pirates

Last year, the Pirates were plundered. This year, they've gotten straight superiors.

November 15th, 10:00 AM EST by Marco La Manno
Band of the Week 2022 - Lemon Bay High Marching Mantas
November 5th, 6:58 PM EDT by Marco La Manno
Band of the Week 2022 - North Port High Alliance Marching Band
November 4th, 7:38 AM EDT by Marco La Manno
Seven local bands perform superior shows in annual assessment
Seven local bands perform superior shows in annual assessment

Bands across the area traveled to Manatee High School to perform 7-minute shows on which they've labored for as much as four months.

October 30th, 12:24 PM EDT by Marco La Manno
Local bands perform at annual MPA Saturday
Local bands perform at annual MPA Saturday

It's the time of the year many students in the area crave: the yearly FBA MPA on the Suncoast.

October 29th, 12:22 PM EDT by Marco La Manno
Band of the Week 2022 - Sarasota High Mighty Sailor Band
Band of the Week 2022 - Sarasota High Mighty Sailor Band

When you listen to the Mighty Sailor Band’s halftime in 2022, they’re quite the classy group of sailors.

October 26th, 7:45 AM EDT by Marco La Manno
FBA Marching Assessment celebrates best of Suncoast marching bands
FBA Marching Assessment celebrates best of Suncoast marching bands

The Florida Bandmasters Association is back with their annual Marching Performance Assessment in the Suncoast area, being held at Manatee High.

October 23rd, 5:13 PM EDT by Marco La Manno
Band of the Week 2022 - Southeast High Marching Noles
Band of the Week 2022 - Southeast High Marching Noles

It's so cruel that it's taken so long to see the Marching Noles play their halftime show. But you might find it devilishly worth the wait.

October 18th, 7:02 PM EDT by Marco La Manno
Band of the Week 2022 - Venice High Marching Indians
September 21st, 9:00 PM EDT by Marco La Manno
2022 Band of the Week: Riverview High Marching Kilties
September 15th, 8:07 AM EDT by Marco La Manno
Band of the Week 2022 - Charlotte High Silver King Band
Band of the Week 2022 - Charlotte High Silver King Band

“Everything that we were doing meant something. Our work was transferring."

September 9th, 7:03 AM EDT by Marco La Manno
2021 Band of the Week - Lakewood Ranch Mustang Marching Band
2021 Band of the Week - Lakewood Ranch Mustang Marching Band

Lakewood Ranch High's marching band finally decided its future lies beyond the yellow brick road.

November 11th, 12:11 PM EST by Marco La Manno
2021 Band of the Week - Booker High Whirlwind Brigade
2021 Band of the Week - Booker High Whirlwind Brigade

Booker High's marching band season revolves around two woman leaders.

November 4th, 9:12 AM EDT by Marco La Manno
2021 Band of the Week - Southeast High Marching Noles
2021 Band of the Week - Southeast High Marching Noles

A "Fresh" take on the 1990s. This is a story all about how it happened.

October 28th, 9:24 AM EDT by Marco La Manno
FBA Marching Assessment celebrates best of Suncoast marching bands
FBA Marching Assessment celebrates best of Suncoast marching bands

The FBA MPAs are back, and Suncoast bands are ready to perform and dazzle you.

October 28th, 9:15 AM EDT by Marco La Manno
Band of the Week 2021 - Sarasota High Mighty Sailor Band
Band of the Week 2021 - Sarasota High Mighty Sailor Band

SARASOTA -The Sarasota High marching band is building a bridge over a whole lot of trouble., trouble that couldn't stop a championship performance. The Marching Band of Pirates were plundered. COVID diminished the band’s numbers; there was no normal

October 21st, 9:03 AM EDT by Marco La Manno
Band of the Week 2021 - Braden River High Marching Band of Pirates
Band of the Week 2021 - Braden River High Marching Band of Pirates

During our Band of the Week series, we’ve shown how Suncoast bands have had to rebuild after 2020. But what do you do when you’re the defending 3-in-a-row state champion Braden River – when half the band wasn’t even there during any of those wins?

October 14th, 8:16 AM EDT by Marco La Manno
Band of the Week 2021 - North Port High Marching Bobcats
Band of the Week 2021 - North Port High Marching Bobcats

The path was uncertain for the Bobcats, but sometimes the uncertain path isn't a bad one.

October 7th, 7:39 AM EDT by Marco La Manno
Band of the Week 2021 - Venice High Marching Indians
Band of the Week 2021 - Venice High Marching Indians

COVID was a big enough wrench in their plans, but the Marching Indians also lost their beloved band director.

September 30th, 8:06 AM EDT by Marco La Manno
Band of the Week 2021 - Riverview High Marching Kilties
Band of the Week 2021 - Riverview High Marching Kilties

Normal feels different for the Riverview High Marching Band, for all the right reasons.

September 23rd, 7:25 AM EDT by Marco La Manno
Band of the Week 2021 - Lemon Bay High Marching Manta Rays
Band of the Week 2021 - Lemon Bay High Marching Manta Rays

ENGLEWOOD - Change came quickly for the Lemon Bay High Marching Manta Rays.

September 16th, 8:38 AM EDT by Marco La Manno
Braden River band three-peats, wins third consecutive state championship
Braden River band three-peats, wins third consecutive state championship

Braden River Rises... as they're grand champions for the third year in a row.

November 25th, 10:49 AM EST by Marco La Manno
Band of the Week 2019 - Braden River Marching Band of Pirates
Band of the Week 2019 - Braden River Marching Band of Pirates

This year's seniors in the Braden River marching band remember missing their goal as freshmen... before they achieved massive success their sophomore and junior years. A Braden River rises.

November 22nd, 7:15 AM EST by Marco La Manno
Band of the Week 2019 - Lakewood Ranch Marching Mustangs
Band of the Week 2019 - Lakewood Ranch Marching Mustangs

He receives a big offer to open a new school and takes it until deciding the time wasn't right. For your Band of the Week, Marco La Manno shows how heartbreak led the Marching Mustangs' band director to stay at Lakewood Ranch.

November 14th, 9:07 AM EST by Marco La Manno
Band of the Week 2019 - North Port High Marching Bobcats
Band of the Week 2019 - North Port High Marching Bobcats

The marching band seniors at North Port will rock you one last time this football season as they say goodbye to their beloved band director.

October 31st, 8:09 AM EDT by Marco La Manno
Band of the Week 2019 – Booker High Whirlwind Brigade
Band of the Week 2019 – Booker High Whirlwind Brigade

The Booker High Marching Band prides itself on unique shows, and this year wants to burn it all down.

October 24th, 11:34 AM EDT by Marco La Manno
Band of the Week 2019 - Southeast High Marching Noles
Band of the Week 2019 - Southeast High Marching Noles

BRADENTON - There's not much crossover between marching band and football; you choose to do one and can't juggle both. Saxophone section leader and junior Matthew Thomason juggles both. It's his first year marching at Southeast, but he played in other ban

October 17th, 8:38 AM EDT by Marco La Manno
Band of the Week 2019 - Sarasota High Mighty Sailor Band
Band of the Week 2019 - Sarasota High Mighty Sailor Band

SARASOTA - Since Chuck Alfrey took over the Sarasota High Marching Band in 2014, the Marching Sailors annually earned high marks in their marching assessments. He no longer directs the marching band, but drum major Joshua Kroepfl tells me he's not gone. "

October 10th, 7:52 AM EDT by Marco La Manno

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