Fremd High School Band Performs in Florida During Winter Break
Band students from William Fremd High School had the opportunity to perform in Florida during their winter break the last week of December.
115 students from the band program performed in Tampa and Orlando, Fla. The Fremd “Florida Band” consisted of freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors enrolled in the school’s four symphonic bands. Band Director Matthew Moore and eleven parent chaperones accompanied the students on the trip.
Fremd Florida Band performed in the Disney World Magic Kingdom “Electric Light Parade” in Orlando, and also participated in Disney’s “You’re Instrumental”
Recording Studio Workshop. During the two-and-a-half hour educational workshop, the band learned about demands of recording Disney movie soundtracks — recording seven different selections. The workshop concluded with the band recording two minutes of Disney’s Tarzan, with their performance synced up to the movie’s animation. Moore said students enjoyed working with the Disney Band Director/Clinician, who is originally from Plainfield, Ill., and attended Western Illinois University.
After performing in Orlando, the Fremd Florida Band traveled to Tampa and participated in numerous musical events with the Outback Bowl. The Fremd Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Ensemble all received educational clinics from the Outback Bowl’s three college band directors – Dr. Richard Miles from Morehead State University, Dr. Larry Blocher from Troy University, and Dr. William Rapp from Kutztown University.
The Fremd Florida Band also participated in the Outback Bowl New Year’s Eve parade in Ybor, Fla. The students performed to a large and enthusiastic crowd of University of Michigan and South Carolina fans during the 1.5 mile parade route. Additionally, the band was awarded third place in the large band division for the Parade Marching Competition.
On New Year’s Day the Fremd Florida Band combined with fifteen other high school marching bands to perform in the mass half-time band at the Outback Bowl game. The half-time show featured 2,200 students performing a six minute “Beach Medley” and “Armed Forces Salute” for the crowd.
While in Tampa, the Fremd Bands received the following awards and recognitions at the festival:
Jazz Ensemble – Gold Rating, 1st place in large band division, Grand Champion Award (highest point total)
Wind Symphony – Gold Rating, 1st place in large band division
Symphonic Band – Silver Rating, second band division
Viking Marching Band – Gold Rating, 3rd place in large band division (Parade Marching Competition)