YES! We have members who attend both school on KHS and CFAA campus. The schools provide transportation via buses back to the KHS campus for band classes daily. In addition, Rehearsals are generally right after school, so finding transportation to rehearsals isn’t generally an issue. This also allows students the opportunity to study before practices.
Absolutely! We have students in the program who also play basketball, football, volleyball, and other sports. In addition, we have students who are members of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, SGA, etc.. Many students are apart of other extracurricular activities and are still able to be committed members of The Pride of Kathleen Band.
Band Camp is a daily event on campus, that lasts one to two weeks. Students are dropped off in the morning, and picked up in the evening. There, students will get their instruments if needed, the music for the Fall semester, meet the Director, staff, and peers. Rehearsals usually begin after the formalities are over with. This usually consists of warmups, going over music, and learning the drill. Of course students do take breaks and this is a great opportunity for them to get to know one another. Content
When school begins, rehearses are usually 2-3 days a week, and take place both in the band room and outside on the football fields. Rehearsals begin about an hour after school lets outs and typically last between 2-4 hours. It is imperative that all members attend all practices. This is because the marching show is taught in segments, with new additions added each to week’s practices, and will be performed in the field show at each Friday night at football game in the Fall.
Missing a practice will not only set the student back, but also the rest of the band.
On Friday nights in the Fall, the Marching Band performs at all KHS football games. This usually starts in the first week or two of school. There the students typically do the “pre-game show”, where they play the national anthem. Throughout the game the band plays “stand tunes” from the bleachers to cheer on the Red Devil Football team. At halftime, the band performs a field show to entertain the crowd.
By late October and November, the field show will be nearly complete, and the band will begin performing the field show at competitions around the district to prepare for the Florida Band Masters Association – Musical Performance Assessment (MPA). MPA is usually the marching bands final performance of the field show. This is where all the hard work in rehearsal comes together, and they are graded on several aspects of their performance.
This is always a really exciting time for the students. Most students will say marching season is their favorite part of the Fall Semester.
The Inferno Color Guard and Blazing Dancerettes perform both with the band, and as a separate ensembles throughout the year. During marching season they practice and perform alongside the marching band at football games, parades, and events.
During concert season they perform in indoor concerts and recitals.
In the Summer and Fall, their rehearsal schedules are the same as the marching band’s. They are required to attend the annual Summer Band Camp and Workshops, and practices are usually 2-3 days a week. This is because their routines are an important component of the marching bands field show. Their flags and dancing provide much of the visuals for the marching bands field show.