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W_-_SFHS_Southern_Showcase_20121013_223435_copy ALACHUA – Bands from all over the state gathered at Santa Fe High School for the 17th Annual Southern Showcase of Champions Marching Band Invitational Saturday.

Hundreds of high school students milled the fields around Santa Fe High and waited for their turn to perform. Twenty-one high school bands participated in the day-long event.

An event organizer estimated between 3,000 and 4,000 people attended the event Saturday, which organizers say they started planning for in May.

The Southern Showcase is recognized as the premier southeastern United States marching band invitational. The invitational is a Florida Marching Bandmasters Coalition (FMBC) sanctioned regional event with top caliber adjudicators who are committed to constructive comments and helpful suggestions for each and every band. As part of the event’s commitment to excellence in music, marching, and overall band performance, adjudicators are members of the prestigious Central States Judges Association.

Participating bands included Newberry High, Eastside High, P.K. Yonge, Buchholz High, Gainesville High, Trenton Jr/Sr High, Trinity Christian, Chiefland High, Dixie County High, Suwannee High, Bell Jr/Sr High, Madison County High, North Marion High, Trinity Catholic, Orange Park High, Lawton Chiles High, Citrus High, Wharton High, East Ridge High, Fleming Island High and Nease High. The Santa Fe High School Raider Regiment presented a special exhibition Saturday night.

Newberry High placed eighth in the competition, and Buchholz High took top honors, placing first.

Not only was the showcase a venue for exceptional marching band performances, it also serves as a qualifier for the state finals in November in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Newberry High School band director Jermaine Reynolds said the band prepared for the event by focusing on what it needed to get done.

“The way I approach each week is to step up our focus,” he said.

Reynolds said he thought the showcase was the band’s performance.

“We had a very impressive show,” he said. “I think we surprised a lot of people.”

Gainesville resident Linda Steffen came to the showcase to see her daughter compete. Steffen said the quality of the performances often depend on whether students are prepared.

“It depends if they’re ready in time,” she said.

She said she doesn’t get nervous before events because she’s used to watching the performances.

“I grew up with it,” she said.

Laurie Brown, publicity director for the showcase, said thousands of people visited Alachua and spent money at local eateries and hotels.

“We’re really putting a boost to the local economy,” she said.

She said there aren’t any winners or losers in the showcase because the performers want everyone to be happy.

“It is a competition, but it is a friendly competition,” she said. “They have so much admiration for their fellow band members.”

Brown said Santa Fe puts a bright spot on the community when it hosts the showcase. She said Nate Bisco, Santa Fe’s band director, is dedicated to his job.

“Santa Fe has a lot of respect throughout the state of Florida,” she said. “It’s a team effort all around.”

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W_-_SFHS_Southern_Showcase_20121013_223435_copy ALACHUA – Bands from all over the state gathered at Santa Fe High School for the 17th Annual Southern Showcase of Champions Marching Band Invitational Saturday.

Hundreds of high school students milled the fields around Santa Fe High and waited for their turn to perform. Twenty-one high school bands participated in the day-long event.

An event organizer estimated between 3,000 and 4,000 people attended the event Saturday, which organizers say they started planning for in May.

The Southern Showcase is recognized as the premier southeastern United States marching band invitational. The invitational is a Florida Marching Bandmasters Coalition (FMBC) sanctioned regional event with top caliber adjudicators who are committed to constructive comments and helpful suggestions for each and every band. As part of the event’s commitment to excellence in music, marching, and overall band performance, adjudicators are members of the prestigious Central States Judges Association.

Participating bands included Newberry High, Eastside High, P.K. Yonge, Buchholz High, Gainesville High, Trenton Jr/Sr High, Trinity Christian, Chiefland High, Dixie County High, Suwannee High, Bell Jr/Sr High, Madison County High, North Marion High, Trinity Catholic, Orange Park High, Lawton Chiles High, Citrus High, Wharton High, East Ridge High, Fleming Island High and Nease High. The Santa Fe High School Raider Regiment presented a special exhibition Saturday night.

Newberry High placed eighth in the competition, and Buchholz High took top honors, placing first.

Not only was the showcase a venue for exceptional marching band performances, it also serves as a qualifier for the state finals in November in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Newberry High School band director Jermaine Reynolds said the band prepared for the event by focusing on what it needed to get done.

“The way I approach each week is to step up our focus,” he said.

Reynolds said he thought the showcase was the band’s performance.

“We had a very impressive show,” he said. “I think we surprised a lot of people.”

Gainesville resident Linda Steffen came to the showcase to see her daughter compete. Steffen said the quality of the performances often depend on whether students are prepared.

“It depends if they’re ready in time,” she said.

She said she doesn’t get nervous before events because she’s used to watching the performances.

“I grew up with it,” she said.

Laurie Brown, publicity director for the showcase, said thousands of people visited Alachua and spent money at local eateries and hotels.

“We’re really putting a boost to the local economy,” she said.

She said there aren’t any winners or losers in the showcase because the performers want everyone to be happy.

“It is a competition, but it is a friendly competition,” she said. “They have so much admiration for their fellow band members.”

Brown said Santa Fe puts a bright spot on the community when it hosts the showcase. She said Nate Bisco, Santa Fe’s band director, is dedicated to his job.

“Santa Fe has a lot of respect throughout the state of Florida,” she said. “It’s a team effort all around.”

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