Atlantic High Marching Band moves forward

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 Most memories that come from adolescence involve high school and the weekends. No one remembers “that one Wednesday.” Some of the most iconic memories IB student Mary Dillon will take with her are her Friday nights at the football field.

  Mary Dillon, Former Junior Drum Major, has been in the Atlantic Marching and Concert Band for all three years of her high school career so far. When asked how she feels about her time with band she said, “the band at Atlantic is just like a family. I’ve been in marching band going on four years and going in as a freshman, it’s really nice to know that you’re welcomed and accepted by people before school even starts.”

  William Bowman, the band director here at Atlantic, wanted students to know that, “We [the band] take everyone. If you’re low on experience, come talk to me and we can get you fitted on an instrument and go from there.”

  As far as time commitments, there is a “Mini Camp” being held June 5th, 6th, and 7th. The camp just entails getting everything set up for marching band, which happens later in the summer. The camp also includes learning the fundamentals of marching, as well as your instrument, getting to know your section, and making sure all paperwork is in order.

  Marching Band Camp begins the 24th of July and lasts roughly about two weeks. Flyers can be found around campus and if there are any further questions Bowman can be found in the band room (Room 2-121).

See the flyer here: 201705091344

Atlantic Community High School Marching Band participating in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Photo Courtesy of timstepein.smugsmug.com.
Atlantic Community High School Marching Band participating in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Photo Courtesy of timstepein.smugsmug.com.

Transferring in the middle of my junior year to Atlantic, was terrifying, but the release I find through music, both playing and listening to it, photography, and creative writing has made the rocky transition bearable. I'm an IB Photography student here at ACHS and my plans after high school hopefully include a spot in the Music Education program at Florida State University.

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