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Panther Band History

Eustis Boys Band (circa 1930)

The Eustis High School Band Program is the second oldest band in the state of Florida. It was originally organized in 1925 under the guidance of Boyd Horner as the Eustis Boys Band and was sponsored by the Eustis Rotary Club. The first band director was Captain J.B. O’Neal (a charter member of the Florida Bandmasters Association).

The band program was re-organized as the Eustis High School Band in 1938 by Harry L. Parker. The first performance of the group was at the George Washington Festival Parade on February 22, 1938.The Eustis High School Band Program has been an integral part of the community since 1925.

Our talented and hard working students have earned an impressive array of awards. Eustis High School Band students have many exciting opportunities to participate in music competitions. Students are also encouraged participate in solo and ensemble assessments as well as audition for membership in County, District, and State Honors Bands.

The mission of the Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA) is to promote and support band programs in the state of Florida by providing opportunities for in-service growth, program evaluation, and student performance. FBA District 19 is comprised of the best student musicians from Marion, Lake, and Sumter Counties.

Visit Florida Bandmasters Association and FBA District 19 for more information.

FBA District Jazz Ensemble Superior Ratings

Jazz Ensemble Ratings (JE1)

2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2004 2001
1998 1997 1974


Jazz Band Ratings (JE2)

2014


The Eustis High School Jazz Ensemble was formed in 1973 by Greg D. Murphy.
The Eustis High School Jazz Ensemble II (Jazz Band) was formed in 2013 by Matthew W. Flenner.


FBA State Jazz Superior Ratings

2014 - Matthew W. Flenner, director
2011 - Matthew W. Flenner, director


FBA District Concert Superior Ratings

2012 2011 2008 2003 2002 1998
1997 1996 1993 1992 1991 1990
1988 1987 1984 1983 1982 1981
1980 1979 1978 1977 1976 1975
1974 1973 1972 1971 1970 1969
1968 1967 1966 1965 1963 1962
1961 1960 1957 1941 1940



FBA State Concert Superior Ratings

2012 - Matthew W. Flenner, director
1976 - Greg D. Murphy, director
1975 - Greg D. Murphy, director
1962 - Walter E. Kinney, director
1941 - H. Graham Selick, director
1940 - Harry L. Parker, director


District Marching Superior Ratings

2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2007
2006 2005 2003 2002 1988 1987
1986 1984 1983 1982 1981 1980
1979 1978 1977 1976 1975 1974
1973 1972 1971 1970 1969 1967
1941 1940


Florida High School Band Champion (Pre-FBA)

1928
1929
1930
1931* (permanently awarded the trophy)
1932


Lakeside Jazz Festival Superior Ratings

2013 - Rhythm Section of the Day
2012 - Trombone Section of the Day
2011 - Grand Champion Band of the Day and Soloist of the Day
2010 - Trumpet Section of the Day

Previous Band Directors
Captain J.B. O`Neal
1925 - 1934

Harry L. Parker
1938 - 1940

H. Graham Selick
1940 - 1941

George Mayhall
1941 - 1943

Gene A. Sturchio
1943 - 1945

H. Cliff Dresser
1945 - 1948

Robert Burgreen
1948 - 1949

Henry Decker
1949 - 1951

Paul Truitt
1951 - 1952

Robert Douthat
1952 - 1955

Don Jennings
1955 - 1957

Walter E. Kinney
1957 - 1967

Greg D. Murphy
1967 - 1980

Doug Yopp
1980 - 1982

Greg D. Murphy
1982 - 1984

Mark Bays
1984 - 1988

George Boulden
1988 - 1991

Tina Laferriere
1991 - 1994

Erick Ashley
1994 - 1995

Wesley Locke
1995 - 1996

Allen Chambers
1996 - 2004

Raymond Donato
2004 - 2008

David Harden
2008 - 2010

Matthew W. Flenner
2010 - Present

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