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Golden Panther Band History

 

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.

 

                                                               Fight Song

                                               

                                                Hurrah for Eustis, Hurrah for Eustis

                                      Someone`s in the stands singing Hurrah for Eustis!

                                            1, 2, 3, 4, who you gonna cheer for?

                                                          Eustis that`s who!

                                 

                                                             Alma Mater

                                   

                                       Blue and Gold are waving, Eustis here`s to you.

                                  Though someday we`re leaving, we`ll always be true!

                                       In our hearts we`ll cherish all the joys we knew.

                                      So to Eustis High School, here`s our toast to you!

 

 

 

 

FBA District Jazz Ensemble Superior Ratings

Jazz Ensemble 1 Ratings (JE1)

 

1974    1994    1997    1998    2001    2004   

2010    2011    2012    2013    2014    2015   

2016    2017    2018    2019

 

Jazz Ensemble 2 Ratings (JE2)

 

2014   2015    2016     2017     2018    2019

 

The Eustis High School Jazz Ensemble was formed in 1971 by D. Gregory Murphy.

The Eustis High School Jazz Ensemble II was formed in 2013 by Matthew W. Flenner.

 

FBA State Jazz Superior Ratings

2019 - Matthew W. Flenner, Director JE 1

2017 - Matthew W. Flenner, Director JE 1

2017 - Matthew W. Flenner, Director JE 2

2015 - Matthew W. Flenner, Director JE 1

2015 - Matthew W. Flenner, Director JE 2

2014 - Matthew W. Flenner, Director JE1

2011 - Matthew W. Flenner, Director JE1

 

FBA District Concert Superior Ratings

 

1940    1941    1957    1960    1961    1962

1963    1965    1966    1967    1968    1969

1970    1972    1973    1974    1975    1976

1977    1978    1979    1980    1981    1982

1983    1984    1986    1988    1990    1991

1992    1993    1996    1997    2002    2003

2005    2006    2007    2011    2012    2014   

2015    2017    2018    2019

 

FBA State Concert Superior Ratings

 

2012 - Matthew W. Flenner, Director

1976 - D. Gregory Murphy, Director

1975 - D. Gregory Murphy, Director

1962 - Walter E. Kinney, Director

1941 - H. Graham Selick, Director              

1940 - Harry L. Parker, Director                     

 

District Marching Superior Ratings

 

1940     1941     1967     1969      1970      1972

1973     1974     1975     1976      1977      1978

1979     1980     1981     1982      1983      1984

1986     1988     2002     2003      2005      2006

2007     2009     2010     2011      2012      2013

2014     2015     2016     2017      2019                         

       

FMBC Accomplishments

 

2018

Overall Runner-up of the Tri-County Invitational

Overall Runner-up of the Ocala Marching Band Festival

 

2017

1st place Class 3A of the Lecanto HS Invitational

Finalist of the Lecanto HS Invitational

2nd place Class 4A of the Ocala Marching Festival

 

2016

Grand Champion of the Tri-County Invitational

 

2015

2nd Runner-up of the Ocala Marching Band Festival

2nd Runner-up of the Tri-County Invitational

 

2014

2nd Runner-up of the Ocala Marching Band Festival

 

2012

Finalist at Central Florida Marching Band Festival

Finalist at the Kingdom of the Sun Festival

 

2011

Runner-up of the Ocala Marching Band Festival

Finalist of the Kingdom of the Sun Festival

 

2010

Finalist of the Kingdom of the Sun Festival

 

Florida High School Band Champion (Pre-FBA)

 

1928

1929

1930

1931* (permanently awarded the trophy)

1932

 

Lakeside Jazz Festival Superior Ratings

 

JE 1

2019 -     Jazz Combo of the Day / Vocalist of the Day / Soloist of the Day

2018* -  Grand Champion Band of the Day / Rhythm Section of the Day / Vocalist of the Day

2017* -  Grand Champion Band of the Day / Saxophone Section of the Day /

              Trombone Section of the Day / Rhythm Section of the Day / Combo of the Day /

              Vocalist of the Day

2016  -    Trumpet Section of the Day

2015  -    Saxophone Section of the Day

2014* -   Grand Champion Band of the Day / Saxophone Section of the Day /

               Trumpet Section of the Day / Trombone Section of the Day / Rhythm Section of the Day                   Soloist of the Day

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     

 

JE 2

 

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

 

Koger/Matteson Jazz Festival

 

2017 - Trombone Section of the Day, Rhythm Section of the Day, and Soloists of the Day

2018 - Outstanding Musician of the Day

2019 - Outstanding Musician of the Day and Outstanding Soloist of the Day

Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival

2018 - Spirit of Jazz Award / Outstanding Vocalist / Outstanding Tenor Sax

2019 - Outstanding Trumpet / Outstanding Vocalist

       

Previous Band Directors of Eustis HS

 

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

 

D. Gregory Murphy                 

1967 - 1980

 

Doug Yopp

1980 - 1982

 

D. Gregory 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