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  • Recognizing the Pace High School ``Pride of the Red, White, and Blue’’ Marching Band as the 2013 Class 5A Florida Marching Band Grand Champions

    by Representative Jeff Miller

    Posted on 2013-12-12

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    MILLER of florida in the house of representatives Thursday, December 12, 2013 Mr. MILLER of Florida. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the Pace High School ``Pride of the Red, White, and Blue'' Marching Band as the 2013 Class 5A Florida Marching Band Grand Champions.

    For more than 40 years, the Pace High School Band has regaled crowds at Pace High sporting events, played at parades and events in Northwest Florida and represented the school at competitions on the local, state, and national levels. Today, more than 200 students make up Pace's band program, which includes three concert ensembles, a marching band, a jazz ensemble, chamber ensembles, an indoor percussion ensemble, and a winterguard program. This diverse and versatile repertoire highlights the hard work and dedication of the students and faculty of the Pace High Band and is the one of the keys to their success.

    The 2013 Florida Marching Band Championships, held on November 23 at Tropicana Field in Saint Petersburg, FL, played host to more than 80 talented bands from across the state of Florida. The Pace High School ``Pride of the Red, White, and Blue'' Marching Band began their preparations for this prestigious event more than six months ago and worked tirelessly to perfect their show, entitled ``Once Upon Another Time,'' which featured pieces celebrating different eras in American history with sections on the industrial revolution, the civil rights era and the space race.

    The assiduous work of the ``Pride of the Red, White, and Blue'' paid off during the Class 5A semi-finals, where the band was awarded the highest scores in the Visual, General Effect, and Music categories and the highest overall score of any of the 80 bands competing in the various class semi-finals. The ``Pride of the Red, White, and Blue'' then followed their success in the semi-final round with another near- flawless performance in the finals, where they scored 92.38 out of 100 to take home the Class 5A championship.

    Pace High's success at the 2013 Florida Marching Band Championships is a testament to the commitment and dedication of all the members of the band, and it is a great reflection on the entire Pace High and Northwest Florida community. On behalf of the United States Congress, my wife Vicki and I congratulate the ``Pride of the Red, White, and Blue'' on their state championship and wish them all the best as they continue to proudly represent our area.


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