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Wind Ensemble acceptance to perform at the 2022 CBDNA/NBA Southern Division Conference

The College Band Directors National Association/National Band Association Southern Division Conference has invited our ensemble to perform for their bi-annual convention, which will take place at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC on February 24 or 25, 2022. Our ensemble was chosen amongst dozens of schools who submitted audition materials from 11 states across the Southeastern US. The recordings were juried by college band directors from colleges and universities within the CBDNA Southern Division and our ensemble was selected on the merit of the high level of musical achievement of our students. The four schools that were selected to perform represent the very best student bands in the southeast US and it is an honor to have been selected!

The purpose of the CBDNA/NBA Southern Division Conference is to provide CBDNA/NBA (college, high school, and middle school directors) the opportunity for professional development, inspiration, collaboration, and scholarly interaction.  Participants attend workshops, lectures, panel discussions and interact with fellow educators, conductors, and composers from all corners of the U.S.  An integral component of the conference is performances by the best college, high school, and middle school bands in the region.  These performances function as models of exemplary music-making, and often showcase works by new composers, and provide students the experience of performing in an incredible venue for an audience of well-educated musicians and their guests.  Additionally, as invited performers, we will represent our school and our community on a national stage where we will proudly display the collective efforts of all our stakeholders, least of which are those of our outstanding hard-working student musicians.  A performance of this magnitude is the first in the history of Plant HS, and for any high school in Hillsborough County.  This will be a journey these students will remember for a lifetime and I look forward to the musical growth and experiences we will share as we prepare for our performance at the 2022 CBDNA/NBA Southern Division Conference!

Conference Weekend:   February 24-26, 2022 

Performance:    Thursday, February 22, 2022

Location:          University of South Carolina

Cost:                Around $400

Transportation:  Charter Bus (Wind Ensemble only)

Chaperons:       Will need at least 2 to ride the bus.  More may be allowed based on space on the bus                  

Hotel:               Embassy Suites in Columbia; only THREE students per room per COVID guidelines

Parent/Family Attendance:         Open to anyone to attend the concert; more details to come soon.  

Tentative Itinerary:

Wednesday, February 23

Travel Day, Rehearsal upon arrival to South Carolina, Dave and Busters Dinner/Gaming

Thursday, February 24

Possible Campus Tour, Rehearsal/Warm, Performance Day, Watch other Bands, Bowling and Dinner

Friday, February 25

Morning activity/watch collegiate band, Travel day back to Tampa – arrive around 10pmCongrats to the 2020-21 Wind Ensemble for their hard work preparing the audition recording.  The seniors from that ensemble will be listed in our program (if allowed).  Congrats to all former Wind Ensemble members for their part of building our program to this national level!  

Friday Night Lights

Contributed by Sierra Sizemore

Under the lights of Dad’s Stadium, before the fight begins for that grand win. Our Panthers versus their team, our band versus their band. We are in it to win it. This is what we train for, what we spend hours a week preparing for, what we put our blood, sweat, and tears into; the highlight of our week.

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G’Ma Cheesecake a True Plant H.S. Band Fan

Contributed by, Angye Fox

Baritone player, P.J. Whitaker, visited his grandma in Green Bay, Wisconsin every summer.  His nickname for her was Grandma Cheesehead and she called him Popsicle Breath.  P.J. loved eating fried cheese curds, butter burgers and booyah when he made the trek with his mom back to her hometown. Grandma was always eager to hear how P.J. was doing in school and especially in the band.  Grandma played the clarinet when she was in high school and music was near and dear to her heart.

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PHS Band Rehearsals in Full Color

Contributed by, Jaye Scoggins.

Walking towards the stadium for the first time this season it was hard to believe there are only two weeks until the first game. I came down to the school, like many other band parents, to enjoy the Parent Preview of this year’s show. I passed a group of students talking and laughing while surrounding the Kona Ice truck in a bid to be the next one for a well-deserved refreshing treat. As I got closer to the stands I could easily hear Mr. Dell over the speaker and I could see students in blue and students in purple rehearsing their steps. I was searching the field for my child and realized all I needed to do was look for the cluster of pink. There she was, in the stands, enjoying her own Kona Ice, sitting in the midst of her fellow trumpeters, all in pink. The color coordinating helps the section leaders quickly and easily locate their team. The colors are also used in other areas such as the uniform room to help keep the uniforms organized by section which allows for less chaos on game days. Whether the kids realize it or not, the colors also help foster a sense of community and pride (Go Pink!). After saying hello to my daughter I took my seat and waited for her and her troupe to take their places.

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Veteran’s Day Concert

Due to apparent conflicts with the auditorium at Plant, this year’s Veteran’s Day Concert was held at Robinson High School. As it so happened, The RHS Marching Knights also had their Fall concert scheduled for this evening. No problem. We can fit. And we did.

As the name of the concert implies, tonight’s concert was a salute and tribute to our Veterans, as well as all military personnel, past and present.

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