The Palm Beach Central High School Bronco band wrapped up another great season at the Florida Marching Band Competition Championships held Saturday, Nov. 17 in Tampa.
More than 100 bands came to Tampa to compete in five classes for the chance of earning a state title. The Bronco band competed in Class 3A against 20 other bands that qualified at regional events for the semifinals performance. With only the top five bands advancing to finals, the Bronco band advanced to finals at Tropicana Field for the fourth time in five years.
“The Broncos saved their best performance of the season for the finals performance,” said James Yaques, director of bands. “After the performance, the students knew that regardless of outcome, their hard work had paid off, and the true victory was earned by the feeling of accomplishment they had worked so hard to achieve since the summer.”
After the results were read, the Bronco band was named FMBC 2012 state runner-up. Only 0.3 points separated the Broncos from the first-place winner, Braden River High School.
Palm Beach Central Band Leader Cameron Douglas shared his thoughts with the entire band, saying, “I cannot express the amount of honor I hold as being able to lead all of you through this season.”
Tenor player and senior Adam Yorke recounted his time with the band over the past four years. “I couldn’t think of a better way, or a better performance rather, to end off my senior year with PBCHS,” he said. “Thank you so much for a fun four years and really for changing my life.”
Yaques took a moment to thank not only all of the Bronco band members but also the techs, staff and especially the Bronco Band Boosters, for Yaques knows that the parents play such a huge part of Palm Beach Central’s successful band program.
Above: Band leaders Cameron Douglas and Alex Ingebritson.