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Princess Anne: A Virginia Honor Band
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By far the most famous and visable component of PA Bands, the Fabulous Marching Cavaliers have a history rich in tradition and excellence spanning over 50 years. Historic notables that have guided the FMC such as Ron Collins, Sam Reynolds, Joe Ligart, and Alan Sharps, have allowed the Fabulous Marching Cavaliers to set their own standards in performance, leadership, education, teamwork, and achievement.
Membership is open to all Princess Anne High School students, but only the most dedicated -- the students who desire the physical and mental challenge of a team committed to only the highest possible standard they can set -- will learn what “Unity with Pride” means. While all this may seem like a lot of work for an 8 minute show… one must experience the Fabulous Marching Cavaliers to understand them.
In this group students learn rehearsal etiquette and protocols that will serve them in both the Wind Ensemble as well as Drum Corps… indeed, many of our students who participate in the marching arts’ premier league notice that most of the regimen of rehearsal in their new corps has already been taught to them in the FMC.
With an enthusiastic fan base that stretches back to the founding of Princess Anne High School, there are over 50 years of tradition in Excellence that students must uphold to earn their place in The Legacy.
On March 11, 2011, the students of Princess Anne Bands earned the school’s 15th “Virginia Honor Band”. This distinction is earned by a Superior performance from a school’s marching band in the fall, followed by a Superior performance by it’s top concert program in the spring. The FMC earned a Superior rating from every judge on Oct. 30 at Warhill HS in Williamsburg (judged by a panel of 7 music educators and administrators from across the State) and the Wind Ensemble earned a Superior rating from every judge (judged by a panel of 4 music judges from VA and NC) on March 11 at Tallwood HS on grade 6 music (music in Virginia is graded on a scale of 1, being the easiest, to 6, being the hardest). In addition, the Symphonic Band earned a Superior rating from every judge on grade 5 music on March 10. The students in the band have worked very diligently toward this State-wide distinction… to do it 6 years in a row is truly incredible.
CHANNEL 3 TAKING ACTION CERTIFICATE
April 11, 2011--Kurt Williams, of WTKR-TV 3, presented John Boyd with the Taking Action Certificate and Pin at rehearsal before Band Aid 2 on Monday, April 11th. The concert on April 12th, organized by Boyd and conducted by John Brewington, was very successful, raising approximately $5,000.00 for Peace Winds Japan as Japan recovers from the earthquakes, a tsunami, and radiation leaks. Students from each Virginia Beach School assembled on stage to present a stirring selection of challenging musical pieces in honor of Japan. Thank you, the community, for your generosity.