Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Marching Canes three-peat as Lions Pride champs

Manatee High School's Marching ‘Canes warmed up for Saturday night's Florida Bandmasters Association district festival in fine fashion.
They pulled a three-peat, earning top honors as Grand Champion award winners for the third straight year in at the Lions Pride competition at Tampa King High School Oct. 19.
Manatee High topped 13 bands from  Hendry, Hillsborough, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk as well as Manatee County.
“These students strive for excellence in every area and it pays off,” said Jim Bruce, Manatee High's director of bands. "We are very proud of their talent and hard work.”
Each band was evaluated for music performance and effect, general effect, marching and maneuvering, percussion, auxiliary and drum majors.
The Marching ‘Canes band comprises 155 students under the direction of Bruce, Linda Boone and Amber Platowski.
Manatee will host the annual Florida Bandmasters Association district festival at Hawkins Stadium.
The event begins 5 p.m. Saturday.

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