Seminole Warhawk Band

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Seminole High School Warhawk Marching Band
Background information
OriginSeminole, Florida
GenresMarching band
Concert bands
Jazz ensembles
Chamber ensembles
Winter guard

The Seminole Warhawk Band is the band program at Seminole High School in Seminole, Florida. The program includes different ensembles, including the marching band, concert bands, jazz ensembles, chamber ensembles, winter guard, and the indoor percussion ensemble.[1] The band is known for its “Tradition of Excellence”.[2]


Marching Band

The Seminole High School Warhawk Marching Band is a nationally known, award-winning competitive marching band. The ensemble consists of a hornline (brass and woodwinds), drumline, front ensemble, colorguard , and sometimes actors and/or a prop crew. They are an active band in the Florida Marching Band Championships (FMBC) circuit, competing in Class AAAA, and have been the state's class champions multiple times. They also compete nationally in competitions like Bands of America (BOA) and USBands.

Each spring, a new show is revealed to the band members. This show is rehearsed throughout the summer, then performed throughout the fall. During the other half of the year, the band marches in local parades.

Field Shows
Year Show Name Video Director Drum Majors Placement Score
2019 Forbidden Gerard Madrinan Sean Biglin, Lauren Moore 4th (FMBC Finals Class AAAA)[3] 86.375
2018 Sword in the Stone FMBC



Sarah Alamillo, Noah Spicer 1st (FMBC Finals Class AAAA)[4][5] 87.850
2017 Between Minds FMBC Caleb Ford, Eric Monson, Marissa Stanley 3rd (FMBC Finals Class AAAA)[6]

1st Overall (USBands Southern States)

2016 Mesh FMBC Semi-Finals

FMBC Finals

Allison Hollaway, Zack Meyer 2nd (FMBC Finals Class AAAA)[7] 87.16
2015 Sleep FMBC


Michael Davis, Megan Rutherford 2nd (FMBC Finals Class AAAA)[8] 88.30
2014 Say It Seminole Sound Riley Michaels 2nd (FMBC Finals Class AAAA)[9] 89.75
2013 What Goes Around FBA Riley Michaels 2nd (FMBC Finals Class AAAA)[10] 90.50
2012 On Edge FBA


Daniel "Chip" Wood Matthew Durst, Sarah Michaels 1st (FMBC Finals Class AAAA)[11][12] 90.15
2011 Restricted Access Seminole Sound Sarah Michaels 1st (FMBC Finals Class AAAA)[12]
2010 The Answer to How is Yes Tarpon C. Diana, Tyler Rutherford
2009 Obstacles Largo Michael Boeggeman, L. Dillow
2008 Joy Largo L. Clements, Cameron Woolever
2007 Brilliance FMBC C. Ford, Allison Nall 2nd (FMBC Finals Class AAAA)[12]
2006 The Swan Atlanta C. Auld, J. Hill 1st (FMBC Finals Class AAAA)[12]
2005 About Face P. Kegler, C. Kostiha, Cassie Nall
2004 Experiment 33776: An Adventure in Modernism Tarpon

BOA Atlanta

Matthew Boeggeman, C. Kostiha
2003 Offcenter 2003 N. Fisher, S. Owen
2001 Daniel "Chip" Wood, Jane Lucas S. Owen, S. Weaver
1998 John Davis, Jane Lucas Gerard Madrinan, S. Reaves
1996 1st (WGI Sport of the Arts St. Louis, Class AA)
1994 Western Images BOA Nat. Mike Robinson C. Baker, C. Baldwin, J. Nilsson 11th (BOA Grand Nationals)[13]

6th (BOA Grand Nationals Class AAA)



1993 Appalachian Spring BOA Nat. Amy Krygier, Neil Kyle 7th (BOA Grand Nationals)[14]

3rd (BOA Grand Nationals Class AAA)[14]



1992 Lord of the Rings 14th (BOA Grand Nationals Class AAA)[15] 87.90
1991 Miss Saigon 21st (BOA Grand Nationals)

12th (BOA Grand Nationals Class AAA)[16]


1990 Les Miserables
1986 John Cappelli
1983 Michael Cappelli
1978 1st (Virginia Beach National Marching Band Festival)

Concert Bands

Wind Ensemble

The Seminole High School Wind Ensemble is the elite concert band at Seminole High School. Membership is by audition only, and is comprised of the students with the highest performing ability. Students of the Seminole Wind Ensemble have gone on to study at some of the country's most prestigious universities, conservatories and schools of music, including MIT, New England Conservatory, Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Rice University, Oberlin, Indiana, Michigan, San Francisco Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, Berklee, Yale University, LSU, and many others. The group has performed in Gatlinburg, Williamsburg, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Colorado Springs, Indianapolis, Boston, New Orleans, Greenville, Gainesville, and Atlanta.[17]

Symphonic Band

The Seminole High School Symphonic Band is the intermediate level concert band of the program, and is open to any Seminole student without audition. In 2015, the Symphonic Band was named champion of the Concert Band 3A Division at the Music USA Festival in Orlando, Florida.[18]

Jazz Bands

The Seminole Jazz Bands (excluding jazz combo) are directed by Steven Harris.

Big Band

The All In Big Band is the elite jazz band at Seminole High School, and membership is by audition-only. The Seminole Big Band has earned Superior Ratings at the District Jazz Festival for over 20 years. From there, they continue on to the State Jazz Festival. They were named Grand Champion of the Heritage Music Festival in Washington, D.C. and earned individual awards for outstanding soloists.[19]

Jazz Ensemble

The High Noon Jazz Ensemble is the second jazz band, and is open to any Seminole student without audition.[20]

Jazz Combo

The Seminole Soundbreakers is a student-led jazz combo, consisting of the selected best jazz musicians in the school. It was created in the 2012-13 school year. Since then, the combo has gotten superior ratings at district and state solo and ensemble, and was named Grand Champion of the Music USA Festival 2015 in Orlando.[20]

Indoor Percussion

The Seminole Indoor Percussion Ensemble, or SIPE, is a competitive indoor percussion ensemble, participating in Florida Federation of Colorguards Circuit (FFCC) and Winter Guard International (WGI) competitions. It consists of a front ensemble and a drumline. Seminole has formerly hosted their own FFCC show at the school, Seminole Visual Spectacular.

Each fall, a new show is revealed, it is then rehearsed through winter, and then performed in the later half of winter and beginning of spring.

S.I.P.E. Shows
Year Show Name Video Placement
2020 The Missing Piece
2019 Shadows FFCC


2018 Forward FFCC 5th (FFCC Perc. Scholastic A)
2017 Metalworks Rehearsal
2016 The Oath
2015 Shift Seminole Visual

Last Rehearsal

1st (FFCC Championships)

2nd (WGI Regionals)

2014 New Machine 2014
2013 Outside the Box 4/15/13


2012 Flow 4/14/12
2011 Imprint
2010 The Office
2009 RBG

Winter Guard

The Seminole High School Winter Guard is a competetive indoor winter guard group, participating in Florida Federation of Colorguards Circuit (FFCC) and Winter Guard International (WGI) competitions. The group has also attended and made finals at WGI World Championships.

Chamber Ensembles

There several chamber ensembles in the Seminole Band, including the brass choirs (1 and 2), woodwind choirs (1 and 2), percussion ensemble, saxophone quartet, and trombone choir. These groups go to the Pinellas District Solo and Ensemble, and often go on to State Solo and Ensemble.


4A Academy

The Academy for the Advanced Achievement in the Arts, also known as "4A", is an academy at Seminole High School that includes all fine arts students. The four pillars are: Dramatic Arts, Visual Arts, Vocal Arts, and Instrumental Arts. [21]


The Tri-M Music Honor Society, or simply Tri-M, is the international music honor society. The society recognizes students for their academic and musical achievements, rewards them for their accomplishments and service activities, and inspires other students to excel at music and leadership.[22]

Notable People

Gerard Madrinan[23]

Current SHS Band Director (2013 - Present)

SHS class of 1999

Former Seminole Drum Major (1998)

Former member of the Seminole High School Warhawk Marching Band (1995-1998)

Former member of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps (2001 - 2002)

Bachelors in Music Ed. and Masters in Conducting from University of South Florida

SHS Marching band instructor (2001 - 2013)

Former USF marching band instructor (2005 - 2008)

Former Oakhurst and Bauder Elementary Music Teacher

Daniel "Chip" Wood

Former SHS Band Director (c.2000 - 2013)

Former SHS Percussion Staff (Early 90s)

Former Seminole Middle School Band Director

Jane Lucas

Former SHS Band Director (alongside John Davis, then Daniel wood) (late 90s to early 2000s)

Former SHS Orchestra Director

Current SHS Principle

John Davis

Former SHS Band Director (mid-90s - c.2000)

Mike Robinson

Former SHS Band Director (until mid-90s)

Allan Smith

Former SHS Warhawk Marching Band Visual Caption Head (final year: 2016)

Currently an SHS social studies teacher

William "Bill" Durst

Former SHS Associate Band Director

Former SHS Jazz Director

Former Oakhurst Elementary School Music Teacher

Former member of Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps

Father of Andrew, Matthew, and Stephen Durst

Frank Dimartino

Currently a SHS Warhawk Marching Band staff member (2009 - Present)

SHS Class of 1999

Former member of Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps (early 2000s)

Rob Schoos[23]

Current SHS marching band Hornline Caption Head (2014 - Present)

Former Director of Bands at H. B. Plant High School (2007 - 2014)

Florida State University class of 2004, Bachelors in Music Performance

Graduated from Blake School of the Arts, Tampa, FL

Steve Harris[23]

Current SHS Jazz and Orchestra Director, and Keyboard and Music Theory Teacher

Former Member of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps

Former marching band staff at Northside Christain School, Saint Petersburg, FL

Alvin Ramos

Former SHS Percussion Director (Until 2017)

Former member ofThe Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps (Early 2000s)


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