Oakleaf wins; Fleming Island indoor percussion band finishes second at statewide meet

Golden Eagles rehearsed at the school the night before Florida competition

By Bruce Hope
Posted 3/31/21

FLEMING ISLAND – The Fleming Island High indoor percussion band “Velocity” held a short performance at their high school gymnasium Friday night. The performance was a chance to get in another …

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Oakleaf wins; Fleming Island indoor percussion band finishes second at statewide meet

Golden Eagles rehearsed at the school the night before Florida competition

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FLEMING ISLAND – The Fleming Island High indoor percussion band “Velocity” held a short performance at their high school gymnasium Friday night. The performance was a chance to get in another rehearsal and to let supporters see the group before they competed at the Florida Federation of Colorguards Circuit State Championships over the weekend at Daytona Beach.

“The guard performs with flags, rifles, sabers; the percussion performs obviously on percussion instruments,” said assistant band director Alex Buck. “They both have had incredible seasons, especially given the circumstances. We’re especially excited for them.”

The color guard has previously won several state championships. The percussion group has not.

Velocity has a diverse set of musicians in that they are varied in their abilities to play different instruments.

“The cool thing about this group is that there are two people out of 23 kids who are playing instruments they have played before. Everyone else is on a brand-new instrument,” Buck said. “It’s super cool, especially because they have been very successful all season.”

The team consists of students from all grades (9-12). They practice on Mondays and Thursdays from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The Color Guard group practices Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-8:30 p.m. that extensive level of preparation had the teams feeling confident about their chances for success.

“We sort of base their success on – we like to think they’re competing against themselves, instead of everybody else, and if that means they win, then great they win,” Buck said.

Carlie Gann is an 18-year-old senior at Fleming Island and is participating for the second year. As a freshman, she played the piano cart, but now he plays the xylophone. She hopes to attend Florida State University in the future to study music education.

“I did it my freshman year, back when we had it,” she said. “This is the first year we’ve had it since so both years of my time in high school. I love getting to learn a new instrument. It’s one of my favorite things about music. And being here helps me do that.”

Gann was enthusiastic about the competition.

“I’m super excited,” she said. “I’m really grateful to have an opportunity this year given everything else that’s going on.”

Velocity went on to finish in second place at the statewide meet with a score of 81.45 and a “superior” rating.

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