Concert and Marching Band Program

Concert & Marching Band Program

Band Photo
2022 Warrior Marching Band 
 
The band program at Calvary Christian High School prepares students to be effective and knowledgeable producers and consumers of instrumental music in college and beyond.

About the Courses Offered

The band program’s course offerings include:
  • Beginning Band, which will teach students the basics.
  • Directed Study in Instrumental Music, which will expand on these lessons and help students achieve a deeper understanding of music and musical instruments.
  • Marching/Concert Band, which will teach students advanced skills and allow them to participate in various performances.
  • Color Guard, which is a group of female students who will perform while utilizing flags, equipment, dance choreography, and character work to add the visual component to the annual marching band show.  Color Guard students compete in various competitions, festivals, and home football games with our Warrior Band. During the spring semester, the color guard competes in regional and state level FFCC winter color guard competitions.  

All of these music courses are designed to equip instrumental music students to achieve their best according to their skill levels.

What Else is Involved?

Students in the Marching/Concert band class have numerous opportunities to perform throughout the school year including FMBC competitions, FBA assessments, Jazz Band, Pit Orchestra, All-State Band, All-County Band, and the solo/ensemble festival. Students will experience the thrill of performing for a crowd and gain valuable experience while they do it. The band program emphasizes excellence in performance, glorifying God through performance, and having fun within a family atmosphere.

Accomplishments

Our awesome concert and marching band have received multiple accolades over the past several years. View some of them below.

2021-2022

  • 2021 FMBC Class 1A State Champions
  • Straight Superior Rating at the FBA Concert Band Assessment
  • Superior Rating at FBA Marching Band Assessment
  • 7 students accepted All County Band

2020-2021

  • CSJA Class 1A National Champions at Virtual Marching Band Championship Competition
  • Three students accepted to All County Band
  • One student accepted to Florida High School Honor Band
  • Multiple students earned superior ratings at the district and state level of the FBA Solo and Ensemble Festival.
 2019-2020
  • FMBC Class 1A State Champions 
  • Superior Rating at the FBA Concert Band Assessment
  • Six students accepted to All-County Band
  • Two Students accepted to Tri-State Band

 2018-2019 

  • FMBC Class 1A State Champions
  • Straight Superior Rating at FBA Concert Band Assessment
  • Superior Rating at FBA Marching Band Assessment
  • Six Students accepted to All-County Band

The Next Level

Many of our band graduates are currently pursuing or have earned undergraduate degrees in instrumental music and music education, and many are currently participating in a college marching band. As a college preparatory school, our goal is to give our students the lessons and practice to succeed at the college level. This extends to every program and course we offer. If you’re looking to be in the concert or marching band in college, we’ll be sure to give you the tools you need to be ready for that next level.

Mr. Michael Martell

Mr. Michael Martell
Director of Fine Arts
Band Director

Degrees

  • Masters of Music, Music Education University of Florida
  • Bachelor of Science, Music Education Clearwater Christian College

Bio
As a band student at a Christian high school, God provided me with the opportunity to be the drum major of my marching band. Through that experience, God called me to use my love of music as a way to reach students for Christ. It is my joy to serve in my role at Calvary teaching students to pursue musical excellence and a vibrant relationship with the Lord.

Scripture
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

Stathis Linardos
Mr. Stathis Linardos
Assistant Director of Band, Choir, and Colorguard 
Degree
  • Bachelor of Science, Music Education, University of South Florida
Bio
After joining the band in middle school, his passion for music grew throughout high school as he joined the marching band and praise team at his high school.  He has held a variety of positions teaching and performing music throughout his career and is delighted to be serving in Christian ministry at Calvary. Mr. Linardos has worked with the Calvary Christian High School Warrior Marching Band as the Drill Writer and Visual Coordinator since it’s inaugural season in 2011.  In addition to working with the Warrior Band, Mr. Linardos has toured nationally performing with and teaching for the Teal Sound, Heat Wave of Florida, and Colts drum and bugle corps.

Scripture
Psalm 98: 5-6 Make music to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—shout for joy before the Lord, the King.


Drum Major

Drum Major
Payton Littler 

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