With around 170 members, the marching band is the most active and visible part of the Gulf Breeze High School Band program. This includes all wind instruments, percussion and color guard members. Within the Gulf Breeze High Band Program, membership in the marching band is a required portion of our overall music curriculum. Students must also remain enrolled in a band, percussion or color guard class during the entire school year to maintain their membership in this ensemble.
Due to the strict quality of sound that we strive to achieve each year, only the following wind instruments will be utilized on the marching band field: piccolo (selected through flute audition only), flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, mellophone, trombone, baritone and sousaphone. Students who do not currently play one of those instruments have options to switch to a different instrument, perform with the front ensemble or join the color guard.
This ensemble is competitive on local and state levels. In order to maintain this prestigious high standard, marching band members follow a strict rehearsal and performance schedule each summer and fall. Rehearsal dates are posted on CHARMS (code: gulfbrhsband) and can be found in the current Band Handbook. This ensemble performs at all home and away football games, pep rallies, marching competitions (FBA) and several local parades. Additional performances will be announced well in advance and students will be expected to make all efforts to be in attendance.