The Tarpon Springs High School Marching Band once again represented the Suncoast and the rest of Florida well last week, earning high honors at the season-ending national championships.
The 2012 Bands of America Grand National Championships were again held in downtown Indianapolis, at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL's Colts.
Tarpon Springs was named Division AA's Grand National Champion, a recognition it has earned on six previous occasions since 2000. In addition to winning their respective division, the Sponger band members placed fourth overall in the nation, regardless of classification.
Performances are also broken down into categories, and Tarpon picked up a few additional awards in that manner. The band won the Best Music, Visual and General Effect awards in Division AA.
"We are so proud of our students and their families," Kevin Ford, the director of the school's Leadership Conservatory for the Arts, of which the marching band is a part, said in a statement. "Our students represented our great school, community, and state with class and great performances that were representative of their commitment to excellence."
According to the Bands of America Grand National Championships page on the Marching.com website, approximately 90 ensembles competed in preliminaries, 36 advanced to the semifinals and 12 moved on to the finals held Saturday evening.
This year's show performed by Tarpon Springs was titled "Poisoned," portions of which could be seen and heard each Friday night at halftime during Spongers football games.
At this time next year, the Spongers will be in full preparation mode following nationals. The band is one of 11 others countrywide scheduled to perform during the 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, in New York City.
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