Golden Regiment Marching Band

The Golden Regiment operates during the fall and combines the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Percussion and Aviance. The Golden Regiment has earned straight Superior ratings at all FBA District Marching Performance Assessments for the last 24 consecutive years 1994-2017). The band has also won multiple FMBC Regional Grand Championships and has consistently been an FMBC Championship Finalist. Most recently, the Golden Regiment came in 1st Place at the 2010, 2012, 2013 & 2014 FMBC Championship Semifinals and was named the Class 4A Champion for two consecutive years (2013 and 2014).

                                                RECENT SHOWS
                                                2017 - "Pictures" (based on 'Pictures at an Exhibition')
                                                2016 - "The Planets"
                                                2015 - The music of "Scheherazade"
                                                2014 - "4" (a musical and visual depiction of the seasons of the year)
                                                2013 - Carmen 3.0 (a modern take on Bizet's opera)
                                                2012 - Night on Bald Mountain (based on music by Mussorgsky)
                                                2011 - The Music of Shostakovich
                                                2010 - Power & Grace
(based on Stravinsky's Firebird and Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake)
                                                2009 - From the New World (based on Dvorak's New World Symphony)
                                                2008 - A Tribute to Copland
                                                2007 - The Symphonic Gershwin

Wind Symphony

The Buchholz Wind Symphony has earned a reputation as one of the finest symphonic organizations not only in Florida, but in the United States. It is comprised of the most advanced musicians in the band program and performs sophisticated literature (see Audio Yearbook CD playlists). Membership is based on audition and director recommendation. The Wind Symphony has been highly praised for "outstanding musicianship, passion, intensity, sensitivity" and is known for its maturity of sound and stunning clarity. The Wind Symphony consistently earns Superior ratings at the district and state levels, receiving the Otto J. Kraushaar Award, Florida's highest honor, every year since 1999. This ensemble has been selected to perform at several prestigious state and national conferences including:

                                                2014 Midwest Clinic
                                                2014 ABA National Convention
                                                2014 CBDNA/NBA Southern Division Conference
                                                2014 FMEA State Conference
                                                2012 National Concert Band Festival
                                                2009 Midwest Clinic
                                                2009 New York Wind Band Festival held in Carnegie Hall
                                                2002 Midwest Clinic
                                                2002 CBDNA/NBA Southern Regional Conference

Symphonic Band

The Buchholz Symphonic Band is generally comprised of the younger musicians in the band program and is designed for the development of basic fundamentals, technique, and musicianship skills, and performs Grade IV and V literature. Membership is based on audition and director recommendation. This ensemble consistently earns Superior ratings at the district and state levels. Most recently, the Symphonic Band earned straight Superior ratings and the Otto J. Kraushaar Award at the 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 State Music Performance Assessment!

Jazz Band

The Buchholz Jazz Band provides an opportunity for students interested in performing music in the jazz idiom. Emphasis is placed on development of swing, latin, rock, and contemporary styles of repertoire and performance. Jazz combos are formed from within the Jazz Band and perform at functions and FBA Music Performance Assessments. The Jazz Band and its combos consistently earn Superior ratings at the district and state levels.

Percussion Ensemble, Buchholz Drum Line (BDL), Steel Drum Ensemble

The Buchholz Percussion Techniques class is offered as a year-long course and is required for all percussionists in the band program. Emphasis is placed on the development of rudimentary skills, drumline performance, concert percussion performance, and steel pan instruction. Students are required to participate in ensembles that are formed within the class to perform at Solo & Ensemble Assessments and recitals. All percussionists are assigned to one of the Concert Ensembles and rehearse with their respective groups after school.

Aviance Visual Ensemble

Aviance is the multi-faceted auxiliary unit of the Golden Regiment. This highly disciplined group also performs as a competitive unit separate from the band at Regional, State, and National Dance Team Competitions. Aviance is consistently ranked in the top few teams at all levels of evaluation.

Individual Musicianship

Individual musical development is an essential part of the Buchholz Band Program. In addition to large group performances, many students participate in Solo and Ensemble Assessments, perform in local recitals, and study privately. Numerous students are selected each year for participation in the Alachua County Honor Band and the Alachua County Youth Orchestra, as well as the Florida All-State Bands and Orchestras.

In addition to our various small ensembles, annual chamber ensembles at Buchholz include:

Chamber Winds
Flute Choir
Clarinet Choir
Saxophone Quartet
Woodwind Quintet
Brass Choir
Percussion Choir I
Percussion Choir II

Otto J. Kraushaar Award
The Florida Bandmasters Association presents its Otto J. Kraushaar Award to high school band programs which receive straight Superior ratings at all marching and concert performance assessments at both the district and state levels throughout an entire year. The Buchholz High School Band Program has earned the Kraushaar Award every year since 1999.

Sudler Flag of Honor
Gladys Stone Wright, representing the John Phillip Sousa Foundation, presented the Sudler Flag of Honor to the Buchholz Band Program at a concert in April 2003 in the University of Florida's Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The Buchholz High School Bands joined 51 other elite band programs which have received this international award recognizing high school concert bands which "have achieved and maintained a high standard of excellence in the concert area over a period of several years."

National Wind Band Honors
The Mark of Excellence recorded music contest offers bands the unprecedented opportunity to earn national recognition for their musical achievement. The Buchholz Wind Symphony has earned the National Wind Band Honors Award every year since the award's inception in 2006.