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Mara Rose, Director of Bands

Mara Rose received her Undergraduate degree from The Florida State University (FSU) in 1994 where she studied conducting with Dr. James Croft, Robert Sheldon and Dr. Thomas Rohr. As a flute performance major, Mara studied under Charles Delaney and Dr. Carol Dale. Since graduation from FSU and prior to her assignment to Fleming Island High School, Mara taught at a number of schools in Florida. Ms. Rose’s extraordinary reputation earned her an appointment as Director of Bands at Fleming Island High School, Fleming Island Florida, in 2008.

Ensembles under her direction have consistently received superior ratings and performed all over the world including New York’s Lincoln Center, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the United Kingdom and a performance with the Glen Miller Orchestra. She is an active adjudicator and clinician throughout Florida.

Ms. Rose holds a number of professional memberships that include the Florida Bandmaster’s Association, where she has held the position of District Secretary District Chairmanship, American School Band Director’s Association, Florida Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, Tau Beta Sigma and Sigma Alpha Iota and has been selected for membership in Phi Beta Mu.

In 2011 Ms. Rose received The Certificate of Merit for Marching Excellence from the National Band Association for winning the state level marching band championship. In 2014 Ms. Rose was named as a quarter finalist for the Grammy Music Educator of the year. In 2019 Ms. Rose received the Andrew J. Crew Award for receiving superior ratings at the state level Music Performance Assessment.


Alex Buck, Assistant Director of Bands

Alex Buck received his Undergraduate degree from The University of Florida in 2018 where he studied Music Education with an Instrumental Emphasis. While attending UF, Mr. Buck was a member of the Gator Marching Band, UF Symphonic Band, and the UF Wind Symphony. Prior to his appointment at Fleming Island in 2019, Mr. Buck was the Assistant Director of Bands at Walton High School in DeFuniak Springs, Florida.


Mike Higbe, Colorguard Caption Head

Tasha Ballard, Colorguard Instructor

Chris Khoshghadami, Colorguard Instructor

Andy Snow, Colorguard Instructor

Robb VanEck, Brass Caption Head

Paul Gagne, Brass Instructor
Jim Bruce, Brass Instructor/Jazz Band Director

Cindi Kamm, Woodwind Caption Head

Tina Whiddon, Woodwind Instructor

Steve Shannon, Woodwind Instructor

Zac Owens, Percussion Caption Head

Tyler Garrett, Percussion Instructor
Brandon McKinley, Percussion Instructor
Rob Stevenson, Percussion Instructor
Bennett Jandreau, Percussion Instructor
Noah Kaplan, Percussion Instructor

Chris Creswell, Music Arranger

Randy Nelson, Show Design