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October 2020

  • In October, our inaugural Pace High School chapter of the Jazz Education Network was started.  Future scheduled events include listening nights, jam sessions, and performances by ensembles entirely made up of 64 new JEN members.

    On October 31st, each section of the Pride of the Red White and Blue was featured on our Fall Performance Showcase.  This was our first public musical performance opportunity of the school year!

November 2020

  • Congratulations to the following band students who were named members of the 2020 Homecoming Court.

    ​McKenzie Baker, french horn
    Izzy Bolling, trumpet
    Heaven Brandt, flute
    ​Sadie Resmondo, clarinet
    Aidan Westerkom, percussion


December 2020

  • ​Our Jazz Ensemble I started recording tracks to be entered into several national jazz competitions, including Downbeat Student Music Awards & Essentially Ellington. 

  • Our Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Ensemble II, and Pace Saxophone Project all came together to perform on our annual Winter Concert.


January 2021

  • Pace High School was one of two schools to host an in person Gulf Coast Color Guard and Percussion Circuit show this season.  Percussion and Guards from Florida, Alabama, & Mississippi were all in attendance!

  • Jazz Ensemble 1 was invited to perform at Marshall University's Winter Jazz Festival, who received great feedback from the panel of professional Jazz educators!

  • The following students performed at our Virtual District Solo and Ensemble Contest this year.  It was a new experience for everyone.


Bella Arce, euphonium
Katelyn Badtke, flute
Heaven Brandt, flute
Emory Carroll, marimba
Grace Cavnar, trumpet
Joe Cavnar, alto sax
Jillian Cherven, alto sax
Zach Dake, trumpet
Caden Dale, trumpet
Gavin Fisher, marimba
Makara Gadow, flute
Jadon Hatfield, trumpet
Jake Henley, oboe & tenor sax
Caiden Holland, euphonium
Michial Holmes, trombone
Kynan Lilly, alto sax
Sarah Mulcahy, euphonium
Blake Panepinto, trombone
Sam Shaner, marimba
Savannah Short, flute
Abigail Stout, flute
Chance Szot, trumpet
Josh Thompson, snare
Brayden Tompkins, horn
Jayson Tran, trumpet

  • We also held our own "in person" Solo and Ensemble Contest.  Our students were able to receive instant feedback from our guest adjudicator, FBA Hall of Fame member, Mr. Joe Hooten.  The following students took advantage of this additional performance opportunity.
    Bella Arce, euphonium
    Gunner Baker, trumpet
    McKenzie Baker, horn
    Karlie Black, flute
    Anna Brennan, horn
    Grace Cavnar, trumpet
    Zach Dake, trumpet
    Victoria Flores-Torres, flute
    Caiden Holland, euphonium
    Hadyn Lopez, trombone
    Maegan Mallett, horn
    Julianne Miller, trumpet
    Sarah Mulcahy, euphonium
    Elizabeth Root, flute
    Abigail Stout, flute
    Brayden Tompkins, horn

March 2021

  • After attending two qualifying regionals, the Varsity Guard performed at the Florida Federation of Colorguard Circuit in Daytona Beach on March 28th and were named the Scholastic A Class Champions!

  • On March 2nd, the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band all performed their "Concert MPA" repertoire in front of a live panel of nine local adjudicators.  After each performance, adjudicators took time to speak with each ensemble about their performance.  Thank you to the following educators who came out and gave us valuable commentary on our performance!

    Brittan Braddock
    Tory Donahoo
    Jody Dunn
    Joe Hooten
    Pete Krostag
    Armand Navarro
    Eddie Steadman
    Tim Willis
    Scooter Wooten

    ​The following students performed at the March FBA State Solo and Ensemble Contest, earning superior ratings!

    Sam Shaner, marimba (Superior with Distinction)
    Brayden Tompkins, horn


April 2021

  • ​CONGRATULATIONS to the following students for each earning a Superior rating on their performances at the April FBA State Solo and Ensemble Contest!

    Katelyn Badtke, flute
    Heaven Brandt, flute
    Zach Dake, trumpet
    Gavin Fisher, marimba (Superior with Distinction)
    Makara Gadow, flute

  • Congratulations to the following students who were selected to perform with the Santa Rosa All-County Honor Band in April!  Our guest conductor was Dr. Brittan Braddock from the University of West Florida.

    Abigail Roest, flute
    Teresa Baltimore, clarinet
    Taylor Miller, oboe
    Jadyn Erickson, alto sax
    Nicholas Salazar, alto sax
    Ainsley Parnell, tenor sax
    Bailey Godwin, baritone sax
    Zach Dake, trumpet
    Grace Cavnar, trumpet
    Devin Snodgrass, trumpet
    Izzy Bolling, trumpet
    Bailey Mackey, trumpet
    Brayden Tompkins, horn
    Maegan Mallett, horn
    Wyatt Vandenlangenberg, horn
    McKenzie Baker, horn
    Michial Holmes, trombone
    Hadyn Lopez, trombone
    Blake Panepinto, trombone
    Sarah Mulcahy, euphonium
    Thao Phetvorasack, tuba
    Emory Carroll, percussion
    Gavin Fisher, percussion
    Sam Shaner, percussion
    Layla Bass, percussion
    Thomas Kassebaum, percussion

  • Congratulations to the Indoor Percussion and Varsity Winter Guard for each being selected as a 2021 WGI World Championships Finalist!  This is a huge accomplishment for each ensemble!

    Also congratulations to the Indoor Percussion for being voted as the WGI Semi-Finals Fan Favorite!

May 2021

  • Jazz Ensemble I & II, 6 JEN Combos and 9 Chamber Ensembles performed at the inaugural Small Ensemble Showcase.  Majority of the music performed was selected & rehearsed completely by the student groups.  Bravo to all performers!

Congratulations to our 2020-2021 Band Award Recipients

  • John Philip Sousa Band Award  -  Zach Dake

  • Louis Armstrong Jazz Band Award  -  Brayden Tompkins ​

  • Highest Honors Wind Ensemble  -  Maegan Mallett

  • Highest Honors Symphonic Band  -  Abigail Stout

  • Highest Honors Concert Band  -  Will Koger

  • Highest Honors Color Guard  -  Mabrie Baker

  • Highest Honors Percussion  -  Sam Shaner

  • Spirit Award  -  Sawyer Poulsen

  • Most Improved Wind Ensemble  -  Teresa Baltimore

  • Most Improved Symphonic Band  -  Bryce Hanson

  • Most Improved Concert Band  -  Gracie White

  • ​Most Improved Jazz Ensemble  -  Jake Henley

  • Most Improved Color Guard  -  Christina Baltimore

  • Most Improved Percussion  -  Emory Carroll

  • ​Jazz Ensemble I earned 3rd place at the National Jazz Festival, which had over 50 bands from across the country competing at it.  Congratulations!

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