Congratulations are in order for the Tarpon Springs Outdoor Performance Ensemble for being crowned 2018 Division AA National Champions for the United States. This year’s Bands of America Grand National competition took place from November 8-10, 2018.
Along with this great accomplishment, the Tarpon Springs Outdoor Performance Ensemble also ranked in the top five high school marching bands in the country.
One hundred eight top high school marching bands from all over the U.S. competed at the Championships, which were held at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Only 37 bands advanced to the semifinals and the top twelve of that group advanced to the finals.
The Tarpon Springs Outdoor Performance Ensemble’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s “Ready Player One” completely captivated the audience. The production, titled “RP1”, was futuristic, taking place in a fictional 2045 where advanced technology allows mankind to virtually escape the destroyed planet.
The Outdoor Performance Ensemble was most recently named the 2018 Orlando Regional Champion on October 13 at the Bands of America Marching Band Competition. And that’s just for 2018; over the last several decades they have won countless accolades for their performances.
Tarpon Springs High School is located in Tarpon Springs, Florida, an area with many Greek-Americans. The school looks like a building you might see in ancient Greece, and its mascots are the “Spongers”, a proud reflection on the town’s history of sponge diving.
A public high school, Tarpon Springs graduated its first class of seniors in the year 1906. From the first years of its inception Tarpon Springs High School has earned the reputation of being an exceptional school. It is nationally known for its football program, music conservatory, culinary department, and veterinary academy.
The beautiful waterfront of Tarpon Springs was first explored by Greek sponge divers as far back as the early 1900’s. Divers immigrated from Greece after the discovery of natural sponge beds and decided to settle in the area. A visit to Tarpon Springs is like a visit to a small, charming Greek seaside village.