BOA Grand National Finalist Feature: Tarpon Springs H.S.
At the Bands of America Grand National Finals in November of 2016, one of the color guard members from Tarpon Springs was seen carrying another off the field at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Embraced in a piggyback-style hug, the senior explained why she needed the lift by her sophomore counterpart.
"Because I dislocated my knee last [week]," the Tarpon Springs senior said. "But I kept performing and kept going."
Why were these performers sacrificing their bodies? It's pretty simple.
They love the marching arts.
"All we talk about is furthering the activity," said Madison, Tarpon Springs' band president. "About how we as a band family can make this activity even more incredible than it already is."
Director Kevin Ford talked about how the school itself is a magnet program for leadership and how its curriculum provides the students with the habits for success. Meanwhile, the marching band gives these young leaders an opportunity to apply those skills they learn.
With its performers' ability to push to new heights and willingness to sacrifice, it's easy to see why the Tarpon Springs band is a perennial favorite at every contest.