Our Story

Welcome to the Park Vista High School Band Program Website.  The Park Vista Band was established in 2004, and is comprised of over 300 members.  The band program at Park Vista is the school's largest student organization and members participate in marching band, concert bands, jazz bands, winter guard, and winter percussion throughout the year. 


Park Vista's marching band, the Park Vista Performers is ranked among one of the finest in the country.   The marching band has been undefeated in local South Florida competitions for four years and has been crowned the FMBC Florida State 5A Champions multiple years.  The marching band competed at the Bands of America Super Regionals in Atlanta & Orlando, finishing with top five placements for the past 3 consecutive years.  In November 2018, the Performers marched in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, an honor only bestowed on a few high school marching bands each year

Our School

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Located in suburban Lake Worth, FL, Park Vista Community High School is one of the largest high schools in Palm Beach County.  Park Vista embodies the true meaning of academic excellence and cultural diversity.  Through the efforts of the school leadership and faculty, Park Vista graduates are prepared to enter the world as responsible young adults.  We feel privileged to be able to represent our school throughout the State and Nation!  
Go Cobras!

Our #Oneband Family

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“Our ambition knows no bounds. Our strength is limitless. PRIDE is the epitome of who we are.
We are Winds. We are Guard. We are Pit. We are Battery.

 We are…
the PARK VISTA HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMERS!”

Our Programs

Park Vista Performers

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The Park Vista Performers have competed and performed in various competitions and events through South Florida and beyond. They consistently earn top ratings at these Marching Band events and received Straight Superior Ratings at the FBA Music Performance Assessment. 


The Performers have had the honor of winning the FMBC State Championship in the 5A division, three years in a row (2014, 2015 & 2016).

On a National level, the Performers debuted at the Bands of America Super Regional held in Atlanta GA in 2013 and advanced to 6th place. In October of 2016 they placed 4th overall, as a finalist, in the BOA Super Regional, Atlanta GA, followed up by a 5th place showing in 2017 and then 2ND PLACE OVERALL in 2018 at the BOA ORLANDO REGIONAL.


Excelling in music the Park Vista Performers were recipients of the 2015-2016 Otto J. Kraushaar Award for Outstanding Achievement and Excellence. Also, in 2016 the Performers were nominated for the 2016 John Philip Sousa Sudler Shield by the Sudler Shield Foundation committee.

Concert Bands

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Cobra Concert Band – The Park Vista Concert Band is the entry level performing ensemble at Park Vista High School. Students in this class will work on music for performances throughout the school year.  Membership in this Band is open to all students at Park Vista, even students with no previous experience.


Symphonic Band – The Symphonic Band is the intermediate level performing ensemble at Park Vista High School. Students in this ensemble will work on music for performances throughout the school year.  Students in this ensemble will be required to perform either a solo or an ensemble at the FBA District evaluation or some other qualified jury process.  Membership in this Band is based on an audition and Director’s approval.  This ensemble consistently earns Superior ratings at their District and State evaluations.


Wind Ensemble – The Wind Ensemble is the premier performing ensemble at Park Vista High School.  Students in this ensemble perform very high level music throughout the school year.  Students in this ensemble are required to perform either a solo or an ensemble at the FBA District evaluation or some other qualified jury process.  Membership in this Band is based on an audition and the Director’s approval.  This ensemble usually performs grade 5 and 6 music and consistently earns Superior ratings at their District and State evaluations.

Jazz Bands

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Jazz Bands 1 & 2 – The Park Vista Jazz Bands are a highly visible and respected element of the Park Vista Band program.  Park Vista is privileged to have two jazz bands, JB1 and JB2.  JB1 is the premier jazz ensemble while JB2 serves as training ground for students wishing to advance into JB1.  


All students, regardless of band, will study advanced styles of Jazz, Swing, Rock, Pop, and Latin and will participate in many performances and “gigs” throughout the year.  Members of the Jazz Bands MUST also be members of one of the concert bands, with the exception of guitarists, and pianists. 


Membership in this Band is based on an audition and Director’s approval. Both jazz bands consistently earn Superior ratings on both the District and State levels.

Color Guard / Winter Guard

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The Park Vista Colorguard is comprised of some of the most dedicated and talented students in the Park Vista band program.  These students are members of the Park Vista Performers as dancers, flags, rifles, and sabres. 


During the second semester they are involved in one of the two Park Vista Winter Guards.  The Park Vista Colorguard competes within the South Florida Winter Guard Association, FFCC and the Winter Guard International circuits.  They are yearly finalists at the state level and have won numerous first place trophies over the years.  Membership in this group is based on an audition and Director’s approval.

Winter/Indoor Percussion

Their 2019 production of "DALI" @ the Daytona Beach FFCC Championship 2018

The Park Vista Indoor Percussion ensemble is a competitive marching group featuring a drum line, front ensemble and visual performers. Similar to the fall marching band season, Indoor Percussion develops a thematic show and participates in a wide variety of competitions. This group is the youngest of Park Vista's performance ensembles, but finished an impressive second place at the 2019 state championship. The coming season will have Indoor Percussion compete at the WGI Percussion World Championship in Dayton, Ohio for the first time ever.   Membership in this group is by audition, drawing from both percussion and wind musicians in the marching band, giving students the opportunity to transition to new instruments and performance opportunities during the second semester. The group has grown quickly in size and quality in its five seasons and its trajectory is anticipated to continue to ascend.



Leadership

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Leadership development is an important part of the Park Vista Band Program. We believe that through our program students learn leadership skills that will help them be successful throughout their lives.  


Dedication, integrity, and the ability to inspire others, through their actions, is the hallmark of a leader.  Our student leaders work to support all band members in their quest for excellence. 

Participation in band leadership is not a right, it is a privilege, and it is not for everyone!. Leadership candidates must show through their actions that they are dedicated to service and have the ability to communicate, inspire, motivate, and encourage all members of the band.


Band leadership is selected by the Band Director based on interviews and observations made throughout the year.  Leadership positions include: Drum Majors, Band Captain, Executive Officer, Brass Captain, Woodwinds Captain, Battery Captain, Percussion Captain, Color Guard Captains, and Properties Manager, as well as Band Historians and Band Librarians.

Our Directors

Patrick Duncan - Director of Bands

Patrick Duncan - Patrick Duncan began his drum corps career at the age of 16 as a member of the 2003 Spirit of Jacksonville State University Drum and Bugle Corps. He marched as a trumpet player for Spirit in 2003, 2004, and 2005 before moving to The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2006, 2007, and 2008 seasons, serving as section leader his final year. As a marching member, Patrick was a decorated member of The Cadets, earning the honors of being named Visual Rookie of the Year in 2006, Brass Distinguished Service in 2007, and Visual and Brass Cadet of the Year in 2008.


Patrick began his drum corps teaching in 2010 when he joined the visual staff for The Cadets. He served as a visual technician in 2010-2011 and 2013-2015, helping The Cadets win their 10th Drum Corps International title and a high visual proficiency mark in 2011. In the summer of 2012, Patrick served as the assistant director and tour manager for The Cadets. Patrick is a current visual staff member for Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps.


Patrick served as the Director of Bands for Wiregrass Ranch High School in Wesley Chapel, Florida from 2013-2017. Under his tutelage, the Wiregrass Ranch Marching Band has become an FMBC state finalist, placing 2nd overall in Class AAA at the 2015 FMBC State Championship and 4th overall in Class AAAA at the 2016 FMBC State Championship event. Along with the successes of the marching program, the Wiregrass Ranch Concert Bands were consistent district MPA superior rated bands.


Patrick is a graduate from Auburn University, holding a degree in Music Education, and he is currently pursuing a Master’s of Arts in Music Education from the University of South Florida.

 Dustin Ferguson currently serves as the Associate Director of Bands at Park Vista Community High School, where he teaches concert bands, jazz band, and also the award winning Park Vista Performers. During his first year, they attended the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, was a BOA Regional 2nd place finalist, achieved superior ratings in concert and jazz ensembles, and was awarded Beginning Teacher of the Year for Park Vista. 

Prior to coming to Park Vista, Dustin was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Florida, where he received his Masters of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting. During his time at UF he managed equipment logistics, was a frequent guest conductor of Symphonic Band and Concert Bands, mentored undergraduate conducting students, was the Assistant Director of the Basketball Pep Band, and was on marching band staff with the Sudler Award winning Gator Marching Band. Apart from the University of Florida, Mr. Ferguson was a saxophone instructor at multiple Central Florida Schools, as well as a private instructor. 

Mr. Ferguson received his Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Florida in 2016. He served as a Drum Major for Gator Band while having an active role in the Jazz program under Scott Wilson, playing with artists such as Kevin Hicks, Wycliffe Gordon, Bobby Sheu, Dave Becker, Tom Hurst, and Clyde Conner. He has performed internationally as a saxophonist in Europe as a soloist and as a part of the American Chamber Winds, as well as locally with swing bands and quartets. Mr. Ferguson’s primary conducting influences are Dr. David Waybright, Dr. Michael Butler, and Dr. Jaclyn Hartenberger. Mr. Ferguson has also participated in conducting symposiums with Dr. Kevin Sedatole, Professor Jerry Junkin, Dr. Joseph Hermann, Dr. Stephen Peterson, and Dr. Rodney Dorsey. Mr. Ferguson has recorded two albums, one as the lead saxophonist with the UF Big Band and baritone saxophone with the American Chamber Winds. Mr. Ferguson has served internships with Monique McIntyre at Indian Trails Middle and Shawn Barat at Buchholz High School, as well as interned with Gary Smith of Smith Walbridge Clinics in Illinois.

Mr. Ferguson’s professional affiliations include National Association for Music Education, Florida Music Education Association, and the Florida Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

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Our Student Leadership

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Our Mission

To inspire our fellow band member through not only our words, but through our actions.  The goal of Leadership is to help each and every member reach excellence in everything they do. 

Drum Majors - Sean Cruise, Robert Haugn, Josh Campbell


Band Captain - Jonathan Garcia


Executive Officer - Halle Man


Brass Captain - Luke Flanagan


Woodwinds Captain - Megan Galloway


Battery Captain - Zach "Vic" Firth


Percussion Captains - Jessica Tran & Anthony Caleca


Guard Captain - Alexandra Sanchez


Properties Manager - Nicholas Windfelder


Our Band Parent Board

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Our Mission

The Band Parent Board is comprised of elected and appointed positions working together for one purpose, the support and success of the Park Vista Performers and the Park Vista Band Program.  

President - Penny Tubbs - president@parkvistaband.com


Vice President - Danielle Haber -vp@parkvistaband.com


Communication - Kelly Marcellus communications@parkvistaband.com


Chaperone/Volunteer Coordinator -  Stacey Flanagan chaperones@parkvistaband.com


Uniform Coordinators -  Carmen Melendez and Stephanie Thompson - uniforms@parkvistaband.com


Equipment Director -  Daryl Haughn  equipment@parkvistaband.com


Hospitality Director - Luis Cowan  concessions@parkvistaband.com


Treasurers - Nikki Hoffman, Eric Hoffman and Michelle DePalma - treasurer@parkvistaband.com


Fundraising Coordinator - Heather Bisbee & Hope Coval fundraising@parkvistaband.com


BB&T Coordinator - Catherine Garcia - bbt@parkvistaband.com


Events Coordinator - Kathy Hatakeyama  events@parkvistaband.com


Social Media Coordinator - Tom Firth webmaster@parkvistaband.com


Guard Coordinator - Andrea Martin  colorguard@parkvistaband.com


Percussion Coordinator - Kimberly Firth  percussion@parkvistaband.com


Community Outreach - Kim Rivera  communityoutreach@parkvistaband.com


Medical Director - Brian Fuller - medic@parkvistaband.com


Grant Writers - Brian Fuller,  James Edmonds, and Kelly Marcellus 


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