Rickards High School Marching Band Goes to California

By: Candace Riley Email
By: Candace Riley Email

A local high school band is set to battle it out in front of thousands of fans, but not in Tallahassee... their next stop - California.

The Rickards High School Marching Band was personally invited to perform a half-time show for VH1's Save the Music: Battle of the Bands.

Rickards was the first Florida band selected out of the 72 that applied.

The eight final schools chosen are required to perform similar formations and rock the crowd with the sounds of Michael Jackson.

"A lot of band may do similar things that our band may be able to do. However, the energy and the style and the Tallahassee flavor will not be matched by any other band that will be represented at that battle of the bands" says Band director Quincy Griffin.

The VH1 Save the Music: Battle of the Bands competition is scheduled for November 17th thru 21st.

All 170 members of the band are invited to attend, including those who are a part of the auxiliary.

Erica Weaver who is a part of the auxiliary says,"We work very hard day in and day out and we just push ourselves to the limit. So, it just feels like its our time to do this."

The grand prize for the winning band is $10,000 to be put back into equipment and other band related expenses.

You can help the Rickards High School Marching Band get to California to compete by making a monetary donation.

There will also be a Gospel Extravaganza at the Rickard High School Auditorium on October 24 with all proceeds going to help fund the trip to California.

For more information on how to make a donate contact band director Quincy Griffin at 850-414-5035.


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  • by Alisha Location: Tallahassee, Florida on Nov 10, 2010 at 07:37 AM
    I am a proud raider band member and i do believe we are going to continue to build the future, starting with achieveing the goal of going to L.A.
  • by A Florida Residence Location: Somewhere in Florida on Oct 25, 2010 at 12:20 PM
    This add was done for Rickard's High School of Tallahassee Florida and someone had to say something about Leon High School and that's good also but get your own spotlight and shine by yourself don't try and cut off there light where you can't reach it! LOL! Only God can Bless so don't hate the game just get better! Amen Raiders this is your time to shine! Go Rickard's Marching Band of Tallahassee Florida on the Southside!
  • by A Rickards Band Member on Oct 24, 2010 at 08:09 PM
    This is a wonderful band program to be in, and I really hope that God has made it in his plans for us to go to California! We can't achieve this dream alone, and we need all the help and support we can get. Please donate to a worthy cause! Also, come out and see us Saturday at the FBA competition at Cox Stadium around 2:30. You will see with your eyes why we were chosen to go to California.
  • by J. Location: Madison County on Oct 22, 2010 at 06:24 AM
    I want to let the students at Rickards know that, even though we don't go to their games, we are proud to know that one of our local bands has been invited to the VH1 Battle of the Bands and to the Sugar Bowl! Every time we go to a game against your school, we are blown away by the sound we hear. Good luck, we will be watching and rooting for you to win!
  • by me Location: tch bulldogs on Oct 21, 2010 at 08:44 AM
    dear band im proud of this hard working band. i have to say my husband and his friends are wrong but i understand how they feel. see they were of the first ones to attend rickards. AND they weren't called raiders. now they don't feel like it can be called thier old school. shame. still i am truely glad for you. keep on trying. nothing can be done IF you don't try. good luck in getting there. both california and any of your goals.
  • by UNknown Location: Tallahassee on Oct 21, 2010 at 05:59 AM
    I am so enjoying being in the James S Rickards Marching Band. We have worked very hard in our multiple band camps and we have proven it in our halftime shows. We have been invited to preform in California for the BAttle of the BAnds and we are very excited. We have also been invited to preform in New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl which is another big honor. We need the money because you know how it is being a school, on the south side trying to make money. We have done fund raisers but people are only so generous. Please help us out. We need YOU to get there. Thanks
  • by La' Vontae Johnson Location: Tallahassee, FL on Oct 21, 2010 at 05:57 AM
    So Proud, So Proud. Please come out to James S. Rickards High School this Sunday, Oct. 24 2010 at 4pm to enjoy, the Tallahassee Boys Choir, the James S. Rickards High School Dynamic Measures "Ensemble", and many more Church Choirs, and prasie teams. Time: 4pm-7pm Price: $10 Place: James S. Rickards High School Auditorium All funds will go towards the funding for the Trip to LA. Many more Community Fundraiser events are coming.
  • by Matrix117 Location: Tallahassee on Oct 20, 2010 at 06:21 PM
    The Leon and Lincoln SYMPHONIC band were invited. Yes, this is quite prestigious, but you really need to give Rickards MARCHING band credit. They worked their way up from almost nothing, being a really poor school, band director wasnt so good, and they made their way to the Miami Orange Bowl. And, they won EVERY SINGLE TROPHY in the division. Then they marched in the Washington Independence Day Parade, they played for Michelle Obama, and they were 1 of 8, out of 172 bands that applied ACROSS THE NATION! They are doing wonderful thing because they have worked extremely hard in the hot sun for years and have done numerous good things for the community, such as play for the Homeless Shelter. The Rickards Band will praise you when you go. But, please pay us our respect for before we pay you ours. Thank you very much.
  • by Trumpet Location: Tallahassee on Oct 20, 2010 at 05:01 PM
    I play the trumpet in the band at Rickards (freshman), and I am really excited about this accomplishment, I know we will have a great time in LA <:-).
  • by yep Location: tally on Oct 20, 2010 at 03:22 PM
    HAHAHAHA wow.
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