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       Jupiter Community High School Scores

       Top Three Spot At FMBC

        Jupiter High  School’s marching  band  placed  third
      in Florida state in the Class 3A division at the Florida
      Marching Band Championship (FMBC) held in Fort
        The inclement weather at Sunday’s final competition
      was challenging for all the bands as they performed their
      final routine in the pouring rain and many were without
      electronic equipment. Ryan Ross, Jupiter High School
      Band director, said, “The band came together to give their
      best performance given the circumstances. Each year we
      strive to do our best and improve our performance and
      score. I am very proud of the band and how they handled
      the challenges of Sunday’s competition.”
                                                         SOJ Marching Band                                 State Finals

                                                                                                             With 32 seniors leaving the program, the marching band
                                                                                                           depends on new members joining and staying with the band
                                                                                                           every year. This past Friday the band visited three middle schools
                                                                                                           to showcase their performance with hopes of attracting new
                                                                                                           members to the band. The seniors in the band also spend a lot
                                                                                                           of time mentoring the new members of the band.
                                                                                                             Evan Wester, assistant drum
                                                                                                           major, said, “As a senior leader in
                                                                                                           the band, I’ve really enjoyed seeing
                                                                                                           our younger members grow and
                                                                                                           develop a real love for marching
                                                                                                           band. It makes me feel great when
      Mr. Ross, Band Director, SOJ                       Senior leaders, SOJ Band                          I see the freshman excited to
                                                                                                           participate in the band, and I’m so
        The marching band this year has a strong unit of senior   hard on this current performance.  The music was   glad that I was able to contribute to
      leaders. There are 32 seniors in the band, and many of   extremely complex this year, but the band has dug in and   their experience.”
      them have worked and grown together in the Spirit of   done an amazing job. I am so thankful to have been a     In just a few years, Ross has
      Jupiter (SOJ) band over the last four years. The older   part of this experience. Winning isn’t the most important   built a very strong music program
      members of the band are all expected to take on leadership   thing, but walking off the field knowing you did the best   at Jupiter High School. His focus
      roles, from helping with the operations of the band all the   you could with the people you love the most is. I could   and commitment to the program
      way to leading the band during the actual competitions.  not have asked for a better season for my senior year,”   and band members are paying off   Evan Wester, Assistant
                                                         said Ragini Aggarwal, senior front ensemble leader.  with the band consistently placing   Drum Major, SOJ
                                                                                                           top in the state each year.
                                                                                                             “I am so proud of these hardworking students and their
                                                                                                           supportive families. They all know the sacrifice and work that
                                                                                                           went into this final performance at FMBC. I also am thankful
                                                                                                           for the hardworking staff that gives their time and commitment
                                                                                                           to this program. This has been a great year and I thank all the
                                                                                                           seniors for their contribution to this program, and I wish them
                                                                                                           the best of luck for the future. I know they will all do great in
                                                                                                           life. They are great kids,” Ross said.
                                                                                                           About Spirit Of Jupiter (SOJ)
                                                                                                             The Spirit of Jupiter (SOJ) Marching Band is part of the wider
      The 32 seniors of SOJ                                                                                Jupiter High School Music Program. In 2021 the Spirit of Jupiter
                                                                                                           was also crowned the state champion in Class 3A at the 2021
        Makena Mutchler, who started as a clarinet player in                                               Florida Marching Band Championships. Visit
      the band and is now head drum major, said, “Being a   Ragini Aggarwal                                to learn more about the Jupiter High School Marching Band.
      leader in this organization has always been my ultimate
      goal and it has been a true privilege of my life to watch
      these people grow. I love this group so much and I have
      learned so much about myself and how to work together.
      I am forever grateful for Mr. Ross and the SOJ program.”
        The marching band was able to build on their music
      and movement skills and improve their performance by
      coming together for many intense summer camp sessions
      as well as having regular performances during halftime of
      the football games, attending several local competitions,       Upscale Resale
      and clocking over 275 rehearsing hours since June.
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