This year has seen an unprecedented number of new and returning teams. In fact, we had more teams add and return to the FFCC than we had in competition at our first five years of FFCC Championships. More than thirty teams in total. In general, this has been a very good thing. We are spreading more opportunities to more teams in more counties than any other color guard and percussion circuit in the country. It does, however, come with a price. [Read more…]
Sportsmanship is defined as ethical, appropriate, polite, and fair behavior while participating in a game or athletic event. The ability to be gracious in victory and defeat is the mark of a true competitor.
Kevin Paulus was a founding Board member of the FFCC and the trademark of all his teams at Lemon Bay High School was their competitive drive. They were always a crowd favorite and in the heat of battle for top honors. What made Kevin’s teams stand out on and off the floor was their respect for their competitors. Whether his teams were first or last, they were always the first to congratulate the other teams and quick to offer help when needed. They also felt that part of being a good sportsman was being prepared and ready to compete. In Kevin’s honor, we created the Kevin Paulus Sportsmanship Award to recognize deserving teams.
Certainly there are many teams that have some of these great qualities but the Kevin Paulus Award should be reserved for those special teams that have them all. The FFCC depends on Team Directors to make nominations each year based on their personal experiences with their peers. This year we are making the nomination form available all year in an effort to make it easy for Directors to nominate teams during the season. When you experience those “outstanding moments of sportsmanship”, Directors may find the criteria for nomination and information on the award HERE to recognize and nominate those deserving teams.
The Florida Federation of Colorguards Circuit is proud to announce the election of Stephen Porter and Carrie Short to the FFCC Hall of Fame. They join 24 distinguished fellow honorees and will be inducted in a ceremony at the 2017 FFCC Championships on April 2.
The Hall of Fame is the highest honor presented to individuals who have influenced FFCC history through their achievements in performance, in struction, adjudication or administration. Each year, outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the activity are nominated by the membership at large and inducted.
Stephen Porter –
Stephen is truly a product of the FFCC. He began his winterguard career as a band student at Largo High School, under the instruction of Michael James, Tom Slaughter & Willie Agustin. As a music education student at UCF, he marched with Beyond Winterguard under the direction of Jon & Cathy Kersten, the Knights under Michael James, and a later stint with NEI in 2004 under Jill Moser and Robbie DuFresne. While his performance career was shorter than he’d hoped, he has made up for that as an instructor. He began teaching Colonial High School and working with the Knights winterguard in the early 2000s, and Lyman High School in 2002. In addition to his Music Education degree, he returned to school and received an associate’s degree in dance, and became the full time dance teacher at Lyman in 2002, building a program that started from virtually nothing to what today stands at over 200 dance technique students, a fifty-member dance team, a fifty-member colorguard, and three winterguards.
Stephen’s accolades as a designer and director are well-known. His first FFCC team to attend the WGI World Championships, Colonial High School, came home with the Scholastic A Gold Medal in 2008. In 2009, Lyman High School earned the bronze in Scholastic A. In 2011, his independent team, Orlando Visual, which began the season in Independent A class but was promoted over dinner at their first regional, took the silver medal in Independent Open. In 2014, Lyman earned the Gold Medal in Scholastic A. In addition, he’s been the designer or director for over 10 WGI finalist teams, and countless FFCC medalists. He has worked with a plethora of FFCC teams besides his own, including Apopka HS, Colonial HS, Lake Howell HS, Storm Winterguard, Gainesville Independent, Knights Winterguard, Dr. Phillips HS, Winter Park HS, Timber Creek HS, East Ridge HS, Fleming Island HS, Sebastian River HS, and more.
Carrie Short –
FFCC has updated and opened its registration form for teams wanting to experience the FFCC. Teams that have not paid membership but still want to experience the quality, positive, educational performance opportunities that the FFCC offers can use this FORM for Non-members to select and register for events. Some events have reached capacity and are only available in the “Wait List” status. If your team does not clear the wait list you will not be charged. All fees must be paid before teams will be scheduled. All fees are non-refundable within fourteen days of the event. Don’t wait register today!
Many color guards participate in the Florida Bandmasters Association Solo and Ensemble events throughout the state in February. For those that go on to the state assessment, there is a gap in time with no performances or input to improve your ensemble. The FFCC can help fill that space with educational learning opportunities.
The FFCC, in addition to all of the national competitive classes, has an entire performance category for evaluation only. This class offers five caption specific judges to make recorded commentary on your ensemble’s performance. This will give you an invaluable tool for teaching and crafting your production for the District and State FBA evaluation. We also offer director critique so that you can talk to each judge about your specific teaching goals and challenges which is something the tight FBA schedule cannot.
Nothing improves your ensemble like practical performance experience. The FFCC has a full schedule of events in north, central, and southwest Florida before and after most FBA District evaluations. This gives you an opportunity to allow your students to work out their nerves in a positive, educational, and supportive environment before their FBA performance and will offers you the option to allow them to continue to hone their skills before the State assessment.
We know you and your students work hard at crafting your production each year and one performance seems to be such a limited opportunity to show their efforts. Consider the FFCC Experience by registering as a non-member for the FFCC Event most convenient to you. You can find the full list of events on the FFCC Homepage. If you want to register for an event you can use this FORM.