The Choctawhatchee High School Band Program has existed since 1952 and is a proud school tradition. It is recognized as one of the finest and most comprehensive high school band programs in the nation. The band programs include the Style Marchers, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Winter Percussion and Winter Guard.
The Choctawhatchee band consistently earns Superior ratings at the district and state levels. It has been the recipient of the Otto J. Kraushaar Award on multiple occasions, an award given for Superior ratings at all Florida marching and concert assessments during a single year. The Style Marchers were the Florida Marching Band Coalition 5A Champions in 2004, 2005, and 2007 and were runners-up in 2006. They have made appearances around the country including the Rose Bowl Parade, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Cotton Bowl Parade, numerous NFL halftime shows and have made national television appearances. The Winter Percussion ensemble placed 4th in the WGI Scholastic World division in 2007 and 2008. The World Guard has been a finalist for many years in the WGI Scholastic World division.
History of the Headdress
The Choctawhatchee Style Marchers’ signature accessory was started during the tenure of Jim Leonard, Choctaw’s first Band Director and has endured for over 50 years. Since the second year of their existence, the Style Marchers have been recognizable not only by the precision and excellence of their craft but by their ornate headdresses which have become one of the most treasured traditions of Big Green Territory. This distinguishing feature can be seen at parades, bowl games, and professional football contests, depending on which venue the Style Marchers grace.
Each Style Marcher’s headdress is uniformed but personally styled for uniqueness. Each headdress has 30 large feathers with over 1000 other feathers in green, black and white. Each feather, along with horsehair, must be placed in the headdress frame one at a time.
The drum major’s headdress is even more elaborate and flows the entire length of the student who is charged with the responsibility of being the most identifiable member of one of the most distinguished bands in the South.