Jupiter Community High School Hosts 19th Annual Jupiter Festival of Bands


Jupiter Community High School Hosts the 19th Annual Jupiter Festival of Bands

Saturday, October 28, 2023 - Gates open at 12:00pm

The Jupiter Festival of Bands will be a premiere event providing top competition, with leading judges on site to review the state's top band performances. 

JUPITER, FLORIDA (October 28, 2023) - Young musicians will bring live music back to the Jupiter Community High School Stadium in Jupiter on Saturday, October 28, 2023, as high school marching bands from throughout the State of Florida compete in the 2023 Jupiter Festival of Bands (FOB), a Florida Marching Band Championships (FMBC) Regional Competition.  The Jupiter Community High School Band is honored to host the 2023 Festival of Bands (FOB) for its 19th year, sponsored by Florida Power and Light (FPL).  The 2023 Jupiter Festival of Bands is South Florida’s premier marching band competition and an entertaining, family-friendly event featuring live music, choreography and competition.

Bands of all sizes, from class 1A of less than 49 members to class 5A of 126+ members, will be competing for best in class awards and “Fan Favorite” Awards. It is estimated over 5,000 will be in attendance to cheer on the marching bands from across the state.

Ryan Ross, Jupiter High School Band and Festival Director, said he is looking forward to hosting this year's competition. “We have been able to source top talent from across the United States to come and preview the leading Florida marching bands.  This is an event not to be missed,” said Ryan Ross.

The 2023 Jupiter Festival of Bands is a celebration of music education at its finest, showcasing excellence, teamwork, and student leadership of Florida’s outstanding marching bands.  These young performers and their achievements advocate for the importance of music education in schools locally and nationwide. 

Heather Franklin, Director of band operations, said FOB has really progressed the last few years. “We strive to make this event not only a top-tier competition, but fun too. We want the bands and community to come back every year.  This year we have really stepped up the competition and hope the  community will come to see the hard work, dedication, and artistry these kids put into marching –and leave as new fans of the marching arts.”

Everyone in the community is encouraged to come visit the 2023 Jupiter Festival of Bands.  Gates open October 28th at 12PM. Tickets are now available for purchase at www.jupiterfestivalofbands.org website.

The event will end with an exhibition by the Spirit of Jupiter High School Marching Band, with an awards ceremony to follow. For an updated schedule of events, visit www.jupiterfestivalofbands.org.

Hosted by the Jupiter High School Band parents and students, thae 2023 Jupiter Festival of Bands will feature 10+ high school marching bands, evaluated by a panel of highly recognized marching band expert judges.  We would like to thank our judging panel for their time to evaluate the different performance levels.  Our judges this year include: Dr. Aaron Witek, John Mapes, Alejandro Talvarez, Sean McElroy, Key Poulon, Jamie Holley, Daniel Gutierrez, and Enrique Perez.

Jennifer Wasalaski, a senior JHS band parent, said she is excited for this year’s event. “My son has worked hard individually and as part of a team to provide the best music experience possible.  Hosting FOB allows these students to share the arts with our community so they can see these amazing performances provided by hard work and discipline,” said Jennifer Wasalaski.

This event would not be possible without our local sponsors including Florida Power and Light (FPL), Jupiter Festival of Band’s Main Field Event Sponsor.

About Spirit of Jupiter (SOJ)

The Spirit of Jupiter (SOJ) marching band is part of the wider Jupiter High School music program.  In 2021 the SOJ was crowned the state champions in the Class 3A at the Florida Marching Band Championship (FMBC).  Visit Jupiterbands.com to learn more about the band. 


Melissa Bledsoe


Link to Video and Photos Catalogs:  MEDIA – Jupiter High School Band (jupiterbands.com)