Sickles High School Bands

HOME OF THE GRYPHONS  ~  7950 Gunn Highway, Tampa FL  33626

Director of Bands, Keith A. Griffis - 
Associate Director of Bands, Heather Lundahl -
Principal, Mary Freitas   |   Florida Bandmasters Association District 7


Director's Update and Reminders


WOS Families,

Happy Friday! It was great to see, hear and feel everyone's support at Lion's Pride last weekend! A huge CONGRATULATIONS to the entire WALL OF SOUND for their terrific, award winning performance last Saturday! We look forward to continuing this momentum through Homecoming, Senior Night, and Marching MPA on November 6th!

Week of 10/25:
10/26 - NO WOS Rehearsal - Wind Ensemble Rehearsal from 4-6
10/28 - 4-7pm WOS Rehearsal /Trunk or Treat
10/29 - Homecoming v. Mitchell!!

5:00pm - Eat!
5:45 - Put on uniforms
6:15pm - Inspection
6:30pm - Warmup
7pm - March Over from auditorium to stadium
7:20pm - Pregame Performance!
7:30pm - Kickoff!
Approx. 8:15pm - Halftime Performance!
Approx. 9:30pm - March back to auditorium for dismissal

1 week left! Please share on social media, text, and reach out personally to those who could possibly support this important fundraiser, thank you!

November 17th at King High School- students will need to scan the qr code in the bandroom as their contract to audition on November 17th. They also need to bring in a $5 audition fee. Please encourage your child to audition as much as we are - its great to have all of these things happening again!

In order to reserve your student’s spot on the bus, the following steps must be completed by November 1st:

Step 1: Register your student online (not a binding commitment, but is necessary to hold their spot):
Trip id reference # 199267
Input the student’s information
Input parent/guardian and emergency contact information

Step 2: Make $200 down payment to officially hold their spot:
Enter your 6 Digit Trip ID Number 199267
Select "I want to make a payment on behalf of an individual traveler"
Select "Make a Payment" ($200)


Senior Posters: Students and parents can make or purchase a poster to celebrate the senior. The poster will be hung on the fence along the bleachers and the field by the band section. Posters should be standard poster board size and can be decorated with pictures, stickers, and other embellishments. All items on the poster should be securely attached. Holes should be put in the corners so zip ties can be used to hang the posters on the fence. Posters should be at school that Friday, November 6th, no later than 3:30 when students will hang them on the fence (we will provide zip ties). Be sure to grab your poster off the fence at the end of the game.

Senior Walk: Seniors will be escorted across the center of the field with their parents and/or immediate family (parents, siblings, and grandparents) as their name is announced over the speaker (a maximum of 4 guests per senior). DUE TO OUR ASTROTURF FIELD, NO POINTY HIGH HEEL SHOES MAY BE WORN BY THOSE WALKING ON THE FIELD. YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED ON THE FIELD IF YOU HAVE HIGH HEELS. Seniors will be given a rose during the senior walk. Senior parents must arrive no later than 6pm and will assemble on the track in the south end zone in alphabetical order (by student last name). Football seniors will go first, followed by band, and then cheer seniors. At the end of the Senior Walk, families will pose for a photo before exiting the field.

Senior Sashes: Prior to the game, seniors will be given a Senior Sash to wear over their uniform for the night. We plan to take a group picture of the seniors in the auditorium just before dinner.

Marching Music Performance Assessment 2021 Itinerary

Saturday, November 6th @ Bloomingdale High School

10am-12pm Continuity Rehearsal

12-1pm Pot Luck Lunch!

1:15pm Inspection

1:30pm Depart SHS

2:30pm Arrive at Bloomingdale, unload trailer, stretch

3:15pm Warm-up

4:00pm Marching Wall of Sound Performs!

4:30pm Awards Ceremony, Seniors Retreat

5:30pm Depart Bloomingdale

Approx. 6:30pm Arrive back at Sickles HS

The students and staff of the Marching Wall of Sound are very excited for our performance at MPA 2021! Our students have worked very hard towards this event, and we look forward to having a great time creating a performance that we will all be very proud of. Please consider making plans to come out to Bloomingdale HS to see our students perform! Students are reminded that this performance is an assessment grade and that attendance at all items listed on the itinerary is mandatory.

Volunteer spots for both the potluck lunch and the event will soon be posted. For spectators, the entry fee is $10 per person, $5 for children (children under 5 are free) and parking is $5 per vehicle and includes a program. There will be concessions, programs, and official MPA 2021 T-Shirts available for sale at the event. Students will be fed a great meal before we depart for Bloomingdale HS, but may wish to have some money on them for snacks from concessions.

Please consider making plans to come out to Bloomingdale HS to see our students perform! There will be performances from over 28 High School Marching Bands from around the state at this fun, family-friendly event. This is one of the most exciting events of the year, and we hope to see you there!

We've seen a few questions in the Facebook Group about calendar dates...our full calendar is available in CUTTIME as well as our website -

November 5 - Senior Night
NOVEMBER 6 - Marching MPA at Bloomingdale HS
NOVEMBER 17 - All County Auditions
DECEMBER 3 - Festival of Winds Wind Ensemble Performance
DECEMBER 10 - Jazz Bands perform at Chick Fil A 5pm

Be sure to follow the Marching Wall of Sound on Social Media! You can join the "Sickles High School Wall of Sound" Facebook group (please answer the membership questions) and on Instagram "@shsmwos". If you or a family member have requested to join the Wall of Sound facebook group but have not been added in yet, please email Mr. Griffis @ with your student name and the name on facebook that has requested membership in the facebook group.

Have a great weekend!
Mr. Griffis and Mrs. Lundahl


Interested in joining the Marching Wall of Sound?

Watch these YouTube videos to learn more about us.

Prospective Woodwind, Brass, Percussion Members:  CLICK HERE

Prospective Sensations Colorguard Members: CLICK HERE


Band Booster Executive Board

Chris Wilson
Maralijn Robertson
Rob Krebs

Sponsors of the Sickles High School Bands!

With over 225 band students, individual and corporate donations are necessary to help our band programs operate and to provide and maintain important needs such as uniforms, instruments, music, travel expenses and much more.  Please consider supporting these students and staff by visiting our Support page to learn more or go directly to the PayPal DONATE button below to proceed with sending your tax deductible contribution to our program.


Photo Sharing - Shutterfly

The Wall of Sound Shutterfly site is a central location for all photos of band. It is a source for the annual band slide show shown at the annual banquet. Please add your photos and videos there for the whole band to see and share. You can send a request to be added from the site or send an email to Lolita Salazar at

Continuing Education in Music after High School