Sickles High School Bands

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

Director of Bands: Keith A. Griffis   |   Principal: Mary Freitas

Florida Bandmasters Association - District 7

Interested in  joining the Marching Wall of Sound?
  Watch these YouTube videos to learn more about us. 

Coming Together February 2020

Virtual Band Banquet May 2020


Directors Updates and Reminders:

February 26, 2021

WOS Families,

Thank you for taking time to read some very important details about upcoming deadlines and submission for very exciting things as we prepare for our final few months of the year!  There are several ACTION items in this email, so please read carefully so you don't miss your chances for end of year festivities!


Penny Wars - STARTS WEDNESDAY MARCH 3 – Music in our Schools Month

Start bringing in COINS AND DOLLARS! This competitive section vs. section money battle is always a student favorite.  Winning section gets a pizza party!  Start scrounging for change now…

Spring Krispy Kreme Doughnut Sale - Friday March 12th
If your workplace or other group would like to pre-order doughnuts, please contact Michelle Ziglar at

Accompanist rehearsals are Tuesday and Wednesday, March 2 and 3.

3/1 - 3:00-4:30 Concert Band
3/2 - 3:45-5:15 Symphonic Band/5:30-7:00 Wind Ensemble/Winter Guard 5-8
3/4- Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble MPA 5-7 PM Sickles Auditorium, see details below/Winter Guard 5-8
3/5 - Guard Competition

CONCERT MPA - Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble
·    What: Concert MPA, our district’s Music Performance Assessment
·    Who:  Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble – Attendance is MANDATORY.
·    When: Thursday, March 4, 2021

5:00pm – Concert Band students report to the stage
    Symphonic Band students report to the band room
    Wind Ensemble reports to the audience
5:30pm – Concert Band performs
6:00pm – Symphonic Band performs
6:30pm – Wind Ensemble performs
7:00pm – All groups dismissed.  Students will watch each band perform. 
·    Where: Sickles High School
·    What to wear: Students should arrive at school wearing their concert uniform, all black or suits/tuxes and gowns
·    What to bring: Students will be responsible to bring their music and instrument, along with extra reeds, valve oil, and sticks/mallets for percussion.
·    Can I attend the performance? The performance is not open to the public, but we will be recording it and sending out a link of the performance for viewing.


Parents, your child will be bringing an order form home. If you do not get the order form you can order online. We encourage parents to Pre-Order Online. Parents will have to enter the coupon code from the order form, in order to NOT be charged shipping when they order online. If you DO NOT have an order form please use the Coupon Code below at checkout for online orders. ALL Orders will be shipped back to the Teacher UNLESS You pay the $5 shipping fee ONLINE.

The Coupon Code is (Online Orders ONLY): 031021  - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10th  is the LAST DAY to take advantage of the 2 FREE OFFERS!!

  1.  Preorder Online at [ ] BY picture day and receive a FREE 2021 Photo Calendar!

Purchase a package by picture day and we will reward your child with a bag of SOUR PATCH STRAWS for making sure you received the order form and flyer.

Senior, record your senior speech video on your phone, preferably horizontally and email it to [ ]
Speeches should be no more than 20-30 seconds and are due March 8th!! . Since you are doing these individually, you don't need to wear your mask.
2021 End of Year Slide Show Spectacular
2) It’s time to send in those photos! 
For each senior, we would like to have
1 baby/toddler photo
1 photo from middle school band or school photo or dance photo
1 senior photo
so 3 photos emailed in for each senior in the Marching Wall of Sound – elearners and brick and mortar.
A few notes – it’s way more fun when you don’t give your senior veto power over the baby photos. 
If you don’t have a specific middle school band photo, then a middle school class photo (6/7/8 GR) will do. 
For Sensations, please submit a photo of your senior in a middle school era dance class/recital/costume or a middle school class photo.
Email all photos to:  [ ]

Shutterfly – Add your photos!
Add your all your photos to the Band Shutterfly site now so we have a wide selection to include in the end of the year slide show.

Band Caring Closet in the Uniform Room
We will gladly accept all gently used band attire no longer needed before you graduate.  We accept marching band cavalier hats, Dinkles (marching shoes), dri fit sets, black gloves as well as concert dress and accessories.  All manner of performance uniforms are accepted including black velvet/plain black concert dresses, black pants, shirts, ties, belts, and dress shoes, tuxedos, cummerbunds, tuxedo shirts, bow ties.  We also accept donations of new black socks for the upcoming season.  Your donations help other students participate proudly and fully in future band programming by defraying costs.  Send in to the Band Room anytime.

Mr. Griffis and Mrs. Lundahl


Please join me in welcoming our intern from USF for the remainder and of this semester, Mr. 
Angel De Armas

Mr. De Armas is an accomplished musician as a tuba player in the USF School of Music, and Mrs. Lundahl and I look forward to his work with our Sickles Band Students!

Welcome, Mr. De Armas!

Summer Camps 2021

Check the links often as plans for 2021 are updated at each location.

Mr. Griffis will advise specifics on camp attendance requirements at a later date.

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Florida Southern College - Summer Band Camp 
Florida State University - Marching Band Leadership and Colorguard Camp    UPDATE: Link
University of Central Florida - Summer Camps and Clinics 
University of Florida - Gatorland Band Camp 
University of Miami - Summer Camps 
University of South Florida - Senior High School Band Camp 
University of Tampa - Music Camp - Canceled for Fall 2021
March 1-30, 2021 - Penny Wars
This competitive section vs. section money battle is always a student favorite.  Winning section gets a pizza party!  Start scrounging for change now…

March 4, 2021 Thursday 5:30pm - Concert MPA  Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble

Auditorium - No audience for this recorded event

March 9, 2021 Tuesday - Senior Speeches and Baby Pictures Due

March 10, 2021 Wednesday - Band Pictures During School

March 12, 2021 Friday - Spring Krispy Kreme Doughnut Sale

If your workplace or other group would like to pre-order doughnuts, please contact Michelle Ziglar at

April 3, 2021 Saturday (tentative) - Band Scholarship Car Wash
At Smokey Bones @ Citrus Park parking lot
May 6, 2021 Thursday - Spring Concert
May 13, 2021 Thursday - Band Banquet
Location TBA

May 20, 2021 Thursday - Ice Breaker Event
To welcome incoming freshmen and their parents.

Summer 2021 - Band Camp - TBA


Many of you have been asking for our PRIVATE TEACHER LIST.

For those of you who have never considered lessons for your child, or have been thinking about it, here are some things to consider!

It is the BEST investment you can make in keeping your child motivated and accountable individually on their instrument, in turn making them a more valuable contribution to the band program!

In this year, more than ever, we all know how important structure is, and like anything else, this is true for their instrumental studies.  Engaging one on one with someone who is aiming instruction specifically at your child is so beneficial, efficient, and REWARDING!  Right now, several of the teachers on the list are teaching in person and virtually, great options for now and your level of comfort.


BRINGE MUSIC provides door to door repair service for you and your student and provides a loaner instrument while yours is being fixed!

Parents, here’s what to do:

Call Bringe Music @ (727) 822-3460 and ask for Paula or Debbie. Let them know you are a Sickles parent and have an instrument for repair.

Bringe Music will get your contact information and ask if you would like a loaner (there is a $15 charge for this - available instruments include Flute, Clarinet, Oboe Alto Sax, Trumpet, and trombone).

Bringe will pick up your repair Wednesday morning in the band room and once they examine it, will contact you with the repair cost. Simply pay using the credit/debit card of your choice and that’s it!

Once complete, they will deliver the repair back to the band room and if needed, retrieve their loaner!

Save time and gas and get peace of mind! Door to door service! 


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


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.