Glades Central High School Marching Band: The
Official Band of The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival
Florida -- January 31, 2003 -- On Sundays, around 2pm, many Wellington
residents have recently been wondering: where are those melodic
sounds of rock, roll and swing coming from? The Answer: The Glades
Central High School Marching Band, performing before hundreds of
spectators attending The 2003 Winter Equestrian Festivals
weekly Grand Prix, taking place in the International Arena of The
Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club. The Festival, the most prestigious
horseshow in the U. S., finds the top riders and horses in the world
competing in the premier equestrian venue.
The Glades Central High School Band is THE Official Band of The
Festival, designated as such by Eugene R. Mische and Stadium Jumping,
Inc. during The 119th National Horse Show In November, 2002. While
the Band has performed for spectators before the Sunday Grand Prixs
for about three years, this is the first year that they have been
named THE Official Band, a moniker not previously held by any other
band in The Festivals 31 years. Mr. Mische and Stadium Jumping
recently donated $5,000 to The Band for the purchase of a new tuba.
The Band is comprised of about 75 students, grades 9 to 12 (ages
14-17), from Glades Central High School in Belle Glade, Florida.
Belle Glade is a rural, farming area, just west of Wellington. Without
donations and fundraising, The Band would not have the wherewithall
to exist. Palm Beach County subsidizes most Band instruments, while
others are donated. Costumes, non-subsidized instruments, transportation
and amenities are provided through donations and fund-raising activities.
This spring, The Band is looking forward to competing at The National
Band Competition in Atlanta, Georgia. The Bands participation
will be wholly-dependent upon donations.
For further information, please contact Willie Pyfrom, Band Director,
at (561) 993-4400, or Steve Prescott at (561) 793-5867.
Equestrian Festival Dates:
week runs Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 8:00 AM)
Gold Coast Classic - January 29 - February 2
Wellington Dressage January 30 February 2
Kilkenny/ICH Internationale February 5 9
Florida Classic/WCHR Spectacular February 12 16
Florida Dressage Classic February 13 - 16
Zada Enterprises, LLC Wellington Masters February 19
Tommy Bahama Palm Beach Open February 26 March 2
Cosequin Wellington Finale March 5 9
Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic March 13
to the Winter Equestrian Festival are available by phone at 793-JUMP
or at the gate. Admission is free on Wednesdays. Children 12 &
under are free all days. Senior admission is $5 every day. Adult
admission is $5 on Thursday and Friday, $10 on Saturday, and $15
on Sunday. Parking is free.