Welcome to the Buchholz High School band program in Gainesville, Florida under the skillful leadership of Director Alex Kaminsky. The Buchholz Band Program is nationally-recognized as one of the finest and most comprehensive high school band programs in the nation. Performing ensembles include the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Chamber Winds, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensembles, Steel Drum Ensembles, and Aviance, an elite dance team. In the fall, all of these groups combine to form the Golden Regiment Marching Band.

The band program at Buchholz High School provides a comprehensive musical experience for its students with special emphasis placed in the areas of Concert and Solo & Ensemble performance - see our philosophy.

Buchholz bands consistently earn Superior ratings at the district and state levels having received the Otto J. Kraushaar Award, Florida's highest honor, for the last 17 consecutive years for a perfect record of straight Superior ratings at all Florida marching and concert assessments throughout an entire year. In 2009, Buchholz achieved an unprecedented accomplishment with all three concert bands earning straight Superior ratings at the State Music Performance Assessment.

The Golden Regiment has won multiple FMBC Regional Championships and is consistently a State Championship Finalist. Most recently, the Golden Regiment has been named the FMBC Class 4A State Champion for two consecutive years (2013 and 2014).

The Buchholz Wind Symphony, our premier ensemble, has performed at several prestigious state and national conferences, and is one of very few bands in the nation to have been selected to perform at The Midwest Clinic three times!

Exchange concerts, guest conductors and soloists are a vital part of the instrumental music experience at Buchholz. Recent visiting ensembles include:

Dallas Brass
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Liberty University Wind Ensemble
St. Olaf College Band
UF Clarinet Ensemble
UNF Jazz Faculty Combo
USM Woodwind Quintet
U.S. Air Force Reserve Band
U.S. Army Field Band WW & Brass Quintets
U.S. Army Infantry Center Band

Recent guest conductors and soloists include:

Bobby Adams - Stetson University
John Almeida - University of Central Florida
Bruce Ammann - Augustana College
John Bell - University of Southern Illinois
Stephen Bolstad - James Madison University
Peter Boonshaft - Hofstra University
CW William Brazier - U.S. Army Infantry Center Band
Gordon Brock - University of North Florida
Mark Camphouse - George Mason University
John Carmichael - University of South Florida
Richard Clary - Florida State University
Col. Michael Colburn - "Presidents Own" U.S. Marine Band
Ray Cramer - Indiana University (retired)
Jack Crew - Lincoln High School (retired)
Marc Dickman - University of North Florida
David Gorham - Owasso HS, Oklahoma
Gary Green - University of Miami
Maj. Scott Guidry - U.S. Air Force Band
Jason Ham - "West Point" U.S. Military Academy
Jay Jackson - Appalachian State University
William Johnson - California Polytechnic State University
Jo Jossim - Florida Southern College
Joseph Kreines - Composer/Arranger/Clinician
Col. Larry Lang - U.S. Air Force Band
Gary Langford - University of Florida
John LaCognata - University of North Carolina, Wilmington
Timothy Mahr - St. Olaf College
Terry Moo - Gainesville, FL
Steven Moore - University of Miami
Glenn Price - University of Calgary
Thomas Rohrer - Utah State University
Maj. Donald Schofield - U.S. Air Force Reserve Band
Paula Thornton - Buchholz High School (retired)
Frank Ticheli - University of Southern California
Jay Watkins - University of Florida
David Waybright - University of Florida
Lindsey Williams - University of Missouri
Scott Wilson - University of Florida

(last updated on 4.20.15)
News Archive
  • CONGRATULATIONS to both Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony for earning STRAIGHT SUPERIOR ratings at State MPA yet again! The Buchholz band program was awarded the Otto J. Kraushaar Award for a 17th consecutive year!! See judges' sheets.
  • CONGRATULATIONS to Buchholz band students who earned 99 Superior medals at State Solo & Ensemble MPA, including 16 Superiors with Distinction, plus straight Superior ratings for Jazz Band!
    See complete Jazz Band ratings.
    See ratings for all Buchholz S & E events.
  • CONGRATULATIONS to Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony for earning Straight SUPERIOR ratings at District MPA! Both bands will perform at State on April 20th.
  • CONGRATULATIONS to all of our choirs, Aviance Dance Ensemble, and Jazz Band for earning Superiors - see list below!
  • Woodwind Choir - SUPERIOR
  • Chamber Winds - SUPERIOR
  • Brass Choir (SYM) - SUPERIOR
  • Brass Choir (WS) - SUPERIOR
  • Aviance Dance Ensemble - SUPERIOR
  • Jazz Band: SUP - SUP - SUP = SUPERIOR
In all, Buchholz band students earned 200 Superior medals and 15 Excellent ratings at District Solo & Ensemble MPA!

See ratings for all Buchholz events!
  • Congratulations to all 50 of the Buchholz Band members that made the 2015 Alachua All-County Band! See complete list of All-County Band students!
  • Listen to excerpts of the 10 selections performed by the BHS Wind Symphony at the Midwest Clinic!
    NOTE: All Wind Symphony members will receive a CD from Mark Custom Recording Service as part of the trip package.

Seniors after winning FMBC State Championship (Nov. 22, 2014)


Buchholz won BEST MUSIC, BEST GENERAL EFFECT, and came in 1st PLACE at the State Marching Band Championship Semifinals Competition as one of the five Class 4A bands to qualify for the evening Finals Competition. In Finals, in addition to BEST MUSIC and BEST GENERAL EFFECT, the Golden Regiment also won BEST VISUAL, sweeping the three major caption awards and being named Class 4A STATE MARCHING BAND CHAMPION for a second year in a row!

CONGRATULATIONS Buchholz Golden Regiment on this historical accomplishment!!!

Listen to commentary from two of the judges:
     •  Ensemble Visual - Judge Stone
     •  General Effect - Judge Allison
  • Check out this video clip from our Veterans Day Concert with guest conductor, Jay Watkins, Director of the UF Gator Band!

2014 Regional Class 4A Champions (Nov. 8, 2014)

At its final Regional of the season, the Golden Regiment swept the Class 4A awards winning BEST MUSIC, BEST GENERAL EFFECT, BEST VISUAL, BEST PERCUSSION, BEST COLOR GUARD and BEST DRUM MAJORS, and came in 1st PLACE with the highest rating of DISTINGUISHED SUPERIOR!

The Golden Regiment’s final stop will be the State Marching Band Championship to be held in the Tropicana Dome on Nov. 22nd.

2014 Southern Showcase Grand Champions (Oct. 25, 2014)

At its first competition of the season on Saturday, Oct. 25th, the Golden Regiment won the Grand Championship at the 2014 Southern Showcase of Champions! Buchholz has now won this FMBC Regional four of the last six years. The Golden Regiment garnered multiple caption awards in the Finals competition including:

BEST Music
BEST General Effect
BEST Brass
BEST Woodwinds
BEST Percussion

The Golden Regiment earned Distinguished Superior ratings (the highest possible) in the following categories:

Ensemble Music
Individual Music
General Effect Music
Ensemble Visual
Individual Visual
Drum Majors

The remaining categories (General Effect Coordination and Color Guard) earned high Superior ratings.

The Golden Regiment needed to earn at least an 83.0 to earn a block score and high seeding at the FMBC State Marching Band Championship Semi-Finals to be held in the Tropicana Dome in St. Petersburg on November 22nd. With a score of 86.70, Buchholz surpassed the minimum block score by almost a full 4 points! Congratulations Golden Regiment!

Pregame Show (September 19, 2014)

Great job at the 2014 Rehearse-a-thon!

2013-14 Audio Yearbook Double-CD set!
Visit the store to purchase.
  • Listen to Spring Concert excerpts on our Media page!
  • CONGRATULATIONS to both Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony for earning STRAIGHT SUPERIOR ratings at State MPA! The Buchholz band program was awarded the Otto J. Kraushaar Award for a 16th consecutive year!!! See judges' sheets:
Wind Symphony judges' sheets
Stephen Bolstad - Alfred Sergel - Robert Foster

Symphonic Band judges' sheets
Stephen Bolstad - Alfred Sergel - Robert Foster

Listen to Wind Symphony at State MPA (4/23/14): Listen to Symphonic Band at State MPA (4/23/14):

Wind Symphony at ABA National Convention (March 6, 2014)

CONGRATULATIONS to the Buchholz Wind Symphony on a phenomenal week of performances which culminated with a very impressive appearance at the ABA Convention!

Watch the performance on our Media page!

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