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 16 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. In 2013, the Golden Regiment was named the FMBC Class 4A State Marching Band Champion.

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 L. 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 A. 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
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 7.14.14)
News Archive
  • 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!

Listen to the opening selection of the concert:
joyRiDE by Michael Markowski
  • CONGRATULATIONS to Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony for earning Straight SUPERIOR ratings at District MPA! See complete ratings.
  • CONGRATULATIONS to all of our choirs, Aviance Dance Ensemble, and Jazz Band for earning Superiors - see list below!
  • Flute Choir - SUPERIOR
  • Clarinet Choir - SUPERIOR
  • Brass Choir (SYM) - SUPERIOR
  • Brass Choir (WS) - SUPERIOR
  • Percussion Choir (SYM) - SUPERIOR
  • Percussion Choir (WS) - SUPERIOR
  • Aviance Dance Ensemble - SUPERIOR
  • Jazz Band: SUP - SUP - SUP = SUPERIOR
In all, Buchholz band students earned 190 Superior medals and 13 Excellent ratings at District Solo & Ensemble MPA!

See ratings for all Buchholz events!

Listen to Jazz Band excerpt: Children of Sanchez

2013 Class 4A State Champions (Nov. 23, 2013)

Buchholz won BEST MUSIC, BEST PERCUSSION, and 1st PLACE OVERALL 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, the Golden Regiment also won BEST GENERAL EFFECT and was named 2013 Class 4A STATE MARCHING BAND CHAMPION! In fact, in a field of 90 total bands across all classifications (1A - 5A) from around the state, the Golden Regiment not only won its class, but also outscored every other band except for the 5A State Champion Band which finished just a point ahead of Buchholz! Congratulations Buchholz Golden Regiment on this historical accomplishment!!!

Listen to ending commentary from all 5 of the Music judges:

2013 FMBC Regional Grand Champions (Nov. 9, 2013)

After winning BEST MUSIC, BEST VISUAL, BEST GENERAL EFFECT, BEST PERCUSSION, BEST DRUM MAJORS, and 1st PLACE BAND in the Class 4A Preliminary Competition with the highest rating of Distinguished Superior from EVERY judge, the Golden Regiment put on an electric performance at the evening Finals Competition winning the GRAND CHAMPION AWARD with a school-record high score of 94.65! Buchholz won OVERALL MUSIC and VISUAL in the Open Class Finals with top scores in ENSEMBLE MUSIC, INDIVIDUAL MUSIC, GE MUSIC, ENSEMBLE VISUAL, and INDIVIDUAL VISUAL. Buchholz Percussion also came in 1st PLACE with a score of 94.50 while Aviance also broke 90 with a 92.0! Congratulations Golden Regiment - you just keep getting stronger!

2013 BOA Super Regional (Oct. 26, 2013)

Congratulations to the Golden Regiment for earning a Superior rating and coming in 4th Place in Class at its first-ever BOA Super Regional! Thirty-nine of the top marching bands in the nation from GA, AL, AR, LA, OK, NC, SC, TN, OH, TX and FL made up a field of bands which included Grand National Champions and many Regional Grand Champions from the respective states. Buchholz was only 3.85 points away from being in Finals - had we come in 3rd in Class instead of 4th behind Ft. Mill, SC, we would have been a Finalist band! This was an outstanding experience for our band and a solid step onto the national marching band stage by Buchholz!

2013 Southern Showcase of Champions (Oct. 12, 2013)

At its first competition of the season, the Golden Regiment earned 1st Place honors in all Class 4A categories and was named 1st Runner-up Overall in Finals at the 2013 Southern Showcase of Champions. Buchholz garnered multiple awards including:

BEST Overall Music
BEST Overall Brass
BEST Overall Woodwinds
BEST Percussion in Prelims
(came in 2nd by .5 in Finals)

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 81.0 to earn a block score and top seeding at the FMBC State Marching Band Championship Semi-Finals to be held in the Tropicana Dome in St. Petersburg on November 23rd. With a score of 86.85, Buchholz surpassed the minimum block score by almost a full 6 points! Congratulations Golden Regiment!!!

Great job performing the entire show for the first time!

Thanks to the 150 middle school students who were our guests for the Buchholz 2013 Middle School Bands Extravaganza! Click on Prospective Students for photos, videos and info about BHS Band!

Great job at Game #2 ... see more photos!

Great Rehearse-a-thon ... see more photos!

Outstanding Band Camp Golden Regiment!

2012-13 Audio Yearbook Double-CD set!
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2011-12 Audio Yearbook Double-CD set!
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2010-11 Audio Yearbook Double-CD set!
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