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About LHHS Band

Information and about the staff, band parents and the over all band program.

LH Band Staff

Drill Designer - Craig Armstrong

Craig Armstrong is a Florida native and graduate of the University of Florida. While in college he performed in the UF wind ensemble, the Cadets of Bergen County, and also Walt Disney as a musician. Craig has written drill for numerous bands, most notably the 2009 FMBC State Champion Winter Park Sound of the Wildcats Marching Band. He also has had success in the indoor percussion arena with Infinity2, the  "A" class state champion during their inaugural year in 2013. Craig has instructed several BOA regional and national finalist bands and several finalist drum corps.




Visual Instructor - Jeremy Goldberg

Jeremy Goldberg has been involved as a performer or as an educator in the marching arts since 1996. Jeremy is a graduate of Lake Howell High School receiving the Louis Armstrong award as well as performing as the Principal Trumpet for the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra.  After high school he performed in the Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2000 and 2001 season.  Jeremy also was a Lead Trumpet in the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps in 2002 in addition to performing as a Fanfare Trumpet at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom from 2000-2004.  

Jeremy has taught a variety of activities within the marching arts including Lake Howell’s Holiday Band which performed in Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties.  He has taught music and visual in programs such as Lake Howell High School, Tavares High School, Oviedo High School, Winter Park High School, Seminole High School, Santa Fe High School, Timber Creek High School, and the 2011 FMBA 5A State Champion Hagerty High School.  Jeremy was a color guard instructor for Oviedo’s Winter Guard when they received the Gold Medal in AAA Class in FFCC.  Jeremy was also a visual instructor for Timber Creek Independent Indoor Percussion Ensemble and in 2014 was the Visual Caption Head for Infinity II who was the FFCC Open Class Indoor Percussion Champion.  Jeremy has written drill for Hagerty High School as well as program designed for this and other programs in 2012 and 2013.

Jeremy, being a graduate of Lake Howell High School, is very excited to return to his alma mater for his ninth marching season with The Silver Regiment.  Jeremy will be the Visual Caption Head for Lake Howell this year as well as assist with music instruction to continue to develop and strengthen the talent of Lake Howell’s Band Program.

Music Instructor - Gary Ulrich, Julio Rivera


Color Guard Instructor - Jarret Thompson, Ariel Rodriguez, and Jonathon Owen




Jonathon Owen is currently attending the University of Central Florida where he is majoring in Hospitality. Jonathon graduated from Park Vista high school in 2014 after performing with the Park Vista Striking Cobra Marching Band for 4 years. His first two years (2011-2012)he was a part of the horn line as trombone and baritone player. His junior and senior years (2013-2014) he switched over to the Colorguard where he spun rifle and sabre and flag. Right after graduating he joined the 2014 Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corp performing in the Colorguard. He joined the Vanguard in the 2015 season as well. This past winter guard season (2015) Jonathon was a part of the UCF Pegasus World Guard. This was UCF Pegasus' first year competing in world class and the guard was able to make it to world class finals in Dayton, Ohio. An accomplishment that not a lot of world guards are able to accomplish their first year.




Band Camp Staff - Felix Padilla & Andres Padilla

Felix Padilla

Felix Padilla began playing trombone his fourth-grade year in Long Island, New York. Even as a young musician, his elementary school music teacher noticed a lot of potential in him, once telling his parents, “As long as he has music in his life, he’ll be just fine”. After a move to Orlando, Florida, he studied trombone with Orlando Philharmonic/Brevard Symphony Orchestra trombonist Joseph Vascik. While a student at Lake Howell HS, he continued on to make the top placements in All-County and All-State Honor Bands.

Felix is now a graduate student at the New England Conservatory of Music located in Boston, MA, and will study trombone performance under James Markey (Bass Trombonist of Boston Symphony). He earned his bachelor’s degree in music performance from Columbus State University May 2017. He studied trombone pedagogy and technique with Dr. Bradley Palmer (Principal Trombonist of LaGrange Symphony). While studying in Columbus, GA, he performed with the CSU Philharmonic Orchestra, CSU Wind Ensemble, CSU Wind Orchestra, Schwob Jazz Orchestra, 9th Street Brass Sextet (founding member), Trombone Choir and Trombone Octet.

Felix was selected as a Division II finalist for the American Trombone Workshop International Solo Competition located in Washington, D.C., and competed March 2017. He has performed with the CSU Trombone Ensemble at the Southeast Trombone Symposium hosted in Columbus, GA, and the International Trombone Festival at the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA, both in July 2017. During his earlier years of undergraduate education, he performed internationally with the CSU Trombone Octet at the 2014 Slider Asia Trombone Festival in Hong Kong, China. In the summer of 2015, He earned the Drum Corps International Bronze medal as a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps.

Felix appears on a newly released CD by the CSU Trombone Studio entitled “Full Tilt” as an ensemble member on various tracks, including solo performance on Brad Edwards’ “Memories of the Spirit”. In addition, he can also be heard on James Markey’s (Bass Trombonist of Boston Symphony) album “Psychedelia” as an ensemble member on John Stevens’ “The Chief”.

Andres Padilla


Andres Padilla began playing Tuba in his seventh-grade year at Tuskawilla Middle School. He always had special interest towards music but wasn’t until his junior year in high school at Lake Howell High School when his skills really began to grow.  This occurred mostly because he started taking private lessons, first with Joseph Vascik, Orlando Philharmonic/ Brevard Symphony Orchestra Trombonist and then with Claude Kasnig, Brevard Orchestra Tubist. While attending Lake Howell High School, Andres made  All-County and All-State Honor bands.
Andres is currently attending Columbus State University in Columbus, GA where he studied with Professor Andrew Miller, Alabama Symphony, and now will be studying under Professor Bernard Flythe. While at Columbus he plays in the prestigious Schwob School of Music’s Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Jamie Nix.
Andres was name a finalist for SERTEC 2017 Young Artists solo competition and plans to keep competing in the future. 


Percussion Instructor - Mike Hansen, Lindsey Hansen, Zach Gruse and Ian Clarey




The Lake Howell Band Boosters Association, Inc., (LHBBA), is a non-profit organization comprised of parents of the Lake Howell Band Program members, whose goal is to provide financial and moral support to the band program through a variety of activities.

All parents are encouraged to attend monthly band parent meetings. These meetings provide information about band activities as well as  an open forum for parents to voice concerns or opinions regarding the band program.

The Band Boosters provide support in many ways, ranging from fund-raising activities and organizing events to chaperoning field trips, competitions, and tours.

Members of the Band Booster Association work directly with Jose Eslava, Director of Bands, and the band staff to offer exceptional opportunities to our children.




The Silver Regiment is a high school band located in Winter Park, FL.  Currently under the direction of Trey Harris,the 150-member ensemble consists of a Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Color Guard, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Brass chamber groups, and Woodwind chamber grou

In the beginning...

The original Lake Howell finished construction 38 years ago and at the time the band program was much different than that of today.  Under the direction of Roland Castro (1974-1981) the band wore white 'space marching' uniforms, and had many different traditions, but nevertheless was the foundation for the future.

The late 70’s and 80’s…

old silver regiment logo

A few years later the band program began to take shape and received the name “The Silver Regiment” and a logo.  At this time they shaped the band program after Drum Corps International, particularly the Blue Devils.  So much so that the new uniforms were identical to that of the Blue Devils!  The band program was quite prosperous during the 80’s. Under the direction of Greg Martin (1981-1986); Phil Jennings (1986-1987); Doug Stoun (1987-1989) and Ernie Lombardi (1989-1991) the band received many awards from all over the state and country.

Tug was born...

Therold tugwas an idea born in the ranks of the Band Boosters Association at this time that led to the creation of the Silver Regiments own mascot. The late Gary Berns, a founding member of the Lake Howell Band Boosters Association, had adapted the then-popular newspaper cartoon figure of "Ziggy" and made him into a band member with his ownuniform. But this figure needed a name, as "Ziggy" was already the name of Tom Wilson’s nationally syndicate newspaper character, and not exactly appropriate for a marching band.

It was also during these times that the band had a special phrase that was bestowed upon them by early band directors after an outstanding performance. That phrase was "thumbs up guys!" As the band traveled throughout the state, participating in dozens of adjudicated marching band events, quite often it became difficult to tell how well our band performed against some very close competition. It was not unusual to have judging delayed for hours, with everyone waiting anxiously for the results. During an afternoon at one such event, our band parents kept score as the competition progressed. The Lake Howell band parents united and suddenly, in that crowded stadium, about 50 of them stood up and shouted as one: "THUMBS UP, GUYS!" The band, seated across the field recognized the meaning of the signal. The other bands, their directors, and audience did not understand why they were the only group making noise at the time, since no scores were officially announced yet. Later, as about 20 bands were assembled on the field to learn their scores, each band reacted with a loud cheer, many hugs, and excitedly jumping around as their names were announced. But, as The Silver Regiment was announced as the Overall Winner, the band simply came to attention, and a salute from the Drum Majors was the only reaction from the entire band. They had already known that they had done well enough to make the finals by the band parents’ "Thumbs Up, Guys" signal earlier. The crowd was stunned by The Silver Regiment’s silent but dignified reaction to their success.  And so the phrase "Thumbs Up, Guys" was shortened to merely T.U.G; and the mascot had a name.

The 90’s and beyond…

Under the direction of Charles Watford (1992-2000) and Todd Leighton (2000-2009) the band continued to grow and prosper into a highly recognized marching music ensemble with a very strong tradition. 

In 2010, with the introduction of a new band director, Francis Franqui (2009-2011), came a new band logo. This marked the beginning of a new era for the Silver Regiment.  The change was embraced and in 2010 the Silver Regiment finished 2nd in their class at State Finals, ranking 6th overall.

new silver regiment logo

The Silver Regiment Today…

Still today the Silver Regiment consists of a Marching Music ensemble comprised of Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion and Color Guard and are highly recognized as an exceptional band on and off the field.

Many of the traditions are still in place.  The band still stands silently at attention after receiving an award.  And on Premier Night, Senior Night and at the Band Banquet, the band gathers in a huge circle with an inner senior circle and sings the song “The Greatest Love of All”. 

Over the years the band students, the instructors and the logos have changed, but the love and dedication from the band members, parents and instructors are stronger than ever.

A key ingredient to having such a successful band program is the dedicated students, volunteers, parents, friends and alumni and the countless hours of time donated to the band.


 new tug

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