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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…

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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.

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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.

GO SILVER REGIMENT!!

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If you are Silver Regiment Alumni and want more information on other Silver Regiment Alumni please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

If your are Silver Regiment Alumni and have photos or information about your time at Lake Howell and would like to share, please feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at or Cynthia Schmidt.

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