Gerald Ricke, Director of Bands
address: 18725 Bates Avenue, Eustis, FL 32736
phone: 352-357-6220

Friday, January 31, 2014

A Eustis Middle School Mustang Band Member took first place in The 2014 Florida Bandmasters Association ALL-STATE MIDDLE SCHOOL Competition.

Julia Sills is an eighth grade band student at Eustis Middle School.  She takes her music seriously, but has also has serious fun.  She enjoys being both first chair flute in the concert band and lead alto saxophone in the jazz band at Eustis Middle School.  Julia’s band director, Gerald Ricke, further honored Julia by nominating her for the Florida Music Educators’ Association (FMEA) Middle School Honors Band.  This band consisted of over 120 talented hardworking middle school band students from across Florida and rehearsed and performed in Tampa in early January. 

Not only was Julia selected for the FMEA Middle School Honors Band, she did so well in her audition that she was placed as first chair flute and soloist which was an excellent thrill for this 13 year old musician.  In addition to the FMEA Middle School Honor Band, she also was first chair flute in the Florida Bandmaster’s Association (FBA) District 19 Honor Band which consisted of 70 middle school band students from Marion, Lake, and Sumter Counties.  To round out her flute opportunities for the school year, Julia also had the privilege of performing at the Florida Flute Convention with the Florida Flute Association Junior Honor choir where she was featured as a soloist.  Not to let her saxophone skills grow cold she recently was appointed as lead alto saxophone in the FBA District 19 Honor Jazz Band which will perform in early April.

Julia is obviously a busy music student.  All of these opportunities are possible for her because of the top notch band program provided by Gerry Ricke at Eustis Middle School.   Music programs are vitally important to our community.    If you  would like more information on the FMEA All State Competition. The Mustang Band Program, or how to become a sponsor please contact the Eustis Mustang Music Association President Cherrice or please visit

This photo shows Julia Sills on the left working with her Music Mentor.

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