The initial Kiltie Band totaled only 58 members in 1960; in 2016, the total has risen to 213. The first band trip took place at the Orange Bowl Parade in December, 1961. From that time on, the band has played festivals and parades all over the United States and in several foreign countries, including: Ireland, Scotland, England, and Germany. The Kilties event got into acting! In December, 1993, the band was filmed in a Christmas parade scene for the French movie, "Seven Sundays".
The following articles/news stories about our Kiltie band are available online:
March 20, 2014, YourObserver.com: "Riverview Kiltie Band Marches in Historic Parade"
September 8, 2014, Channel 7 MySunCoast: "Sarasota is Rich in Scottish History"
August 27, 2015, Herald Tribune: "Kilties: Keeping Time on Drum Line"
November 3, 2016, SNN "Band of the Week" newscast: "Kilties go old school"
November 15, 2017, YourObserver.com: Kilties Heading to Chicago
November 23, 2017, Channel 7 MySunCoast: Riverview Kilties in Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade
Mr. Mark Spreen, Retired Director of Bands
Mr. Spreen received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from the University of Florida and his Masters of Arts from Grand Canyon University. He has also completed graduate courses at Florida State University and the University of Miami.
Mr. Spreen is a past president of the Florida Bandmasters Association and has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Florida Music Educators Association. He has also served on the board for the Florida School Music Association. Mr. Spreen has served as the chairman of the Music Performance Assessment Committee and the Clinics Committee, as well as District Secretary and District Chairman for the Florida Bandmasters Association.
Mr. Spreen is a graduate of Riverview High School and is a former Kiltie. Prior to returning to Sarasota, he directed the Lake Wales, Keystone Heights, and Fernandina Beach High School bands. His bands have consistently earned Superior ratings at the FBA festivals. His bands have performed in many popular events, including:
- the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland
- the Hollywood Christmas Parade
- the National Cherry Blossom Parade
- the pre-game and half-time shows at the Sugar Bowl
In November, 2016, Mr. Spreen was inducted into the Florida Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame. He is a member of the Florida Bandmasters Association, Florida Music Educators Association, Music Education National Conference, and Phi Beta Mu. After 24 years with RHS, he retired as the Director of Bands and Music Department Chairman in May, 2017.
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