RHS Kiltie History

 

Each member of the band wears a unique uniform that pays homage to Sarasota's Scottish history.  A group of mostly Scottish settlers arrived late December, 1885, to establish what is now the City of Sarasota.  The McDonald dress, adopted from the clan background of some of these settlers, is a tartan selected for the band's kilt.  The British bright royal scarlet was selected as the traditional battle jacket, the same worn by current and traditional Scottish regiments.  Here is a photo with the name of each part of the RHS Kiltie uniform:




The initial Kiltie Band totaled only 58 members in 1960; in 2016, the total rose 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".

Media

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

November 1, 2018, Channel 7 MySunCoast newscast  "Band of the Week"







 

Mr. Mark Spreen, Retired Director of Bands

Mr. Mark Spreen started teaching at Riverview High School in 1993 and was Director of Bands.   He received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from the University of Florida and his Masters of Arts from Grand Canyon University.  Mr. Spreen 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.  






 

Mr. Spreen's senior portrait from RHS

Mr. Spreen's senior portrait from RHS

The final concert of Mr. Spreen in the Spring of 2017.   The entire Music Department support team (in Kilts) are:  Mr. Norm Vagn, Ms. Alison Dietz, Ms. Kate Mocherman, Ms. MaryAnn Naumann, Mr. Kevin Wiegand, Mr. Chuck Evans, and Mr. Mark Spreen.

The final concert of Mr. Spreen in the Spring of 2017. The entire Music Department support team (in Kilts) are: Mr. Norm Vagn, Ms. Alison Dietz, Ms. Kate Mocherman, Ms. MaryAnn Naumann, Mr. Kevin Wiegand, Mr. Chuck Evans, and Mr. Mark Spreen.

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