North Marion H.S. Music Department

J. Craig Lilly
Director of Music

Kingdom of the Sun MBF -FMBC

Greetings Directors,


North Marion High School is proud to announce the 2017 Kingdom of the Sun Marching Band Festival that will take place on Saturday, November 11, 2017 here at NMHS. 

This is a Prelims/Finals event and is sanctioned by the Florida Marching Band Coalition (FMBC).


Our event will feature five different competitive classes according to total winds and percussion numbers (All percussion including front ensemble). Performance order will be based on the postmark of your entry fee in each class.


There will be a Judges Critique Session between prelims and finals for directors/staff. Finals will include class winners and the next five highest scores totaling ten bands in Finals. 

Awards will be given for both Prelims and Finals. Prelims will be limited to the first 18-20 bands who submit an online application at ( and mail a $150 entrance fee.


Judges will use the FMBC guidelines and we will have a qualified panel of approved adjudicators.


Registration Deadline:

Application along with $150 entry fee must be postmarked on or before Friday, October 202017.


Please make your check payable and mail to:
NMHS Band Boosters
151 W. Hwy 329
Citra, FL 32113

We hope that you'll be able to attend the Kingdom of the Sun Marching Band Festival.




J. Craig Lilly

Director of  Music

North Marion High School

151 W. Hwy 329

Citra, FL 32113

Phone: (352) 671-6015
Fax: (352) 671-6011



Past Participating Bands in alphabetical order

A.D. Nease High School

Chiefland High School

Citrus High School

Crystal River High School

Cypress Creek High School

Dixie County High School

F. W. Buchholz High School

Forest High School

Gainesville High School

Harmony High School

Lake Highland High School

Lake Minneola High School

Lecanto High School

Leesburg High School

Newberry High School

Oakleaf High School

Orange Park High School

P.K. Yonge Developmental

Palatka High School

Ridgeview High School

Saint Cloud High School

Santa Fe High School

South Lake High School

The Villages High School

NMHS Band Directors

J. Craig Lilly


Bill Pirzer


Andrew Couse


Barden Cuddington


Hugh F. Wolcott


Countdown Clock


Current Fundraiser

Students have been given a Domino's fundraiser sheet to sell cards for pizza.  These were passed out on both Tuesday and Thursday, July 18 & 20. This fundraiser can help students pay for band camp ($100) or their fair share which is $200 for the entire year.  All money the kids raise go into their own band account at the school. Remember that you can subtract $5 for each music rehearsal you attended in July (4 total).