History

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  • Robert Cotter Arrives In Largo In 1968 the full impact of dispersing students all over the county regardless of where they lived had not taken effect in Pinellas County. High Schools still retained much of ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2012, 7:00 PM by Largo Gold
  • Birth of the Band of Gold Robert Cotter began to stimulate his students with stories and challenges. He suggested to them that they could be much better than they were. He let them know that he ...
    Posted Jul 23, 2012, 5:15 AM by Largo Gold
  • The Early Results of Pride During the earlier days of the Program, Cotter realized that the Band members and the community needed to establish a sense of pride. This was accomplished by entering his Band ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2012, 1:06 PM by Largo Gold
  • An Expensive Invitation The Band of Gold was well on its way to becoming the Band of the City, the County and the entire Tampa Bay area. Then in 1973, the Band’s ...
    Posted Jul 14, 2012, 7:52 AM by Largo Gold
  • The Trip of a Lifetime This was a trip that would be filled with many thrills, but got off to a shaky start. When departing Tampa International Airport, the Band’s plane slid off the ...
    Posted Jul 14, 2012, 7:48 AM by Largo Gold
  • The Results of Success Written by Joe Donahey Saturday, 19 April 2008 Chapter 6 The Results of Success The 1975 school year began with a new schedule of local, state and national competitions on ...
    Posted Jul 11, 2012, 9:57 AM by Largo Gold
  • Preparing for a European Encore Written by Joe Donahey Saturday, 19 April 2008 Chapter 7 Preparing for a European Encore In 1976 the competition field show was written, to be amended and tweaked, but basically ...
    Posted Aug 5, 2012, 7:17 AM by Largo Gold
  • Crowning of a Champion Written by Joe Donahey Saturday, 19 April 2008 Chapter 8 Crowning of a Champion Upon arrival in Kerkrade, the Band was informed that a Dutch Band which competed on the ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2012, 7:03 PM by Largo Gold
  • The Genius of Robert Cotter Written by Joe Donahey Saturday, 19 April 2008 Chapter 9 The Genius of Robert Cotter It has been asked many times, how hundreds of kids could travel all over Europe ...
    Posted Jul 11, 2012, 9:50 AM by Largo Gold
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