Athletic Bands

Falcon Vanguard

The Falcon Vanguard is the primary athletic band and outdoor performance ensemble at East River High. We are the single largest performing arts ensemble on campus with a projected membership of around 100 in the fall of 2022. The Vanguard performs at pre-game and halftime for all home varsity football games, Friday morning game-day pep rallies, numerous away football games, FMBC marching band competitions, and the F.B.A. District 8 Marching Band Music Performance Assessment.

Courtside Players

The Courtside Players is a volunteer pep band ensemble made up of members of the Falcon Vanguard. The Courtside Players perform at numerous basketball games and other spring sporting events.


The East River High School athletic bands are the center of school spirit and pride on our campus.  The Falcon Vanguard has earned a Superior rating at the Marching Band Music Performance Assessment 10 out of 11 years and has won many awards in the Florida Marching Band Championships over the years.

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