The Freedom High School Band
The Freedom High School Band is a comprehensive music program which includes 225 students in grades 9 through 12. Course offerings include three concerts bands, jazz band, percussion, beginning band, and eurhythmics (Color Guard). During the fall, all students (except beginning band students) are a part of the marching band, the Pride of the Patriots. The band program benefits from outstanding parent and administrative support. Emphasis is placed on the individual student musician, with the understanding that every student is important.
Michael Antmann is in his 16th year as a music educator, and his first as band director at Freedom High School. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education from Florida State University, and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Central Florida. Prior to his current position, he served as the Music Resource Teacher for Orange County Public Schools, and as band director at Bridgewater Middle School in Winter Garden, Florida, and Swift Creek Middle School in Tallahassee, Florida.
Bands under Dr. Antmann’s direction have consistently earned “superior” ratings at Music Performances Assessments (MPA) and earned performance invitations including the 2004 University of Georgia Middle School Band Festival, the 2006 CBDNA/NBA Southern Division Conference and the 2011 and 2014 FMEA conferences. He is a national board certified teacher and has been awarded the NBA Citation of Excellence, the FBA Tom Bishop Award, SCMS Teacher of the Year, and the 2010 OCPS/Kessler Grand Bohemian Excellence in Teaching Fine Arts Award. He is an active guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout Florida.
Charlene Cannon is in her 7th year as a band director, and her first at Freedom High School in Orlando. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Florida State University and graduated magna cum laude. Prior to her current position, she taught band at Bridgewater Middle School. Bands under her direction have consistently earned “superior” ratings at Music Performance Assessments and have twice been featured at the FMEA state conference. While at Bridgewater, Ms. Cannon was recognized as the “Teacher of the Year,” and was the 2015 recipient of the OCPS/Kessler Grand Bohemian Excellence in Teaching Fine Arts Award.