Sound of Thunder Band and Guard

Cypress Bay Band
  • Over the years, the Cypress Bay Band Program has been extraordinarily successful. Performing ensembles have been invited to highly recognized state and national events!

    The Marching Band has received high scores at FBA (district assessment) and FMBC (regional) competitions.

    For the 2021-22 school year, the program was recognized with the Otto J. Kraushaar Award, given to those bands in the state that have earned straight superior ratings at all Florida Band Association events during a single school year, including marching, district concert, and state concert competitions!!!

Program Choices

    • Curriculum Electives Classes
      • Three-levels of Concert Band Classes: Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble (by audition placement)
      • Jazz Band (taken in addition to a Concert Ensemble for wind instruments)
      • Music Theory: Honors and AP (the Honors class is a pre-requisite for AP)
      • Eurythmics (Color & Winter Guard)
    • After School Co-Curricular Programs
    • Summer Jazz Camp

    This camp is offered to middle and high school students during the summer. It covers the basics of jazz performance for beginners and offers additional growth to more experienced musicians. The camp is taught by the band director, professional jazz clinicians, and the most advanced high school jazz musicians.


  • Brett Dawson
    Band Director

    Clement Vassell
    Color Guard Director

Upcoming Events

Program Director

  • Mr. Dawson took responsibility for the Cypress Bay High School band program in the summer of 2020 ( His experience as a professional jazz trombonist and 20 years as the former Director of Bands at Coral Springs High School helped him keep students engaged despite the challenges of teaching in a virtual environment during the 2020-21 school year.

    For the Marching Season and throughout the school year, thanks to his extended professional network, Mr Dawson also brings highly qualified and dedicated clinicians and coaches to work with all his students

Boosters Info

Join Us


  • Getting Involved as A Volunteer is important to the band program. Level 1 Clearance (Local Trips, School Events, etc.). Level 2 Clearance (Overnight Trips, Out of Tri-County Trips)

    Information will be updated the week before school.  This involves going to the KCW Building in Downtown Ft. Lauderdale to get fingerprinted.  Please be patient as there is a meeting the week before school in which the guidelines for this will be covered and the information will be updated at that time.

    Learn more about becoming a BCPS Volunteer.