The WHHS band program, which dates from 1936, and is housed in the Roy Wood music building, is led by band director Chase Deases.  The program consists of the "Pride of Winter Haven" Marching Band, the Symphonic and Concert Bands, the "Messengers" Jazz orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, and many student led ensembles.

The Winter Haven High School Marching Band, also known as "The Pride of Winter Haven," performs at football games, marching band competitions, community events and local and national parades. It has performed in many national events, including the Washington DC National Cherry Blossom Parade in the 1960s, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the mid-1990s and the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City in 1998.

The Symphonic Band performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City on May 24, 2008 with two other ensembles, The Cal tech-Occidental Concert Band from California and Jackson High School Wind Ensemble from Washington. Ensembles at Winter Haven have been consistently rated Superior in Marching, Jazz, Solo and Ensemble, District and State Concert Music Performance Assessments.


Directors of the Winter Haven Band

  • 1936–1940: Esther Mayhill

  • 1940–1942: Everett Shortt

  • 1942–1965: Roy V. Wood

  • 1965–1979: Jimmy Parker

  • 1979–1980: Jim Rees

  • 1980–1982: David Christopher

  • 1982–1983: Jim Sheldrake

  • 1983–1994: David Fultz

  • 1994–2000: Mark Lussier

  • 2000–2006: Shawn Barat

  • 2006–2011: Sean Luce

  • 2011–2016: Tony Mayato

  • 2016-2019: Daniel Farr

  • 2019-Present: Chase Deases

2017 “Pride of Winter Haven” Marching Band

2017 “Pride of Winter Haven” Marching Band