Welcome to the Gaither High School Band!

Home of the Marching Cowboys!

Luis Alvarez, Director

Marching Band
Band Ensembles
Starettes - Color Guard
Gaither's Marching Cowboys are a top tier Competitive Class 5A marching band placing in the top 10 in the very competitive state of Florida in  2016 and 9th place in 2015. Please click on the button below for more information.
The are several performance ensembles at Gaither to fit the interests and needs of every band student. These include wind, percussion and jazz ensembles. Our premier Wind Ensemble recently performed at Carnegie Hall in NYC! Click below for more information.
Luis Alvarez earned his Bachelor of Music Education and his Masters of
Music from the University of South Florida.  During his graduate studies, he served as a Teaching Assistant in the Trombone Studio and Jazz Department.  Mr. Alvarez toured Europe as the lead trombonist for the USF Jazz Ensemble 1, performing at major jazz festivals such as Montreux, Umbria, North Sea, and Vienne. He has performed throughout the state of Florida and in 2013 recorded with the Jazz Surge on their album, River Runs, which was nominated for two Grammy awards.

Prior to joining Gaither High School, Mr. Alvarez served as the Director of Bands at Leto High School in Tampa, FL from 2009 to 2014. Under his direction, his bands have consistently received superior ratings at the district and state level. In 2013, his band program received the prestigious Community Award from the Grammy Foundation. In 2014, Mr. Alvarez was one of five finalists for teacher of the year in Hillsborough County. Luis Alvarez is an active member of the Florida Bandmasters Association. In 2017, his Wind Ensemble was among a select group of bands across that nation that were selected to perform at Carnegie Hall.
The Gaither Starettes are the color guard of Gaither High School. They are part of the Marching Cowboys in the Fall and compete in Winter Guard competitions in the Spring semester. The Starettes compete on the state level and are skilled in Flag, Rifle, Sabre and Dance. Click below to learn more.
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