About Us

Our School

Atlantic Community High School, located in Delray Beach Florida, is the only public High School in the city. Originally established in 1949, ACHS has a long history. As part of the Palm Beach County School District, ACHS has maintained a high level of excellence in Education.  Known for its academics, many students attend ACHS due to the school's International Baccalaureate program, and its ranking as a top-rated school for many years. In 2010, Newsweek ranking of America's best high schools, Atlantic High ranked 89th.

In 2018, Atlantic High School was awarded the Green School of Quality Accreditation.  This award goes to schools that have made significant effort in establishing green initiatives on campus, as well as supporting sustainability and conservation knowledge to students and faculty.

Green Schools Recognition Progam

Please visit the ACHS website for more information.

Our Story

The award-winning Atlantic War Eagle Marching Band has a broad and rich history of its own.  Throughout its history, the band has gone through many variations, but has always remained true to its core values - fostering life long friendships and being a member of a community of musicians, both past and present.  Once an Eagle, always and Eagle!

Over the years, the Band has had the privilege of performing around the United States in many events:

 

  • 1997 Fiesta Bowl Parade in Tempe, Arizona
  • 1999 Nokia Sugar Bowl Halftime in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 2000 Aloha Festival Parade in Waikiki, Hawaii
  • 2005 New York City Saint Patrick's Day Parade
  • 2007 Saint Patrick's Day parade in Savannah, Georgia
  • 2009 Festival Competition in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2011 New York Saint Patrick’s Day parade
  • 2014 Parade at Universal Studios
  • 2017 FMBC State Competition

 

As the journey continues, we look forward to all the new chapters that have yet to be written by these fine young musicians, as they go about their lives through high school, college, and beyond - knowing that they will always carry this experience with them.


Meet the Team

The continued success of the Atlantic High School War Eagle Marching Band is attributed to in no small part the dedication and commitment of each band member.  But it is our strong leadership team that commands the direction.  That leadership through the years had led to the many accomplishments of this organization.

Keith Sanz
 Director of Bands - Mr. Charles "Keith" Sanz,  Jr.

Mr. Sanz, is a trumpet player and freelance music arranger. He received his Associates of Arts degree in Tallahassee while marching with the Florida State University Marching Chiefs as a soloist, section leader, and drill assistant. Mr. Sanz led the committee that introduced the 'roll step' to Chiefs in the mid 90's and led the band in welcoming the Olympic Torch on its way to Atlanta. He also played lead trumpet for Salsa Florida and the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps.

Mr. Sanz was an inaugural member and staff arranger for the University of South Florida Herd of Thunder. He created several of the university school songs, including their most recognized musical cheer, "The Bull".  Mr. Sanz is a founding member of their chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Service Fraternity.

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, Mr. Sanz became the Band Director at Jupiter Community High School. Mr. Sanz was the Palm Beach County representative to the South Florida Winter Guard Association and held a term as President of the Palm Beach County Music Educators Association. Under his direction, the band performed in Orlando, Chicago, and Breckenridge. While in Jupiter, the band was well known in the community for events like the annual Sousa Celebration at the Kravis Performing Arts Center.

Mr. Sanz received his Master of Arts Degree in Conducting from USF in 2006 and was again the staff arranger for the Herd of Thunder Marching Band. He is a founding member of the USF Music Alumni Society.
While still in Tampa, Mr. Sanz was the Jazz and Marching Director at H.W. Blake High School of the Arts. They performed in the MLK Battle of the Bands, and several jazz performances for the City of Tampa. He served as faculty advisor to the H.W. Blake Friends of the Arts.
Mr. Sanz continued his teaching career in Ft. Lauderdale at Everglades High School. They participated in the inaugural year of SFWGA Winter Winds and performed at FMBC State Marching Competition. The band program hosted a FFCC competition and an Earth Day Festival.
Mr. Sanz is a background and stand-in actor in Atlanta, GA. He can be seen on Netflix in 'Stranger Things', 'Ozark', and the upcoming film, 'Jewell'.

Band Staff

 

 

We love our band staff members!

Our band staff members are an integral part of the organization. Whether designing drills, writing music, running training camps, or teaching clinics, our staff has been the key to our accomplishments.

Band Leadership

Student Leaders Running the Show

From band officers to section leaders, our student leadership plays an important role in a successful program.

Band Boosters

We love our Parent Volunteers!

Without the parents, there is no program!  We appreciate our parent volunteers.  Go Eagles!

Looking to Volunteer?

The ACHS Band is always looking for volunteers to help with football games, parades, events, and fundraisers.  If you are not already a band parent or volunteer, and would like to help, please let us know!