Vonn Howard of Mercury Marine was named the 2013 Volunteer of the Year for his tremendous service with collegiate and high school bands across a number of Florida Citrus Sport events. The award was presented at the 2013 Member Celebration presented by BMO Harris Bank and Florida Hospital.
A member since 2008, Howard serves on the Pageantry & Presentation Committee as a team-band liaison for both the Russell Athletic Bowl and Capital One Bowl, attending every band practice once the college bands arrive in Orlando and guiding them through their game day performances in and around the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. He also assists the bands during the two major pre-game parade events: the Winter Park Parade of Bands and the Orlando Citrus Parade.
Outside of Orlando Bowl Week, Howard is instrumental in the logistics for another major band-related event: the Florida Blue Battle of the Bands, part of Florida Blue Florida Classic weekend each year.
His work is so valuable that participating bands have come to request him by name when they visit Orlando. Band logistics and pre-game pageantry are often underrated aspects of the total fan experience, and we wouldn’t be able to put on our best show without him.