Can I be in band and other activities such as athletics?
Yes. The positive relationship between the fine arts programs and the athletic department is something that we value greatly. There has never been a situation that we have not been able to work out between programs. With an accelerated block schedule we recognize that it can be difficult to participate in as many events as students would like. Our philosophy in the band program is to provide as many opportunities as possible for students.
How much time does band require?
We know that the summer band and fall schedule can look intimidating. We front load the curriculum in August so that once school begins, students have time to participate in band and maintain their academic responsibilities. Please recognize that with all of your hard work you receive elective, fine arts, and P.E. credit. Marching band usually lasts until the second week of November; after school responsibilities for the Jaguar Band end in early October. If you are in the Competition Band, there will be daily afternoon rehearsals. The Jaguar Band will have a less intensive rehearsal schedule.
Am I good enough to be in the band?
Absolutely! You have participated in a fantastic middle school program that has equipped you with all of the necessary skills to be in the high school band.
Should I be afraid of marching band?
Marching Band is a new and exciting opportunity. You will have plenty of chances to acquire all the skills necessary to thoroughly enjoy your experience in marching band. Did you every imagine that you would be this great a musician after your first week in beginning band class?
What if I can't memorize music?
Think through the Bb concert scale. Do you have that memorized? How did you do that? Exactly, through repetition. You will have more than enough time in concert band and marching band to memorize the music.
Do I have to take PE if I am in Marching Band?
No. Marching Band is a PE credit.
What is the difference between Competition Band and Jaguar Band?
All students, unless there is a direct time conflict with another school-sponsored activity, participate in marching band. The marching band is the largest activity in school. We recognize that students learn at different rates and have different levels of commitment to this aspect of the program. For that reason, Jaguar Band meets two days a week with different drill than the Competition Band. The Competition Band meets five days a week. At football games, all students participate and perform.
How do you decide who makes which marching band?
We take notes about marching throughout the Spring and Summer. This is combined with your band placement audition from the Spring to determine who will be in competition band. Previous rehearsal etiquette, eligibility, and attendance is also factored into the final results.
How are students placed in the different bands (i.e. Varsity, Concert, Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony)?
All students have been placed in a band class based on auditions that occur at the end of the school year. If a student demonstrates that they are playing at a level of a different band class, we will make adjustments at the semester break. The directors encourage all students interested in moving up a level to practice the All-Region music. The Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band students are required to learn the All-Region music. When comparing students on the same music, it is easy to see if band adjustments are necessary. Percussion students will audition during the Fall Semester to determine their band placement for the Spring Semester.
How do I join the Colorguard/Winterguard?
The Colorguard is the auxiliary squad of the marching band and is open to both males and females. This specialized group hosts auditions in the Spring for the following Fall semester. During the Spring, the Colorguard participates as a Winterguard in competitions. If you are interested in being in Colorguard, please contact us.
Can I participate in band for only half of the school year?
No. We require all band students to participate fully in both marching and concert band unless extenuating circumstances arise. Please speak with a FMHS band director for more information.
What do double-reed players do during marching season?
Double-reed players typically make a seasonal switch to a new instrument for marching. They will still play their primary instrument each day in class and during August camp.
What should we do if my student has a conflict with a rehearsal, game or other performance scheduled on the band calendar?
Generally, attendance at all rehearsals, games and performances is mandatory. It is expected that band will be a priority, so please consult the band calendar before scheduling other appointments. If you do have a conflict with any band events, contact the director immediately. Early communication is key.
When my student participates in a fundraiser, do the profits benefit my student or Band Boosters?
All fundraisers benefit the entire band. No individual accounts are allowed per IRS rules.
I write a variety of checks for band functions; to whom should I write my checks?
- *** We encourage the parents to use the memo section of your check, for student's name, type of fundraiser, etc. for proper crediting. This is very helpful as some of the students' names are different than the name on the check.
- All checks should be made payable to the FMHS Band Boosters except for private lessons.
- Private lesson checks should be made out to the private lesson teacher.