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Happy Spring Break!

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Wishing all of my student-musicians and their families a wonderful and restful break from school and rehearsals!

If you know you'll have downtime, please consider taking your instrument home to practice.

Bands - Be prepared to work and work hard after break as we need to be concert-ready by May 1.

#HSMPit - Rehearsal every day the week of April 3, 3-6pm. Be there. Three weeks of rehearsal until opening night!

FMB 2017 - Remind App

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We are introducing a new way to stay in the loop with FMB information.  A Remind account has been created for Fairbanks Marching Band members, parents, and anyone who needs all the updates and details about our group.  This is an attempt to de-clutter the Twitter feed and to make sure that important FMB information gets delivered promptly and directly to those members that need it. Updates will include schedule changes, uniform reminders, bus arrival times, contest results, and other pertinent and prompt information. You can sign up using your smart phone, non-smart phone text updates, or email updates.

The @faibanksband Twitter account will still be very active, but will focus on information and pictures aimed at a department-wide audience.

Everyone is expected to use the app responsibly.  Inappropriate comments or behavior will be subject to band and school discipline. Your personal phone number or email will not be visible to anyone so your privacy is protected in that manner. Al…

FMB Update 3/21/17

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*We have 36 tentative members for this year's FMB. Quality is more important the quantity. Our group is well balanced and full of good musicians!

*The calendar of events is up-to-date. We tentatively have three Saturday events scheduled this year, including three contests at Springfield Northwest, Watkins Memorial, and Dublin Jerome. We are also tentatively scheduled to perform at the North Union band festival as well.  These, and all events, are required. There is no bench in band, therefore it is essential that all band members be at all events unless excused via the attendance policy. The calendar is always available online from any digital device.

*Pre-camp is the week of July 17 and rehearsals will be 8am-noon. Additional rehearsals may be scheduled in the afternoons this week for percussion or for visual work.  These dates and times will be published as soon as they are set.

*Band camp is July 30-August 4 at Wittenberg University this year.  More details about camp will be …

Spring Concert - Tuesday, May 9, 7pm

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Spring ConcertTuesday, May 9, 7pmFHS gymnasium
5th Grade Band, 6th Grade Band, Youth Choir, JH Concert Band, HS Concert Choir, and HS Concert Band.
*Attendance is required for all performers
5th, 6th band, JH Band – Look nice.  No jeans or tennis shoes.  Guys wear ties.  Ladies may wear pants or full-length skirts.
HS Band – Ladies in all black, pants or long skirts, black shoes.  Gentlemen wear black pants, socks, shoes, and a black long-sleeved collared dress shirt. 


This concert is free and open to the public. Please tell family, friends, and neighbors!

Spring Concert Listening 2017 UPDATED

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HSM Pit - Schedule

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Keyboard 1 - Erin; Keyboard 2 - Kaitlin; Guitar - James M.; Bass - James Y.; Drums - Wyatt. Conductor - BK.

ALL MUSICIANS ARE TO BE AT ALL REHEARSALS UNLESS EXCUSED IN ADVANCE. (And it needs to be a very good excuse)

Conflicts with athletics will be worked out between Mr. K and your coach and you must follow the schedule given to you.

You MAY NOT miss any rehearsals during tech week for any reason unless you are dead. :-P

Dress is all black for performances.

Pit only rehearsals:
(3:15-5:30) Mon/Wed
Feb 27, March 1
March 6, March 8
March 13, March 15
March 20, March 22

Spring Break:
NO REHEARSALS
(Practice, practice, practice!)

PUTTING IT TOGETHER WEEK AT FHS
April 3 - Full Rehearsal at FHS 3-6pm
April 4 - Full Rehearsal at FHS 3-6pm
April 5 - Full Rehearsal at FHS 3-6pm
April 6 - Full Rehearsal at FHS 3-6pm
April 7 - Full Rehearsal at FHS 3-6pm

PRE-TECH WEEK AT VETS
April 10 - Moving Day 3:15-6pm
April 11 - Full Dress Rehearsal @ Vets 4:30-7pm
April 12 - Full Dress Rehearsal @ Vets 4:30-…

Band Supplies 2016-2017

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The music department will no longer be selling supplies nor placing orders to Music Arts. The finances and logistics have just become too cumbersome. Band members in grades 6-12 are responsible for being prepared for every class with their own supplies. My recommendations from experience are listed below. Vandoren reeds are, on the whole, 1/2 grade firmer than others, so be sure you ask me which strength is right for you before you order.

I will no longer be providing tenor and baritone sax reeds free of charge. Students playing these instruments will be provided an instrument to play free of charge, but are responsible for purchasing their own reeds.

You can always buy supplies from your local music dealer:

Music Arts Centers - Locations
Buckeye Brass and Winds - Map
J&L Music - Map

Your best bet is to order online, especially if you have something like Amazon Prime. Here are the recommended supplies for brass/wind/percussion players and links to these items:

Clarinet reeds:
Rico Ro…