Reed Players: WE NEED TO TALK

In recent weeks, I've seen a rash of poorly made cheap reeds in the band room. I have evidence that they are not well made, wear out quickly, and basically sound terrible. Here are some of the offenders I found in on Amazon:

They are inferior reeds and aren't even worth the $1 each you pay for them. Please DO NOT BUY THESE REEDS. You will not find these reeds in any reputable music dealer's store because they are not quality products. If you have unopened boxes of these reeds, I recommend you return them for a refund immediately and purchase reeds that I recommend.

Here are my APPROVED brands by long-established reed makers: Clarinets: Rico Royal, Mitchell Lurie, and Vandoren. For saxes: Rico Royal and Vandoren. They cost more than the above listed junk reeds, but they SOUND GOOD and LAST. They are well made and will perform well for you. Just as anything in life, you get what you pay for. 10 reeds for $8 sounds like a bargain, but I assure you they are junk.

Here's w…

Holiday Concert - December 17 - Performer/Parent Info

Order of performance: 6th Grade Band Junior High Concert Band High School Choir High School Concert Band
6th Grade Band You need to be seated in your performance seats on the gym floor at 6:55pm. We will warm up on #147, 148, 149 in your book and then perform our program.  After we are done, we’ll file out and then you will sit in with your family.   Do NOT go back to the band room.  After the HS concert band has concluded their program, you are free to go.
JH Concert Band: You need to be seated with your family with your instruments and folder ready to watch the 6th Grade Band at 7PM.  Immediately after the 6th grade band’s program, go promptly to your performance seats on the gym floor. We will warm up and then play a chorale and then perform our program.  After we are done, we’ll file out and then you will sit in with your family.  If you share instruments with a HS band member, they will be waiting for you in the corner to take your instrument.  Do NOT go back to the band room.
HS co…

FMB: Milford Center Holiday Parade 11/25

The Milford Center holiday parade is Sunday, Nov. 25.  It is an important performance in Milford Center and our participation is always appreciated by the fire department (who sponsors it) and all the residents as well.

This is a required performance for all FMB members, as per the student handbook. If you have a request for an excused absence, you must submit it to Mr. Keller in writing at least 14 days prior to the event.

Here are the details for FMB members:

11:45-12:15pm - The school is open to get your raincoat, instrument, shoes, helmet, gloves, or whatever you need.
12:15pm - School will be locked.
12:30pm - Warm up/Rehearse at Milford Center Ball Fields, near the playground
1:00 pm - Parade Begins.
1:30 pm - Parade Ends

*Uniform for the day is: Drillmasters, blue jeans, FMB raincoat, white gloves, helmet, plume. Please feel free to layer under your jeans and under your raincoat if the weather is cold.

*Either take your raincoat/hat/gloves/instrument home on Tuesday, or come to …

FMB Football Playoffs at Fort Frye HS

Itinerary - FMB to Fort Frye HS - Football Playoffs Round 1

Thursday, November 1

*with mucho rain in the forecast, this event will be very likely indoors.

6:20 Band room is open
6:30 Warm in band room
6:45 Perform in gym. (Senior show, Victors, Cheers)
7:10 Rally ends, hot chocolate served. Dismissed

*Casual dress...Fairbanks attire is encouraged.

Friday, November 2

9:45 Rehearse at Harmony (3rd period)
12:15 Prep for clap-out
12:30 Clap out happens
12:35 Load trailer, bus
1:00 Depart

3:00 Rest Stop (20 mins)
5:00 Arrive FFHS
5:05 Stretch. Eat (Box lunch provided from Kroger)
6:15 Warm Up
6:44 Pre-game

7:00 Game Starts
9:30* Game ends

10:00* Depart for home
12:00* Rest Stop (10 mins)
1:15am* - Return FHS

*-Times are approximate

Halftime show will be senior show. If the field is not conducive, we will stand and play.

Dress is full uniform, with accommodations for inclement weather. Bring your raincoat on the bus.

Bring $$ for fast food dinner on the way to the game.

I would recommend bri…

Uniform for 10/19

After much discussion we have decided on how we’re going to handle the uniform with the rain this weekend.

On Friday night, October 19, we will use an altered uniform to keep our full uniform dry and clean for Saturday.

Drillmasters. Black socks. Blue jeans. Raincoats. Band hats.  You may wear gloves under your white gloves and hats under your band hats. Make sure that layers under your raincoat are school colors if possible.

The goal is to stay warm and dry and rain and mud free so we can look our best at contest on Saturday.

 Thank you for your flexibility and adaptability in this situation. #adapttochange

An Open Q&A to Panther Fans:

I have heard from several Panther football fans directly and have heard about complaints by others over the last two three days and feel it is important that I spell out some answers to some common questions.

Q: Why doesn't the band play more during the football game?

A: OHSAA referees have been told by OHSAA to more strictly enforce rules on bands since week three of the season since there was an apparent incident of a band playing at very inappropriate times and having a direct outcome on the game.  OHSSAA rules state that:

From the 2018 Football Regulations:A. Bands shall not play music at football games while the ball is in play, or while signals are being called by the quarterback. This means that it is not permissible to use either:1. Drum roll or beat2. Cymbals clashing3. Horn sounds, or4. Any other kind of musical instrument while the play is underway in football. This means that as soon as the quarterback is in position to start the play, bands are to cease playing. Most a…

Pep Band 2018-19 Information

The 2018-2019 Fairbanks

Basketball Pep Band After-School Rehearsals: Monday, December 3, 3:15 – 5:30 Wednesday, December 5, 3:15 - 5:30 Attendance is REQUIRED for all band members.
Performances Date - Rehearsal Begins Friday, December 7 - 5:45pm
Friday, December 14 - 6pm
Friday, January 4 - 6pm (w/alumni band)
Friday, January 11 - 6pm
Thursday, January 17 - 6pm
Friday, February 1 - 6pm
Friday, February 8 - 6pm (Homecoming)
Friday, February 15 - 6pm (Senior Night)
Sunday, March 3 - CBJ AT NATIONWIDE 6pm

All band members in grades 7-12 are eligible to participate in Basketball Pep Band.  Attendance is expected at all rehearsals and performances. There are only two after-school rehearsals.  Other rehearsals are right before our performances.  We will play the 4th quarter of the JV game, in-between games, and during the varsity game.  Band members have the third quarter of the varsity game off.  Games end approximately 9pm, except weeknight games where we stop playing after halftime. Members are e…