6th Grade Band - Listening

Here's the link to the next 6th grade band sticker song:

Music Department Fall Fundraiser Starts Today!

Fairbanks Music Department's Annual Fall Fundraiser Sale begins:  Wednesday, Sept. 6
Sheets and money are due:  Monday, September 18
Delivery: Oct. 8-12
The Fairbanks Music Department is the largest department in the school, serving over 220 students in eight grades.  It takes money to support our musical efforts, and student-raised money is a substantial part of that.  Our goal this year is to raise $6000 from  this sale.  This is the ONLY fundraiser for the music department as a whole this entire school year. This money is used for items like music, supplies, repairs, transportation, instruments, rewards, uniforms/apparel, and many other day-to-day expenses.  It is asked that all members of the music department help in this important fundraising event. Hansen has an online store this year so you and your family can reach even more customers who want to support music in our schools! ( See directions for this method below.
Students are asked to sell at least 10 …

5th Band Parent Meeting - What You Missed...

5th Band Parent Meeting - September 5, 2017
Instruments Students need to have an instrument by the week of September 11. If you are using a used instrument, please get it serviced before using it in class. If you need advice on purchasing a used instrument, please feel free to contact me. Students will not be permitted to play on a sub-par instrument.
Mouthpieces The most important part of any clarinet is the mouthpiece. After years of experience, I find that upgrading to a better quality mouthpiece makes better clarinet players in the beginning, and in the long haul. Clarinet players should be playing on a Vandoren B45. New mouthpieces of this type cost around $100 but you can find some in Buckeye Brass and Winds that are gently used and sterilized for less than half price.  Other options include or Woodwind&Brasswind.
Trumpet players should start on a Bach 7C or equivalent.  Trombone/euphoniums should start on a 6 1/2 AL mouthpiece or equivalent.
Books Wind players will use …

2017 FMB Alumni Band

Once again we will host a Fairbanks Alumni Marching Band on Friday, September 30 at our homecoming game. There has been some continued interest so we are so glad to bring back the FAB!

RSVP at this Google Form.

I will need to know at least a week ahead of time who all is coming so I can get you in free and also make sure I have an instrument for you if you are a percussionist/low brass/mellophone.

The tentative schedule is:

5:00pm  FMB rehearses for homecoming at Harmony
5:30pm  Combined bands rehearsal at Harmony
6:15pm  Students dress for pre-game
6:50pm  FMB/Alumni Band perform pre-game
7:00pm  Game starts
8:00pm  Halftime
9:30pm  Game over

*Music will be mailed or emailed to you.  The Alumni Band will play The Victors, Alma Mater, Star Spangled Banner, and Seven Nation Army with the FMB at pre-game.

*Uniform for the night will be blue jeans and red tshirt, shirt, jacket, or sweatshirt on top. Feel free to break out your vintage FMB shirts!

*Alumni Band members, with a timely RSVP,…

5th Grade Band Info - 2017

I met with all fifth graders today and introduced them to the band program. A copy of all the materials I sent home are presented below in case the handout does not make it home.

If your child is interested, please fill out the interest form and return it to your homeroom teacher or Mrs. Rausch in the office no later than Monday, August 28.

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have questions that are not answered in the printed materials.

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5th Band Starts Soon!

Hey there, 5th grade parents! Did you know that 5th grade band starts soon?

You will receive a LOT more information in the coming weeks, but here is a rundown of the important dates for this year's 5th grade band:

Thursday, August 24 - Assembly for all 5th graders during specials

August 28 - August 31 - Fittings for interested students (I do these myself)

Tuesday, September 5 - 7pm meeting for parents of all 5th band members

Week of September 11 - Classes begin. Students have band once per week.