FMB 2018 - Preliminary Info

Important Dates: April 10 - $50 camp deposit due April 10 - Parent meeting 7pm July 16 - Rookie Camp July 17-20 - Pre Camp 8am-noon July 29-Aug. 3 - Band Camp  Football Fridays: Aug. 24-Oct. 26
Contests: TBA (The FMB appreciates that band members have family commitments and other activities. Saturday events are held to THREE SATURDAYS during the season. Contest dates will be announced when they are set)
Attendance Policy
The Fairbanks Band attendance policy is designed to emphasize each person's importance to the group. All members are expected to be at all rehearsals and performances unless excused in advance by the director. There are very few excused absences for performances. In general, unless it is a personal illness, wedding, funeral, or military duty, it is unexcused. Excuse notes for rehearsals need to be presented to the director 48 hours in advance of the absence for approval. 
If a member has to miss a performance, a parent must contact the director via phone or in person at lea…

Let's Talk About Band Camp 2018

So let's get to the heart of the matter. Some situations have arisen that fundamentally change how we conduct band camp. These factors include, but are not limited to:

1. Finding a consistent site for FMB camp has been difficult. We are essentially locked into having band camp the week after the Union County Fair. If we do it the week before the fair, so much learning will be lost due to lack of reinforcement. Learning a show and taking 10 days off will lead to weeks of re-teaching. This also means that pre-camp would be set to begin on July 9. That is simply too early for all involved.  If we go the next week, it is the week before school starts. We ALL have preparations to do for the upcoming school year.

The problem lies in the fact that university academic calendars are continuing to creep earlier and earlier. The week we usually hold camp is now not an open week for every local university. We have investigated camps at Otterbein, Ohio Wesleyan, Kenyon, Denison, and Urbana, a…

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12/18 Concert Is On As Planned....

You may have already heard, but Fairbanks Middle School will not have classes on Monday, December 18 and Tuesday, December 19 due to the fact that there is no heat in the building. FES and FHS will have classes as regularly scheduled.

The December 18 Holiday Concert will progress as planned. JHCB and 6th Grade Band will obviously not have dress rehearsals.  6th grade band members (and FHSCB helpers) are to be in their seats in the gym at 6:55pm to warm up.  FHSCB and JHCB members are to be in their seats with families at 7pm and ready to watch the 6th grade band.

MS band members - I know that we will not get a chance to rehearse in the gym, but we will be fine if you rely on your training and trust the rehearsal process. Let's make music to the best of our abilities, despite missing these last two rehearsals. I have no doubt you will be successful.

The 6th grade band reward pizza party will be rescheduled for January. The 5th grade party will take place on Monda…

Alumni Pep Band - Dec. 22

Any and all Fairbanks Band alumni are welcome to join us at the pep band game on Friday, December 22. Rehearsal is at 6pm in the band room. You'll be admitted free to the game...just sign in on the sheet. Several student band members will be there as well so don't worry if you're a little rusty. We've got you covered. Please text/email/FB me and let me know if you need an instrument. Music will be available at the game. Spread the word to your band alum friends. I hope to see you all there!

Holiday Concert 2017- Performer/Parent Info

Fairbanks Music Department’s Annual Holiday Concert 2017 Monday, December 18, 2016, 7:00 P.M.
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 w…