5th Grade Band Schedule Update

As we prepare for year's end, the 5th grade band schedule get interesting to say the least. Here's the rundown:

Week of April 16:
Monday 4/16 - Flutes
Tuesday 4/17 - Reeds
Wednesday 4/18 - Brasses
Thursday 4/19 - FES testing - NO BAND
Friday 4/20 - FES testing - NO BAND

Week of April 23:
Monday 4/23 - Woodwinds
Tuesday 4/24 - Brasses
Wednesday 4/25 - Percussion
Thursday 4/26 - FULL BAND
Friday 4/27 - No Band (With Mrs. Cooper)

Week of April 30:
Monday 4/30 - No Band (With Mrs. Cooper)
Tuesday 5/1 - No Band (With Mrs. Cooper)
Wednesday 5/2 - No Band (With Mrs. Cooper)
Thursday 5/3 - FULL BAND
Friday 5/4 - FULL BAND

Week of May 7:
Monday 5/7 - FULL BAND
Tuesday 5/8 - FULL BAND (Concert 7pm)
Wednesday 5/9 - NO BAND
Thursday 5/10 - NO BAND
Friday 5/11 - NO BAND

Week of May 14:
Monday 5/14 - Woodwinds
Tuesday 5/15 - Brasses
Wednesday 5/16 - Percussion
Thursday 5/17 - NO BAND
Friday 5/18 - NO BAND

Week of May 21:

FMB and Band Parent Apparel Sale

The Fairbanks Music Boosters are holding their first apparel sale in many years. Click on the link to see the brochure, then follow the second link to place your order. 
All orders must be placed by midnight, April 23. 

5th Grade Band Concert Listening

5th Band members can listen and play along with these to prepare for the Spring concert. They are accessible from any device including laptops, tablets, and phones.

Free Jacques

Old MacDonald Had A Band

Ode To Joy

Hard Rock Blues

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…