Showing posts from May, 2005

Memorial Day Pictures

Pictures from the Memorial Day parade are on the picture page.

Thanks to Squad Leaders, Staff

I forgot to thank all of you squad leaders and staff members for making the prep for this morning's parade so easy. It's not every band director that can put his leaders in charge and get such positive results. I appreciate you all making it easy for me to see some of my daughter's first baseball game! - BK

As you think...

"As you think, so shall you become."

-- Bruce Lee

Memorial Day/Web Page Update

FMB members need to be at the Darby Township (4th and Cross St.) building at 9 AM on Monday for our annual Memorial Day performance. Dress is Summer uniform. The School will be open at 8:30 if you forgot anything. Please have your music memorized.

The web page has been updated as well. Check it out at!

See you on Monday, FMB. See everyone on Tuesday!

Here's a map of 4th and Cross in Unionville:

Map of
Unionville Center, OH

This is SO COOL!

Play 20 questions with Darth Vader! (Flash required, broadband recommended)

Design the Sign - We Have A Winner!

Congratulation to Andy Spessard (FHS '02) for submitting the winning entry for the "Design the Sign" contest! Andy, who played quads and euphonium in the Fairbanks bands, is now a student at the Columbus College of Art and Design. Thanks to all band members and alumni who submitted entries to this first-ever contest. You will be able to see Andy's sign this fall at Harmony Field, the home of the FMB!

Dynamite Top Ten

I promised Katie Mae that I would post this. You all will probably get a kick out of it. It's the David Letterman Top 10 with special guest appearance by Napolean Dynamite himself! See it at

Bravo! Brava!

Thank you everyone for a wonderful concert tonight. I'm so proud of all of you. Thanks especially to all my seniors for their 4-8 years of music making, teamwork, and friendship. I'll see you all in the morning.
-Mr. K

The Concert Is Tonight!!!!

The starts starts at 7. Break a leg!

-Mr. K

Concert is MONDAY!!!

Everyone please remember that the concert is Monday, May 23.

5th graders need to be in the MS cafe at 6:40
6th graders need to be in Mrs. Bartow's room at 6:50
HS choir needs to be in Mrs. Keller's Room at 7:00
JH and HS band need to be in their reserved seats at 7:00 to watch the 5/6 bands.

Please remember to dress appropriately.

Come prepered to do your best and show the pride you take in the music you make :-)

From the First Man to Climb Mount Everest:

"It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves."
-- Edmund Hillary


"I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life's greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret."

-- Anthony Robbins

Winning and Losing...

"Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change."

-- Golnik Eric

Web Page Update

The web page has been updated with new info. Check it out!

Okay...Time For You Artistic Types To Step Up To The Plate...

Dear band blog readers,

After several nominations this past fall, we settled on the moniker of "Harmony Field" for our new practice field. I'd like to put up a sign on a post that can be seen from the parking lot that advertises not only the the name of the field, but also "Home of the FMB" or something like that. So...Here is your quest for you faithful blog readers. Design the sign!

Here's the rules:
1. You must be a current or former FMB member (including esteemed alumni).
2. "Harmony Field" must be legible on the sign.
3. Signs must be submitted on an 8.5X11" piece of paper. Please make sure your name is on it.
4. All creations must be able to be reproduced using paint on a piece of plywood.
5. Proposals must be turned in to Mr. Keller by Friday, May 20.

This is what my judging panel will be looking for:
1. A sign that is visually stimulating but not too busy or distracting
2. A sign that present the FMB in a positive light
3. A sign tha…

Hapiness Shared

"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared."

-- Buddha (6th Century B.C.)

Superintendent Bans "Louie, Louie" for Middle School Band all are not going to believe this one:

School Board Bans "Louie, Louie"

Just for the record, the published lyrics are:

"Louie Louie, me gotta go. Louie Louie, me gotta go. A fine little girl, she wait for me. Me catch the ship across the sea. I sailed the ship all alone. I never think I'll make it home. Louie Louie, me gotta go . Three nights and days we sailed the sea. Me think of girl constantly. On the ship, I dream she there. I smell the rose in her hair. Louie Louie, me gotta go. Me see Jamaican moon above. It won't be long me see me love. Me take her in my arms and then I tell her I never leave again. Louie Louie, me gotta go." (By Richard Berry. Copyright 1957-1963 by Limax Music Inc.)"

Now I must admit that they're nonsensical and pretty stupid, but not obscene. Who sings "Louie, Louie" anyways?


Apparently everyone came to their senses:

"Louie, Louie" Now Okay to Play

Be Good For Something

"Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something."

--Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

On difficult things...

"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult."

--Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)

FMB Shirt & Shoes

FMB members need to get in their shirt and shoe order forms by May 27. Shirts will be delivered by the Union County fair parade in July. DrillMaster shoes will be delivered before our first football game in August. Shirts are $18 and shoes are $25. Please make your checks payable to "Fairbanks Music Boosters" and get it in with your order form ASAP. I will continue to push rookies to get this is because you all need both of these items. I will not be bugging veteran members to get these in. If you need them, it is your responsibilty to get them ordered before May 27.

Second hand shirts and shoes are certainly acceptable so if you want to use black Drillmaster shoes or FMB polo shirts from a family member or a former FMB member, that is fine.

If you have any questions about shirt and shoe orders, do not hesitate to contact me. (Email Mr. Keller)


"Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love."

-- Lao-Tzu (c. 570 B.C.)

Folder and CD Status

Well, folders are done. I know most of you have yours already, but if you have not gotten yours yet see me ASAP. Guard members should also see me for the latest FMB update. You should most certainly have your fight song, Star Spangled Banner, Alma Mater, and America the Beautiful memorized before school is out. You'll thank me in the fall that you had it done early. Then you should probably get started working on the Phantom Opener. It's the longest piece of the show and will probably include the most movement once we start blocking drill. You might want to listen to it and get started.

And speaking of listening, I have enough CD's of the music for squad leaders already. I have to buy another spindle of CDR's Wednesday night and I'll have some for everyone by Friday. It includes the MIDI versions of the fight song, Star Spangled Banner, Alma Mater, and all the Phantom show music. There is also tracks of music from both the Phantom broadway show and movie. …

A couple quotes for Tuesday

"Joy is not in things; it is in us."

-- Richard Wagner

"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they may lead."

-- Louisa May Alcott

FMB Schedule Change

I just got thrown a curveball by my alma mater, Miami University. As you may know, I am the director of the Miami University Alumni Marching Band, which meets once a year at Miami homecoming to put on a pre-game show for the crowd. We usually have 60-100 alumni who return to Oxford for this annual pilgrimage. Miami Homecoming is traditinally in October, well away from our usual contest schedule. much for tradition.

Miami homecoming is on Saturday, SEPTEMBER 10, as I just found out from the Miam Alumni Band board of directors. I have alreday verbally commited to the board that I would direct the alumni band this year on that date. The problem is that this is a weekend that we had initially planned on competing. Now, it is the first weekend of competition for both MSBA and OMEA and not a lot of bands come out on this weekend, so I'm not too bummed about having to start later. The big issue is that my son's third birthday party is on the 17th of September, the fol…