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Parents: Please Help Pass the November Levy

Dear Fairbanks Music boosters and parents:

The Fairbanks Schools will be placing a tax renewal on the November ballot for permanent improvements. The music department stands to gain quite a bit from the passage of this levy. Since the economic scene has been very lean in the past few years, the music department has been in need of many new instruments and new marching band uniforms. With all the repairs to the roof, it seems we were on the bottom of the priority list. This situation will be remedied when the levy renewal passes, Mr Humble has assured me. In return, he's asking music and athletic boosters to help with the passage of this levy renewal.

If you are a parent of a music student and are interested in positively promoting this levy for the benefit of our fine Fairbanks musicians, then you are invited to a levy committee meeting on Wednesday, September 1, 6:30 pm, in the board office. If you have any questions about this meeting or need further information, please email …

6th Band Schedule Reminder

Some 6th grade band members are having a hard time remembering their instruments, so here's a rundown of the next two weeks:

Wed. 9/1 - percussion
Thurs. 9/2 - brasses
Fri. 9/3 - woodwinds

Mon. 9/6 - No School
Tue. 9/7 - percussion
Wed. 9/8 - Outdoor Education
Thur.. 9/9 - Outdoor Education
Fri. 9/10 - Outdoor Education

Mon. 9/13 - brasses
Etc.


FMB: Week of Labor Day

FMB members and parents are reminded that the week of Labor Day is a funky one.  We do not have school on Monday, September 6, so our rehearsal schedule is different this week.  Rehearsals are still required, as this has been on the calendar since it was first distributed in April:

Week of September 6 Schedule:
Wednesday, September 8 - 3:15-5:15
Thursday, September 9 - 3:15-5:15
Friday, September 10 - Away game at Triad (FULL uniform)

Also, please remember that you need your black Drillmaster shoes by Friday, September 10 as well.  If you haven't ordered them yet, it's on the verge of being too late!

FMB: Itinerary for 9/3 Home Game

5:30 - Rehearse at Harmony Field
6:15 - Dress/Prep
6:45 - Pre-Game
7:00 - Kick Off
*8:00 - Halftime
*9:30 - Game is over
*9:45 - Dismissed

*-times are approximate


-Dress is Summer uniform.  Red band polos, ALL BLACK shorts, white socks, white-ish shoes are required.  No visible jewelry please. Ladies: long hair should be up.

-The band room will not be open from 3:00-5:00.  Supervision will not be provided.  Go home.  Rest. Get some food.  Be ready to rehearse at school at 5:30.

-Members are expected to be on their best behavior at all times when we are in uniform.  You will have the third quarter off to eat and relax.  Otherwise, you are to be in the stands and ready to play when called upon.  Pay attention to the game.  Non-band girlfriends/boyfriends that distract from your performance will be asked to leave.

-Pre-game and contest show music is to be memorized.  Please be prepared.

-Please encourage your family and friends to come to the game and watch/listen to us.  A friendly crow…

Pictures; Help Sewing; Thank You's -

From Mrs. Garwood, Booster President:



Greetings to all! Just wanted to send out a reminder that band pictures are on Monday. We will be there fitting all band members with their uniform, doing alterations and taking the photos. If you need an order form send me a message and I will get you one. I need some help that day with the fitting and sewing....ANYONE available please send me a message so I know who I have coming to help out. If you have sewing machine...black thread (mainly) maybe some red is needed, needles and scissors. I will be there by 7:30 on Monday morning and be there all day.



Thanks again for all the help last night. I believe we will have a great year. I am impressed with the kids that are in band and that is a reflection as you as a parent.



Have a great weekend.



Mary Ellen Garwood

Video from Football vs. North Union

FMB Opener N.U. 8/27/10 from Fairbanks Band on Vimeo.

My apologies on the sound quality of the closer.  It was taken on my beat up snapshot camera lol.


FMB Closer N.U. 8/27/10 from Fairbanks Band on Vimeo.

FMB: Pics From Football vs. North Union

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FMB: Photos From Meet The Teams!

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FMB: Video From Meet The Teams

Watch and self-critique, members. We'll discuss Friday and work our best to make Friday night's show the best it can be!  Thanks for a great first night, FMB.


FMB: Order Your Shoes!!!

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First year members and veterans who need shoes must acquire their own “Drillmaster” shoes.  Here is a list of dealers you can contact to purchase your pair.  For the sake of uniformity, which is very important to our group, only Drillmaster brand shoes are acceptable.  Be sure to specify BLACK shoes (as white is also available). 
Local Ohio dealers: (these dealers may not have shoes in stock, but can order them for you.  Please call before heading to the store!) Jet Music, Inc. - Mt. Vernon, OH -888-858-8040 – www.jetmusicinc.com Fred J. Miller, Inc. - Miamisburg, OH - 937-434-1121 – www.fjminc.com Rettig Music - Defiance, OH - 419-782-8876 - www.rettigmusic.com Ray Kline’s Bandwagon - Xenia, OH - 800-745-2344 or 937-372-3200 Midwest Band - Cortland, OH - 800-955-0581 – www.midwestband.com Other dealers - Major Band Catalog companies: (Phone orders and online orders) Band Shoppe – Cynthiana, IN - 800-457-3501 – www.bandshoppe.com American Band Accessories – Las Vegas, NV - 800-421-7479 - www.a…

Columbus Youth Jazz Auditions

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The Columbus Youth Jazz Arts Groups will be holding auditions on September 18 and 19 for any student in grades 7-12.  Click the link for more information and an audition packet and application.  If you need further info, email cargiro@jazzartsgroup.org

Information:
Columbus Youth Jazz 2010-2011

5th Band Letter Goes Home Today

The first letter about 5th grade band goes home today.  If you did not get it at your home, here's everything in a nutshell:



Fifth Graders and Parents: BAND STARTS SOON! August 25, 2010 Dear Parents of Fifth Grade Students, I would like to encourage all of you to mark your calendars for these important dates: Friday, September 3 Demonstration for Students
Tuesday, September 7-  Friday, September 10 Fittings for Interested Students
Tuesday, September 14 Parent Meeting
Week of September 20 Classes Begin The fifth grade band will be forming before you know it!  This is your child’s opportunity to participate in one of the most educational and enjoyable experiences of their young lives: playing an instrument in the band.  Band gives students confidence, determination, and proof that hard work pays off.  It gives young musicians the opportunity to explore the aesthetic experience of music: to play, perform, experiment, and enjoy.  Studies have proven that a child who participates in three or more yea…

Don't Get Any Ideas....

This is totally something that only a Trombonist could concoct.  No offense, trombonists :-)

(YouTube link blocked at school...sorry)

FMB - Itinerary for 8/27 vs. North Union

5:30 - Rehearse at Harmony Field
6:15 - Dress/Prep
6:45 - Pre-Game
7:00 - Kick Off
*8:00 - Halftime
*9:30 - Game is over
*9:45 - Dismissed

*-times are approximate


-Dress is Summer uniform.  Red band polos, ALL BLACK shorts, white socks, white-ish shoes are required.  No visible jewelry please. Ladies: long hair should be up.

-The band room will not be open from 3:00-5:00.  Supervision will not be provided.  Go home.  Rest. Get some food.  Be ready to rehearse at school at 5:30.

-Members are expected to be on their best behavior at all times when we are in uniform.  You will have the third quarter off to eat and relax.  Otherwise, you are to be in the stands and ready to play when called upon.  Pay attention to the game.  Non-band girlfriends/boyfriends that distract from your performance will be asked to leave.

-Pre-game and contest show music is to be memorized.  Please be prepared.

-Please encourage your family and friends to come to the game and watch/listen to us.  A friendly crow…

Meet The Teams - August 26

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The FMB will perform at the annual "Meet The Teams" night at Kyre Field on the campus of Fairbanks Local Schools.  Band members need to be ready to warm up in the Northeast endzone at 7 pm.  We will perform at 7:25 and be done by 8pm.  Dress is Summer uniform.  We will perform AVATAR part 1 on the field, and also play the Victors and SSB.  This is a required event for all members.  See you there!

Handbook Forms Are Available For Download

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Want to get ahead?  Read your handbook below (see earlier posts) then print off this handy-dandy handbook form and bring it in on the first day of school!  Click the image to enlarge and print.

Music Arts Order Form

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Do you need supplies as soon as school starts?  Make your reed/valve oil/cork grease order out now and send it on the first day of school.  Be sure to make checks payable to "Music Arts Center" and get your order to Mr. Keller as soon as possible.  Click on the image to download the order form in .pdf format.


FMB Pictures August 30

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Greetings Parents,

Please find attached the order form for marching band pictures. Pictures will be Monday, August 30 during the school day. Please attach payment to the order form and it can be placed in the mailbox in the band room. Band members will be fitted for their uniform that day also, please remember to bring black socks and drillmaster shoes. If you have any questions or concerns please give me a call, 614-306-4307.

Also, a reminder, if you have not placed your order for band shoes please do so ASAP, for they will be needed in September.

Sincerely,

Mary Ellen Garwood





FMB: Memorize Your Music!

This is just a friendly reminder to all FMB members that you need to have ALL of your contest and pre-game music memorized by this Wednesday, August 25. It's going to be a crazy week, and will be made even crazier for you if you don't have this music in your head!



Percussion- check this out (via Stauffer)

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Percussion- check this out: "This is 12 year-old Brandon keeping up with the 2010 Blue Devil Snare line. This kid has chops, and it's all because he knows his rudiments and how to put them together.

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Band/Choir Handbooks Are Online!

All band and choir members and parents need to read and understand their responsibilities for the smooth operation of the Fairbanks Music Department.  Please click the links, read the material, then return the handbook agreement by September 3.  Handbook agreement forms will be distributed on the first day of school.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.  My band/choir policies have been consistent for over a decade and I believe they are very productive and fair to all members.

6th Grade Band Handbook
JHCB Handbook
Choir Handbook
FMB Handbook

First Day of School Info for All Band/Choir Students

*6th Grade Band - I will see all of you during the first week of school, but you will not need your instrument until the first full week of school.  I'll see brasses on Wednesday the 25th, woodwinds on Thursday the 26th, and percussionists on Friday the 27th.  We will continue with this three-day rotation until December when we begin preparing for our holiday concert performance.

*JHCB - 7th and 8th grade band members will not need instruments for the first day of school, but will need them for the second day of classes.

*Choir - You need not bring anything to our first day of class.

*FMB - You will need your instrument, music, and clipboard for this BIG day.  We will rehearse music during 7th period, then we will work at Harmony field 3:15-5:15.  If you are not wearing appropriate clothing or footwear for our after-school drill rehearsal you will need to bring clothes and shoes to change into.  We have a lot of work to do for our first two performances on Thursday and Friday, so …

Fairbanksband.org Is Down

It will be back up again soon. Sorry for the inconvenience. Mr. Keller's Blog and the Twitter page are operating normally.



FMB: Changes In October Schedule

As I mentioned in rehearsal last week, there have been some changes in the football schedule for the month of October. So...here's the deal:

* Friday, October 8 is now an open Friday night.

* Saturday, October 9 is now a Saturday evening road trip to Fostoria St. Wendelein.

* Friday, October 15 is now a home football game.

* Friday, October 22 is now a road tip to Ironton, Ohio.

* Finally, due to situations beyond our control, St. Wendelein might not have a team by week 7 of the football season. After discussing this with Mr. Montgomery and Mr. Conley, we have arrived at a compromise so we do not have to take two LONG road trips this year. If we do indeed go to Fostoria, we will not be required to make the trip to Ironton. If St. Wendelein does NOT have a team on October 9, the FMB WILL make the trek down to Ironton. BAND MEMBERS NEED TO RESERVE BOTH DATES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Once we know the status of St. Wendelein, I will notify you of which plan we will be enacting.

I'm so…

Booster Can Collection Dates

The Fairbanks music boosters raise a good chunk of money each year by collecting your aluminum cans. Mark your calendars with the following dates and bring in your bagged aluminum cans from 9-11 am at the FHS student parking lot. All these dates are on the official calendar of events.


Can collections 9-11am
9/11/2010
10/23/2010
12/4/2010
3/12/2011
4/16/2011


Pre-game Drill Is Done!

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Drill assignments are the same as halftime. All steps are 8 to 5. We will spend 8-10am on Wednesday learning and memorizing our football pre-game show. See you then!












Booster Meeting Wed. 8/18, 7pm

Greetings all Fairbanks Band Parents, Hope your summer has been a good one. Hard to believe that we are back in the swing of things. Wanted to let everyone know that this Wednesday night, August 18, at 7:00pm we will have a booster meeting in the band room. All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. We will be going over alot of things for this fall season. Hope to see you there.

Mary Ellen Garwood
614-306-4307

Booster Food & Support

Band parents - Please check the list to make sure it's accurate. Please contact Karla if there are any changes. Thanks!


Sept. 24 Cheryl Leeds & Kim Iannarino - Main Dish
Lisa Voit - Snacks
Troy Jackson – Drinks

Sept. 25 Lisa Voit - Main Dish
contest Cindy Fisher – Snacks & Drinks

Oct. 2 Lisa Vollrath & Christina Seely - Main Dish
contest Jeanne Oesch – Snacks
Christine Fannin – Drinks

Oct. 16 Janet Nicol & Connie Claar – Main Dish
contest Kim Bailey & Cheryl Rowland – Snacks
Trudy Nichol – Drinks

Oct. 22 Cindy Fisher & Karla Long – Main Dish
Bill Rucker – Snacks
Rachel Shope – Drinks

Oct. 29 Angie & Brad Hatcher & Tracie Robinson – Main Dish

FMB In The Paper!

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Thanks to photographer Patrick Dundr for stopping by Wednesday's rehearsal to take some pics and give you all some public attention!  If you're interested in the original color photo, it's available on the Marysville JT feature photo page.

Little Buttons For Sharing

Look at the bottom of all my blog posts and now you'll see a little tool bar that allows you to share my blog posts on Twitter, Facebook, Buzz, and more. Feel free to use these to your heart's desire to make sure everyone is informed about what's going on in the Fairbanks Music Department!



Repost: FMB Music

Here's your show music to listen to.  Click to listen.  Right click the link to download.
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
Part 1 (soundtrack) Part 2 (soundtrack) Part 3 (soundtrack)

Videos from FMB End-Of-Camp Show

Fight Song:
Opener:

Closer:

Best of Band Camp Pics 2010

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