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Mega Pizza Battle WINNERS!

The following groups have averaged more than 6 items per person and have the highest average of items sold per person, including donations:

5th Grade Band: Brasses (9.75)

6th Grade Band: Percussion (6.75)

JHCB: Percussion (7.0)

CONGRATULATIONS! I will be meeting with section members to determine when their pizza/movie party will be, and will arrange details soon.

Baldwin Wallace Audition Dates

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Click the image for more info or visit BW conservatory for more info.






OSU Audition Dates

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Click the image for more info. More info at http://music.osu.edu





Otterbein Audition Dates

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FMB Pics from Riverside 9/23

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FMB: Friday's Homecoming Game Itinerary

Itinerary Fairbanks vs. Lima Perry Friday, September 30, 2011
5:30 - Rehearse at Harmony Field 5:50 - Dress/Prep 6:20 - Uniform inspection 6:30 - Homecoming ceremony 6:45 - Pre-Game 7:00 - Kick Off *8:00 - Halftime *9:30 - Game is over *9:45 - Dismissed
*-times are approximate

-Dress is FULL UNIFORM.  Please make sure to have your Drillmasters and black socks that cover your ankles.  No visible jewelry please. Ladies: long hair should be up.  Take tremendous care of your uniform!
-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.  Take good care of your uniform tonight.

Directions to Pickerington North HS

FMB: Itinerary for Pickerington 10/1

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Itinerary Pickerington North Contest Saturday, October 1, 2011
2:00 - Rehearsal at field (No Instruments) 2:30 - Load bus/trailer 3:00 - Depart for Pickerington 4:15 - Arrive PNHS 5:00 - Warm Up 6:00 - Perform 6:30 - Watch other bands (or travel home for the dance) 9:30 - Awards* 9:45 - Depart for home* 11:00 - Arrive FHS* *-times are approximate
-Dress is FULL UNIFORM. Wear shorts or slender pants under you uniform pants. NO VISIBLE JEWELRY is to be worn when in uniform. Band shoes and black crew-length socks are required. Ladies - long hair is to be off the collar in a military style.
-We will performing the entire contest show today. Please assure me you have all of your music memorized and all your drill learned. Be well rested and hydrated for this event.
-The boosters will have snack food available, but if you wish to eat at the concession stand, buy a contest tshirt, or shop the band merchandise, you'll want to bring some spending money.
-Please be where you need to be when you need t…

FMB Video From 9/16

Pay For Your Shoes

Samantha R. - $30
Katie R. - $30
Taylor J. - $30
Matt W.- $30

This money was due Sept. 9. Please put a check In the booster mailbox ASAP.



Capital Bands Fall Concert - Oct. 2

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A program of great music! Free and open to the public. Click the image to enlarge.





Performing Arts College Fair 10/10

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FMB: Directions to Riverside

FMB: Road Trip to Riverside 9/23

Itinerary FMB @ Riverside Friday, September 23, 2011
4:45 Load 5:15 Depart 6:15 Arrive HS 7:00 Game Begins 8:00* Halftime 9:30* Game ends 10:00* Depart for home 11:00* Arrive FHS *-times are approximate
*Dress is FULL uniform including your band t-shirt.  Please do not wear any visible jewelry.  Long hair is to be pulled back.  Take good care of your uniform while on the road.  Uniform care should be taken very seriously.
*Tonight's music is Part 1, 2, and 3.  We will march and play the entire show for halftime.  Cheers are also to be memorized.  Stand tunes will be provided for the 4th quarter and do not need to be memorized.
*Please remember everything you need for the night, including instrument, uniform parts, shoes, spending money, and personal items.
*If you are riding home from the game with a parent, you need to give a note to Mr. Keller or Ana before we depart FHS.  If you are not riding the bus home, you MUST be traveling with a PARENT.
*Pay attention to the game and be ready to play at…

Directions to Hilliard Bradley

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Saturday's contest starts at 5pm. The FMB performs at 5:15. Awards are at 8:15.

Click here for directions to Hilliard Bradley:

http://www.hilliardschools.org/schools/hsBradley.cfm

Here is a map of the site and where to park: (click pic to enlarge)


Via Google Maps:

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5th Band Starts The Week of September 19!

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5th Band starts next week!  This letter went home today about students' first class the week of September 19.  Please click to enlarge and read.  Please email me if you have any questions.


Fundraiser: MEGA PIZZA BATTLE!!!

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As a final motivational prize, each performing group has been divided into sections.  When the sale is over, the section of the band or choir with the highest average of items sold per person will win a day off from rehearsal and will get to eat pizza and pop and watch a movie instead!

As stated earlier, students who choose to make a donation in lieu of selling do not qualify for ducks or cash prizes, but these donations DO count toward your group sales average.  I will credit students with 1 item for every $5 of donations.  For example: a $25 donation will credit your group with 5 items.

Here are the groups in each class:

5th Band

FlutesClarinetsSaxophonesBrassesPercussion

6th Band

BrassesWoodwindsPercussion

JHCB

Flute/OboeClarinetSaxophoneTrumpetTuba/Trombone/Baritone/French HornPercussion

Choir

SopranosAltosTenorsBaritones

FMB:

FMB: Flutes/ClarinetsFMB: Trumpets/MaxophonesFMB: Low Brass/Field CommanderFMB: Drumline/PitFHSCB only LET THE MEGA PIZZA BATTLE BEGIN!!!

Fundraiser Prize Review: Are Your Ducks In A Row?

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Random draw cash prizes:

-Bring back your REACH OUT card on Friday, September 16: Lanyard plus one duck

-Every four items sold: One additional duck

-Drawing on September 27: Select ducks will win cash prizes and or the "Tiny Toilet"

Ducks must be present at the drawing to claim prizes!

Guaranteed cash prizes:

10 items: $5

20 items: $15

30 items: $50

50 items: $100

Bakers's Dozen:

Sell at least 12 items and get one free cookie dough for yourself!

Order forms and money are due on Monday, September 26!


Fall Fundraiser Starts Today!

The music department is kicking off the annual fall fundraiser today!  Sales packets are coming home with your students today.  Here is the letter that comes home in your packet:



Fairbanks Music Department's Annual Fall Fundraiser Sale begins:  Thursday, September 15 Sheets and money are due:  Monday, September 26 Delivery: Tuesday, October 25 Dear Musicians and Parents, 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 $5000 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. Students are aske…

REVISED: FMB Friday Home Game vs. Waynesfield 9/16

Due to the passing of a Waynesfield faculty member and the corresponding Friday afternoon funeral service, Friday night's football contest has been pushed back to a 7:30pm start time.  Our schedule has been adjusted accordingly:

5:45 - Rehearse at Harmony Field 6:30 - Dress/Prep 7:00 - Uniform inspection 7:15 - Pre-Game 7:30 - Kick Off *8:30 - Halftime *10:00 - Game is over *10:15 - Dismissed
*-times are approximate

-Dress is FULL UNIFORM.  Please make sure to have your Drillmasters and black socks that cover your ankles.  No visible jewelry please. Ladies: long hair should be up.  Take tremendous care of your uniform!
-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 5:15.
-Members are expected to be on their best behavior at all times when we are in uniform.  Take good care of your uniform tonight.
-You will have the third quarter off to eat and relax.  Otherwise, you are to be in…

FMB: Contest October 1 is at Pickerington North

I have contacted Pickerington North High School about performing at their contest on October 1.  The contest starts at 5pm.  Pickerington is an hour away, but is still, by far, the closest site for that date.  We should be performing at 5pm, but this is subject to change.

Band members who wish to leave with a parent after our performance to come home for the dance will be excused with a note stating that they are not riding the bus home and whose parent they are traveling with.  Students may not leave Pickerington with a student or other adult driving.  Parents ONLY, please.

Details will be forthcoming.  I have not heard back from Pickerington yet, but expect to shortly.

BGSU Music Discovery Day 10/17/11

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FMB: Please Read...Contest Options

I received an email from Mike Maynard at Thomas Worthington High School to regrettably inform me that their October 1 contest has been cancelled due to low participation.  Only four bands had registered this year and it was not fiscally possible for them to host the contest.  I have also heard of other contests suffering the same fate, but no others in central ohio.

Hello Folks,
It is with great disappointment that I must share that we are going to have to cancel the TWHS "Preview of Champions on October 1, 2011. For years we have had a full slate of bands enrolled and occasionally even had to turn bands away or start early to get everyone in... However, as of this afternoon, there were only four bands signed up for our event.
We apologize for the inconvenience, but wanted to let you know asap and the decision was just made this evening.

Sadly,
Mike Maynard


This leaves us in a pickle.  All of the other evening contests on that date are over an hour's drive, and the FHS homecoming…

Honor Band Opportunities

Any high school band member who is interested in auditioning for any of these local honor concert bands,  please contact me for more information.

Capital University - November 18 & 19

University of Akron - December 2 & 3 (DVD Audition required)

Ohio State - January 13-15 (DVD Audition required)

FMB: Video from 9/9

FMB Home Opener 2011 from Fairbanks Band on Vimeo.
Please critique your performance and the overall group performance. Comments welcome.

FMB Pics from Friday's Home Opener

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Pictures from Friday's home opener vs. Triad are on the picture page!

Recap from the 5th Grade Band Parent Meeting

5th band parents: If you were at the meeting on September 8, then this is review of everything you learned at the event.  If you were NOT at the meeting, this is all essential information for you.  Please read carefully and contact me if you have any questions.
WELCOME First of all, welcome to the beginning of your child's participation in the Fairbanks band program.  The success of our bands is largely due to the fine students that make up our performing groups.  Band members get an experience that cannot be found in any other school activity, and can participate each and every year until high school graduation.  Scientific studies have proven that students who participate in instrumental music for more than two years do better in school and score higher on standardized test than their classmates who do not.  Band members who continue on with their music career can play in college bands and even earn scholarships to play at the university level!
Mr. Keller I have been the director …

FMB: Itinerary for Hilliard Bradley Contest 9/17

Itinerary Hilliard Contest Saturday, September 17, 2011
2:00 - Rehearsal at field (No Instruments) 2:30 - Load bus/trailer 3:00 - Depart for Hilliard 3:30 - Arrive HBHS 4:15 - Warm Up 5:15 - Perform 5:45 - Watch other bands 8:15 - Awards* 8:30 - Depart for home* 9:00 - Arrive FHS* *-times are approximate
-Dress is FULL UNIFORM.  Wear shorts or slender pants under you uniform pants.  NO VISIBLE JEWELRY is to be worn when in uniform.  Band shoes and black crew-length socks are required.  Ladies - long hair is to be off the collar in a military style.
-We will performing the entire contest show today.  Please assure me you have all of your music memorized and all your drill learned.  Be well rested and hydrated for this event.
-The boosters will have snack food available, but if you wish to eat at the concession stand, buy a contest tshirt, or shop the band merchandise, you'll want to bring some spending money.
-Please be where you need to be when you need to be there.  There will be…

FMB: Itinerary for Home Game vs. Triad 9/9/11

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

-Dress is FULL UNIFORM.  Please make sure to have your Drillmasters and black socks that cover your ankles.  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 5:15.
-Members are expected to be on their best behavior at all times when we are in uniform.  Take good care of your uniform tonight.
-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 …

Picture Order Info

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FMB Pictures Are Wednesday

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FMB pictures are 9/7. You do not need your shoes. Please take a picture order form today from the info rack. Bring your payment and order to your session tomorrow.

From Mary Ellen:

Greetings to everyone! Hope you are enjoying your Labor Day weekend. Wanted to send everyone a sample of what this years Composite Memory Mate will look like. It is personalized with their name on it. The memory mate are just plan black no personalization. Hope you got your order form and are ready for band pictures on Wednesday.

If you have more than one child in band and would like them photographed together. Please have them come down right after school. Group picture will be during the last period of the day. If you have any questions please give Mr. Keller or myself a call.

I have attached both the sample composite memory mate and a photograph of Charley with the hat on. If you prefer hat on please inform your child to let me know before the pictures are taken so I know which you prefer. For the band co…

FMB: Directions to Southeastern HS

5th Band Information

The fifth grade band packet can be downloaded HERE.