Showing posts from November, 2011

OSU Field Trip Update

The band field trip is FRIDAY!!!!  Here are a few last minute details for students and parents:

*Students will load buses behind the middle school at 8:15am.  All regular bus rules apply.  Students must ride their assigned bus both ways.

Bus 1 - 6th Band (31 students and parents)
Bus 2 - 5th Band, Last name A-P (40 students and parents)
Bus 3 - JHCB, Last name A-R (34 students and parents)
Bus 4 - JHCB, Last name S-Z.  5th Band, Last name R-Z (36 students and parents)

*Chaperones are to meet in Mr. Keller's room at 8am for a chaperone meeting.  Parents are to ride the bus their child is riding.

*Students are to wear nice school clothes.  This is not a dress up event, so t-shirt, jeans, and tennis shoes are just fine...just make sure they are good-looking thsirt, jeans, and tennis shoes.

*Students need to bring a sack lunch or money for fast food.  The lunch options are Wendy's, McDonald's, and Taco Bell.  Students may not bring food on the bus after our stop.

*All band meb…

First Pep Band Is Friday 12/2!

The Fairbanks Basketball Pep Band makes its premiere performance this Friday, December 2. Here are the details for members:

*Rehearsal begins promptly at 5:30. Please be in time.

*You must enter through the front door of the high school and sign in on the attendance sheet. No one will be admitted through the entrance by the band room.

*Wear your pep band tshirt, which should be delivered on Thursday.

*Please plan on staying for the entire game. Varsity contests are usually over around 9-9:15pm. Please arrange your ride so you are not left waiting.

*Always be ready to play on short notice. Stay near your instrument.

*Get involved in the game! The pep band is a force to be reckoned with and are the driving force behind school spirit. Let's cheer our panthers on to a victory!

*If you cannot attend a game, it needs to be for a good reason and you must notify me in advance. If you signed up for pep band, you signed up to attend all the games unless excused in advance. Do your par…

Holiday Concert - December 19

Fairbanks Local Schools
Department of Music
Present the 2011
Holiday Concert
Monday, December 19, 7:00 P.M.

Performing Groups Include:
Sixth Grade Band
JH Concert Band
JH Concert Choir
HS Concert Choir
HS Concert Band

*Attendance is required for performers

Proper attire is expected for performers:

Grades 6-8: Dress nicely. No jeans or tennis shoes permitted.  Gentlemen are to wear a tie.  Ladies who choose to wear a skirt should make sure it covers the knees when seated.

High School: Performers are to wear concert black.  Ladies may wear a dress, skirt and blouse, or nice pants outfit and black shoes.  Outfits are to be all black with no colored accents/collars, etc.  Accessories are to be small and gold/silver/pearl.  Gentlemen are to wear black dress shoes, black dress pants, and a long-sleeved, collared, black dress shirt.

This concert is free and open to the public, so spread the word to your family, friends, and neighbors.

Update From The Boosters...

Notes from Mary Ellen:

Hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving! I apologize for getting this out late. It has been really hectic trying to get my schedules down. A few points to let everyone know about.

1) This week begins Pep band. We will not be feeding the kids full meals like in years past. What we would like to do is have parents sign up to bring a snack for our band kids. If you are willing to do so please let me know. The games we are looking at are:

Friday, Dec. 2
Tues, Dec 6
Tues, Jan 3
Fri, Jan 6
Fri, Jan 20
Frid, Feb 3
Fri, Feb 10
Sat. Feb. 18

We are also looking for parents to help out in 3 areas. You can sign up for 1 game or more...I just need to know for I need to let Mr. Conley know who needs to get in. We only need 3 parents per game.

We will be selling raffle tickets for the Ping Pong table....more details on this below.

We are selling the Panther blocks which we have been selling.

I know I am forgetting something at this point and my brain just isn't functio…

FMB: Picture Update - Ridgemont & Senior Night


Pep Band Tshirt Design!

Front  Back

FMB: Holiday Parade Nov. 27

The Milford Center holiday parade is this Sunday, Nov. 27.  Here are the details for FMB members:

11:30am - The school is open to get your uniform, instrument, shoes, or whatever you need.
12:00pm - School will be locked.
12:15pm - Warm up/Rehearse at Milford Community Center, near the playground
1:00 pm - Parade Begins.
1:30 pm - Parade Ends

*Either take your uniform home on Tuesday, or come to the school at 11:30 to get your uniform.  Please be ready to warm at 12:15.  All band members are to be in full uniform unless weather dictates otherwise.

*If you do not have gloves, they will be available for $2.  Do not expect a loan.  If you need gloves, bring $2.

*Music is to be memorized.  We will alternate the The Victors and our Holiday medley. Extra copies will be available in the band room and at the parade site for review.

*Raincoats will be available at the parade site if they are needed.  Dress in layers under your uniform if the weather is going to be chilly.  The current forecast …

5-8 Band: OSU Field Trip - UPDATE

I have had 19 parents RSVP to chaperone and we are able to accommodate everyone!  Chaperones need to ride the bus and help supervise students on the bus ride and during lunch and the concert.  More details for chaperones will be available the week of November 28.  Thank you so much for your help!

Students are to wear nice school clothes on this trip.  You do not have to dress up per se, but should avoid torn/tattered clothing if possible.  Please look presentable.

I do not have permission slips from some students.  If I do not have your $5 and permission slip by Friday, November 18, I will assume that you do not have parental permission to attend the trip and will be in classes on that day.

5th Grade
Maddy B.
Ciera M.
Cayla T.
Cameron M.
Molly W.

6th Grade
Breanna D.
Phillip G.
Daniel H.
Austin R.

Allen C.
Anthony I.
Jacob G.
Samantha M.

Music Arts Trombone Day - Dec. 3

Free trombone clinic!

Black Swamp Sax Quartet Nov. 26


Capital Wind Concerts Nov. 18 & 19

Lots of good music on both of these programs. Admission is free.

Wittenberg Music Scholarships


Otterbein Audition Workshop- Dec 3

As you know, auditioning for a college/university music program can often be a daunting task for high school students – even though my audition for my undergraduate institution was decades ago, I still remember every detail of the experience, both good and bad! To those ends, the Otterbein University Department of Music faculty is very pleased to announce our fourth annual audition workshop designed for high school juniors and seniors on Saturday, December 3, 2011. Students participating in the workshop will not only walk away with a lot of useful information about the entire audition process, but they will also be given a DVD of a ‘trial audition,’ along with helpful critique from seasoned professionals from the Otterbein Department of Music faculty.

Students may register for the workshop online at If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Program Manager Claire Brock at either 614-823-1504 or


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PSA: American Tapestry Nov 10 & 11

From Mrs. Carol Stillings:

American Tapestry is the theme for this year’s presentation by the Union County Singsations. Singsations, a group of people from the Union county area that love to sing and dance, have been entertaining audiences since 2003. Directed by Dee Winters and choreographed by Miriam Carson, the evening promises to be entertaining for all ages. It begins at 7:30 and will be presented tonight, Thursday, 11/10, and tomorrow evening, Friday, 11/11, at the Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium on W. 6th St. Marysville.

There are no tickets (donations will be accepted to cover cost of the presentation), just come and bring your family and friends for an evening of laughter, enjoyment and reflection as you listen to songs from Ragtime, The Wiz, Beauty and the Beast to name a few and a stirring finale of “America”.

I hope you’ll plan to come. In previous of years, I’ve waited to go till the last evening o and afterward would regret that I wouldn’t be able to see it again. …

Alumni Pep Band - Dec. 22

The  ninth annual Fairbanks alumni pep band will be held on Thursday, December 22, 2011. FHS band alumni from all bands and eras are welcome to come back to play on the stage and cheer the Panthers on to a victory!

We'll warm up at 6pm in the band room and perform between games and during the boys' varsity game. I promise the set list will be easy, fun, and not too taxing on the chops...even if you haven't dusted off the chops in a year...or two...or ten. LouieX2, Tequila, Land of 1000, Can't turn you loose, Sloopy, On Broadway, et al. It'll be fun, I promise!

Please RSVP by emailing me to let me know if you're coming, and also let me know if you need an instrument. I'll do my best to get folders to you in advance if possible.  You can alsoRSVP on Facebook!

Be sure to spread the word to you band friends who are not frequent visitors to the blog or on Facebook so we can get the biggest and best alumni pep band yet!

FMB: Veteran's Day Assembly Nov. 10

The FMB will be participating in the middle school Veteran's Day assembly on Thursday, November 10.

Band members will be excused from class at 8:30 and need to get their instrument and head to the middle school gym to warm up.  The assembly will start at 8:45 and our performance obligation will be completed by 9am.  No particular dress code is to be followed.  We will perform the Star Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful from our pre-game show.  When our performance is completed at 9am, HS members are to put their instruments away and return to class.  8th grade members are to put their instrument away and return to the gym for the remainder of the assembly.  Please do not play your instrument in the hallway while in transit.

This brief appearance is greatly appreciated by Mrs. Bartow, the middle school staff, and the over 30 veterans who will be present for Thursday's ceremony.  I'm looking forward to being a part of it :-)

6th Band - Listen Rudolph and Jingle Bells

Band 5-8 Field Trip to OSU Dec. 2

The members of the 5-8 grade bands will be attending a field trip on Friday, December 2.  Ohio State puts on its annual "Musical Celebration" for area students, and feature ALL of the music department's performing ensembles in a 90-minute concert.  Details are on the image below (click to enlarge), which also serves as the permission slip for the trip.

Students need to send in the permission slip, plus $5 check payable to "Fairbanks Band" (preferred) or $5 cash (acceptable) in a sealed envelope by November 14 to be able to go on the trip.  At least 10 parent chaperones are also needed for the trip, as we will be taking over 120 students!  If students do not return the slip or payment, they will not be permitted to go on the trip.  We will be stopping for lunch on the way home so students need cash for fast food or need to pack a sack lunch.  It's going to be a great day of musical fun!

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If you have any questions, or need to RSVP to cha…

Pep Band Information

The 2011-2012 Fairbanks Basketball Pep Band After-School Rehearsals: Monday, November 28, 3:00 – 5:00 Wednesday, November 30, 3:00 - 5:00 Monday, December 5, 3:00 - 5:00 Attendance is REQUIRED.
Performances Date - Opponent - Rehearsal Begins Friday, December 2 - Triad - 5:30 Tuesday, December 6 - Ben Logan - 6:00 Thursday, December 22 - Grandview Hts. (Seniors Only) - 6:00 Tuesday, January 3 - Bishop Ready - 6:00 Friday, January 6- Lima Perry - 6:00 Friday, January 20 - Lima Temple - 6:00 Friday, February 3 - Marion Catholic - 6:00 Friday, February 10 - Waynesfield - 6:00 Saturday, February 18 - Madison Plains - 6:00 All band members in grades 7-12 are eligible to participate in Basketball Pep Band.  Attendance is expected at all rehearsals and performances.There are only three after-school rehearsals.  Other rehearsals are right before our performances.  We will play the 4th quarter of the JV game, in-between games, and during the varsity game.  Band members have the third quarter of the varsity game …