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ABOUT US

About the Fairfax High School Bands Program
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Why Join the Band? 

From amazing musical performances to memories and friendships that will last for the rest of your life, step into a journey that is full of excitement, hard work, and fun! When you join the Fairfax Band, you will:

  • Enrich your understanding and appreciation of many different musical styles

  • Gain an instant group of supportive friends who share similar passions

  • Find new ways to express yourself and have fun in school 

  • Practice leadership skills

  • Improve your time management skills

  • Enhance your college resume

 

Get ready for an unforgettable experience and memories that will last a lifetime!

Meet Our Director - Patric Buchroeder

From Mr. Buchroeder joined Fairfax as Director of Bands in 2018, and enthusiastically oversees all aspects of our band program. “Mr. B” believes passionately that we become better people through art, so he uses the band program to foster leadership skills and teach core values like respect for self and others, commitment, self-discipline, and integrity to all his students. His goal is to help every student succeed to their fullest potential and develop the skills to make and enjoy the best music possible!  

 

He holds a Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Ohio University.

The Band Year, by the Numbers

Marching season lasts from July through early November, and includes:

  • 3 weeks of daily marching band camp (August - start of school); new members have a short camp to learn the basics (late July)

  • 3 afterschool / evening rehearsals per week after school starts

  • 5 performances at home football games (and 1-2 pep bands at away games)

  • 5 regional marching competitions (Saturdays)

  • 4 Parades (typically Memorial Day, Independence Day, Homecoming, Halloween)

 

Concert season extends throughout the school year, and includes:

  • Seasonal concerts 

  • Opportunities to extend your musical learning (e.g. Solo & Ensemble Festival, All-District Band)

  • Winter drumline and color guard 

  • Trips to locations such as Orlando, FL, New York, and Chicago

Check out our band calendar for specific dates.

Parent Participation

Parent can help students maximize the value of your child’s music education by:

  • Showing an interest in the music studies of your child.

  • Attending booster meetings, concerts, games, assessments, and competitions to cheer students on.

  • Signing up to volunteer! On average, it takes 15 volunteer hours per student to do what we do well. There are many ways to help us. Be an active participant and be a part of our success!

  • Making faithful student attendance at all band activities important.

  • Arranging a regular time and place for your child to practice.

  • Asking to listen to performances of materials (skills and repertoire).

  • Encouraging students to practice daily: the results will speak for themselves!

  • Keeping the instrument in good repair, and stay stocked on essentials (at least four reeds, valve oil, etc.).

  • Being extra careful with school-owned instruments. Repair costs are high!

Join Us!

We invite you to join our school band program. Music accompanies us throughout the stages of our life...We will be waiting for you.  For more information on how to register, contact Mr. B  (pwbuchroeder@fcps.edu; 703-219-2238).

Fairfax High School Bands

3501 Lion Run

Fairfax, VA  22030

 

703-219-2238

 

 

Band Director: Patric Buchroeder

pwbuchroeder@fcps.edu

fhsbandspresident@gmail.com

fhsbandswebmaster2@gmail.com

www.fhsbands.org

Fairfax High School Bands

Fairfax, VA

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