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September 9-16, 2018


Mon-Thurs, September 10-13: After-school rehearsal at FHS, 3:30-6pm

Thursday, September 13:  Band Booster Meeting at FHS, 7 pm

Saturday, September 15:  Volunteer Opportunity, 9 am in the band room SUG


Dear Band Family,


It was so nice to meet many of you on Back to School Night. The support and active participation of parents in their students’ lives truly makes a difference!


As a reminder, we have an additional rehearsal on Monday, September 10 from 3:30–6pm. Anticipate being outside, & dress appropriately (old shoes, a rain jacket, possibly warmer clothes). Even in the event of inclement weather, we can use this time to prepare our music to make the marching easier! Students with unavoidable conflicts or religious holidays (Shanah tovah!) are excused.


Looking forward to another great week!



Patric Buchroeder

Director of Bands

Fairfax High School



First Band Competition, Saturday, September 22

While we don't have the official schedule yet, it looks like we'll have a call time around 11am & our performance will be at 3pm.  The full details will be coming in the next week or so.  PLEASE remember that we need lots of volunteers & support for our competitions.  Please consider signing up to help out!  Band competition Sign Up Genius.

Tag Day Fundraiser:

A big thank you to Courtney Ashmore for coordinating a smooth, seamless Tag Day!  Another BIG thank you to all the kids who went door to door raising money for the band & to the parents who drove the kids!  And thank you to Claudia Dwass, Connie Dunlop, & Ayla Wells for helping out in the money room!



2018 Instrument Inventory Day! Saturday, September 15, 9am:

Calling all students & parents:  Are you looking for another/different way to volunteer?  Do you like to organize & catalog?  Do you need volunteer hours?  Does your student play a school-owned instrument?  We need you!  Mr. B is leading an instrument inventory in the band room. 


Here is a list of what will be on the agenda:

1. Gather school-owned instruments.

2. Record brand, model, serial number, etc. on a spreadsheet.

3. Assign instruments to students & document.

4. Store all unassigned instruments.

5. Assess repair needs.

6. Request instruments from FCPS.

Mr. B is looking for approximately 10 people (students & adults) to use laptops & enter the info on shared worksheets.  Sign up if you are able to help out!  Volunteer Band Helper Sign Up Genius.

Volunteer Corner:

The Marching Rebels perform at half-time at the home football games on Fridays & at 4 competitions on Saturdays.  Many volunteers are needed & there are a variety of volunteer gigs to suit your schedule, personality, & skills.  We've created this Marching Band Season Sign Up Genius which covers all the football games for the 2018 season in chronological order.  Yes, it's a long list, but please look through the SUG to see if there is a volunteer slot or donation that suits you.

Uniform News:

Full uniforms - should now be at home, if you have not taken your uniform home please make sure you do.  Please make sure you hang up your uniform (pants & jackets separately) and let it dry!  Do not put it back in the garment bag wet!

Competition Saturday, September 22 Full Uniform: 

  • Show shirt

  • Bibbers (wear non-bulky shorts underneath)

  • Jacket

  • Solid black athletic socks (provided by student/parent) mid-calf length for full uniform

  • Drill Masters

  • Hats/gloves - will be on the hat carts in the hall prior to the competition.  There is a name list & hat box number on the end of the carts so you can find yours, your new pair of gloves have been placed in the hat boxes.  Please keep your gloves in the hat boxes.

  • Plumes - will be distributed at the competition site by the uniform parents

  • HAIR - Must be up off of the collar in a bun inside the hat


  • NO MAKEUP (except Color Guard)


Make sure to have your student check in the band Lost & Found First!

Replacement band polos ($15 each) and show shirts ($12 each) can be purchased on My School Bucks (credit card) or by writing a check to FHS Band Boosters.  Please let us know ahead of time if you need to replace your shirt because we do not have an unlimited supply of sizes….we may need to reorder. Please put your name on your shirt & shoes!!!

Please let Claudia Dwass or Deb Hertz know about any uniform issues or questions.

Charms Update:

ALL students have been added!!. All marching band & color guard students should now have an account in Charms.  Please log in, review your student information, & update/add all parent & student email addresses & mobile numbers (with carrier).

To access & modify profiles in Charms:

1. Go to www.charmsoffice.com & enter/login to Parents/Students/Members

2. Enter our school code:  FCPSFairfaxHSBand

3. Enter the password either you FCPS student ID or your personal password created last year.

4. Log in, create a personal password & verify that the student's personal information is correct. 


**All email communication & last minute updates are sent through Charms - please be sure ALL parent & student email addresses & mobile phone numbers are entered & correct.


September 22: US Bands Northern Virginia Regionals (Band Competition)

September 29: US Bands Marine Corps Invitational (Band Competition)

October 5: Homecoming Parade / Football game vs. TBD

October 9: Restaurant Night Fundraiser at Freddy’s, 3:30-8:30pm

October 18: Band Booster Meeting at FHS, 7pm

October 20: JMU Parade of Champions (Band Competition)

October 23: Masquerade concert with orchestra, 7pm at FHS

October 26: Home Football game vs. South County (Middle School night)

October 28: Mosby Woods Parade

November 2: Home Game vs Woodson (Senior night)

November 3: VBODA (Band Competition)

November 3: End of Season band party

November 15: Band Booster Meeting at FHS, 7pm

Fairfax High School Bands

Fairfax, VA

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Band Director: Patric Buchroeder