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FHS BANDS WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
September 2-9, 2018
Tues-Thurs, September 4-6: After school rehearsal at FHS, 3:30-6pm
There will be an early dismissal on Thursday for Back to School night – details to come
Friday, September 7: Home Football game vs. Robert E. Lee, 5:45pm report time
Saturday, September 8: Tag Day Fundraiser, 8:30am-3pm
I’m so proud of this band. Multiple people told me that it was like being at a college game: the atmosphere, the engagement, the constant playing and interacting with the game. One said, “This is what Fairfax was missing.”
By far, my favorite moment of the evening: After the lightning led to the calling of the rest of the game, a gentleman came up to me, and thanked us for everything. He said his entire family had served in the military, and it was a special moment hearing all of the services represented in our pre-game. It gave him a chance to think of them, and he thanked me (us) for helping him remember.
You never know what is going to move someone. We can only do our best to put something good, something beautiful, something sincere out into the world. This is our blessing and our responsibility.
We have plenty of work to do! Enjoy your weekend, look over the show and pre-game music, reflect on what the challenges were with our performance, what you (individually) can do to plug the gaps, and come back ready to do better! Let’s maximize our opportunity to MOVE people!
Second Home Game:
Home Football game vs. Robert E. Lee
Friday, September 7 5:45pm report time. Summer uniform.
Tag Day Fundraiser:
Tag Day is Saturday, September 8, 2018, from 9am-3pm. (Students and Drivers arrive at 8:30 am). Students meet in the choir room; Drivers meet in the band room.
Biggest fundraiser of the year with money used to purchase instruments and other band equipment, support band trips, replace or repair marching band uniforms & concert attire, and provide transportation to competitions
Mandatory participation of all band members - Symphonic, Wind Ensemble, Percussion, Guard
Full uniform (not hats/plumes or gloves.) If raining we will be wearing ponchos over the full uniform. The students go door to door within the Fairfax High School Community asking for donations to support the band program
Need 30 parent volunteers to drive 150 students around the neighborhoods. Students sign up in groups of 4 in the band room.
Drivers will be provided with a map of the neighborhood/streets to visit. If you would like to drive your own student or visit your own neighborhood, we will try to work it out- just note it on the SUG.
Drivers take the students to lunch (with money the students bring). Freddy’s is offering Tag Day participants a 10% discount. If you are close, please stop in for lunch! Just let them know you are with the band! Thanks Redlers!
Please visit the Sign Up Genius website to volunteer to drive.
Email Courtney Ashmore at with any questions.
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 MB Season Sign Up Genius (SUG) 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.
If you are interested in volunteering, but not sure which job you’d enjoy, please email or call me with your questions. Are you a rookie parent? There are many veteran parents who will show you the way. Please check out the SUG to see how you might fit in to help the band. Questions? Contact V.P. Volunteers Debbie Bermudez.
FULL UNIFORMS - Are in garment bags with your names on them in the uniform room. No uniforms should be hanging in the band room or the locker room. Drill masters can be stored in the garment bags.
PLEASE PUT YOUR NAME ON YOUR DRILLMASTERS, BAND POLOS AND SHOW SHIRTS!
FRIDAY, SEPT. 7 GAME: FULL UNIFORM (unless you hear otherwise from Mr. Buchroeder)
Bibbers (wear non-bulky shorts underneath)
Solid Black CALF LENGTH athletic socks (see below for pictures)
Hats/plumes and gloves will be distributed before the game and kept at school
HAIR: Must be up off of the collar in a bun inside the hat
NO MAKEUP (except Colorguard)
**PLEASE TAKE FULL UNIFORMS HOME AND AIR THEM OUT AFTER THE FRI. SEPT. 7 FOOTBALL GAME! Due to the lack of space in the Uniform Room we ask that you please keep your uniforms at home from now on until the end of the marching band season. Hats, plumes and gloves (stored in the hat boxes) stay at the school.
TAG DAY, SATURDAY SEPT. 8: FULL UNIFORM (unless you hear otherwise from Mr. Buchroeder)
As above with NO hats/plumes and gloves
LOST BAND POLO or SHOW SHIRT?
Replacement band polos ($15 each) and show shirts ($12 each) can be purchased on My School Bucks. 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 SHIRTS AND SHOES!!
SOLID BLACK ATHLETIC SOCKS (provided by student/parent)
Ankle Length for Summer Uniform ONLY
Calf or Knee High for Full Uniform
No new students have been added yet. We are still waiting on the school. Returning students & parents - please go to Charms & make sure your contact 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 13: Band Booster Meeting at FHS, 7pm
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 23: Masquerade concert with orchestra, 7pm at FHS
October 20: JMU Parade of Champions (Band Competition)
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