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FHS BANDS NEWSLETTER

Nov 7 - Nov 14, 2021

Important Dates Coming Up

  • Wednesday, November 10: After School Rehearsal, 3:00-4:30pm (students can catch the Late Bus)
  • Friday, November 12:  Football Game (Pep Band), Report 6:15pm
  • Monday, November 15th: Winter Activities Start (see "Coming Up")
  • Wednesday, December 15: Winter Concert Dress Rehearsal
    • Schedule
  • Thursday, December 16:  Winter Concert, 7:00 pm
  • December 20 thru January 2: Winter Break
    • TAKE YOUR INSTRUMENTS HOME!!!

From the Director

Hey Band!

We made it through Band-tober! We finished up the marching band season last Saturday at VMBC. The band performed well, but unfortunately we did not place in finals. There is still plenty to be proud of:
  • First, we placed 3rd in the state for Class 5A.
  • Second, we finished less than a point outside of finals, a great improvement from our last appearance that shows we're knocking on the door!
Lastly, I am incredibly proud of how the students conducted themselves throughout this entire season.

I firmly believe that success is something that you choose, and that to have a choice, we must recognize that failure is always an option. We had plenty of reasons to "fail": the pandemic limited our musical & physical development; half the members had never marched a competitive season before; we're only beginning to re-acclimate to the pressures and accountability that come with resumption of in-person activities.

Despite having plenty of excuses, the students NEVER made them. We learned how to rehearse this season, with an efficiency and productivity that we have never achieved before. We learned how to truly hold together as a band family, to be kind, supportive, and extending of grace. We learned perseverance in the face of adversity (Remember those three weeks of rehearsals that were rained out? Remember the lags in supply chains for needed materials? Remember the shifts needed of us to help with the "bigger picture"?).

All of those challenges feel distant, and I am left with gratitude. I am so lucky to be the FHS Band Director. I get amazing human beings to teach, who each have amazing parents supporting them every step of the way.

This winter is going to be an exciting time as well. Our Winter/Spring Activities begin on Monday, November 15th. The rehearsal schedule has been uploaded to the band calendar at fhsbands.org/calendar. Make sure that you subscribe to the correct calendars (we keep them separate, as not every member of the larger program participates).

If you have questions about price or requirements, the first week is an introductory week. Show up, try something new, and we'll take care of those next steps together!

In particular, I want to encourage all students to consider joining our Winter Guard. Our coaches, Guy Groves and Liz King, made a HUGE impact on our program already. They have made a fun, supportive, challenging environment where students can thrive. This will be their first season with a competitive unit, and I can't wait to see what they do. THE MORE THE MERRIER!!! It might be something that is outside of your comfort zone, but it is worth simply trying it out. If you have questions, shoot me an email at pwbuchroeder@fcps.edu.

Sincerely,

Patric Buchroeder
Director of Bands
Fairfax High School
pwbuchroeder@fcps.edu

POST-SEASON FOOTBALL

Football Game Friday, November 12!

That's right! We're not done yet! The Fairfax HS varsity football team will host the regional tournament vs. West Potomac HS this Friday, November 12! Report time is 6:15pm for a 7:00pm kickoff. While we will not be doing the full show, we still need a handful of volunteers for the evening.

Please see the SignUp Genius and we'll see you at the game!
 

VOLUNTEERING

THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!

To everyone who graciously gave their time and talent, everyone who donated money and needed items, everyone who heeded the call for help, thank you. Without you, we don't get all our forms turned in. Without you, we don't look fabulous in our new uniforms. Without you, we don't get to the competitions. Without you, we don't have the fundraisers. Without you, we don't get fed. Without you, the little and often overlooked things don't get done. Without you, we don't have a marching season.

It's often said that Band is a family, but also Band is a team, and this team gets the job done. From grateful hearts, thank you for making this a successful marching season.

Andrea and Glenn Cavert

 



Without parent volunteers the Marching Band and Color Guard couldn’t get onto the field, travel to competitions or celebrate with food. Thank you to the parents who helped during the competition season. I loved reconnecting with veteran parents and getting to know new band parents. You and your students are remarkable. It was a truly memorable  season. Parents of seniors, thank you for sharing your kids with us. Best wishes!! Parents of  underclassmen please consider how you want to help next season. 
 
MariAnn

 

Secure Your Volunteer Position for Next Season Now!


Quote from a parent of a senior: ”It's so much fun to help - thanks to you all (volunteers) for being such great role models for our kids!"

I promise this will be how you feel when you sign up to volunteer with the band.  There are 33 families graduating this year, and many have been a huge help this year - so we will need many hands to help with next year's season!

Please consider stepping up to fill the many team leader roles that will be vacant next season, including:

  • Operations / trailer lead
  • PIT / prop lead
  • Spirit wear lead
  • Treasurer
  • Uniform co-manager
  • Car wash coordinator
  • Band photographer

If you're not ready to take on a lead role, simply sign up to be part of one of the existing teams - ALL need more help.

For more information or to sign up:

Students, Need Service Hours?

Looking for Tri-M or student service hours? The City Of Fairfax Band needs student volunteers to help set up and take tickets for concerts in the FHS auditorium. It’s a great way to earn service hours and you get to see a great concert!  Concert dates are:

  • Dec 5 - 2:30pm -5:30pm @ KJMS
  • Dec 17 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Dec 18 - 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Additional dates available on the sign up form.

Sign up to volunteer
 
Questions? Contact Glenn Cavert at fhsbandspresident@gmail.com

Winter Bake Sale Coordinator Needed for Concert Season

The Band Boosters is looking for one or two people to help coordinate bake sales and student help at the Fairfax City Band concerts at FHS. There will be four to five events between now and spring. Contact the Caverts for more information or to volunteer.

Questions? Contact Glenn & Andrea Cavert at fhsbandspresident@gmail.com

ODDS and ENDS

Spirit Wear for Sale at Band Events

Spirit Wear will be available at the back of the stadium during football games and during the band concerts. Come and get your cold weather gear now that the weather has shifted. 

We also have nice warm stadium blankets and light weight stadium seats for sale.  We also have fleece headbands to keep everyone warm.  Our students can wear them under their shakos too.

If anyone is interested in taking over spirit wear for next year and shadowing us, please let us know.

Questions? Contact the Spirit Wear Team at fhsbandsspiritwear@gmail.com

Trailer Campaign Update

Thank you to everyone who contributed items from the Amazon Wish List! These will help keep the band on the road for many years to come!

The GoFundMe page is still active, please spread the word and help us close the campaign!


Questions? Contact Glenn Cavert at fhsbandspresident@gmail.com

Combined Federal Campaign

Fairfax High School Band Boosters are on the Combined Federal Campaign! Federal employees can designate Fairfax High School Band Boosters - CFC#37192 during their agency’s enrollment period and help support music education at Fairfax High School! Thank you for your support!


 

Questions? Contact Glenn Cavert at fhsbandspresident@gmail.com

COMING UP

  • Monday, November 15:
    • Jazz Ensemble: 3:30-5 pm (Band Room)
    • Winter Drumline: 6-9pm (Band Room)
    • Winter Guard: 7-8:30pm (Atrium)
  • Wednesday, November 17:
    • Jazz Ensemble: 7-8 am (Band Room)
    • Winter Drumline: 6-9pm (Cafeteria)
    • Winter Guard: 7-9pm (Atrium)
  • Monday, November 22:
    • Jazz Ensemble: 3:30-5 pm (Band Room)
    • Winter Drumline: 6-9pm (Band Room)
    • Winter Guard: 6-9pm (Aux Gym)
  • Tuesday, November 23:
    • Winter Guard: 7-8:30 (Atrium)
  • Monday, November 29:
    • Jazz Ensemble: 3:30-5 pm (Band Room)
    • Winter Drumline: 6-9pm (Band Room)
    • Winter Guard: 6-9pm (Atrium)
  • Wednesday, December 1:
    • Jazz Ensemble: 7-8 am (Band Room)
    • Winter Drumline: 6-9pm (Band Room
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Band Director: Patric Buchroeder

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