September 12, 2021


  • Monday, September 13: Rehearsal 6:30-8:45pm 
  • Wednesday, Sept 15: Marching practice, 3:30-6pm
  • Friday, Sept 17: Marching rehearsal, 3:30-6pm
  • Saturday, Sept 18: First competition at Woodgrove HS, report time 3:00pm

In This Week's Newletter



Hey Band!

Happy Sunday!

I try to embrace Sunday as a day of rest and reflection and on this Sunday morning, we have SO MUCH to be thankful for!

When we totaled up the in-person donations as well as same-day online giving, our same-day donations broke the $18,000 mark! This is right on pace with our annual averages, and there are mail-in tags that will hopefully be making their way here soon (those tags are where the name Tag Day comes from). In a year of adversity and challenge when many have less to give, there can be no doubt that we are SO blessed to have a community that truly sees and supports all you do!

Parents: I received several emails from random people in our community who were so happy to see the students in uniform and praising their behavior and conduct. Thank you for raising such fine young human beings!

Students: Take this as evidence that how we act is a reflection of who we are. The "uniform" is always on: folks see THE BAND as an entire unit. Thank you for upholding our identity with integrity, class, and honor: yesterday and at all times in the future!

If you have a chance to congratulate and thank Gloria Paris, please do so! She did a phenomenal job taking the lead of this fundraiser and she's already pulling together ideas to make next year even better.

This week, we are getting ready for our first competition in TWO YEARS!

I know the fall schedule can be busy for families, and many are wanting to know the schedule in advance. There are many moving parts in scheduling the competitions, and we often get the draft schedule of performers about a week before the actual competition, with final details being received week of. We then work backwards, we accounting for transitions on-site, warm-up, unloading, travel, loading the busses, and gathering materials to arrive at the report time.

Our first competition on 9/18 has a 7pm performance time, with a 3:00pm report time. We built extra time into this first schedule to allow for a less hurried/panicked experience, as many of students have never done competitions before. Folks helping with the trailer loads will have an earlier report time to troubleshoot for this first competition. A more detailed schedule will be released soon. There is also a competition FAQ here.

The 2nd competition on 9/25 is currently projected to be a 4:00pm performance time. You can use this week's schedule to guesstimate the schedule for that day. We will send out the final details ASAP!

The schedule for the week is listed above. To maximize our field time, the time and day-of-week can float a bit. Make sure to check the Band Calendar!

We will have a dress rehearsal on September 15th in preparation for our first competition (Saturday, September 18th). This is an afternoon rehearsal. Students will suit up in full uniform to practice the pace to change fast and acclimate to performance in the full uniform. Make sure they bring their Drillmasters and long black socks to school that day (they can be kept in their band locker). We will also have a dry run following practice for our parents who volunteered to help at competitions from 6:00-6:45pm, practicing loading props and equipment onto the field.

Musically yours,

Patric Buchroeder
Director of Bands
Fairfax High School


Hey Band!

We hope you all are taking the time to rest this Sunday, you all deserve it after our hugely successful tag day! This upcoming week is going to be a busy one, and it's a lot of fun. The competition circuit is always a highlight of the band season and we can't wait to show the judges the hard work you've been putting in. 

This week we will be pushing to put music with our drill for movement three, so it wouldn't be a bad idea to get some weekend reps in, and don't forget to practice your movements one and two! Keep up the hard work, we'll see you on Monday for our last week of rehearsals before our first competition!

Remember, we love you! 

Shelby Gardner
Jake Bae
Leah Warshavsky



Tag Day 2021 was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who participated. At the end of the the day Saturday, our total, including online donations, was $18,097.89! A huge thank you also to the Fairfax High School community for supporting our program!

A round of applause is also due for our Tag Day volunteers! We could not have done this without your help, and a special shout out to Gloria Paris for coordinating it all! 


Link your AmazonSmile account to "Fairfax High School Band Boosters" so a portion of the proceeds go to helping the program! See below for step-by-step pictures:
For AmazonSmile to work for purchases made through the app, you have to activate within the app itself (after setting it up on the website, shown above).

In the app
  1. Go to the menu (the icon of three horizontal bars in the lower right corner).
  2. Under "Settings", scroll down and tap on "AmazonSmile"
  3. You'll see your linked devices. Make sure it is set to "ON".
AmazonSmile must be re-activated/confirmed
in the mobile app twice a year.


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 donate directly to the Band Boosters!

Questions? Contact Glenn Cavert at



Our next performance is our first competition! We'll travel to Woodgrove HS near Purcellville, VA, to perform Sound Check and compete against other local marching bands. Students should arrive in a pair of shorts or pants, show shirt, black socks, and their drillmaster shoes. Don't forget to pack a sweatshirt or jacket for cooler/night weather. Also, bring a bag dinner and water bottle. 


Click here sign up to help with the competition, and click here to read the job descriptions for Bus Captain and Chaperones.

Tentative Competition Schedule (September 18th):
1:30pm - Trailer Loading Crew report to FHS
3:00pm - All band members and volunteers report to band room 
7:00pm -  FHS Marching Pride performs 
10:45pm - approximate return to FHS

Questions bout what to expect during a competition? Click to read the competition FAQ

Looking ahead, to volunteer for the September 25th competition click here!

Questions? Contact Glenn Cavert at or Marianne Seybold at


Wednesday, September 15th 

Students will have a full dress rehearsal at band practice on Wednesday. Students should bring black socks and their drillmasters to school that day. The Uniform Team will be on hand to help make any last minute adjustments.

Color Guard: please bring your uniform and accessories with you to school on Wednesday.

Questions? Contact the Drum Majors or the Uniform Team at  

COMPETITION VOLUNTEERS: We will do a brief run-through of how & where to move the props. It's easy, but you'll feel better having a dose of experience before the big day!

Questions? Contact Glenn Cavert at or Marianne Seybold at



Please take a few minutes to become familiar with the marching band and color guard uniforms for a performance/competition. A full list of uniform items, how to wear them, and how to take care of your uniform can be found at
Uniform Information |

Uniform Updates for the Week of September 12th
  • New for 2021: Uniforms and shako hats remain at school between performances, with the exception of color guard
  • New gloves were placed in the back pocket of each uniform bag last week 
  • Drillmasters were handed out last Friday after practice. Please check with your student if you haven't seen their drillmasters at home
  • Show shirts - black Sound Check tshirts were handed out on Tag Day, please contact a drum major if your student has not received theirs!
Questions? Contact the Uniform Team at 


Monday, Sept 20: Marching practice, 3:30-6pm
Wednesday, Sept 22: Marching practice, 6:30-8:45pm
Friday, Sept 24: Marching rehearsal, 3:30-6pm
Saturday, Sept 25: Competition: Herndon Showcase of Bands, Time TBD
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Band Director: Patric Buchroeder

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3501 Lion Run, Fairfax, VA 22030


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