Great job at Kings Dominion, 7th grade band!! Superior ratings from all three judges!!! Way to go!!
The 6th grade band did an amazing job at Kings Dominion on May 4th! The band earned "Superior" ratings from all three judges and an average score of 97 out of 100!! WOW!! Great job FMS 6th grade band!!!
Great job to the 8th grade band, orchestra, and chorus for getting all superior ratings at the 2018 District XV assessment. FMS is now a nine-time VMEA Blue Ribbon School of Music!
Coming soon! We have two trips planned for Kings Dominion. 6th grade will attend on May 4th and 7th grade will attend on May 11th. Both permission slips can be found here.
If there are any changes to the band assessment schedule for Wednesday, March 21st, they will be posted here as well as emailed to all students and parents. Thank you!!
All County Band has been moved to take place all day Saturday, March 3rd. Here is the updated schedule. Parents will need to provide all transportation.
Friday, March 2: The whole day is cancelled
Saturday, March 3:
8:00 a.m. - students meet at Freedom MS ONLY if you need something (instruments and whatever else you might need)
8:30 a.m. - Rehearsals begin - Band is at Spotsylvania High School. We will try to begin as close to 8:30 as possible.
1:00 p.m. - Lunch
5:00 p.m. - Band concert at Spotsylvania High School
Here is our assessment schedule:
March 5 (3-4pm)
March 14 (3-4pm)
March 8- Pre-Assessment concert from 6-7pm in the FMS Auditorium. Concert attire required.
March 21- State Assessment performance in the evening at Massaponax HS. Report to FMS at 6:15pm (eat dinner before returning to FMS). Return from MHS by 9:20pm. Concert attire required. Parents are welcome to come and watch the concert at MHS (scheduled performance time is 7:55pm).
The permission slip is here.
If your child made it into the All District Band, please see the permission and info packet here (2 pages). All District Band takes place February 16th and 17th at Brooke Point HS.
If your child made it into the All County Band, please see the permission and info page here (1 page)
Please keep in mind that the events are completely different. There are different locations, times, and food arrangements. Please read the info and contact me if you have any questions at all.
The second rehearsal for our 7th and 8th grade assessment band is coming up this Wednesday. If your child is participating, please sign the permission slip and return it by Wednesday.
March 8- Pre-Assessment Concert from 6-7PM in the FMS Auditorium.
March 21- State Assessment Performance in the evening at Massaponax HS (details TBA).
Mr. Christopher P. Hoovler
Mr. Hoovler is the band director at Freedom Middle School. He has his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from James Madison University and his Master's Degree in Music from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has been teaching band in the public schools since 1997. Mr. Hoovler is a member of VMEA, VBODA, and Phi Beta Mu. Mr. Hoovler has earned Virginia Honor Band status as a former high school director, nine VMEA Blue Ribbon awards, and has earned numerous superior ratings in his career.