The January 12th District Band auditions are postponed. They will now take place on January 19th at the same time (8:30am-10am registration) and place (A.G. Wright Middle School).
Congratulations to all the students who auditioned at Thornburg Middle on October 22nd for the All County Band! The following students were selected to participate in the band on January 4th and 5th, 2019 (more details coming soon!):
Aubrey Malik (9th Chair)
Isabell McBride (10th Chair)
Jocelyn Guhl (1st Chair)
Claire Pugh (6th chair)
Grace Morgan (18th chair)
Sophia Steska (21st Chair)
Elizabeth Carey (1st Chair)
Keegan Kennedy (1st Chair)
Lily Pendleton (6th Chair)
Destiny Móron (3rd Chair)
Lucas Rivas (5th Chair)
Kelsie Ashwood (8th Chair)
Josh Vigil (13th Chair)
Enoch Garza (2nd Chair)
Christian Wilson (4th Chair)
Olivia Morse (12th Chair)
Kailana Reed (2nd Chair)
Jacob Bahre (4th Chair)
Luke Habel (6th Percussion)
The All-County band auditions are on October 22nd. Permission slips will be handed out in class. Parents also have the option to fill out the new electronic permission form online instead of the traditional permission slip. Please complete the electronic form or turn in the permission slip by Friday, October 12th. Students will ride the bus to Thornburg MS and must be picked up by a parent from Thornburg Middle. Please see the permission slip for details.
After several weeks of getting the three-week early start issues figured out, we are finally ready to put out this year's band calendar of events. Click here to get the latest PDF calendar!
We are also offering a way for students and parents to track all FMS music department dates and times on their portable devices! Click here for a link and instructions to add the FMS music department calendar to your smart phone.
Welcome back to new and returning students! I look forward to seeing you briefly on August 9th!
If you would like to set an appointment to meet Mr. Hoovler and figure out which instrument to play in the band, click here. Appointments are available for July 10th and August 2nd. Thank you and see you soon!
8th grade students- marching band "Mini-Camp" is next week! Each high school offers a chance for any interested student to try marching band. NO COMMITMENT REQUIRED! You can come to one day or all days of the mini-camp and see if it is something you might enjoy doing in high school. Information links are here for Riverbend High School, Chancellor High School, and Courtland High School.
The 6th grade band and orchestra concert is Thursday, May 31st at 7pm. Please have your child at the school by 6:50pm in concert attire (black pants and white collared shirt and tie for boys, black pants or long black skirt and white top for girls). Thank you!
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!!!
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.