Coming up...All County Band auditions for 7th and 8th grade on Nov. 13. Also the 7th and 8th grade band/ orchestra concert is coming on Nov. 20th. There is one 8th grade band rehearsal after school on Nov. 14th (this date was changed for a volleyball conflict) from 3-4pm and one 7th grade band rehearsal on Nov. 18th from 3-4pm.
Way to go 8th grade band! All four judges gave "Superior" ratings for the stage performance as well as the sight reading! YAY!
Here are the upcoming rehearsals and performances for the 8th grade band:
•Wednesday, March 6th from 3-4PM - Full rehearsal
•Thursday March 7th from 5:45PM-6:30PM - Pre-Assessment Concert (concert begins at 6PM, concert attire required)
•Wednesday, March 13th from 3-4PM - Full Rehearsal
•Tuesday, March 19th from 3-5:45PM - State Assessment Concert at Massaponax High School (parents are welcome to attend the 4:30PM performance). Students will be transported by bus to and from MHS. Students should be picked up at FMS at 5:45PM.
Please check your email for the electronic permission form link. Thank you!
Thank you to all the students who tried out at A.G. Wright Middle School on January 19th. These students were accepted into the District Band. The event takes place February 16 and 17 at Brooke Point High School. Great job everyone!!
Isabell McBride - 11th Chair Flute, Symphonic Band
Grace Morgan - 18th chair, Symphonic Band
Claire Pugh - 19th Chair, Symphonic Band
Azaleigh Smith - 1st Alternate
Elizabeth Carey - 3rd Chair, Symphonic Band
Keegan Kennedy - 1st Chair, Symphonic Band
Lucas Rivas - 9th Chair, Symphonic Band
Destiny Morón - 11th Chair, Symphonic Band
Alexandra Carey - 10th Chair, Concert Band
CJ Ramos - 4th Chair, Symphonic Band
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!
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, ten VMEA Blue Ribbon awards, and has earned numerous superior ratings in his career.