March 13, 2021


A little 🎵 from the directors,

We hope you have a fantastic spring break!

Be safe and have fun with family and friends! When we get back from spring break we have a full schedule as we prepare for several performances and the 21-22 marching season!

Check it all out and some great recent events below!


ALL TFB Wind Students are expected to participate in our Brass or Woodind day afterschool the week after spring break.

BRASS DAY March 23 5-7:15PM

WOODWIND DAY March 25 5-7:15PM

There will be a performance at 7 at the end of each day. More details for that location coming soon!

*Dinner is provided for the students - Papa Johns Pizza!*


Important - Carwash, Alumni and more!

Monday, March 22nd

2021 TFB Spring Calendar

Honors Recital Service

Several of our students performed for the Honors recital at the Hearth of Franklin. The residents and staff of the assisted living faciltiy were overwhelmed with joy to have our students play for them. One resident was a music teacher in her youth and was in tears to watch our kids perform!

Extra special shout out to the students that helped assist or perfromed:

Avery Bell

Brandon Vaughan

Braxton Algood

Josssalyn Varden

Joy Yin

Kaylin Finn Schaefer

Lucie Pitt

Matthew Peck

Rachel Collins

Sam Pillay

Nathan Zhou

Wesley Nelson

Brylee Carrasco

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Ambassadors for our Sister City!

Did you know that Franklin, Tennessee has a sister city overseas! That's right, County Laois in Ireland is our twin city!

The band and orchestra departments have started an ambassador program where we connect with students from the main music school in County Laois. On Friday we zoomed with students from Ireland and talked about our musical lives. Several students from both programs performed for each other. This is a great way for our students to share with others how they experience music education and life in general. What a neat and unique experience for our kids! Look out for more info soon and performances from both groups!

National Merit Finalists

Congratulations to the following TFB Members who were named National Merit Finalists (5/10 finalists from FHS are TFB Members)

Ella Whatley

Eileen Hsu

Brandon Vaughan

Joy Yin

Patrick Lama



The Franklin Band is going to MARCH ACROSS TIME as we begin our 2021 alumni project!

Our goal to celebrate the long and treasured history of the band is two fold:

1) To connect with every living alumni student, parent, and community fan of the band.

2) To celebrate them and the history of the band through a 4 hour streaming event showcasing past shows, concerts, alumni stories, photos, and members, going back to the very beginning.

It will take a big team to put this all together, but with Mary Ann Smokler and the directors at the head, we believe we can reconnect with our bands roots, and celebrate traditions going back almost 100 years.

If you would like to help with this project please check out the kinds of jobs needed for the team below and then email:

Parent Volunteer Interest Form

Dear Parents,

It’s the time of year when we start recruiting for volunteers to work with TFB! Our goal is for everyone to get involved in some way. As many parents can tell you, working with the band can be among the most rewarding experiences you can have with your student at FHS. Please take a moment to fill out the following survey to let us know your interests and how you would like to work with the band. Please note that we have two board positions available for next year: (1) Vice President for Fundraising and (2) Treasurer. If you are interested in either or both of these positions, please email me directly at

We will also schedule a future Zoom session to discuss volunteering with the band.

Thank you!

Jimmy Byrd


Franklin Band Booster Board

Link to volunteer form:

TFB Directors' Calendar

Please reference the TFB Directors calendar for all dates and times. If you click on any date in the calendar you can see the times and a link to the specific itinerary for those days. We ask that any and all foreseeable conflicts be communicated to the Directors at least two weeks in advance:

Core Values

Community – The community in which we live and our own community within Franklin High School shape who we are, and we shape those communities in return.

Excellence – Employ a positive work ethic on our steady march toward excellence.

Enjoyment – Students should enjoy their band experience, their friends, their musical activities, and the processes involved with them.

Inclusivity – Be a “big tent” organization, serving student of various abilities and backgrounds.

History – Value and reflect on our past while being innovative in new endeavors.

Engagement – The wants and needs of our student, parent, and community stakeholders are important to us.

Advocacy – Be advocates for music education, in neighborhood chats and in discussions with policy makers.

Versatility – Be well-rounded in what we do, but with a strong foundation in concert literature.

Challenge – Create an environment that challenges students and promotes personal growth.

Stewardship – Be good stewards of our resources, both personal and financial.