August 24, 2020
All OLP students (who do not already have Mrs. V) should email Briana.Vogt@wcs.edu for a link to remote/in-person class resources, so that you can still be connected what TFB is doing in-class. No work will be required/graded, but you will receive feedback from your TFB Directors on your playing and you will remain in-the-know with what we are learning in class.
Friday Night Lights Review
It was a long, rainy night this past Friday. The Franklin Band was only able to perform from behind the end zone (we now call it the "In Zone") and due to the rain, guard and front ensemble were not able to use their equipment. Nonetheless, they persevered so we could all band together as one family for roughly five hours (yay lightning delays!) to support our school. The mental stamina it takes for an individual to sit in support of another for hours at a time is extremely taxing; to receive this level of commitment from multiple teenagers, especially our guard and front ensemble without equipment to perform on, is nothing short of extraordinary. Thank you to our students for showing us all what it means to be a part of a community.
Your work is not unnoticed. The Franklin Cheerleaders posted a "We Love The Band" sign and handed out candy to TFB Members, stating that "The Franklin Band is a very important piece of our Friday Nights!! We LOVE our Band!" (see pictures below). Neither Mr. Campos, nor Mrs. V, has ever heard of this happening at another school. To receive such public support from another team at FHS is truly special!
SCHEDULE OF THE WEEK
Clarinet & Mellophone Families:
Don't forget that your day for flag installations is Labor day, coming up on September 7th! If you cannot do this date, please work to get it covered, and sign up for a different install date. Thank you!
FRANKLIN TN WINS!
Franklin, Tennessee Named 2020 All-America City Award Winner! Read here for the story.
Thank you to Don Fagan and TFB Flag Team for their hard work at all hours of the day to connect us with our community. The ties you have created have strengthened, particularly during this time. Your hard work does not go unnoticed!
The beginning (10:30-11AM) of our Camp Day this Saturday will be dedicated to having fun by performing for Grassland Middle Schoolers in a Drive-Thru Band Safari! Have fun by dressing up for your section's "habitat" (Drumline Enclosure, Pit Plains/Giraffes, Trombone Terrarium, Guard Garden, Flute Atrium, Clarinet Canopy, French Horn Habitat, Saxophone Swamp, Trumpet Tree Tops).
As noted in the Directors' Calendar, students are expected to be in their sections, screened and ready to go by 10:30am. Screening will be available starting at 10:15am.
Thank you to all involved in creating/running this event and to those parents who have begun reaching out to Grassland Middle School students during their transition of teachers in the midst of Covid-19. We appreciate you! The Franklin Band truly would not exist without you!
LAST WEEK FOR FRIENDS OF THE FRANKLIN BAND!!!!
One more week to complete our 30-day Friends Challenge!
As of today, we have received donations and commitments from corporations, family, and alumni totaling $18,140 – thank you so much to all of you who have participated so far!
Only $6,820 to our goal of $25,000 by the end of August!
If 70 more families decide to join the Musician Circle with $100 from what you would have paid in band fees, we will reach our goal.
Please be sure to ask businesses to become Friends with a corporate sponsorship. We have passed our deadline to recognize them on our Cut from Carbon show shirts, but we will have other opportunities to publicly thank them for their support.
Also, don’t forget to share information about The Franklin Band on social media – and be sure to include the Friends donor link - https://thefranklinband.org/posts/friends-of-the-franklin-band/.
As we’ve said before, due to COVID restraints, many of our traditional fundraising efforts cannot take place this year – this makes our Friends program more important than ever. Thank you very much for your help by supporting The Friends of the Franklin Band!
Mary Ann Smokler
One Franklin Community
The purpose of The Franklin Band is to enhance the growth, maturity, and experience of all Franklin High School students.
We embrace the following Core Values to help us achieve our goals:
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.
Inclusive – Be a “big tent” organization, serving students 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.
TFB Ticket Swap Program
TFB ticket swap program: Fall 2020
Ticket swap moderators Jen McQuiston, Tiffany Fantine, and Amy Kendall will keep up a (view only) Google doc for each game, listing the tickets that are available for that week’s football game. This information document, with the link to each Google doc, will reside behind the login on The Franklin Band website. Login information can be obtained from your section parents if you do not already have it.
Families with tickets to sell should email TFBticketswap@gmail.com with the number of tickets available and the dates they are available. Families should also provide the preferred method of contact for the ticket purchase. Please plan to email us that you have available tickets no later than Monday evening at 9 p.m. for inclusion in that week’s ticket batch.
Families who wish to purchase tickets can log in and see what tickets are available for a particular game starting at 7 p.m. on the Tuesday immediately before Friday’s game. Families will reach out directly to the ticket holder and arrange for payment and pickup/return of tickets; ticket swap moderators will not be involved in ticket sales, pickup, or return.
Tickets will be priced at $15 per ticket and must be sold as a package, i.e. if Joe has two tickets to sell, the buyer must buy both; we need to be sure that social distancing between family groups is preserved. Buyers, please keep in mind that the tickets are REUSABLE PASSES; be courteous about returning the passes to the ticket seller in a timely manner, as that family will need the passes for the next game.
Once a swap has been agreed to, the ticket holder should email TFBticketswap@gmail.com as soon as possible; we will edit the Google doc to reflect that those tickets are no longer available.
Reminders will be posted about the ticket swap in the GroupMe and the weekly Cadence.
Please be mindful of others who were unable to purchase tickets, particularly for senior parents on senior night. We’d love for all TFB parents to be able to attend at least two games.
Questions about this program? Please email us at TFBticketswap@gmail.com.
***Please note…for the first game (21st August), we will not hold to the Monday report tickets / Tuesday Google doc publication, as we are still waiting on details of pickup. We will do live updates as we are able.***
Google doc for September 4, 2020:
Updated Fall Schedule
As we discussed at our marching band kick-off meeting, the band will be making a shift to a new model for our fall production. Our band will be performing in 3 different ways:
Competitive Field Show
Per our students' request, we will still learn and perform a shortened version of our competitive show. This will take less time and require less funds. Benefits are that the students will get to perform the entire show more often than they typically would even in a full season. We will perform this at 2 BOA LIVE events for adjudication in October, football games, and community performances.
March-a-Thon "Macy's" Show
Much like bands who perform in the Macy's parade, we will learn a short parade show that we can turn and perform with formations on the street. This will be a way to give back to our community, provide performance opportunities for our students, and FUND-RAISE! This will be made of our field show music, so it will fit right into what the students already know. The Front and Guard will have a part in this as well. What a great thing for our Macy's application for 2022!!!!
Small groups of our more experienced marchers will form mini groups that can create their own productions with small sets of drill and music! They can perform at businesses, local community events, and this could exist well PAST marching season for those groups who wish to continue.
To accomplish this, we will be adjusting our fall calendar. You will notice that there will be no Friday rehearsals when we don't have a game and that October has a lighter rehearsal schedule as we switch gears into the Macy's show.
Remote Learning Schedule
Flag Install Days
5 HOLIDAYS & SECTIONS
July 4th – Independence Day LOW BRASS + Extra Volunt.
September 7th – Labor Day ALL CLARINETS + MELLOS
November 11th – Veterans Day TRUMPETS + SAXES
May 31 – Memorial Day COLOR GUARD + FLUTES
June 14th – Flag Day PERCUSSION
Every Family of TFB is expected to help install Flags on 1 of the 5 holidays listed above. If your assigned day does not work please go ahead and sign up for a different day. Thank you! CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP
Parent Photo Share
The Franklin Band uses Shutterfly to share photos that we take throughout the year, beginning with Band Camp! Here’s how you can have access to this FREE site, from which you can digitally download the pictures you want:
• Go to www.thefranklinband.shutterfly.com.
• Click on Not a member? Sign up.
• Complete the form, including your own, new password (you make it up)
• If you don’t want to get promotional offers from Shutterfly, deselect the bottom of the white box.
• You’ll get a message that says you need to be invited by the group owner to join the group.
• Click Ask, and complete the form to send us an email.
• We’ll approve, and you’re in!
Because BOA/MFA is shifting from an in-person evaluation to a virtual one, Contest of Champions has been cancelled, and there are fewer football performances (no travel to away games), there will be a significantly reduced fee for participation in TFB! We still may provide travel for students who cannot drive to march-a-thons, and thus need to rent several school buses to socially distance. We also need to collect fees for next year's mini- camp. Every family in the band technically pays forward to the next year for mini camp. Last year's seniors paid for this year's freshmen etc. Based on this information the restructured band fees will now be the amounts below:
$50 - Due September 1st
$20 - New Mask/Uniform Accessory Fee. - Due Sept 1st
$50 - Due October 1st
The new mask/accessory fee will be for the masks that will be made by our fabricator team. These are specially designed to match our uniform, be functional in the show, and they are sewing in an extra filter for every student. Each student will get 2 masks. This is required, as it is now part of their uniform. This is the final accessory fee.
**** ALL PAYMENTS SHOULD BE MADE TO --THE FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL BAND BOOSTERS -- AND DROPPED IN THE BOX IN THE BAND ROOM OR MAILED TO THE BAND PO BOX. THE ACCESSORY FEE MUST BE A SEPARATE CHECK FOR $20.****
If you already paid MORE than the amount required for the season you will be contacted by the booster treasurer directly about your refund.
We are The Franklin Band
If you’ve been around The Franklin Band for even a short time, you know that we’re a family and that we take care of each other. We also take pride in representing and giving back to our community. Now, perhaps more than any other time, we are reminded of how our individual health and safety affects the health and safety of everyone around us. We ARE in this together.
Everyone has done an outstanding job adhering to our safety protocols during all rehearsals so far. As we head into the school year, let’s be intentional about continuing those safe practices. Let’s also remember to use the same good habits—including masks, social distancing, and hand washing—OUTSIDE practice times. We don’t anybody with TFB to get sick and miss out on any time with the band this season, and we certainly don’t want to spread the virus or risk an early end to our season.
Let’s renew our commitment to be safe and take care of each other!
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: TFB.Directors@gmail.com