August 30, 2020

A Senior Note from Braxton Lazarus

Hello everyone! My name is Braxton Lazarus and I am a senior in the marching band this season! This is my fourth year being a part of this program, and fourth year playing bass five in the battery. The first year into the new decade has not been what we wanted, or expected to happen. With the pandemic taking place, protests and riots happening all across the country, 2020 has been a roller coaster of a ride that I want to get off of. But this 2020 season has reminded me of my first ever show "Beneath The Surface" in 2017. My freshman year we had part of our show and it's theme changed around the end of the season, and in battery a fellow bass drummer had an injury unfortunately and had to step out two weeks before Grand Nationals, meaning our drill for the entire show had to be changed. But we never failed to persevere when tough changes and unpleasant events were happening and were thrown right at us. Since then the band has gone through many changes: switching from grass to turf on the football field, change of head band director, going through a total of three percussion director changes, new show designers and staff members, and now a virus outbreak which has made the 2020 season more difficult to carry out.

Through all of this one thing remained constant, and that is who we are and our tradition of excellence. This band is a family, made of both kids and staff that care for the well being of others and our beloved community. I originally wasn't going to do marching band cause I didn't know what it was and was not a good percussionist, but some friends convinced me to audition. Ever since I auditioned in 2017 and performed "Beneath The Surface" at Grand Nationals in 2017, I realized how much of a blessing it is to call this program my second home, and everyone in it like a second family. In the middle of the 2019 season and our production "SymphoniCity" my dad had gone through a fatal bus accident all the way on the other side of the country. My brother and I had to wake up to a phone call, not knowing if he was going to make it out alive or not. This was probably the most stressful and traumatic experience of my life, and the band family was there to help me and my family out during this troubling time. Our 2020 season has been through many changes, but unlike most bands across the U.S we have been able to keep going and working hard for our show as well as our legacy that we continuously build and display for the world to see. The Franklin Band has been a beacon of hope during a time in history when it is hard to stay hopeful. The darkest nights pave way for the brightest days, and The Franklin Band is doing just that by providing a brighter future for everyone with this 2020 season.




ALSO - The Franklin Band will host our own Senior Night at one of our large community performances the last week of October. We will, as always, send out communication as soon as we have more information from Bands of America about schedules and times. We feel it is important to do so because of many possible conflicts caused by such a quick turn around for this Fridays game. We want every senior with their family to be acknowledge.

PLEASE, be patient with our administration as they are working on logistics for in person schooling and these many other issues that come along. Yes, information comes with a quick turn-around but that is something we will need to accept in 2020 during the covid-19 pandemic. We are all learning as we go along.


  1. REHEARSAL SCHEDULE The rehearsal schedule was chosen after receiving student feedback & to allow for students in the “Online Learning Program” (about 30% of our total) to attend practice on time.

  2. WAITING ZONES The Band Room, Band Lobby, Art Hallway, Cafeteria, and outdoor areas near the band room, will be available for students to stay after school. We will assign waiting areas based on the data captured from the survey below.

The survey attached (also posted in Schoology) should be completed by students ASAP. This survey will allow us to know how many students expect to remain after school and allow us to assign them spaces to maintain social distancing. If you are a Guard Member or OLP Student, you will not see this form on Schoology and will need to use this link to complete it:

  1. LOCKERS & STORAGE Monday we will begin to use the band room, guard room, and lockers for storage. After going through one of the main entrances, students may come place their things in the band room area for storage and then head to their 1st period class. No students will be allowed to enter through the band room door at the start of the day.


TFB Schedule 8_17_20


In case our senior parents will be busy with senior night activities, please reach out to Abby Baalbergan if you would like to work concessions for the start of the game!


Our regular Booster Meetings will begin Next Tuesday September 8th @ 7PM

We will be seated in the STADIUM VISITORS STANDS.

Please check the Calendar for our scheduled booster meetings. They will be the 2nd Tuesday of Each month. PLEASE ATTEND as we will cover upcoming events, topics, and answer questions.


WE ARE AT $22,250 of our 25K Goal for TFB FRIENDS!!!

If just 30 more families found corporate sponsors 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 -

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



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!


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

TFB Merchandise

TFB MERCHANDISE is now available to purchase online @

***Deadline to order is Monday, Sept 7th @ 6pm***

Please click on the link below to place your order:

If you have any questions, email Cyndi:

One Franklin Community

Core Values

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 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 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

***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:


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. The accessory fee does not have to be a separate check.



P.O. Box 1371

Franklin, TN 37065

If you already paid MORE than the amount required for the season you will be contacted by the booster treasurer directly about your refund.

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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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!!!!

Example of a Macy's Show

  1. Future Corps

    • 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.

Example of Future Corps

Example of a large Future Corps

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.

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

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!

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: