September 14, 2020

Navigating Choppy Waters

"What world lies beyond that stormy sea I do not know, but every ocean has a distant shore, and I shall reach it." ~ Cesare Pavese"

Right now, this quote seems to be speaking to all of us in society, school, and The Franklin Band. We can assure you that we are working diligently to make our program work through all the turns and changes.

We want to THANK YOU, the parents, for being so patient with us as we make changes to rehearsals and times. In a normal year, weather would not be an issue as we would simply go inside, and get better at playing. We are working on some solutions to help us through these troubled waters. In the meantime, thank you again for your patience. We can say, band just does not normally operate this way, and it's completely jarring to our senses and ability to have consistent routines and structures. However, through all this, our students have learned their entire opener with visuals. They are truly remarkable. Their persistence is what keeps us going. They are an engine that doesn't quit. So we will march on, safely, and be as communicative as we can.

The clouds will part, and the waters will settle, and we may even find a rainbow through the clouds. In the meantime we are going to work hard and savor every carefully crafted musical phrase, collective toss, and smile after the last note of every day.

Schedule of the Week

TFB Schedule 9_14_20


We need to clarify some important information and facts, here are the current CDC guidelines that the county, school, and band are following:

Please see the WCS illness Guidelines below.

*** NOTE: A negative test result does not shorten your quarantine IF you were asked to by wcs.**

While we cannot violate student privacy, we know there is information going from student to student and parent to parent. What we need to make clear is that ONLY if WCS contacted you to quarantine, do you then need to quarantine. All of the faculty and the positve student, personally work with the school nurse and admin to go back through the timeline of possible exposure. We give ALL possible names of students who could have been exposed according to the guidelines above. I would say our model for saftey in the band, is pretty darn impressive. Almost 4 months went by without a single case within our band students.

IMPORTANT: With these guidelines, We ARE NOT to quarantine entire sections of the band if one member is positive. This is because we structure rehearsals in such as way as to NOT have kids closer than 6ft for even close to 15 min at a time, EVER in rehearsal.

Concessions Help and Hang!

Please reach out to Abby Baalbergan if you would like to work concessions for the next game! Consessions is a great way to hang with other parents in the band!


Look at and Click on the document below to see what tickets are available this week for swap page.


Flag Installs


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

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


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

Mask Fee and the Mini Camp fee were due on September 1, 2020. Thank you to those who have paid and are keeping their fees up to date. For others, please remember that these fees can be turned in to the Frebels Mailbox in the Band Room, be mailed in to the FHSBB, P.O. Box 1371, Franklin, TN 37065 or parents can pay online through PayPal (a small fee will be added for using this option).

Also, please review your student account in Charms to look at your statement and see what fees have been paid and what is still outstanding. If there are questions about how to sign into your Charms account, please contact Suzanne Ward (and enter her email address here). With questions about your fees, please contact Melissa Wooten ( or Larry Sanborn (



P.O. Box 1371

Franklin, TN 37065

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: