September 8, 2020

We hope you had a restful Labor Day Weekend filled with great memories! This week is a short, yet productive one. In class, we have been playing wind instruments outdoors, underneath the stands when weather permits and indoors in a lecture-type setting when it does not. Students have been working on independent projects, requiring them to record instructional videos for fundamentals on their specific instrument. In Marching Band, this week will be dedicated to producing the show (adding movement/props) and beginning to put the Ballad on the show.

The progress made by our students last Friday was nothing short of amazing, given the little rehearsal we did have after storms (and even a tornado) canceled our rehearsals! The entire school community sees and appreciates TFB efforts and the hope that your students are bringing every day by performing.

We continue to focus on each day, appreciate being together, and strive to always perform as if it is our last chance to do so.

Booster Meeting Tonight

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

There has been a change in football schedules, meaning the stadium will now be in use. Therefore, our Booster Meeting will be on Zoom, using this link:

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.

Schedule of the Week

TFB Schedule 9_8_20.pdf

Concessions: thank you to all who volunteer!

Please reach out to Abby Baalbergan if you would like to work concessions for the next game!

Typical Rehearsal Day Logistics

  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 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 any time of the day.


Thank you to all of our amazing band families and corporate sponsors! After our 30-day-challenge, our new total is….[drum roll]…..$22,750!!

Of course, that was just our 30-day challenge – it’s never too late to become a Friend of the Franklin Band! As always, just go to to make a donation on-line or send a check to P. O. Box 1371, Franklin, TN 37065.

Stay tuned for more Friends activities!


Mary Ann Smokler


Flag Installs

A huge "THANK YOU" to all involved in flag installs for Labor Day!


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

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.


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: