July 26, 2020

Band Camp Recap

Band Camp was a success!

THANK YOU to our tireless volunteers who setup check-in stations too early in the morning and screened all students, staff, and volunteers so that we could remain as safe as possible during Band Camp; volunteers also helped to fit uniforms, prop design, fabricate guard materials/instrument "masks", fill water jugs, serve food, and more. Your compassion and efforts are always noticed. We could not function without you. And if you are ever looking for an opportunity to help while embarrassing your child during meal breaks, please reach out - we have a spot for you!

It was inspiring for us as Directors to engage in the simplicity that marching band brings. There is something special about a group of young adults relentlessly pursuing excellence, especially during a pandemic! We hope you enjoyed watching these young adults perform a show depicting the metamorphosis from raw material to brilliance; what a fitting imagery for these young adults during this time!

As of now, all BOA events have been restructured from in-person competitions to virtual formats with the potential to change dates, as well. We plan on still performing for these events from home, and were excited to test out this format with BOA two weeks ago! Contest of Champions has been officially cancelled. We still move forward with our show as a work of art that has been written by our Design Team to be poignant, pedagogically sound, and engaging (who doesn't love Pink Floyd, Rhianna, John Mackey, and Peter Graham?!). There are plans in the works for multiple alternative performance areas as contingencies; depending on availability and allowable group size, the details of the show may change (i.e. staging), but the core music and work will remain!

Please pay close attention to details in this Cadence, as there is a great deal of information to share.

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!

Please help us gain funds for The Franklin Band by sharing information for Friends of The Franklin Band! We have lost a great deal of fundraisers and will likely lose more, due to Covid-19. Please share with any person and/or businesses you believe can help.

Band Banquet: July 17, 2020

TFB: General Practices

We commit this to every family: We will follow all guidelines with an even greater scrutiny, abundance of caution, and with complete transparency.

  1. For all wind and guard performers the 20-21 marching band and class rehearsals will be strictly OUTDOORS. We will only go indoors, with masks, and spread throughout the entire school building, due to lightning or a downpour.

  2. Our drill will be 6ft apart or greater at almost all times. Pass Through's, which occur when drill is in transition and two forms mesh for a short time, are inevitable. However we are designing the show in such a way as to where these are more limited, incredibly short in duration, such that we do not have to stop and stand in one during rehearsal, and where students could use their show masks during performance.

  3. Masks are in the show! - We will have a turtle neck, "buff"-like fabric that matches both guard and band uniforms for students to pull over their faces during rehearsal and during the show when they are not playing and/or closer than 6ft in a moment of performance. This was DESIGNED into our show from the start back in mid-March.

  4. We will be using prepackaged food throughout the season for all meals. When/if we order pizzas, parents, wearing gloves, masks, aprons, and face shields, will place the food into separate food containers for students. Members are asked to bring a large (1 gal.) re-usable jug of water to each rehearsal (if in a pinch, an emptied/washed out jug of milk works fine). These water jugs will be re-filled throughout rehearsals in accordance with WCS policies.

Remote Start Announced

What does this mean?

We are committed to giving your children the finest Fine Arts education in the state of TN! This includes every section of the band in every learning scenario imaginable. We have been told that you are able to enroll in "online learning" and still attend extracurricular activities after school. Rest assured that if you have chosen to learn from home during the school day, you will still have the structure of band class, in addition to marching band, and will still see our faces every day (for better or worse!).

For both Remote Learning and Online Learning, Schoology/Google Classroom/Smart Music will be utilized and structure will be in place. Most importantly, this should be seen as an opportunity to learn outside of a traditional band setting; we are allowed to delve into different cultures of music and deeper into music theory/history, in addition to performing in virtual settings. This will be engaging and we're excited for this opportunity to teach in a different way!

Note that while Color Guard does not have a band class taught by Directors (thank goodness, you don't want to see us attempt to spin/dance!), there are multiple Dance courses offered at FHS that will reinforce fundamentals learned in marching band are taught by Ms. Crystal Shaffer, a professional in the field. Take advantage of these offerings - not every school offers this!

Remote Learning - enrollment for "normal" in-person classes; you will maintain your in-person course schedule, either online or in-person.

Online Learning - enrollment for online courses only; in-person extracurricular activities are allowed; you will not typically retain your "normal" schedule, but FHS is working hard to make this happen (the more students p/class who register for online learning, the more likely this is; we've been told the number they're looking for is roughly 16 students p/course).

It is important to note that our show was written to be difficult with this learning structure in mind and we will continue to learn the music, regardless of the setting. Knowing that remote learning was a possibility and the outdoors would likely be the safest place to play/teach, we designed the mixed meters, tempi, range, source music to reach the scope and sequence of our typical curriculum and be engaging for all!

  • we will NOT play wind instruments indoors until the pandemic is over

  • the majority of band instruction will occur outdoors

  • just like band camp, we will go indoors for equipment/inclement weather

To see more information about the remote start announcement, visit the WCS YouTube page for Superintendent Golden's announcement/Q&A: Remote Start Announcement

Course Offerings

Wind Ensemble - larger ensemble this year; all percussionists will be in percussion class and W.E. percussionists will join us when we are able to have concert band performances again. Audition Results will be posted in Google Classroom by Sunday night (7/26)

Symphonic Band - due to scheduling issues this year, this ensemble will be split into two classes to allow all to participate; ideally these two classes will be split woodwinds/brass. We will work with you and your counselors to ensure you are in band, no matter what. Audition Results will be posted in Google Classroom by Sunday night (7/26)

Freshmen Band - all entering Freshmen will be in the Freshmen Band Class to establish fundamentals and play appropriate literature.

Percussion Class - all percussionists will be in this course, this year. This will allow flexibility and specialized instruction during what is sure to be whirlwind of change this year.

AP Music Theory - not a band class, but an advanced course offering; you must have Mr. Campos' approval before joining this class.


If you are not in a band class, please contact your counselor and CC Mr. Campos and Mrs. Vogt immediately. Guard members are the only exception.

Uniform Fittings

Uniform fittings will take place BEFORE rehearsal on July 28th.

New members who have not yet been fitted should sign up for a time here: Uniform Fitting - Sign Ups

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!

Download MaxOne

The band will now be moving to the district approved software called MaxOne. Please check your email for information on how to set up your account.

This will become our MAIN APP for fast band communication with students and parents. Please go ahead and download the app below from your app store.


  • Quick communication in case of a change. (buses are arriving late or early, rehearsal cancelation, important reminders.)

  • Student Logs of practice hours and audio/video submissions of work.

  • Calendar synced with rehearsals and events for reminders.

  • A catalog of band training videos/resources and guides for music, spinning, marching.

Calendar - Dates - Times

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:

Flag Install Days


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

Regulations from WCS (same as last week)

Williamson County Schools works with the Williamson County and Tennessee State Health department to make decisions for all activities. The procedures below are the key differences:

Group Rehearsals:

  • Groups of 50 students may be outdoors if supervised from a distance 10’+ (depending on age and activity) or 1 adult may be lead a practice of 49 students.

  • Multiple groups of 50 could be active with an adult rotating between groups, providing that distance is maintained.

  • You could likely do an outdoor rehearsal with FULL BAND, as long as you create enough space between individuals and groups. (6’ between individuals----10’ between groups)

Mask Use

  • Keep masks on when individuals are within 6' of each other as the general rule unless otherwise noted.

  • If for some reason individuals have to be closer than 6’, then limit the time of that interaction.

  • *Close Activity w/o Mask: Per the TN Pledge regarding non-contact sports and sports activities, beginning July 1st WCS will allow intermittent close contact between two students without a mask while participating in school and athletic activities. Examples would include a tag in baseball, pass-through's on a band field, choreography and blocking in theater, spotting in weightlifting, jamming at the line of scrimmage in football, pick-and-roll in basketball, etc.

Summer Busing:

  • Buses may be obtained for July activities as needed and approved by the principal. Health screenings should occur prior to riding the bus. Masks are recommended on bus transportation, but may not be required with physical distancing.

Masked: On the bus, students are required to wear a mask when within 6' of another individual. When seated together, no more than two per seat with hand washing or sanitizing before and after transportation with windows down for maximum ventilation.

No Mask: On the bus, masks are optional if students are seated 6' apart. In this scenario, students are seated one student per seat and seated every other seat with windows down for maximum ventilation.

Open Venue:

  • WCS is still considering July 6th as the first day to allow our campuses to be used as a venue. Examples would be for facility use, fundraisers, performances, etc. All events must follow the state and local guidance in place at the time of the event. Currently, this would include 50% capacity of the space or auditorium, families seated together but physically distanced 6’ from the next family, masks required upon entry and when within 6’ of a non-family member, cleaning of high-touch areas when individuals are moving around the venue, and consideration in keeping the flow of traffic in one direction. The state guidelines on venues can be downloaded here:

Water & Meals:

  • Avoid group water stations. Have kids bring their own water cooler. No sharing!

  • When possible, students should bring their own meals and drinks to campus.

  • If boosters provide meals, food should be offered only as pre-packaged items.

  • A plexiglass barrier should be established between the workers and guests as food is being distributed, and those distributing food should be masked.