Ben Fritz, Director of Bands at George Washington University passed away last Thursday evening at the age of 54. Dr. Fritz was an adjudicator for District 9 assessment in 2006 and 2014. I met Ben at the University of Calgary in 1988. He was living in Michigan and I in New Jersey. We became fast friends then, always stayed in touch, and rekindled that friendship when I came to Forest Park in 2005 to discover that he was now teaching at GW. He was a great teacher, and you have all either heard me tell stories that are about him or heard me say things he always says. He liked to say “I judge band directors on whether or not I want to be in their band”. He was my great friend and I will miss him. Watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcMe6WWcN18
Congratulations to the members of the Marching Bruin Band on their Superior Rating at the VBODA State Marching Assessment. They gave their best performance of the year. Thanks to all the parents for their support.
In their inaugural season, the Forest Park Winter Guard won the Bronze Medal at the Atlantic Indoor Assiciation Virginia Championships. The guard competed with 17 others in the Regional A2 division. Congratulations to the team and their coach, Elisa Lessard.
On Saturday, April 11th the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association recognized the Forest Park High School Bruin Band as a Virginia Honor Band for the 2014-15 school year. This award was achieved by earning Superior ratings at both the Marching Band Assessment in the Fall and the Concert Band Assessment in March. In addition, the Bruin Band received special recognition for earning the Honor Band award for the 10th time.
Despite some interesting logistics, the Wind Ensemble participated as a selected band at the National Band Association symposium held at George Mason University this weekend.
Pictured is the group rehearsing with Col. Dennis Layendecker (retired) Commander and Conductor of the US Air Force Band. The band also rehearsed with Captain Brian Walden, Commander and Conductor of the US Navy Band.