SCHEDULE – week of Sept. 26th

Classroom Bands – Multiple playing tests this week for Concert Band and Symphonic Band.

Upcoming Playing Tests:
Wind Ensemble – 9/30: Concert F and C Scales, Quarter Note = 100, District Requirements for Octaves.

Symphonic Band – 9/26: Woodwinds/Perc., Fundamentals #3; Brass, m. 76-End of Wassail.
9/30: Concert F and C scales.

Concert Band – 9/26: Bombasto, m. 55-71
9/30: Concert F scale, one octave req., optional second octave.

Link to Fingering Chart PDFs – FINGERING CHARTS
Link to Scale Sheet PDFs – SCALE SHEETS

Music Theory HW Assignment for 9/27 – Key Signature worksheet from Class – Omit all exercises with “tonic, supertonic, mediant, etc.”.

Percussion Ensemble HW for 9/27 – Note Identification Worksheet from Class.

Marching Band: Rehearsals Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, AND FRIDAY; 2:30pm-5:00pm

Saturday, October 1, 2016: Oakton Classic

All students/staff – Click here complete the Concessions Form to receive food after our performance.

12:30pm – Report to Forest Park HS Stadium for rehearsal – ON THE FIELD, ON TIME!
1:45pm – Change into uniforms
2:30pm – Inspections/Load Buses
2:45pm – Depart for Oakton High School, 2900 Sutton Rd, Vienna, VA 22181
3:45pm – Arrive at Oakton HS, unload trailer
4:25pm – Scheduled Warm-Up time
5:10pm – Performance
5:20pm – Return to buses – get water, load equipment
5:45pm – Return to stadium – Dinner at concessions
9:00pm – CNU Marching Captains Performance
9:30pm – Awards
10:15pm – Depart Oakton HS
11:00pm – Arrive at FPHS, unload equipment, return uniforms
11:30pm – GO HOME! All parents need to be at FPHS to pick up their children.

Please keep in touch with your child throughout the evening. The schedule above is dependant on all bands and performances being on schedule.

What to Bring

  • Whites for uniform
  • Water/snack for before and after rehearsal



8th Grade Band Night

Hello all 8th Grade Parents and Students!

We invite you to come participate in our 8th Grade Band night! All current band, chorus, or orchestra members interested in joining marching band are encouraged to attend. If you don’t play a brass, woodwind, or percussion instrument, that’s okay! There are plenty of opportunities to learn a new instrument, or to try color guard.

Our 8th grade night will be on Friday, October 7, 2016. You can find more information about the event HERE. Make sure you either submit a form to your Middle School director, or sign up using the google form, found HERE.

We can’t wait to see you there!


Good evening, MBB,

Here are the coordinates and thumbnails for the entire show.


Coordinate Sheets

For the coordinates, make sure you find your drill number and select to print that page only. If you are a section leader, it might be a good idea to print all of the sheets for your section just in case someone can’t get to it tonight.

See everyone tomorrow!

Calendar Updates/Band Camp!

Hello all! We start band camp TOMORROW, August 8 at 8am in the band room! I am so excited to get going this year. Monday-Wednesday will be mandatory for leadership, new marchers, pit, and drumline. On Thursday, everyone will join us. If you want to join us before Thursday, feel free to do so!

Here is an updated calendar and a few notes and reminders for band camp.


  • August 8-10, 8:00am – 12:00pm; Freshman/New Marchers and Leadership Only
  • August 11-12, 8:00am – 2:00pm; Everyone!
  • August 15-18, 8:00am – 6:00pm; Full Band Camp
  • August 19, 8:00am – 4:30pm; Full Band Camp
    • National Anthem @ FPHS Scrimmage, 7:00pm
  • August 20, 9:00am – 3:00pm; MBB Picnic and Showcase
  • August 22, 2:30 – 5:30pm; Rehearsal
  • August 25, 9:00am – 12:00pm; Performance for Orientation/Rehearsal
  • September 2, Picture Day. Students will arrive early for the away game vs. Patriot. Time TBA.


What You Need to Know:

  • Time – Students should be in the band room or at report location ready to begin by the scheduled time. Arrive early so you have to prepare.
  • Meals – Meals will NOT be provided during band camp, and students will not be allowed to go off campus for lunch. We recommend you pack a cooler.
  • Attire – Students must wear shorts (preferably athletic shorts), a light t-shirt, socks, and tennis shoes. Jeans, flip-flops, and sandals are not allowed. Students may wear a lightweight hat, and might want to bring an extra pair of socks in case of rain. If dressed inappropriately, you will be asked to find a change of clothes.
  • What to Bring
    • Sunscreen – Apply multiple times throughout the day.
    • Deodorant – Apply multiple times throughout the day.
    • Lip Balm – Especially for brass players.
    • Instrument/Instrument needs – Valve Oil (Brass), extra reeds/cork grease (Woodwinds), Drum Pads (Percussion)
    • Binder with Plastic Page Protectors – Should be labeled with your name and section.
    • Reusable Water Bottle – Should be labeled with your name and section.

Alec Moser Selected to Commandant’s Own

Trumpeter Alec Moser, class of 2008, has been selected to the Commandant’s Own Marine Drum and Bugle Corps.  He will play soprano bugle.  Alec played in the Wind Ensemble at Forest Park as well as the Marching Bruin Band and Spriggs Road Jazz Ensembles.  He was selected to the All VA band as a senior.  He is a graduate of James Madison University and in recent years has served as a brass and drill instructor for the Bruin Band at band camp.  Congratulations Alec!  We’re proud of you.

Drumline Audition Results

Drumline Audition Results can be found at the link below.

2016 Drumline Results

Reminder to DL students – There will be NO rehearsal on Monday, June 13. The first drumline rehearsal will be on Tuesday, June 14, 5:00-8:00pm with the rest of the ensemble.

Reminder to everyone else – Fill out the Google Form, and we’ll see you Tuesday evening at 5:00pm!

Marching Band Registration Documents

2016 Show Music can be downloaded here (remember they are password protected)

Online Marching Band Registration

Download Registration Documents

Download 2016 MBB Calendar


Here are all of the documents required for registration for the marching band. We are asking that you complete BOTH the online Google Form, and the hard copy form, which you will turn in to your director.

Also above is the most up to date 2016 Marching Bruin Band Calendar. Please make sure to mark the dates in your calendars in order to plan for a successful season. We’d like to have 100% attendance as much as possible. Here are a few dates that are particularly important –

  • Rehearsals on Tuesdays throughout the summer, 5:00-8:00pm
    • Note: No rehearsal 6/7/16, 7/5/16, 8/2/16
  • Band Camp – August 8 – 19 (Leadership and Newcomers only 8/8-10)
  • MBB Picnic/Camp Showcase: August 20, 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Rehearsals during School Year: Tues-Thu, 2:30-5:00pm
  • Tag Day – September 10
  • Competitions/Assessment
    • 9/17 – Woodbridge Viking Memorial
    • 10/1 – Oakton Classic (No SATs that day!)
    • 10/15 – Hanover Hawk Marching Invitational
    • 10/22 – VBODA Assessment, Rock Ridge HS (Tent.)

You can also download a link to a the Google version of this calendar HERE.

If you have any questions, please email

Welcome Mr. Specketer!

It is with great pleasure that we introduce Mr. Rob Specketer who will assume the duties of Director of Bands for the 2016-17 school and beyond.  Below is a message from Mr. Specketer.

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“Hello Bruin Band! I’m very excited to come to Forest Park, and I can’t wait to meet everyone and get to work. My name is Rob Specketer, and I’m currently in my 4th year teaching band. I have taught grades 5-12 over the last two years in Fairfax County Public Schools at Hayfield Secondary and Hayfield Elementary, and I worked at Middlesex High School for the two years before that, where I taught band, choir, guitar, and music theory. At Hayfield, I worked with the marching band, both in competition and for the Friday night football games. I love writing out short stand tunes and having the band play them, so I hope you guys have some ideas. I also worked with the Pit Orchestra last fall, so I’m looking forward to doing more of that at Forest Park!

Again, I’m excited to get to know everyone and to become a part of the Bruin family. We are going to continue the great traditions you all have already started.”


2016 Virginia Honor Band!

On April 9th, the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association named the Bruin Band a Virginia Honor Band.  This award recognizes bands who achieve Superior ratings at both the Marching and Concert Band Assessments.  This  is the 11th time Forest Park has been so honored.  Congratulations and thank you to all whose efforts made this possible.


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