SCHEDULE – week of August 22nd

Thursday, August 25th – Freshman Orientation


Students will report for rehearsal from 9:00a-12:00p. Freshmen report to orientation at 9:00a. We will perform at 10:00a for the orientation, then freshmen are free to join us afterwards if they like. Students need to wear their white MBB 2016 t-shirts, shorts, and tennis shoes. We will continue rehearsal after the orientation performance is completed.


After rehearsal, I would like to ask Tri-M students seeking service hours to stay and help clean up from band camp. This will include helping to organize the music library and instrument inventory. If you are interested in helping, please let me know at


Friday, August 26th – AWAY vs. Osbourne Park

Students need to report to FPHS at 5:00pm. The bus will arrive at 5:30p and will depart by 5:45p. Students need to wear their white MBB 2016 t-shirts, jeans, and tennis shoes. The game begins at 7:00, and should end by 9:30. Please send your child with money for concessions, as they will not be fed before the game. Once the game is over, we will load the buses and depart for home. At this time, we will let the students know to contact their parents. Please be prepared to pick your child up around 10:00p. While football games are sometimes hard to predict, this is a good estimate time for pickup from FPHS.


After-school rehearsals begin on Tuesday, August 30. Rehearsals run from 2:30-5:00pm and are 100% mandatory for all Marching Bruin Band members. Tardiness and unexcused absences will NOT be tolerated, and will affect the student’s overall grade.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at


Mr. Specketer


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.

In Memoriam: Ben Fritz (1961-2016)

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

Don’t you want to be in his band?

2014 Marching Bruin Band Promo Video

We will kick off our season with a meeting for students, parents, and rising 9th grade families on May 8th at 7pm in the auditorium. Here’s a look at our promotional video…


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Students may wear shorts tonight. They need to abide by the dress code. See you at 5! (Drumline at 4)