2017 Assessment Schedule

The Forest Park Bands will be participating in the 2017 VBODA District IX Concert Band Assessment on Mar. 3 and 4. Below is the rehearsal schedule. All rehearsals are required and will only be excused at the director’s discretion.

Wind Ensemble Evening Rehearsals:
Thursday, January 26, 2017: 6:00-8:00pm
Thursday, February 9, 2017: 6:00-8:00pm
Thursday, February 23, 2017: 6:00-8:00pm
Thursday, March 2, 2017: 6:00-8:00pm

Combined Rehearsals – Concert Band/Percussion Ensemble
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 – 2:30 – 4:00pm
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 – 2:30 – 4:30pm

Combined Rehearsals – Symphonic Band/Percussion Ensemble
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 – 2:30 – 4:00pm
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 – 2:30 – 4:00pm
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 – 2:30 – 4:30pm

Performances (ALL):
Wednesday, February 22, 2017: 7:00pm – Pre-Assessment Concert
Fri/Sat. March 3/4 – District IX Assessment, Woodbridge Senior High School

Rehearsal Alternative Assignment Information:

All students are expected to be present for each rehearsal. However, if a student needs to miss a rehearsal for any reason, they must complete the alternative assignment below to receive a grade for the rehearsal. Both aspects of the assignment must be completed.

  1. Practice Log – Students will use the practice log (found here) to document their practice throughout the week of the missed rehearsal. Students must be specific, provide dates in which they practiced, and provide goals for their practice sessions. Practice records will only be accepted the week of their completion.
  2. Rehearsal Skills Essay – In no less than one page, hand written, students will elaborate of the importance of rehearsal attendance and the different aspects of being an effective performer in rehearsal. These aspects include, but are not limited to: preparedness, attention to detail, listening, and the negative effects of talking during rehearsal.

Students must turn in the alternative assignment within ONE WEEK of the missed rehearsal. This assignment can not be used to make up a performance.

All-County Band Information

All 9th Grade Students can pick up All-County Band Music ASAP. A link to available reference recordings for 9th grade students is HERE.

The event will take place at Osbourn Park High School on Jan 5-7, 2017. 

January 5         7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.    Sr. Honors Band Read-Through Rehearsal,
Ninth Grade Honors Band – Seating Auditions, Read-Through

January 6         10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.  Rehearsals (Students bring bag Lunch or Pizza concession)
January 7         9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.   Rehearsals (Students bring bag Lunch or Pizza concession)
January 7         2:00 p.m.                  All County Band Concert, Osbourn Park HS

Transportation will be provided for Friday only. Field Trip Permission Forms are available from Mr. Specketer and in PDF form HERE. Students will need transportation to all other events. Students should wear FPHS Concert Attire for the performance. On Thursday and Friday, wear FPHS Band Spirit Wear!

FPHS Bands Winter Assignment!

All students in a band class at Forest Park will complete a winter assignment over break. There are three components to the assignment:

Use the practice log to document your practice over winter break. There is no amount of time required, but the practice log will be due when you return from Winter Break.  

  • Watch/listen to one of the video from the playlist below and provide “Program Notes” of the piece. There are seven videos to choose from in the playlist. Your response should include information about the composer, the piece itself, and even the performing ensemble. Then, give a brief description of music elements you heard in the piece. Your description can include, but is not limited to, comments regarding:
    • Tone Quality
    • Dynamics
    • Balance
    • Overall style
    • Intonation
    • Technique (Articulation and Finger Technique)

There is no length requirement. In fact, the program notes should be concise. Use your best discretion – what do you YOU think an audience would want to know about the piece? All program notes must be typed and correctly formatted.  Use THIS website to see how to correctly construct program notes. The program notes will be collected after Winter Break.

  • Practice the specified pieces/movements for your playing tests/chair auditions when you return.

Concert Band – “Onward!”
Symphonic Band – 2nd and 3rd movements of “In the Forest of the King”
Wind Ensemble – Winds – 3rd and 5th movements of “Scenes from the Louvre”; Percussion – Visit http://vicfirth.com/40-essential-rudiments/. Prepare the following rudiments, open-closed-open: Five stroke roll, Nine stroke roll, Seventeen stroke roll, Double Stroke Roll, Flam Tap, Paradiddle

Use the playlist of reference recordings below to help in your preparation:

All-District Audition Results

Congrats to all who auditioned. Here is a list of Forest Park students who made the group!

Taylor Mann – 5th Chair
Caili Downs – 7th Chair

Bb Clarinet:
Madison Oglesby – 12th Chair
William Reames – 24th Chair

Alto Saxophone:
Ian Cox – 2nd Chair (All-State Eligible!)

Isabelle Lowe – 2nd Chair (All-State Eligible!)
Taylor Jack – 9th Chair

Joshua Sturgill – 4th Chair (All-State Eligible!)

Jonah Tyson (score pending – see email)
Brian Jack – 8th Chair

Aaron Entzminger – 1st Alternate

Parker Abila – 1st Chair (All-State Eligible!)

Congrats to all of our Forest Park representatives at the 2017 District IX Honor Band!


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.


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