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?

Band This Week 2/8

Tuesday- Concert Band/Symphonic Band 2:15-4:00

Winter Guard 5-8 @Saunders

Band Boosters 6:30

Wednesday-  WE 6-8:30

Thursday-  Winter Guard 5-8 @Montclair

Friday-  Winter Guard 5-8 @FP

Saturday- Winter Guard Show @Mt. Vernon

Upcoming Events

2/9 CB/SB rehearsal

2/10 WE rehearsal

2/16 CB/SB rehearsal

2/17 WE rehearsal

2/23 CB/SB rehearsal

2/24 Pre-Assessment Concert

3/1 CB/SB rehearsal

3/2 WE rehearsal

3/4 CB/SB Assessment @Woodbridge

3/5 WE Assessment @Woodbridge

Marching Bruin Band Rated Superior!

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.

2015 MBB Leadership

Drum Majors- Isabella Lowe, Taylor Mann

Executive Officer- Alex Howell

WW Captain- Jon Dries

Brass Captain- Ramon Navorio

Drum Captain- Parker Abila

Guard Captains- Tatayana Allen, Naomi Rabago

Trp. SL- Taylor Jack

Sax SL- Jenny Talcott

Clt. SL- Madison Oglesby

LB SL- Conor Bean, Jonah Tyson

Operations Officer- Alex Guinan

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…

Winter Guard Medals!

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.

Forest Park is a 10-time Virginia Honor Band

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.

NBA Symposium

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.


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