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Fall Band Concerts take the stage at FHS

Freshman Emily Kelly (bass) and Nic Skoda (xylophone) watch the Drum Major carefully as they perform at the recent FHS Indoor marching Band Show. Over 2,000 people attended the brunch and concert. Several more band concerts are upcoming.

The Farmington High School Bands are in the midst of a busy fall concert series, as was demonstrated by the nearly 2,000 people who attended the recent Band Brunch and Indoor Marching Band show.

In its 29th year, the annual brunch and concert raises funds for the band program and its students, including a recent push for new band uniforms. Farmington High School has marched in the same uniforms for 24 years and is nearing their fundraising goal to purchase new uniforms for the coming year.

A series of additional performances are upcoming, and the public is encouraged to attend.

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, the FHS Wind Ensemble will join forces with the eighth grade bands from both Dodge and Boeckman Middle Schools, a unique "bridging" concert that will include a variety of music both contemporary and classic, such as "The Stars and Stripes Forever" march by John Philip Sousa. The bridging concert is at 7 p.m. in the FHS Recital Hall.

On Thursday, Nov. 17, the high school's Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Varsity Band will perform in concert at 7 p.m. the Recital Hall. This concert will highlight the music of contemporary composer Brian Balmages.

The annual Fall Jazz Concert is at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21. It will feature Big Band swing classics by the likes of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Bobby Darin, and Sonny Rollins. Jazz I, Jazz II, and Jazz III will all play at this upbeat, toe-tapping performance. A variety of student soloists will be featured.

For more information about these concerts or how to help the marching band reach its fundraising goal for new uniforms, please email Erin Holmes at eholmes@farmington.k12.mn.us or Bradley Mariska, bmariska@farmington.k12.mn.us.

You can also visit www.farmingtontigerbands.com or search for "Farmington High School Band" on Facebook.

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