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FHS band needs new uniforms

Even though the Farmington High School Tiger Marching Band is participating in this weekend’s Youth In Music marching band competition, it will be a while before the band competes against other schools.

But that’s okay with teacher Erin Holmes, who works with the FHS marching band. She’s got a plan, and it’s coming together nicely.

“Going into the competitive marching world is a very large task that takes a lot of time,” Holmes said.

See, the FHS band needs to get acclimated to the contest atmosphere, first. Holmes is doing that with her students, too, by signing the band up for exhibition opportunities. The band gets to create field shows, march, learn new music and so on.

During the upcoming Youth In Music event, for instance, FHS is opening the show by performing the National Anthem. Then they’ll be back on the field a little while later, as an exhibition band.

That means they’ll be doing a field show. They’ll get judging scores, too. But instead of trying to be better than other bands, the FHS band will be trying to beat its own, previous marks.

“I use it as a teaching tool, to kind of track ourselves against ourselves,” Holmes said.

Past judges comments have suggested the FHS band get new, updated uniforms. While Holmes likes the idea, it will cost about $90,000 to replace all 125 uniforms.

But the marching band is doing fundraising to help raise those funds, Holmes said. For instance,  proceeds from the concessions sold at Youth In Music will go directly into the uniform fund.

Youth In Music is a statewide marching band competition that will be held at Farmington High School’s Tiger Stadium this Saturday. The event begins at 11 a.m. Tickets are available at the door.

Holmes is looking forward to sharing the event with her students.

“That’s always a main goal,” she said, “to have fun in the band and get stronger with every performance.”

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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