The Farmington High School Band Program is a comprehensive instrumental music education program serving over 300 students. Comprising five concert bands, four jazz ensembles, competitive marching band, pep band, solo/ensemble contest, winter percussion, and many other small ensembles, FHS band students collaborate with professional conductors, composers, and college ensembles on a regular basis.
The concert ensembles are the nucleus of Farmington High School's band program. Based on grade level and/or audition results, FHS students participate in Varsity Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble. The FHS Concert Bands are top-tier ensembles that qualify several students each year for prestigious programs like the Minnesota All-State Band.
The jazz program is a hallmark of FHS and the greater Farmington community. FHS jazz ensembles have been selected for the most prestigious performances, including appearances at the Minnesota Music Educators Midwinter Clinic and Carnegie Hall. As a curricular class, all three Jazz Bands meet daily throughout the school year. The jazz ensembles perform three formal concerts annually, participate in several regional festivals, and perform often for community and social events.
The Farmington Tiger Marching Band has been a staple of football games and area parades for decades, but also began competing in field marching festivals in 2014. After only three years of competition, the Farmington Tiger Marching Band took 4th Place in the 2016 Minnesota Class A Marching Band Championships. In the winter season, the FHS Pep Band is one of the most exciting groups around, playing regularly for varsity hockey and basketball teams.
The FHS Bands are directed by Erin Holmes, who has been teaching music in the Farmington School District since 2000; Bradley Mariska, who joined the FHS team in 2016; and Matt Clark, who began his tenure in 2018.
Help us fund the wonderful music our students play each year in Marching, Concert, Jazz & Pep Band. Go to https://www.tigerfanclub.org/library to make a donation. And as always, THANK YOU!
March On! DCI Open Class Drum Corps Show
Join us at Farmington High School on Wednesday, July 31 for some fantastic drum corps! Tickets are on sale now and you don't want to miss the excitement.
VIP Tickets are available for the center section of the bleachers. Tickets purchased online are $17; show day tickets are $20. General admission seats (outside of the center section) are $12 in advance; $15 at the door. And families will want to take advantage of our incredible four-pack! $36 for four general admission tickets. Don t miss out the family pack special is only available in advance of the show.
March On! will feature incredible sounds and sites as the competing units combine music, intricate maneuvers, color guard and incredible athleticism to wow the audience and impress the judges.
ONLY VIP TICKETS ARE ASSIGNED SEATS!
The BrownPaper Ticket system may reference a specific seat number and location, however, ALL general admission and family pack seats are NOT assigned. They are first come, first served, general admission seats. If you wish to secure a specific seat, please choose VIP seats. (NOTE on Choosing VIP Seats: To choose your own VIP seats, select Print at Home tickets and choose select seats when prompted. Choose your own seats is not available with Mobile Tickets.)
The Farmington HS Stadium has ample areas for handicap seating, but limited benches. Please feel free to bring your own portable seating. Choose General Admission seating for tickets. Handicap seating areas are available at the top sections of the stadium and are accessible from ground level. Handicap parking is available in the two parking lots near the stadium. Please be prepared to traverse 200 yards or more at ground level if parking in the east parking lot. The closest drop off point will be in the west parking lot.
This event is run rain or shine. Sorry, no refunds for weather related events.
Online ticket sales will end at 5pm on Tuesday, July 30. General Admission seats will be available at the show site for $15. Order mobile tickets online with your smart phone. No printing necessary. Save money and avoid the lines at the ticket window.
FARMINGTON JAZZ BANDS SWEEP REGION CONTEST: BEST IN SITE, TWO PERFECT SCORES
On Saturday, January 19, the Farmington High School Jazz Bands took part in the MSHSL Region 1AA Solo/Ensemble Festival at Lakeville South High School. FHS entered four big bands in the contest, with Farmington Jazz I taking top honors amongst all jazz ensembles, known as a "Best in Site" Award. Under the direction of Erin Holmes, Jazz I was not only was recognized as the top jazz band (out of 10 ensembles competing from six schools), but did so with a perfect score of 40 out of 40.
Amazingly, Jazz II, under the direction of Bradley Mariska, also got a perfect score of 40. A third Farmington ensemble, Birdland Jazz, also received a Superior Rating (36/40 points), while Blue Note Jazz received an Excellent Rating (34/40 points).
Music performed on Saturday spanned a wide range of styles and genres - from swing hits like “Fly Me to the Moon” and rock classics like “Shake, Rattle, and Roll,” to more contemporary jazz hits like Ellen Rowe’s “Point/Counterpoint” and Patty Darling’s “The Next Chapter.” Literally dozens of student soloists were featured, with over 90 students total participating in Jazz Band at FHS this year.
The bands will present their programs to the public at the Winter Jazz Concert is at 7 p.m., Monday, February 11, in the FHS Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.