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.
Free Jazz Concert and Swing Dance at FHS
The Recital Hall at Farmington High School will transform into a classy jazz club on Monday, November 19, and the entire community is invited to a free jazz concert and swing dance.
Four big bands will highlight the evening of music, which will begin at 7pm. Free dance lessons will even be offered from 6:00-6:30pm for anyone interested in learning or reviewing the basic steps of swing dancing.
Music will be provided by Jazz I, Jazz II, Birdland Jazz, and Blue Note Jazz. Over 90 students at FHS take part in the jazz program, which is the largest curricular jazz band program in Minnesota.
A variety of classic big band songs will be performed, including "Sing Sing Sing," "Little Brown Jug," "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "Pennsylvania 6-5000," and "American Patrol."
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Members of the FHS Jazz Bands present a big band jazz concert and swing dance on Monday, November 19 at 7pm. Shown is senior Ellie Colson, tenor saxophone, performing at last year's swing dance.
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