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!
We need your help. We also have multiple Coordinator Positions for next year available. If you are interested in any of the following please reach out to us now so that you can shadow the current coordinator:
Volunteer Director – Voting Position. Duties include attending all board meetings, creating & updating all Signup Genius events for volunteers, communicating with volunteers all pertinent information about events, working with event coordinators to understand the volunteer needs, creating sign in sheets for events, meeting & overseeing volunteers at events. This position is the busiest during the marching band season May-Oct.
Non-Voting Coordinator Positions: The positions oversee events and report to a board member. It is helpful to attend month board meetings but not necessary.
Band Brunch Asst. Coordinator – will work alongside the Band Brunch Coordinator and hopefully eventually move into the Brunch Coordinator position
Festivals & Indoor Show Coordinator – Oversee all festivals including a DCI event at FHS and the Marching Band Indoor Show. This includes concessions and working with Directors to plan and oversee the events.
Co-Uniform Coordinator – work with the other Uniform coordinator overseeing all uniform needs for marching band & wind ensemble. This position is required to be at all events when marching band uniforms are worn including parades, football games and festivals.
Asst. Uniform Coordinator – work with uniform coordinators to provide assistance with all uniform needs.
Asst. Fundraising Coordinator – work with the Fundraising Coordinator to learn the position and then move into that position eventually.
Tiger Scramble Asst. Coordinator – work with the Coordinator for the Tiger Scramble planning and executing the one day fundraising/community event in July.
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