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 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:
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.
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.
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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.