Welcome New Members
The Franklin HS Band consists of the Marching Band, 3 Concerts Bands, 2 Jazz Bands, and Winter Guard. The Marching Band consistently receives 1st Division ratings and competes at all local Marching Contests, UIL Area, and has performed at the UIL State Marching Band Championships. The Concert Bands have also received consistent 1st Division ratings at UIL and many other festivals. The Jazz Bands have not only received 1st Division ratings at our district festival, but also at the Hanks Jazz Festival where both bands have placed in the top three in their class numerous times. Our Percussion program has also been outstanding, competing and placing in the top three groups at the UTEP Day of Percussion, Eastwood Throwdown, and the Thunderdrums contests as well as receiving 1st Division ratings at numerous solo and ensemble festivals. The Winter Guard, known as “FOCUS”, competes and places consistently here locally in events sponsored by the West Texas Colorguard Association, as well as competing in other W.G.I. (Winter Guard International) regional and national competitions. The Franklin Band is very proud of each individual student’s drive for excellence. Each year, there are a large number of students that participate in All Region Band, advance to the Area level, and make the Texas All State Band. The Franklin Band also has a large number of Solo and Ensembles that receive 1st Division ratings at our Region UIL Solo and Ensemble contest.
Look What YOU Get to Do in the FRANKLIN BAND!!!
Summer Marching Band
Football Game Performances
Pep Rally Performances
U.I.L. Marching Contest
U.I.L. Area Marching Contest
U.I.L. State Marching Band Championships
E.P.I.S.D. Marching Festival
S.I.S.D. Marching Festival
N.M.S.U. Tournament of Bands
Thanksgiving Day Parade - every other year
Marching Percussion Festival
All Region Jazz Audition/Concert
All Region Band Audition/Concert
Area Band Audition All State Band Audition/Concert Holiday Concert Solo and Ensemble Festivals Jazz Band
Hanks Jazz Festival
E.P.I.S.D. Jazz Festival Various Winter Guard Competitions
EPISD Pre-U.I.L. Band Evaluation
U.I.L Concert and Sight Reading Evaluation
Band Trip (every other year)
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F.H.S. BAND HONORS
E.P.I.S.D. MARCHING FESTIVAL 24 YRS 1ST DIVISION RATINGS
N.M.S.U. TOURNAMENT OF BANDS FINALISTS 10 TIMES
SISD MarchFest FINALIST 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018
UTEP DAY OF PERCUSSION CHAMPIONS 1997, 1998,
2nd Place 1999, 2005
3rd place 2002, 2003
THUNDERDRUMS PERCUSSION FESTIVAL
3rd Place 2004, 2010 2nd Place 2005,
1st Place 2006, 2008, 2010
EASTWOOD THROWDOWN PERCUSSION FESTIVAL
2nd Place 2012 and 2014, 4th Place 2013, 2016
U.I.L. REGION MARCHING CONTEST 19 YRS 1ST DIVISION
U.I.L. AREA MARCHING CONTEST
1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018
U.I.L. STATE MARCHING BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016
ALL REGION BAND
FRANKLIN CONSISTENTLY PLACES A LARGE NUMBER OF STUDENTS IN ALL REGION BAND
ALL REGION JAZZ
CONSISTENT MEMBERSHIP IN THE REGION JAZZ BAND
CONSISTENT LARGE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
HANKS JAZZ FESTIVAL-
Jazz One: 1999, 2000, 2002 FIRST PLACE ;
2001, 2004, 2012, 2016 THIRD PLACE
Jazz Two: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2018, 2019 FIRST PLACE; 2004, 2017 SECOND PLACE;
2005, 2006, 2015 THIRD PLACE
EPISD JAZZ FESTIVAL-
Both jazz bands have earned consistent 1st Division ratings.
3 PERFORMING CONCERT BANDS
FIRST BAND-24 YEARS 1ST DIVISION RATINGS
SECOND BAND- 22 YRS 1ST DIVISION RATINGS
THIRD BAND-6 YEARS 1ST DIVISION RATINGS
FLAGS / WINTER GUARD(INDOOR FLAGS)
PARTICIPATES IN THE WEST TEXAS COLOR GUARD CIRCUIT
TOP THREE RANKINGS IN EACH OF THE FOLLOWING WINTERGUARD INVITATIONALS FOR THE PAST 18 YEARS:
IRVIN, ANDRESS, FRANKLIN, DEL VALLE, HANKS, RIVERSIDE, AMERICAS, DESERT VIEW MS
TRAVEL TO DENVER, LAS VEGAS, PHOENIX, CALIFORNIA and DALLAS FOR REGIONAL WINTERGUARD COMPETTIONS.
ALSO COMPETED AT THE WINTERGUARD INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN DAYTON, OHIO.
FULL BAND TRIPS
LOS ANGELES, SAN FRANCISCO, SAN ANTONIO, ORLANDO, SAN DIEGO, TORONTO, WASHINGTON D.C., COLORADO, DALLAS, NEW YORK, DENVER, and CHICAGO.
Some Frequently Asked Questions About the Franklin Band...
If I am in band, can I also do SPORTS?
YES! The band directors and the coaches work together to allow students the opportunity to participate in both activities. We have consistently had band students in ALL high school sports. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO CHOOSE ONE OR THE OTHER.
If I am in band, can I also belong to other student clubs?
YES! In fact, most of the FHS band students belong to a second, and sometimes third student club! We encourage involvement!
Do I have to audition for the FHS marching band?
NO. Everyone is welcome to participate in marching band REGARDLESS OF YOUR PLAYING ABILITY. You will be placed in the band class for your instrument and there is no specific chair order. Part assignments (1st, 2nd, or 3rd) will be determined during summer band practice.
After marching season, what happens?
The Directors will place you into one of THREE CONCERT BANDS. Each of these three groups perform in the spring!
How many Jazz Bands are there?
There are TWO jazz bands at Franklin. Both jazz bands meet before school during “0” period following Marching Season.
Does the FHS band take a trip in the spring?
YES! We do a big full band trip every other year. We fund raise to help students offset the cost of the trip. We encourage everyone to go on the band trip.
Can I take band all four years?
YES! You will need 26 credits to graduate, but Band DOES COUNT as FINE ARTS, P.E., and an ELECTIVE!! The counselors will help plan out your four years of classes to include band. PLUS, with Block Schedule, you will be able to take MORE electives than ever before!!! The Band Directors will work with you and your schedule!!
Will being in band have a NEGATIVE effect on my other grades?
NO. Passing your classes is of the UTMOST IMPORTANCE in the FHS band. At the beginning of the year, we set up PEER TUTORING to help you with ANY subject. It has been proven that staying in band helps MAINTAIN outstanding grades!