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Research has shown that musical study develops critical thinking and self-discipline skills and improves a child's early cognitive development, basic math and reading abilities, self-esteem, SAT scores, ability to work in teams, spatial reasoning skills, and school attendance. Also, researchers have found that children involved with music education are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college, and are less likely to be involved with gangs and substance abuse.
--VH1 Save the Music Foundation
Encourage your child to be involved in fine arts programs!
FHS “Star of the West” Band
The Franklin High School Band program includes:
- Marching Band
- Color Guard
- 2 Concert Bands
- 2 Jazz Bands
- Winter Guard
The Marching Band consistently receives 1st Division ratings, competes at the UIL Area Contest, and competes at other marching festivals locally and statewide. The Concert Bands have also received consistent 1st Division ratings at district, UIL, and other festivals across the country. The Jazz Bands have not only received 1st Division ratings at our district festival, but also at the Hanks Jazz Festival where both bands consistently place in the top three in their class. Our Percussion program has also been outstanding, competing and placing in the top three groups at the UTEP Day of Percussion 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 “Star of the West” band hosts our district Solo and Ensemble each year, and consistently has the largest number of entries and receives numerous 1st Division ratings.
Each year, the band takes a trip to places including: Los Angeles, San Francisco,
San Antonio, Orlando, San Diego, Toronto, Washington D.C., Colorado, Dallas, New York, and Chicago.
FHS Band Booster Organization
Our mission is to support band activities of the Franklin HS Band Programs, its Directors, and its Students. The Band Boosters are made up of parents, the directors and students. The Band Boosters strive to:
- Promote the Band Programs
- Promote the benefits of the Band Program through public awareness
- Promote a spirit of volunteerism through wholesome camaraderie and synergistic activity
- Solicit, collect, handle and utilize funds in promotion of the activities of the band to ensure its competitive edge
- Manage fund raising activities, special events and special trips directly related to the Band Program
Our goal is to assist the band program in its efforts to represent Franklin HS as the “Star of the West.”
Band Activity Fee
The Franklin High School Band has enjoyed a history of award-winning performances and wonderful learning experiences for literally hundreds of our students. Maintaining that tradition of excellence is one of the goals of the Franklin HS Band Boosters and that effort depends on the financial support of our band families to make this a successful program. The most significant source of funding for the Boosters is the annual Activity Fee paid by each student participating in one or more of the band programs.
Band Activity Fees are used to cover many significant expenses critical to the band’s success, including:
- Equipment and repairs
- All Region competition fees
- Solo and Ensemble entry fees
- Festival fees
- Music and marching drill materials
- Bus transportation for competitions and festivals
- Clinician fees
- Uniform cleaning
The $300 Activity Fee is non-refundable. For the 2018-2019 school year, we will have 2 payment plans. Please go to the "Activity Fee & Budget" link for more information. The boosters have many fund raising opportunities throughout the year to help parents raise the activity fee. We offer a discount to families with more than one child in any of our band programs. A 10% discount will be offered for anyone who pays the entire balance by September 6, 2018.
Color Guard & Winter Guard Fees
Please see our Color Guard/Winter Guard page for a break down of fees for the current season.
An updated full year calendar will be given to the students at the beginning of the school year and again in January. It will also be posted here on our web site. Dates are subject to change and additional dates may be added throughout the year.
Contact the band boosters and/or get on our email list: Boosters@FHSStarBand.com
Rock the Beat Franklin!