The Franklin High School Band, NC

Franklin High School
100 Panther Drive
Franklin, NC 28734
(828) 524 - 6467  (school)
(828) 342 - 6613  (cell)

Director of Bands :  Mr. Buddy Huckabee

   The Franklin High School Marching Panther Regiment Band

2019 Marching Panther Regiment Calendar of Events

(*PLEASE NOTICE:  This semester, the Marching Panther Regiment will be travelling to New Orleans, Louisiana, and will be on NATIONAL TV for the 2020 Sugar Bowl Parade, and will be performing for over 85,000 spectators, and on NATIONAL TV for the SUGAR BOWL HALFTIME SHOW!  We have been fundraising for this event for over a year!  This is, indeed, a ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY!  If you are new to our program (transfer student, incoming freshman, etc) and have not been fundraising and paying on this trip since last October 2018, and are interested in joining us for this trip, please contact Mr. Huckabee (director) ASAP so that we can secure your tickets, hotel room, New Year's Eve Dance, food reservations, bus seats, etc.  Once tickets go on sale to the general public, Mr. Huckabee will NOT be able to secure your seats for this trip!  (Same thing for any chaperones that are interested.  Please remember:  ALL CHAPERONES FOR ALL TRIPS MUST BE ACTIVE MEMBERS OF OUR BAND BOOSTER CLUB, meaning they are regulars at the booster meetings and are familiar with the program.  Otherwise, your money will be refunded for the trip!)  Call or email Mr. Huckabee if you have any questions/concerns for this upcoming CHANCE OF A LIFETIME trip over Christmas break!

Band Camp Requirements:

July 31st  - August 2nd  =   All Percussion and Color Guard members report to camp (9am - 4pm)  Bring your lunch
July 31st - August 2nd  =   All Leadership Report to Camp (9am - 4pm) Bring your lunch

August 1st - 2nd  = ALL FRESHMEN and ROOKIES (new marchers) report to camp (9am - 4pm) Bring your lunch
Aug 5 - 9 - Full Band Camp week 1 - EVERYONE MUST ATTEND (8:30a-6pm)!!!

                 Amounts Due - (Freshmen purchase everything;  other classes purchase what is needed plus band fees)
                                                   $295.00 - Band Fees (Everyone pays: Includes FULL YEAR band events- WHAT A BARGAIN!!)
                                                     $80.00 - Bib Pants (Freshmen and anyone else needing Bibs)
                                                     $45.00 - Marching Shoes (Freshmen and anyone else needing new shoes)
                                                     $ 5.00 (per pair) - Gloves (Most purchase at least 2 pairs for the year
                                                     $25.00 - Everyone purchases the show T-shirt for competitions!

                                                    $ 450.00 - Total "New Marcher" Materials Needed for semester 
                                                             (REMEMBER:  Payment Plans ARE AVAILABLE to Everyone!!)
                                                               We will set up these payment plans AT REGISTRATION that day.  All band fees MUST be paid
                                                               IN FULL before December 15th, 2019)  Please pay what you can at registration, and we will
                                                               set up the rest to pay off before December.

            AUGUST 7 = JUNIOR / SENIOR REGISTRATION -  (*Pay Band Fees, Gloves , T-Shirt, anything else you need)                                                                             

Aug 12 - 16 - Full Band Camp week 2 - EVERYONE MUST ATTEND (8:30a-6pm)!!!

August 15 -

Regular Season Calendar: 
Aug 23 - Away Football @ Asheville HS (meet at 4:30pm - Pep Band Only)
Aug 26 - 1st Day of School / FIRST MONDAY NIGHT PRACTICE - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Aug 30 - Home Football (vs. Murphy HS) - FIRST TIME IN FULL UNIFORM! - Meet at 5pm 
Sept 2 - Labor Day Holiday (No Monday Night Rehearsal tonight)
Sept 6 - Home Football (vs. Rabun Gap) - Meet at 5pm 
Sept 9 - Monday Night Practice 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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Possible Far West Marching Band Performance Today - Andrews, NC--------------

Sept 13 - Home Football (vs. Swain HS) - Meet at 5pm 
Sept 16 -
Monday Night Practice 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Sept 20 -  Home Football (vs. Mitchell HS) - Meet at 5pm
Sept 21 - "Regional Marching Competition TBA" - ---OR/----- "MANDATORY ALL DAY SATURDAY PRACTICE  (Location TBA (All Day Event)
Sept 23 - Monday Night Practice 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Sept 27 - Away Football @ Owen HS - Meet at 4:45pm - Pep Band Only
------- Sugar bowl September Payments due today
Sept 28 - "Georgia Contest of Champions - Commerce, GA" - (All Day Event)
Sept 30 - Monday Night Practice (6:00pm - 8:00pm)
Oct 4 - Open Date / No Football Game today
Oct 5 - "Lake Lanier Tournament of Bands - Lake Lanier, GA" - ( All Day Event)
Oct 7 - Monday Night Practice 6pm - 8pm
Oct 11 - Away Football @ Hendersonville - (*We will not travel to this game)
Oct 12 - "Blue Ridge Marching Championships - Blue Ridge, GA"  ( All Day Event)
Oct. 14 - Last Monday Night Practice (6pm - 7:30pm)
Oct 18-  Home Football (Vs. Brevard) - Meet at 5pm
Oct 19 - Southern Invitational Marching Band Championships (Sprayberry HS--- Marietta, GA)
Oct. 22 - No School (Teacher Workday)
Oct. 23 - BAND PICTURES IN UNIFORMS (During school) - Bring all uniform parts to school
Oct 25 - Home Football (vs. East Henderson )  SENIOR NIGHT - Meet at 5pm 
Nov 1 = Away Football @ Pisgah HS - Meet at 4:45 - Pep Band Only
Nov. 8 = Away Football @ Smoky Mtn - Meet at 4:45 - Pep Band Only 
Nov 11 - Veteran's Day tentative Performance Date
Nov. 15 - Potential Playoff Home Game TBA
Nov 20 - 22 - Possible Thanksgiving Holiday Break (No School)
Nov. 22 - Potential Playoff Home Game TBA
Nov 24 - Franklin Christmas Parade - Meet at 1pm - Stepoff at 3pm
Nov. 29 - Potential Playoff Home Game TBA

Dec - TBA - Christmas Concert

Dec - Jan - SUGAR BOWL PERFORMANCE TRIP!! --- All dates, info will be posted as received 
TBA  - Highlands Christmas Parade (AM) ---- Clayton Christmas Parade of Lights (PM) - **ALL DAY EVENT**

*ALL HOME PLAYOFF GAMES ARE MANDATORY after in November for a Passing Grade**

**Away games are mostly OPTIONAL, but will decide who gets to participate in playoff games**
**You MUST be at the practice prior to any performance to be allowed to perform on competitions (for any performing ensemble)



 2019 FHS Band Student Leadership Team: 

Students that want leadership roles (Drum Major, section leaders, etc) will go through a learning camp process, and an audition process to obtain these jobs.  Teacher recommendation forms, essays, and games/activities will be part of the work leading to auditions, while the learning process to assist the students on team building and leadership exercises and other fun activities will help them be the best prospective student leaders they can be!  Students can go for the coveted Drum Major position, or they can just go for the support groups of the band such as librarians, equipment staff, uniform staff, etc.  All leadership positions are crucial to the success of the program.

Please note:  These positions can be changed at any time due to any reason deemed necessary to change the position.  Thank you to everyone that auditioned.  You should all be proud.  Anyone wanting to be on a crew needs to talk to the "heads" of that crew.  The judges were very complimentary of each and every one of you.  Let's work together and have a great season!


Field Show Drum Major (s) = Jared Ross, Jarred Hedden

Pep Band Drum Major(s) = Madison Rustay, Hannah Pitts

Marching Coordinator(s) = TBA

Uniform Coordinator =  Natalia E-Cortez

Equipment / Sound Coordinator(s) = Nick Wilkinson, Mason Williamson - (*These 2 will select their crew members)

Librarian = Sara Olvera (*She will select her crew members)

Historian = TBA

Brass Coordinators = JD Valentine, Sydnie Shope

Woodwind Coordinators = Kim Perez

Flute Section Leader = Kaylee Harris
Clarinet Section Leader = Ali Norton
Sax Section Leader = Breanna Mellies
Trumpet Section Leader = Sydney Moore
Mellophone Section Leader = Celeste McCall
Trombone Section Leader = Sam Ledford
Baritone Section Leader = Ashley Welch
Sousaphone / Low Reeds Section Leader = Will Cerri

Colorguard Captains:  Teri Martin, Kai Picciano

Percussion Equipment Coordinator - Anna Gibson
Upper Battery Captain - Reagan Kimsey
Front Ensemble Captain - Anna Gibson
Lower Battery Captain - Zack Duke

NOTICE:  "Head" members will hire their own crew members.  If you want to be on a crew, please talk to the "head" of that crew.



Operation and Fees:
The operation of the marching band takes up approximately 85% of the band's total yearly budget.  Students are required to pay a band fee to Franklin High School to assist in their "fair share" of the operational costs of the program.  All fee amounts can be found in the band packet sent out to all freshmen, or can be obtained by members and parents of the program through the members area.  Freshmen are required to do marching band, and concert band their full freshman year.  Upperclassmen that do not participate in marching band, but do participate in Jazz and/or Concert band will be required to pay a smaller portioned band fee for their semester of class. (*For a "fee" breakdown, please go to the 'Contact Us link and send the director an email and he would be glad to assist you).  All fees for marching band are due the SECOND DAY of band camp, and will be payable at registration to Franklin High School.  All students must have fees paid for before the end of the first full week of school in August to be able to perform with the ensemble.  Please prepare early for fees, as time will fly by when you are having fun!  Students that need a payment plan for fees will also be able to take advantage of paying their fees through our annual FHS Fine Arts Fruit/Citrus Sale.  The sale usually begins in late September to early October, and will conclude around early November, with a delivery date set to have fruit baskets made up just in time for Christmas!  The past few years, the fruit has been spectacular!  If fruit is currently on sale, there will be an order form that you can fill out on the "home" page right here on our website!  Please keep in mind that UNLESS YOU ARE AN EMAIL ORDER, all students are required to deliver your fruit to you!

Band Camp Expectations:
Summer Camp dates will be on the calendar (usually mid/late July to August just as school begins).  All students that are enrolled in marching and ALL FRESHMEN or first year FHS students must attend band camp in order to participate!  Also, all freshmen and transfer students must attend "rookie" camp (usually day one).  Click on the dates of camp on the calendar for when you are required to be at camp.  It will be hot, and you will stink!  You will need to arrive a few minutes early to be on time...and you will want to bring your lunch (NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO LEAVE CAMP after arrival until departure time), sunscreen, water/Gatorade, snacks, deodorant instruments, "theme day stuff,"  comfortable clothes you can move around in, and a GREAT ATTITUDE which can be contagious!

Competition / Trip Expectations:
All students should know that when we are on any trip away from campus (even an away football game), they are to abide by all policies set forth by the school system, and the county policies.  Any student that does not will be sent home at the parent's expense, and will NOT be allowed to participate in another event for a amount of time designated by the director and the principal.  Severe cases may cause the student to be dismissed from the program.
STUDENT RIDE HOME RESTRICTIONS : ALL STUDENTS must ride the bus with the group to any and all functions.  If a student wishes to ride home with parents, they must fill out a "ride-home release form" found in the Members Only section.  Any student that does not obtain the form are not allowed to leave and must ride back with the ensemble.

"Past Shows" under the Direction of Mr. Huckabee

2002 - "An American Fantasy"
2003 - "Lord of the Rings"
2004 - "Around the World in 8 Minutes" - (2004 Gator Bowl Division Champions)
2005 - "Pirates of the Caribbean"
2006 - "Phantom of the Opera
2007 - "Imagination: The Music of Dr. Seuss" - (2007 Alamo Bowl Division Champions)
2008 - "The Nightmare Before Christmas"
2009 - "Once Upon a Dream : The Music of Walt Disney's Fantasmic"
2010 - "Remembrance:  Pearl Harbor"
2011 - "The Sunday Crossword" - (2011 Gator Bowl Division Champions)
2012 - "Believe : The music of Polar Express"

2013 - "We Wanna Rock!"

2014 - "The Heist"
2015 - "The Eye of Egypt" (2015 Liberty Bowl Show - Halftime show with music SuperStar - Craig Morgan)

2016 - "A Love for All Seasons"
2017 - "Don't Look Under the Bed"
2018 - "The Traitor"

Franklin High School's most visible and notable performing group is the FHS Marching Panther Regiment Band.  Pictured above, the students and staff members enjoy a day at the beach following several first place awards at the 2012 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida (January 2012).  The band has won many other first place awards throughout the southeast, including the 2005 Gator Bowl, the 2008 Valero Alamo Bowl, and various competitions.  The Marching Panther Regiment can be seen various times throughout the fall semester from western and central North Carolina, to Atlanta Georgia and occasional trips to Florida.  The band students that register are required to participate in any and all mandatory events, competitions, concerts, parades, etc, as well as attend a MANDATORY summer camp in July.

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