Fairview's marching program is supported by a host of professional marching band instructors as well as parent volunteers. The Fairview Marching Band finished 3rd in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012, 2nd in 2011, 4th in 2009 and 2006, and 7th in 2010 and 2007. In addition, they received the award for Best General Effect at the 2011 state competition and the most improved band award at the 2009 Metro Regional Competition.
Marching students are required to spend time outside of school preparing for marching competitions. During the marching season, students spend about 300 hours outside of regular school hours practicing for competitions.
COMPETITIONS AND TRIPS
FMK usually competes in 5 competitions during the Fall and performs at selected home football games. The 2015-2016 competitions took place mid-September to early November. The marching band goes to Disney World once every four years and on a shorter trip every two years. The band went to Disney World in December of 2014 and had a fantastic time marching in the Magic Kingdom Parade. FMK also marches in the Lights of December Parade in Boulder every year.
How do the State Championships work? First there are the regional competitions. About 2/3 of the 5A schools are in the Metro Regional and the remaining third are scattered among the other regions (north, south, and west). The 7th through 20th placing schools normally compete in the quarterfinals. The top six from that competition advance to the semifinal, where they join the top 6 bands from regionals. The top eight bands from semifinals then compete in finals, which culminates in a full band retreat (all the 4A and 5A bands are on the field to receive their awards).
The Color Guard is the Visual Performance part of the marching band. The marching season is from August through early November, and during this time you are enrolled in Color Guard class and attend practice 3 times a week to prepare for competitions. The color guard performs with the marching band at selected home football games, and they compete in at least 5 competitions that end with the State Marching Championship. If you are an incoming freshman, being in the color guard is a great way to meet other FHS students before school even begins! If you are interested in PERFORMING, MUSIC, DANCE, SPINNING FLAGS and/or OTHER OBJECTS, Color Guard is for you!
The FMK program cannot be successful without parental involvement and help. We call ourselves FBBO, the Fairview Band Booster Organization.
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