First Colonial Band Notes

April 27th

Letter from the Director

Greetings FC Band Family,

We have made it to the last big push of the year, with the spring musical (Guys & Dolls) 3 weeks away, the spring concert 5 weeks away, the band banquet 6 weeks away, & graduation just 7 weeks away! With all of these events, AP testing, & SOL tests right around the corner, make sure you keep up to date with our rehearsal & performances!

I am proud of the work of so many of our students over the last few weeks. We had students participating in All-Virginia, which produced multiple high quality performances this past weekend at CNU. Many of our students also were at WGI World Percussion Championships last week, representing themselves & FCHS very well at their first showing at this event.

While many of our students are finishing the year with a strong effort, many of our students have started to check out. Parents--I need your help with this so we can finish the year strong as a band, but also so our students earn grades that reflect their capabilities. More & more students are simply "forgetting" instruments at home, on phones during class, or simply choosing to not participate or complete assignments from other classes. Reminders, redirects & conversations are had with appropriate consequences due to their actions, however the amount of time it is taking away from instruction & the overall distraction it creates for the class is beginning to have a significant impact on the quality of our rehearsals for other members. Let us see if we can fix this as a team--teacher/parent/student so that we can all end the year the right way.

Luke Walker

Director of Bands

Tri-M Music Honor Society Advisor

Performing Arts Department Chair

PBIS Team Leader

First Colonial High School

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Spring Cookie Dough Fundraiser

We will be holding our annual cookie dough fundraiser from Monday, April 25th to Friday, May 6th. We are asking each student to participate to the greatest extent possible, aiming for at least 10 boxes sold (more if you can!) to help fund our end of year banquet & set us up for success entering next year. Cash & checks (made out to FCBB) should be turned in with all completed orders by May 6th.
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FCBB May Meeting

Tuesday, May 3rd, 6pm

1272 Mill Dam Road

Virginia Beach, VA

We will hold our monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 3rd in person in the band room (109) at FCHS. Important information regarding the spring musical, the end of year band banquet, & the spring concert will discussed.

If you are a parent/grandparent/guardian/caregiver, you are encouraged to be a member of the First Colonial Band Boosters. Meetings are held monthly where we discuss program direction, fundraisers, student events, & much more. All are encouraged to participate & help make our program the best that it can be.

To join FCBB in BAND, click here.

All-Virginia Band

Congratulations to Michael Volkringer for earning placement to the All-Virginia Bands & Orchestras. The All-Virginia Symphony Orchestra performed an excellent concert Saturday, April 23rd at CNU.

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Patriot Percussion Ensemble

Congratulations to the Patriot Percussion Ensemble for an outstanding season, culminating at WGI World Championships this past week.

2/12: AIA Jefferson Forest, 69.7 score

3/5: WGI Richmond Regional, 79.9 score

3/19: AIA Powhatan , 85.3 score

4/3: AIA Championships, 89.1 score

4/21: WGI World Championships, 83.3 score

Spring Musical

We have started rehearsing for Guys & Dolls! With only a few short weeks until opening night, it is critical we make the most of these rehearsals & have every member present as much as possible.

April 27 2:30-4:30pm

April 28 2:30-4:30pm

May 2 2:30-4:30pm

May 3 2:30-8:00pm

May 5 2:30-4:30pm

May 6 2:30-8:00pm (Sitz Probe)

May 9 2:30-6:00pm

May 11 2:30-6:00pm

May 12 2:30-8:00pm (Pit Dress Rehearsal)

May 13 2:30-8:00pm (Full Dress Rehearsal 1)

May 16 2:30-8:00pm (Full Dress Rehearsal 2)

May 17 2:30-8:00pm (Full Dress Rehearsal 3)

May 18 2:30-8:00pm (Full Dress Rehearsal 4)

May 19 6:00-10:00pm (Performance 1)

May 20 6:00-10:00pm (Performance 2)

May 21 6:00-10:00pm (Performance 3)

May 22 11:00am-5:00pm (Performance 4)

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Spring Car Wash Fundraisers

We will hold a series of car wash fundraisers to help fund our remaining projects for the 2021-2022 band year as well as setting up the 2022-2023 year for success. The car washes will be held at the AutoZone at 3420 Virginia Beach Boulevard (Little Neck) on April 30th, & May 21st from 9am-3pm. We need as many student & parent volunteers as possible to make these as successful as possible. Sign-ups are posted in the BAND app.
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Spring Concert

The Spring Concert will be held on Thursday, June 2nd at 7pm. The concert will include a variety of ensembles, music, & guest conductors.

After school rehearsals for the concert will be held:

5/10 2:30-4:30pm

5/24 2:30-4:30pm

5/31 5-8pm (Dress Rehearsal)

2022-2023 Student Leadership Team

All students interested in being a part of the 2022-2023 student leadership team for the Marching Patriots should plan to attend our mandatory leadership training day on Saturday, May 14th from 9am-6pm. Students planning to audition for drum major should also attend the conducting workshop on Monday, May 23rd from 2:30-4:30pm.

All applications are due to the band office by Monday, May 23rd & formal auditions will be held on Friday, May 27th from 2:30-5:00pm.

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Band Banquet

The end of year band banquet & awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 11th at 5pm at FCHS. Dinner will be served at 5pm & the awards ceremony will begin at 6:30pm. Additional information will be made available in May when tickets go on sale.
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Graduation Symphony

A reminder that all band, chorus, & orchestra non-seniors (9th, 10th, 11th grade students) are required to play in the Symphony Orchestra at the FCHS graduation ceremony. This is the students' final grade & serves as their final exam. (Students unable to complete this requirement will be given a 3-5 minute solo alternate assignment.)

Music will be distributed in each class in early June & will be rehearsed primarily in classes. 1 combined after school rehearsal will be held on Tuesday, June 14th from 2:30-4:30pm in the FCHS Band Room. Graduation will be held on Friday, June 17th at 1:30pm at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Students will report to school as normal on June 17th & will ride busses to the VBCC. Students may be picked up directly from the VBCC (with a parent note) or back at FCHS upon the conclusion of the graduation ceremony. More information will be shared as it becomes available to us closer to graduation.

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Community Partners in Music Education

Davenport & Company

477 Viking Drive, Suite 200

Virginia Beach, VA 23452

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