Weekly Cadence

October 3, 2021

Here is everything you need to know about the Franklin Central Bands program right now.

Band Fees

Payments for the 2021 season can be made online at the link below. When making a payment online, please be sure to include your student's name on the checkout page. Thank you!

If you have questions, contact Erin Thompson, Treasurer, at treasurer@fcbands.org.

Volunteer Sign Ups

The Event Volunteer Sign Ups are LIVE! Click the link below to sign up for the 5 slot commitment. There are several spots still open for afternoon volunteers for the fast-approaching Oct 23 ISSMA Scholastic Class Marching Band Finals.

Volunteering - Franklin Central High School Bands

Food Drive - October 11-23

The community has shown so much support for our band program, it is time to give back! We will be kicking off a food drive on Monday, October 11th. The food collected will benefit the food pantries of both The Creek and Eastern Star Church. We will be accepting non-perishable food donations at door 3W through October 23rd. Examples of needed non-perishable food items are below. The food will be delivered to the food pantries on Sunday, October 24th. Please reach out to family, friends, and local businesses for support. Together we can make a difference!

Examples of Non-Perishable Food Drive Items:

  • Canned Meats
  • Canned Tuna and Salmon
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Canned or Dry Soups
  • Canned Stews and Chili
  • Tea Bags
  • Coffee (ground, no beans)
  • Canned Pasta
  • Canned Vegatables
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Pasta
  • Hot and Cold Cereals
  • Rice
  • Cake Mixes
  • Pancake Mix
  • Syrup
  • Powdered Milk
  • Packaged Pasta
  • Juice Boxes
  • Canned Juices
  • Canned Beans
  • Spam
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Baby Food and Cereal
  • Baby Formula
  • Granola Bars
  • Cereal Bars

Questions? Please contact Valarie Solomon, Guard Liaison - guardliaison@fcbands.org

Concert Band

The Fall Band Concerts were held last Tuesday evening. The students played some incredible music, and it was good to be back in Mason Auditorium for a live concert. For more photos, please be sure to join our Franklin Central Band Parents Group on Facebook.


Our Marching Flashes usually have a competition on the same evening as the traditional Homecoming dance, and 2021 was no exception. Our Spirit Committee, led by Casey Matczak and Christy Smith, organized an evening for our students that was nothing short of incredible. We cannot thank Casey, Christy, and the Spirit Committee enough for their hard work in only a couple weeks' time! This year's Bandcoming was held Sunday, September 26 at P&D Flower Farm, which was a photogenic backdrop to a wonderful time had by all. Students enjoyed food, cornhole, giant Jenga, dancing, and flower picking. We truly appreciate Kim's Kakery Bakery & Cafe for donating the delicious cupcakes that were part of the dessert table.

For more photos, head over to the Franklin Central Band Parents Group on Facebook.

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We have much to be grateful for this week. A rain that forced the Noblesville Invitational indoors reminded me that while we unfortunately didn’t perform on a football field with the guard, the band was still able to perform in competition, unlike 2020 when competitions were cancelled. Congratulations to our band for earning First Place at the competition. You showed up, performed a great set and wowed the crowd. Thank you to our transportation committee that picked up box trucks and had to return the trucks when the schedule was changed. Thanks to our truck drivers Collin and Emily Geisking for pulling the trailer with style again this week. Thank you to Spirit and Chaperones for making our kids feel special. Thank you to the parents that traveled to Noblesville to support the band.

--Travis Sears, Marching Band Liaison

Practice Schedule

Make sure to sync the calendar to your phone so you always have the most up-to-date info!

No practice during first week of fall break!

Practices resume on Monday, October 11th with Band Camp 2.0.

Oct 11 – 9am-4pm – ALL BAND

Oct 12 – 9am-4pm – ALL BAND

Oct 13 – 9am-4pm – ALL BAND

Oct 14 – 9am-4pm – ALL BAND

Oct 15 – 9am-4pm – ALL BAND

Color Guard

A note about Missed Rehearsals/Performances:

We are asking all parents and students to review the Marching Band commitment agreement again. It is vital that students attend each rehearsal and performance. An absence should be a very rare occurrence as it impacts the entire team. Students that miss rehearsals may not be allowed to attend the next performance due to safety measures or disciplinary reasons.

Color Guard Show Hair:

Due to time constraints on performance day, students need to arrive to rehearsal with some prep work already completed on their hair. The current show hair requires hair to be straightened, slicked back with gel, and put in a high pony tail. We will insert a weave after practice.

Uniform Washing!

We will be washing the marching band uniforms during Fall Break. Please sign up to reserve a bundle of uniforms if you wish to help. The pickup time will be Tuesday, October 5th, 6pm to 7pm at the semi-trailer parked behind the south end of the high school, next to the transportation building and the grass football field.



  1. Avoid washing the bib pants and jackets together.

  2. Turn all items "inside out" to protect the fabric, shoulder "wings" and collars.

  3. Jackets and bib pants are made of washable polyester-gabardine. Machine wash and dry on the gentle/knit cycle.

  4. Do not overload the washing machine. Launder 4 to 6 pieces at a time.

  5. On stains, you may use "Spray and Wash" and other non-chlorine stain removers when washing.

  6. Only wash with non-chlorine detergent and COLD water.

  7. Do Not Use liquid fabric softener on the uniforms.

  8. Always dry the uniform on a cool permanent press setting. Hot drying will remove the press.

  9. If time allows, on a cooler setting, please iron the bib pant hem to apply a crease. Avoid ironing the snap tape along the seam. This will indent the snaps on the outside of the pant.

  10. Place the uniform on the hanger as soon as the drying cycle completes to avoid wrinkles.

  11. NOTE: Most uniforms do not have student names on the tags. You will need to match the serial number of the uniform items to the numbers on the back of the ID card in the garment bag's pocket.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.


Travis Sears


Senior Night - Friday, October 15

Senior Night is Friday, October 15th. Senior parents need to be at the stadium’s Gate 4 at 6pm to line up. The ceremony starts at 6:30pm. Friends and family will need to purchase tickets to attend the event. Click Here to Purchase Tickets to the game against Westfield. Parents/guardians escorting the seniors will be allowed free admission to the football game after the ceremony.

If you have any questions, please contact Bobbie Brooks, cincinative67@aol.com.

Friday Night Lights!

Football Game pregame, halftime and in-game performances - games start at 7pm

- October 15th (Senior Night) - Westfield
Senior parents, please arrive at Gate 4 at the stadium by 6pm to line up. Ceremony begins at 6:30pm.

- October 29th (Tentative)

ISSMA Regional Competition - Saturday, October 16

The marching band will perform “I Am The Storm” at 6:30pm on Saturday, October 16th at the ISSMA Open Class Regional at Center Grove HS. The event schedule can be found here: https://www.issma.net/downloads/regionals21.pdf

The itinerary will be published in the next week.

BOA Super Regional - Friday, October 22

The marching band will perform on Friday, October 22nd at the Bands of America Indianapolis Super Regional.

Event Information: https://marching.musicforall.org/event/indysuper21/

Purchase Tickets: https://marching.musicforall.org/indysuper21tickets/

Competition Time!

Competition Dates

  • October 16th – ISSMA Regional, Center Grove HS, 6:30pm performance time
  • October 22nd – Bands of America, Indianapolis Super Regional, Lucas Oil Stadium (get tickets)
  • October 30th – ISSMA Semi-State
  • November 6th – ISSMA State Finals, Lucas Oil Stadium

Chaperone Sign Ups

If you are interested in chaperoning for the marching band during competition season, this is your opportunity to volunteer. You’ll be riding on the bus with student to and from the competitions.

• This does not include free admission to the competition.

• You may be asked to push a prop or equipment onto the field if help is needed.

• Masks are required when riding on the bus.

Safe Visitor Background Check is required. Contact Karen Smith if you need to confirm that your background check is current or have questions about exemptions.


Get Text Reminders from FCMB

Get the latest updates about the Marching Flashes on your phone! This will be most helpful when we release students after football games, to let you know when we're returning from a competition, for special announcements, and for the Weekly Cadence! Stay connected and informed.

From your phone, click this link: https://bit.ly/3flAqQK


Text the message @fcbands-mb to the number 81010.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Do you own a business or have an employer that would be interested in donating towards a Band Booster sponsorship? For every sponsor you are able to secure, you will receive 10% of the donation to your student’s band account. Franklin Central Band Boosters is a 503(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Your donation is tax deductible.

For more information about sponsoring the band, Click Here.

Questions? sponsor@fcbands.org

The Marching Flashes are going to Florida!

The Marching Flashes are taking a trip to Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando March 20-25, 2022! We've set up a page dedicated to the trip, so be sure to check regularly for updates. Click here now to get all the details, including the presentation from Music Travel Consultants.

Questions? ask@fcbands.org


2nd Annual 2021 Holiday Craft Fair

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Literally the easiest fundraiser we have! Earn money for your student's account while you shop.

Don't have an account? Want to learn more? Visit the RaiseRight™ by ShopWithScrip page.

Get Connected with FC BANDS


The Franklin Central Bands website is our #1 source for communication.

Suggestions for the Weekly Cadence?

Email: Amanda Groce, Engagement Coordinator, at engagement@fcbands.org