Weekly Cadence

November 28, 2021

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

Band Fees

REMINDER: Registration and first payments for Winter groups are due THIS WEEK.

Please note: Students with past due fees may not be able to participate in elective programs (ie, Winter Guard, Percussion Symphony, etc) until their accounts are paid up to date.

You can make online payments 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.

Winter Flower Fundraiser Unload & Pick-Up

Our Winter Flower fundraiser has officially wrapped up! If you have not already done so, please sign up for a pick-up time.

If you are willing and able to help unload the flowers when the truck arrives, please reach out to Melissa Davis to let her know.

Marching Band Banquet

Our annual marching band banquet was held this past Tuesday evening. Almost 400 students, families, and staff joined us to celebrate "I Am The Storm" and another amazing season.

Special thanks go out to Carrie Brewer-Thomas for securing a new venue, since we had outgrown the prior one; Matt and Christy Smith for the amazing centerpieces, decorations, keychains at each place setting, and photo backdrop; Karen Smith and April Keene for prepping the senior collages; and Brian and Amanda Groce for the awesome season recap video and the A/V assistance for the evening.

Disney Trip 2022

In case you missed it.... we received an email from Music Travel Consultants regarding our travel plans. Please make sure you log in to your account and make the required updates.

From Chris Forsythe with MTC:

As some of you may be aware, the decision has been made to switch from busing to flying for the March 2022 Orlando trip. This decision was made in conjunction with the directors as a response to the nationwide shortage of motor coach drivers and operators canceling on the books contracts mid-process. While frustrating, it is good to know this change several months ahead of the trip so that we are able to make a new plan moving forward. This is happening in many areas around the country, groups have been affected in many ways(some of you may have seen the struggles the Mustang, OK band went through getting to Grand Nationals two weeks ago for instance). Airfare has been secured and pricing/payment schedule are now updated, which you can view on your traveler dashboard. The primary trip dates are the same as before, March 21—24, still three hotel nights. We have adjusted the park distribution to best fit our flight schedule so we are still able to maximize the first and last days in the park. Because we are now limited on traveler count based on the seats we contracted to match the number of travelers on the trip, we are not able to accept new travelers on the trip at this time, but all existing travelers are accounted for.

As of today, there are NO vaccine requirements to fly domestically or enter the Walt Disney World Resort.

For travelers that purchased the additional spots for the private event, this event will now be a Backstage Breakfast inside Hollywood Studios the morning of 3/24(departure day), followed by being the first riders of the day on an attraction selected for the group(likely Toy Story Mania or Rock n’ Roller Coaster Fantasmic (the night show at Hollywood Studios) has finally been announced to re-open in 2022, though a restart date has not been posted, and the parks won’t book private dinner events ahead of the official show restart date being announced.

Should either of these updates cause you to adjust your plans to travel to Florida with the band, you can request a cancellation on your traveler dashboard, no further action is needed. Cancellations between today(11/22) and next Monday, November 29th at 5:00pm are eligible for a 100% refund due to the update in transportation. After 11/29, regular cancellation policies apply, cancellations up to 60 days prior are eligible for a refund LESS the initial deposit, cancellations inside of 60 days are 100% non-refundable.

Also, with the switch from busing to flying, we also now need all travelers to go in and edit their traveler profile to include gender and birth date, which is required for ticketing for the airline. Information on how to do that is attached to this email in a PDF…you’ll notice in the PDF there is a quirk about the edit feature and it displays a box beneath the confirmation that says “no longer editable”…this is a system error, but if you’ve got the green confirmation box above it, you are good to go. Please let us know any other issues you may encounter, thanks!

Chris Forsythe

Senior Travel Designer

Music Travel Consultants

5348 W. Vermont Street, Suite 200

Indianapolis, IN 46224

PHONE: 317.637.0837

FAX: 317.692.0934

Volunteer Sign Ups

The Event Volunteer Sign Ups are LIVE! Click the link below to sign up for the 5 slot commitment. Our next event is the Indiana Percussion Association (IPA) Invitational on February 12th.

Volunteering - Franklin Central High School Bands

Concert & Winter Bands

Winter Concert

Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Symphony will have their winter concert on December 1st. Students must be in their concert dress that night. Each band will rehearse after school on 11/30 (Concert from 2:15-3, Symphonic from 3-3:45, and Wind Symphony from 3:45-4:30.)

Jazz Kitchen performance

Jazz Ensembles 1 and 2 will perform at the Jazz Kitchen in Broadripple on Sunday, December 5th. Tickets are $35 and include a buffet-style lunch. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.fcbands.org/jazz-kitchen.html. Only 7 tickets remain! (Performers do not need a ticket)

Pep Band

Pep Band will have 3 more practices before winter break. Practices on 12/3 and 12/10 will be during CCR time. The final practice will be on 12/13 after school until 4:45.

Sounds of the Season

Sounds of the Season is Franklin Central's holiday extravaganza featuring the Performing Arts Department's premier ensembles. Students from show choirs, concert choirs, Wind Ensemble, Electric Mayhem, Static Havoc, advanced percussion, and the philharmonic orchestra all take part in annually spreading cheer at sold out performances for nearly 5,000 spectators. Each performance also features a Franklin Township elementary, intermediate, or junior high school choir as guest performer. Come and enjoy the spectacle and wonder of the season!

Tickets are almost sold out. Purchase yours now so you don't miss out!


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Congratulations to all of our 2022 Percussion Symphony participants! Please be sure to visit the Percussion Symphony page to complete your registration no later than December 1st.

Practices this week:

Tue, 11/30 - 6-9pm

Thu, 12/2 - 6-9pm

Students and families are encouraged to join our Percussion Symphony group on Facebook. Pictures, announcements, and more are shared via this group.

Questions? Contact us at percussionliaison@fcbands.org


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Practice Schedule:

Open Winter Guard

· Tuesday - 2:30pm to 5:30pm – Annex

- Thursday - 6pm - 9pm - High School

- Friday - 6pm - 9pm - High School

A Winter Guard

· Tuesday - 6pm to 9pm - High School

- Thursday - 3:30pm to 5:30pm - Annex

- Friday - 3:30pm to 5:30pm - Annex

Regional A Winter Guard

· Tuesday - 6pm - 9pm - High School

- Thursday - 6pm - 9pm - High School

- Friday - 6pm - 8:30pm - High School

Questions? Contact Valarie Solomon, Guard Liaison

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



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Suggestions for the Weekly Cadence?

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