The FRMS Band program consists of 200 members and is under the direction of Mr. Matthew Price. The teaching staff includes one head director who also receives assistance from the Sandy Creek High School directors. Sixth grade band students are divided into Advanced and Intermediate/Beginning Band classes. Students in the 7th and 8th grade are divided into Symphonic or Concert Band by audition. These performing ensembles are ability-based. In addition to daily grade level rehearsals, the ensembles meet once a week after school as a full band. Flat Rock bands perform at school concerts, assemblies, regional and national concert band festivals, community events, and athletic events throughout the year.
The Flat Rock Symphonic Band has been invited to be a featured performing ensemble at the 2003 National Middle School Band Conference, the 2004, 2013, and 2016 Southeastern United States Band Clinic at Troy University, the signing of the 2004 HOPE Scholarship Legislation with Governor Sonny Purdue presiding, the 2007, 2014, and 2018 Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference, the 2009, 2012, and 2016 University of Georgia Midfest Band Festival, the 2015 Music for All Southeastern Regional Band Clinic at Georgia State University, the 2016 University of Alabama Honor Band Festival, the 2016 Reinhardt University Band Clinic, and the opening of the 2016 Georgia General Assembly with Nathan Deal presiding. Flat Rock bands have consistently received Superior ratings at GMEA Performance Evaluation, the All-Star Music Festival, and the Carowinds Band Festival for the last 20 years. The band has also performed at Walt Disney World and Six Flags Over Georgia. Over the years, FRMS band students have consistently participated in the Georgia All-State Band, the GMEA District VI Honor Band, the John Phillip Sousa MS Honor Band, the UGA Midfest Honor Band, and the GMEA Solo/Ensemble Festival. The Flat Rock Band program strives to provide as many educational experiences as possible in order to provide an enriching curriculum for all students. The typical FRMS band student is taught to understand that band and life are defined by a series of characteristics: Practice, presence, promptness, preparedness, and participation. We are unyielding in our quest to attain musical and academic excellence every minute of every hour of every day.
We would like to extend a very special thanks to the following people and organizations for the tireless support of the FRMS Bands:
Flat Rock Administrators: Mrs. Jade Bolton, Mr. David McBride, Mr. Scott Stone
Melanie Vasallo for your tireless efforts in assisting with the many tasks required to run a successful band program.
Flat Rock Band Parents
Flat Rock Band Executive Board Members for your Tireless and Selfless Service to our students
John Kelley, Director of Bands, SCHS; Michael Abrams, Associate Director of Bands, SCHS
Michael Thomas, Director of Orchestral Activities at FRMS
Ladell Fortune, Director of Choral Activities at FRMS
Candace Matson, Director of Visual Arts at FRMS
The Flat Rock Staff for working together with scheduling to make sure our students can participate and excel in many different activities and for assisting in chaperoning our concert this evening.
Flat Rock Custodial Staff for all of your hard work with setting up and breaking down equipment and chairs and for keeping our facilities clean.
FRMS had 14 students audition for District Honor Band this year. 10 students made the Honor Band, and 3 students were invited to attend State level Auditions.
RJ Alexander-Alto Saxophone
Dylan Felker-Percussion-State Level Qualifier
Xavier Godfrey-Tenor Saxophone-State Level Qualifier
Chase Richardson-Percussion-State Level Qualifier
1. Please sit quietly during the performance as our students are putting forth their best effort to make beautiful music.
2. Please use discretion in taking photos. Flash photos during a performance are extremely distracting for all. Please take all the photos you require between pieces—never when the Conductor’s hands are up.
3. Please applaud after each full piece of music has been completed, and let these amazing kids know just how much you appreciate their hard work and their efforts.
4. If you must get up to leave during a concert, please do so only at the end of a group’s performance or between pieces. Students are expected to stay for the entire concert. Note: If very young children become restless and disrupt others' ability to listen, please take them from the performance area until they are quiet. Return between pieces.
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