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Farragut High School Band marches on

The Farragut High School Marching Band has had one of its most successful band competition seasons ever according to Ron Rogers, director of FHS bands.

“We updated a little this year and added a more modern style to our drills and I think that is what has helped us in the competitions,” Rogers said.

The marching band consists of 235 members, including color guard. Rogers has two assistants, Michelle Lewis and Steve Taylor, as well as student teacher Andrew Hunter.

The band participated in three competitions this year — Greenville, Morgantown, N.C. and West Minster, S.C. — and took grand champion honors in the first two and a superior ranking in the final competition.

“We missed grand champion in the final competition by two points,” Rogers said. “My feelings weren’t hurt though because the band that beat us ultimately won the state championship in South Carolina.” The FHS band won individual awards in the competitions as well as overall best honors in all three events.

Rogers, who is in his 16th year as a band director, said he loves what he does and especially the kids, but at times his job is a challenge. Before FHS, he was band director at Doyle and Rutledge high schools.

Having just finished performing at the football games, Rogers and the band are busy preparing for the concert band season.

Rogers said he does all of the musical arrangements but gets help with the drill portion of the program from Greg Bashum, who is the band director at Halls High School. Bashum’s wife, Scottie, has been the coach of the FHS color guard the past four years.

The half-time routine is approximately 10 minutes in length.

“We use the same routine for competitions but we have the addition of a fiddle and guitar solo,” Rogers said. “The theme of the routine is the Civil War, so the solos help to set the mood for the upcoming routine.”

Two of the songs performed by the marching band are, “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” and “Glory, Glory Halleluia.”

Rogers is quick to point out how important the band parents are to the program.

“We have the best parents ever,” he said. “There is a group of about 20 parents who come to every game, set up the equipment, tear it down and keep everything running smoothly.”

Rogers also said the Farragut community has been “extremely supportive” of the marching band. Noting that band is a huge commitment, Rogers asks the band members to “perform with pride” and “to bring respect” to the band.

Rogers noted the operating budget for the band program is approximately $125,000 — with little assistance from Knox County — and the program relies heavily on fund-raising efforts. The band is currently selling fruit throughout the community in order to offset expenses.

Rogers said he and his staff are very proud of the FHS band and they believe the band does a terrific job representing Knox County, Farragut High School, the State of Tennessee and the town of Farragut.

To find out more about the annual FHS Band fruit sale or to place an order, call the band room at 671-7135.


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