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‘A year of seconds’ in 2006-07 for FHS band

Ron Rogers, Farragut High School band director, said the group had a very good year, both in the marching season and in the concert season.

“Our marching band and concert bands both went through the year with straight superior ratings in everything that we did, which is always a very nice way to end the year,” Rogers said.

FHS Marching Admirals kicked off the school year, with performances at football games and competitions.

“Our marching band did a show – it was a little bit of a dark show for us – but we did a show based on ritual dances,” he said. “[It was] very percussion oriented, and what you would take from this title.”

Rogers said he usually schedules the band for three competitions a year, with at least one of them located locally so parents have an opportunity to attend. The other two are generally outside the region or even the state.

“We went to South Carolina, and the group that eventually won the four-A title and the group that won the five-A title, the eventual state champions of South Carolina, one of them beat us by three-tenths of a point, and one of them beat us by two-tenths of a point. It was, I thought, one of our best shows of the year,” he said. “We finished second at a contest we went to down in Crossville, in Middle Tennessee; and we finished second at a contest up in the Tri-Cities area. It was a year of seconds, I guess you would say, for us. It was a program as good as anything we have done.”

Practices have already begun for next year’s marching band. Rogers said this year’s show has a different tone than years past.

“Next year we’re going to lighten it up. We’re going to do a disco show,” he said. “I think the kids will enjoy it because it opens it up for a lot of showman-like possibilities. I think it will also be something for the parents, not only our band parents but also the football parents and other bands’ parents, can all enjoy, because it will be some recognizable tunes.”

Last year’s symphonic and concert bands also enjoyed success throughout the season.

“Once we finished the marching season, we went through our different concert bands. Both the concert bands were wonderful again this season,” he said. “We have our symphonic band, which I conduct. We have auditions in November. We turn no one away, but the top students on each instrument are selected to play in the symphonic band. Those that don’t make symphonic band play in the concert band. Two of my assistants, Steve Taylor and Michelle Lewis … co-conduct our concert band.”

Rogers said both bands were invited to play for the State Music Educators Convention, though invitations are issued to a limited number of bands.

“There were only thirty-five bands from the state, middle school and high school, that were even invited; so it was quite an honor for our groups to be able to do that. Our symphonic band qualified to do it again for next year,” he added.

Last year’s success was not limited to the group as a whole. Rogers said several students were recognized individually for their talent.

“It was a great year for us, both from a group standpoint and for individual students,” he said. “We had thirty kids that qualified for All-State East. We had twenty-five kids that were invited to participate in the All-Knox County Band. We had four students selected for All-State, which you may not think four is a lot, but really it is because most bands in the state have nobody.”


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