The Fairfield Middle School band practices its marching formations Tuesday outside the middle school. The FMS bands will hold concerts Friday morning as part of their summer band camps. The sixth-grade band will perform at 8 a.m. and its concert will last approximately 35 minutes. The seventh- and eighth-grade group will begin at 9:30 a.m. and its concert will last about one hour. The two groups have been working for the past two weeks on warm-up exercises, scales, articulations, notes, rhythms, style, expression, terminology, and have even incorporated literature and math into their rehearsals. They still managed to find time for fun, snacks, and prizes.
The sixth-grade group will play exercises from the first lesson book which include “Standard of Excellence,” by Bruce Pearson; “Soaring Above the Clouds” by James Swearingen; “Bonse Aba,” arranged by Douglas Wagner; “Attack of the Cyclops,” by Mark Williams; and “Scooby Doo, Where Are You?” arranged by Paul Cook. The combined seventh- and eighth-grade group will play selections from the following: “A Canadian Ballad,” arranged by Robert Sheldon; “Espana Cani,” arranged by Mike Story; “Rough Riders,” by Karl King, arranged by James Swearingen; “Crusade,” by Vince Gassi; “Steal the Thunder” by Rob Grice; “Crunch Time!” by James Swearingen; “Dance at the Lake of Miramoor,” by Barry Kopetz; “Shaker Variants,” by Elliot del Borgo; “Bunker Hill,” by Eric Osterling; and “You’ve Got a Friend In Me” arranged by John Higgins. Mary Andersen is the FMS band director.