July 24,

Good Morning Everyone! Percussion students that are participating in Drum Line this season are required to be at Drum Camp 2015. We will meet July 28 and 29 from 8 A.M to 12 P.M.  This is REQUIRED! We will see you then!

July 10,

Greetings everyone!

It was just brought to my attention that I left off some VERY important information from my letter I sent to you all and the one that is included beneath this update. I am posting the information to sign up for Remind 101 to the bottom of this update! You can sign up for updates via the text messaging service or you can download the app for apple or android devices from their respective stores. Please be sure to sign up one of these two ways! This will allow us to communicate information to you better and faster! Have a great remainder of your summer and I will see you August 3rd!

Mr. T

June 30, 2015

Greetings Students and Parents,

I know you are as excited as I am about beginning a new year at Fayette County High School! Plans have now been in place for a couple of months and we continue to make plans for the upcoming school year and half-time show for the F.C.H.S. “Pride of the Tigers” Band. This year has the potential to be the even better than last year. With your pride, dedication, work, and desire, the possibilities of what we can accomplish are endless. I look forward to seeing you on August 3rd for our first day of rehearsal. This letter gives you some preliminary information that you will need for camp and the upcoming school year. Please take time to read this letter, the handbook and the calendar, as there have been a few minor changes.  As always the calendar is on our webpage at www.fayettebands.com and can be accessed any time. Please use this calendar as a guide for scheduling purposes. Students are required to attend ALL rehearsals and ALL performances.  Please make all possible efforts to schedule doctor’s appointments and other activities around our performances and rehearsals. It is imperative that students do not miss for reasons that are within our control.

Our percussion section will begin rehearsal on July 28th and 29th from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. All students that are participating in drum line will be expected to attend.  All other band members will report on August 3rd at 4 p.m. and will rehearse until 9:30 p.m. Students should bring a GREAT attitude, water jug (if you were a member from last year you can use the same one), your instrument, music (If you do not have the copy given to you before the end of school you can print it from the website), tennis shoes (sandals, flip flops, or any other non-athletic type shoe will not be allowed), and a snack for a quick break before we go outside each evening.  Please be sure to eat before you come to rehearsal. This is a physical activity so we will be outside a good bit of rehearsal time so bug spray for the evening rehearsal would be recommended. Parents, you are invited to come at any time. We would especially love to see you at the practice field towards the end of rehearsal when you come to pick up your student. It is always more fun and rewarding to perform for an audience and our last few minutes each day will be devoted to performing something related to our show. It also encourages the students’ give a little more effort when they know they have an audience.

Please check the website often! I will continue to update the site with important information and music as it becomes available.  We are also going to try something new this year that comes highly recommended by fellow band directors. Remind 101 is something similar to school cast and group me, if you are familiar with both. This is a secure sight and application you can download on your phone that will allow me to text all members and parents important information instantly. This will allow me to communicate with everyone at once about inclement weather, rehearsal cancellations, important reminders, and allow you to contact me with any questions you may have. I am including instructions on how to sign up and our code to sign into the band class.  There is also an app available for ios and android users. You can receive text, push notifications or email via this service. If you have any questions feel free to email me at kthomas@fayette.k12.al.us. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

In conclusion I want to wish all of you a happy remainder of summer break. Please take time to acclimate yourself to the hot weather by being active in the evenings when it begins to cool down for the day. Practice for a few minutes every day so that you are ready when it is time for camp to begin. Most of all get excited and come with a great attitude! Let’s make this the best band ever at Fayette County High School! Goooooo Tigers!

Kevin Thomas

Director of Bands

Fayette County High School

Fayette County High School
“Pride of the Tigers” 

“This site is not an official web page of the Fayette County Board of Education.”

The Fayette County High School and Middle School Bands are comprised of almost 300 students. Mrs. Susan Seymour is the Director of Bands at Fayette Middle School. Under her leadership the band has continued to grow and expand both in quality and quantity. The Middle School Bands have achieved Superior ratings at the Alabama Bandmasters Association State Concert Assessment the past three years. This is the highest rating possible for High School and Middle School Bands. The Fayette County High School Band is under the leadership of Mr. Kevin Thomas. While the Director of Bands the band has maintained an average of 25% of the school population being involved in the band program. This is far above the national average for High School Bands. The High School Concert Bands have also achieved a Superior rating at State Concert Assessment the past two years. They consistently play the highest level of music and do so at a Superior level. Under the tutelage of Mrs. Seymour and Mr. Thomas, the band will strive to maintain the highest level of achievement and musical education.

The Fayette Band at Rockefeller Plaza in New York.