2017 National Festival

Wow!  What a great experience!

Last week several of our students got to experience the Music for All National Festival in Indianapolis.  Our Percussion Ensemble, Saxophone Quartet, and three of  our musicians in the Honor Band of America gave “command” performances, and made musical memories that will last a lifetime.

C6q71PfWcAIWGNq.jpg-largeLed by Michael Holland, our Percussion Ensemble performed Sharpened Stick by Brett William Dietz, Sculpture in Wood by Rüdiger Pawassar, Irish Tune from County Derry by Percy Grainger (arranged by Chalon L. Ragsdale), and Firefly by Nathan Daughtrey.  And as an added bonus, Nathan Daughtrey served as our group’s clinician and coached our students on his work as well as the rest of their program!



Franklin-High-School-Sax-QuartetOur Saxophone Quartet, led by Jacob Campos, performed five moments from David Maslanka’s Mountain Roads and Nuages by Eugène Bozza.  Many people  in the audience said that our saxes were one of the highlights of the day at the Chamber Music Festival!



C6sS6rzU4AAQ7i2.jpg-largeThree of our students auditioned for and were accepted to perform in the Honor Band of America, conducted by Col. Michael Colburn, the 27th Director of “The President’s Own” United States Marine band.  They performed the Star Spangled Banner, For “The President’s Own” by John Williams, Flourishes and Meditations on a Renaissance Theme by Michael Gandolfi, The Engulfed Cathedral by Claude Debussy (transcribed by Merlin Patterson), and Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky (transcribed by Maurice Ravel/arranged by Paul Lavender.)  We were so proud to hear Katie Thornton, Webb Littleton, and Jason Frazier (who was 1st chair Alto Sax) perform these great works for wind band!



17265132_10104100122922975_5526013491510195111_nIt was certainly a “positively life changing experience” for our students and we’d like to thank Music for All for providing it! (Not pictured: Katie Thornton)

We stand with you, Castle!


The Franklin Band is devastated for our friends, the Castle High School Marching Knights, who lost one of their own early Sunday morning on her way home to Newburgh from Grand Nationals along with her father and grandmother.

The high school band community has shown a tremendous outpouring of love and support for Sophie’s grieving family and friends, and we echo the sentiments of those nationwide.  We stand with you, Castle – today, tomorrow, and thereafter.  #WeAreAllCastle

We will share details on how to help Sophie’s family via our Facebook page.

2016 Raffle Winners Announced!

Congratulations again to our 2016 FHS Raffle winners, Angela and Larry McClure! The McClures are proud parents of Spencer, a sophomore in the band. They sold 30 tickets to the raffle but purchased only one, the winning ticket!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s raffle! While the McClures won a new vehicle, it’s really The Franklin Band that won through the instruments and equipment that can be purchased with the funds that were raised.


Pictured here (l to r): Larry and Angela McClure, Carlton Smith (Lyons GM), PJ Littleton (VP Fundraising), Mrs. Dickerson (Principal, FHS)

March Updates

We’ve had some exciting things happening lately, including the Wind Ensemble going to college, Concert Performance Assessment Results, and the Music for All National Festival.

  • Our Wind Ensemble was invited by Dr. Reed Thomas and Mr. Craig Cornish to spend the day on the MTSU campus, and so on March 3, we attended a conducting class, participated in masterclasses led by MTSU wind and percussion faculty, sat in on a rehearsal with the MTSU Wind Ensemble, did a recording session in the T. Earl Hinton Music Hall, and split a concert that evening.  It was a great day for us, as the kids got a small sample of what it’s like to be a music major, as well as being around some great professors and university music students.

2016 Wind Ensemble

The Franklin Wind Ensemble

  • On March 8, the Wind Ensemble returned to MTSU for the Middle Tennessee Band and Orchestra Association Concert Performance Assessment, where we performed Florentiner-Grande marcia Italiana by Julius Fučik and Limerick Daydreams by Nathan Daughtrey, music in the Grade 6 category.   We received the highest rating possible, with all judges rating us as “Superior” in every sub caption, both in our stage performance and in sight reading.  Great job!


Judges sheets from our performance.

The National Festival is arguably the most important event that Music for All sponsors, and our recent history is richly intertwined there.  We’ve had students in either Honor Band of America or Honor Orchestra every year since 2009, both our Wind Ensemble and our Percussion Ensemble were invited to perform in 2013, and a chamber group in the proportions of the classic harmonie was invited to perform at the Inaugural National Chamber Music Festival in 2015.  This year we had two students in the Honor Band of America, Christine Barham (flute) and Ryan Fisher (clarinet).   Playing in that ensemble helps student growth in multiple ways, especially hearing other All Americans from across the country and being led by world class conductors, like Richard Floyd, past Director of Bands at Baylor University.  Congrats Christine and Ryan!

IMG_6031Top left:  Christine Barham (senior flautist) and Ryan Fisher (senior clarinetist)
Top right:  Christine, David Aydelott (Franklin Band Director), Ryan
Bottom:  Christine, Richard Floyd (Honor Band of America Conductor), Ryan


Turning the page

“…but now I see”

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What an exciting end to last semester!

The marching band finished the season strong with our highest Bands of America Grand Nationals placement ever, coming in just one band out of finals at 13th.  Our previous highest placement was 2013 when we finished 15th, so we’re edging closer to reaching our BHAG of becoming a Grand Nationals finalist by the year 2021.  Let’s keep on aggregating those marginal gains each and every day!  Here are the highlights of the band’s competition results:

BOA Clarksville Regional:

  • Champions, Class AAA  & Outstanding Visual Performance Award for Class AAA
  • 3rd Place in finals & Outstanding Music Performance Award

BOA Indianapolis Super Regional

  • 2nd Place, Class AAA & Outstanding Music Performance Award for Class AAA
  • 11th Place in Finals

The 54th Annual “Contest of Champions” at Middle Tennessee State University

  • Superior Award
  • 1st Place, Class AAA
  • Tennessee Governor’s Cup Winner
  • Grand Champion Award

BOA Grand National Championship

  • Semi-Finalist
  • National Runner Up, Class AAA
  • 13th Place




All Mid-State Auditions

Our numbers keep growing for All Mid-State, and we’re very proud of the students who auditioned and these students who were selected:

Meredith Aydelott
Christine Barham (All State)
David Curtis
Jason Davidson (All State)
Joey Domenico
Anaea Dossey (All State)
Savannah Faulman
Ryan Fisher
Juliana Forbess
Jason Frazier (All State)
Caleb Hoffman
Nick Hoffman
Zoe Kendall (All State)
Sarah Li
Allie Minucci
John McElroy
Webb Littleton
Luke Olson
Valerie Ring
Emma Grace Schenck
Sam Stone
Matthew Vasuta
Dawson Whitehead
Matthew Wells
Hyemin Yoon

Sonic BOOM!



This Saturday we’re hosting the first Sonic BOOM! band contest.  This event is sponsored by Chuck Sugg and his Sonic restaurants in the area.  We’re excited to host this contest featuring 6 area bands:

  • 7:00-Siegel High School
  • 7:15-Spring Hill High School
  • 7:30-Centennial High School
  • 7:45-Brentwood High School
  • 8:00-Summit High School
  • 8:15-Franklin High School (in exhibition)

Tickets are $7 each and kids 10 and under get in free.  You can also purchase tickets for our Win A Canyon raffle!

2015 Affinity Parters Program



Don’t miss this opportunity to significantly reduce your pledge amount!


Please read through the attached document carefully.


The Affinity Partnership Program is the corporate sponsorship program for The Franklin Band.  Franklin band families have the opportunity to cast a wide net throughout the community and within their sphere of influence to secure Affinity Partners with The Franklin Band.  See the overview and 2015 Affinity Partner Solicitation Flyer attached to the email for your reference and use.  You may print multiple copies of the flyer by printing page 4 of the attachment.


Note the following deadlines in the instructions:

July 31: Benefit of being listed in the full-page spread of the football program ($500 and $1000 levels)

August 17: Benefit of being listed on the back of the show shirt ($250 and up)

For questions, contact PJ Littleton at fhsbandfunds@gmail.com or 615-604-4624.


Click HERE to download the Affinity Parter pdf.