Dear Band Students and Parents,
Congratulations on your decision to be a part of one of the finest organizations in this area. I am excited to be a part of a program that has such strong support of students, parents, and community. The 2017-2018 school year gives us the opportunity to embark on our quest for excellence. The Franklin School of Innovation Band provides a wide scope of musical activities and will allow everyone a chance to achieve success. Hard-working students, dedicated staff, involved and active parents, and a supportive administration and community all combine to make it possible for the Franklin School of Innovation Band program to expand musical opportunities for our students. Our students are expected to set, and reach high goals for themselves and their program; and the rewards of meeting those expectations are immeasurable. Members of the Franklin School of Innovation Band develop musically, emotionally, mentally, and socially.
I would like to take a few moments to introduce myself. My name is Christopher Lamar Wilson and I am excited to say I will be the Franklin School of Innovation band director for the 2017-2018 school year. The most important thing that we have to establish this year is a family atmosphere, along with an “open door” policy regarding communication. Prior to serving as your new band director, I worked in the Title One Reading Department for Buncombe County Schools. Prior to that, I served as Director of Bands at Concord High School in Concord, NC and Cane Ridge High School in Nashville, Tennessee. Previously, I was the director of bands and Fine Arts Department chair at North Iredell High School and North Iredell Middle School. This year will be my 16th year of teaching. I have a Bachelor of Music degree in K-12 Music Education and a clarinet performance degree from Mars Hill College. I graduated in 2012 with a Master’s degree in conducting, with an emphasis on clarinet performance from Northern Arizona University. I am currently working on an administration add-on licensure at Gardner Webb University. As an educator, I value my job and the opportunity to produce great music with you all. I have built successful band programs in every situation that I have been in. I hope to have the same success as director of the Franklin School of Innovation Band.
While the musical activities are the core of our program, the total band experience provides the student far more opportunities. During the year, students will be able to participate in leadership development; learn and apply planning, team-building skills, respect for others, and work through situations for a common goal. The fall season emphasizes the basics of beginning our band program. Our performances include a winter concert and spring concert. The Franklin School of Innovation Band program is striving for excellence through dedication, learning, experience, and a team effort from students, boosters, and staff. The 2017-2018 year will be an exciting opportunity to continue a proud legacy. It is also important to remember the total band experience includes fun and lasting relationships and memories that are developed by both students and parents.
Many of you have questions about when Band will start, and when we will meet. As our first year, Band is being offered as an after-school program. There is a $45 annual participation fee; the school will work with families if the fee presents a financial hardship. We will have three Bands: Middle School Beginning and Intermediate Bands, and High School (all levels). We will meet as follows:
Monday 3:30-4:30 Middle School Beginners
Tuesday 3:30-4:30 Middle School Intermediate
Wednesday 2:00-3:00 High School Concert Band (All High School Kids)
Thursday 3:30-4:30 Middle School Beginners
Friday 3:30-4:30 Middle School Intermediate
I am also offering a Middle School Band Mini Camp prior to the start of the school year. This free morning camp provides an opportunity for students to bring in their instruments, or to try out instruments if they have not yet chosen one, and to get to know one another. Camp will be offered 8 am – 10 am, Thursday, August 17 and Friday, August 18.
I look forward to meeting you! If you have questions, you may contact me via email at CWilson@thefsi.us.
Mr. Christopher Wilson
Director of Bands
The Franklin School of Innovation