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The Franklin High School Band, NC

Franklin High School

100 Panther Drive

Franklin, NC 28734

(828) 524 - 6467 (school)

(828) 342 - 6613 (cell)

Director of Bands : Mr. Buddy Huckabee

2023 FHS Marching Band Calendar:

PLEASE SEE "SUMMER CAMP INFORMATION" BELOW for important information about band fee and health/permission payments due this summer!  Fees MUST be paid before competitions begin!


---------JULY 2023 / AUGUST 2023-------------------------------------------

July 26 - 28, 2023 -(Wed-Fri) All Colorguard and Percussion students report to summer camp  (9am - 3pm)
July 26, 2023 - (Wed) - Leadership Camp - ALL LEADERSHIP CANDIDATES report to camp (9am- 3pm)

July 27 - 28 (Thurs/Fri) - ALL Freshman/New Marchers report to camp (@FHS band room)  (9am - 3pm)

July 31 - Aug 4 (Mon-Fri) - FULL BAND CAMP WEEK 1 - (EVERYONE ATTENDS) -  (8:30am - 6pm)

---------AUGUST 2023--------------------------------------

Aug 7 - 11 (Mon - Fri) - FULL BAND CAMP WEEK 2 - (EVERYONE ATTENDS) - (8:30am - 6pm)

Aug 10 (Thurs) - Parent EXTRAVAGANZA Concert at FHS Gym (and Booster club meeting!!) - 5pm
Aug 15 (Tues) - Full Band Practice - 9am - 12 noon (Mandatory in order to perform!)
Aug 17 (Thurs) - Full Band Practice - 9am - 12 noon (Mandatory in order to perform)
Aug 18 (Fri) - Home Football Game - FHS vs. Murphy HS - Meet at 5pm

Aug 22 and 24 - (Tues/Thurs) - Full Band Practice - 9am - 12 noon (Mandatory in order to perform)

Aug 25 (Fri) - Home Football Game - FHS vs. Robbinsville HS - Meet at 5pm

Aug 28 (Mon) - First Day of School (No Practice tonight)

----------SEPTEMBER 2023--------------------------------

Sept 1 (Fri) - Away Football Game - FHS @ Swain HS - (Pep band travels only)

Sept 4 (Mon) - Labor Day Holiday - No School - No Band Rehearsal

Sept 8 (Fri) - OPEN DATE - No Football Game 

Sept 9 (Sat) - "Possible" Performance at WCU today ; tentative / keep open... TBA

Sept 11 (Mon) - Monday night Rehearsals begin today (Mandatory) - 6pm - 8:30pm 

Sept 15 (Fri) - Home Football Game - FHS vs. East Henderson HS - Meet at 5pm

Sept 16 (Sat) - All Day Camp Style Rehearsal (9am-4pm) in preparation for competitions

Sept 18 (Mon) - Monday night practice - 6-8:30pm

Sept 22 (Fri) - Home Football Game - FHS vs. Tuscola - Meet at 5

Sept 23 (Sat) - Regional Competition Today!  - Info TBA

Sept 25 or 26 - (Mon / Tues) - Far West Marching Band Exhibition - Andrews HS, NC - (After School - Performance at 6pm)

Sept 29 - (Fri) - Away Football Game - FHS @ Pisgah (pep band only)

Sept 30 - (Sat) - Lake Lanier "Tournament of Bands" / Gainesville, GA (All Day)

-----------------OCTOBER 2023-----------------------

Oct. 2 (Mon) - Monday Night Practice 6 - 8:30pm

Oct. 6 (Fri) - Away Football Game - FHS @ N.Henderson (Pep Band)

Oct. 7 (Sat) - "The Gathering" / Douglas County HS / Douglasville, GA (All Day)

Oct. 9 (Mon) - Monday Night Practice 6-8:00pm

Oct 13 (Fri) - Home Football Game - FHS vs Smoky Mtn

Oct. 14 (Sat) - "Jaguar Classic" / New Manchester HS / Douglasville, GA (All Day)

Oct. 16 (Mon) - Last Monday Night Practice! - 6pm - 8pm (Sr. Night)

Oct. 20 (Fri) - Away Football Game - FHS @ W.Henderson (Pep Band)

Oct 21 (Sat) - "Southern Invitational Championships" / Sprayberry HS / Marietta, GA (All Day)

Oct. 27 (Fri) - Away Football Game (FHS @ TC.Roberson) (Pep Band)

-----------------NOVEMBER 2023-----------------------

Nov. 3 (Fri) - Possible Home Playoff Games (for the next 3 weeks!)

Nov. 9-11 (Any Day) - Possible Veteran's Day Performance - Franklin NC

Nov. 26 (Sun) - Franklin Annual Christmas Parade - Uptown - 2pm

----------------DECEMBER 2023------------------------

Dec 2 (Sat) - Highlands / Clayton Christmas Parades - All Day Trips

Dec 4, 5, or 11, 12 - FHS Band Christmas Concert - Day/Time TBA

FHS Marching Panther Regiment Information / FHS Band Calendar of Events



Wed. July 26 - Fri. July 28

Wednesday PERCUSSION Info:  ALL PERCUSSION will attend camp from 9am- 3pm

Wednesday COLORGUARD info:   Colorguard Captains ONLY will attend camp from 9am - 3pm

Wednesday LEADERSHIP TEAM info:  ALL Leadership will attend camp from 9am - 3pm

Thurs. July 27 - 

Fri. July 28, 2023

All ROOKIES/FRESHMAN Report to Camp! - Anyone that has never marched for the Panther Regiment will need to come to camp to learn all the basics you need to have a successful band season! We can not wait to have you join us! You are about to experience the best times of your life... HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND!!

Everyone will be provided lunch! For everyones' safety, NO ONE is allowed to leave during camp times / on any band camp days

Leadership team and drum majors also attend these 2 days, but they will dismiss at 4pm 




 9am - 3pm

 July / August

Mon. July 31 - Through -

Fri. August 4th, 2023

FULL BAND CAMP WEEK 1 - Everyone that wants to be part of this award winning program must be at BOTH weeks of band camp in order to participate!


    All students will receive a band camp registration packet on the first day of camp with the following inside:

1)  Envelope with registration form to till out and return with check (made to FHS Band) or cash payment for fees and uniform supplies

2)  A Stapled packet with the Health Form, Permission Form (To be Notarized), Drug Test Policy, and Band Handbook signature page

3)  A copy of the Band Code of Conduct Handbook

FEES AND SIGNED/NOTARIZED PAPERS ARE DUE BY FRIDAY,!  Please pay as much as possible now so that we can order all supplies needed for the season!

2023 Band Fees / Obligations: (Please remember that you may sign up for a payment plan with the front office for fees.  You NEED TO PAY FOR ITEMS TO BE OREDERD NOW ASAP (Gloves, t-shirt, pants, shoes, etc) so they can arrive in time to perform.  All fees must be paid before November 1st. Notice:   All Band Fees MUST BE PAID before any trip money/deposits can be accepted.

Also, band fees are good for the ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR, and include JAZZ AND CONCERT/SYMPHONIC BANDS for that one price! You definitely get a bargain!

$ 350.00 - Band Fees for the 2023-24 School Year-  Covers ALL music/travel/competition expenses!

$ 85.00 - Freshman / Uniform Pants purchase (and any upper classman that need new bib pants)

$ 25.00 - Band Competition T-shirts - (Required for every competition, away game, and some parades

$ 45.00 - Marching Shoes

$ 5.00 - Per Pair of Marching Gloves (Required in uniform)

(*You may set up a plan for the band fees, but all uniform parts must be ordered ASAP so they arrive in time for our performances!) These need to be paid FIRST.... Fees can be in payment plans :) WE WILL WORK WITH YOU, JUST SPEAK WITH MR. HUCK!!!  

  8:30am - 6pm

Mon. August 7 - 


Fri. August 11

 FULL BAND CAMP WEEK 2 - Everyone is required to be at camp this week in it's entirety :Lunches Provided!!

  8:30 - 6pm

Thurs. Aug 10, 2023

Annual FHS Regiment PARENT EXTRAVAGANZA PERFORMANCE - 5:00pm - (TBA in the Gym)

(*This is our annual parent preview show. Parents have a chance to see what the show is all about, and sign up to help our booster club in concessions, prop building, sewing, painting, etc. We would love to have as many parents involved as possible. We need you for all our competitions from feeding students, helping with props, helping with front ensemble, uniforms, etc...(the more the merrier!)


Tues. Aug. 15 and
Thurs Aug 17, 2023

  FULL Marching Regiment Band PRACTICE in the mornings of Tues/Thurs from 9am-12noon.

  9am - 12 Noon

Fri. Aug 18


 We have a HOME FOOTBALL GAME against Murphy HS today.  We will meet at 5pm for the game

5pm - 11pm

 Tues. Aug. 22 and
Thurs Aug. 24, 2023

FULL MARCHING REGIMENT PRACTICE - Tuesday and Thursday mornings 9am-12noon

9am - 12 noon

Fri. Aug 25

We have a HOME FOOTBALL GAME against Robbinsville HS today.  We will meet at 5pm for the game. 


 5pm - 10pm - game

Mon. Aug. 28

First Day of School / NO Monday Night Practice (they start Sept. 11)


Past Shows Under Mr. Huckabee's Direction:

2002 - An American Fantasy

2003 - Lord of the Rings

2004 - Around the World in 8 Minutes - (2005 Gator Bowl Silver Division Grand Champions!) - Jacksonville, FL

2005 - Pirates of the Caribbean

2006 - Phantom of the Opera

2007 - Imagination: The Music of Dr. Seuss - (2008 Velero Alamo Bowl Silver Division Grand Champions) San Antonio,TX

2008 - "Jack's Twisted Christmas" - from The Nightmare Before Christmas

2009 - Once Upon a Dream: The Music from Disney's Fantasmic

2010 - "Remembrance: A Tribute to Pearl Harbor"

2011 - The Sunday Crossword - (2012 Gator Bowl Silver Division Grand Champions) - Jacksonville, FL

2012 - Believe: The Music of the Polar Express

2013 - The Heist

2014 - We Wanna Rock!

2015 - The Eye of Egypt (AutoZone Liberty Bowl Halftime Performance with country music SuperStar Craig Morgan) Memphis, TN

2016 - Seasons of Love

2017 - Don't Look Under the Bed

2018 - The Traitor

2019 - "The Immortal" - (2020 AllState Sugar Bowl / Jackson Square NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!!) - New Orleans, LA

2020 - " The Greatest Showman" 

2021 - "Coming Home: A Tribute to our Troops"

2022 -  "You Will Remember Me"

2023 -  "Welcome to the Jungle"


Pictured Above: The 2019-2020 Marching Panther Regiment traveled to New Orleans,LA for the 2020 AllState Sugar Bowl. While there, they grabbed all 1st Place Captions (Marching, Music, Auxillary, Drum Major, Percussion, and General Effect) in their Division, and was crowned the Sugar Bowl / Jackson Square performing National Champions (out of all 14 band participants) for the best band performance in New Orleans! Way to represent guys! They were able to participate in a Mardi Gras New Orleans Style masquerade ball (where the awards banquet was held).

Franklin High School's most visible and notable performing group is the FHS Marching Panther Regiment Band. Pictured above, the students and staff members enjoy a day at the beach following several first place awards at the 2012 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida (January 2012). The band has won many other first place awards throughout the southeast, including the 2005 Gator Bowl, the 2008 Valero Alamo Bowl, the 2012 Toyota Gator Bowl, and various other local and regional competitions. The Marching Panther Regiment can be seen various times throughout the fall semester from western and central North Carolina, to Atlanta Georgia and occasional trips to Florida. The band students that register are required to participate in any and all mandatory events, competitions, concerts, parades, etc, as well as attend a MANDATORY summer camp in July.

Congrats to the 2023 Marching Regiment Leadership Team"

Drum Major - Luke Nowak
Executive Assistant - Brayton Kirchman

Marching Coordinators - Claire Ballard, Ethan Moore

Librarian - Brayton Kirchman, Nigella Mangila

Music Coordinators - Harley Caunter, JC Tagge

Equipment Coordinators - Summer Holland, Noah Taylor

Uniform Coordinators - head - Milca Cortes, asst. - Elliott Engleking

Brass Coordinator - Connor Cooper

Woodwind Coordinator - Sarah Springer, Rylee Burke

Instrument Repair Technician - JC Tagge

Custodians - Eli Collins, Guadalupe Hernandez

Band Chaplain - Eli Collins

Hydration Technician - Tony Sanchez-Perez

Historian - Alyssa Ashe, Guadalupe Hernandez, Milca Cortes

Flute Section Leader - Crystal Hernandez

Clarinet Section Leader - Claire Ballard

Alto Sax Section Leader - Tony Sanchez-Perez

Mellophone Section Leader - JC Tagge

Trumpet Section Leader - Kaden Callahan

Baritone Section Leader - Guadalupe Hernandez

Trombone Section Leader - Ethan Moore

Low Reeds and Tuba Section Leader - Bernie Cerri

Front Ensemble Section Leader - Harley Caunter

Battery Head Captain - Jackson Cabe

Upper Battery Section Leader - Elliott Engleking

Bass Section Leader - Jackson Cabe

Colorguard Captain - Maddie Moss, Zoe Riddering

Colorguard Equipment Manager - Sam Pruett


***Thank you to everyone that auditioned!  Thank you to all the judges for coming and helping out during our audition day!  We look forward to having a great year!***