The Bands of Fayette County High School
Located approximately twenty miles south of downtown Atlanta, Fayetteville is the home of the Fayette County High School Band. Established in 1925, FCHS was the first of five high schools in Fayette county and has been named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and a Georgia School of Excellence. With a school population of approximately 1290 students, the band is the largest and most visible activity at FCHS and consists of three concert bands, marching band, winter guard, jazz band, and several chamber ensembles. Approximately one in every six students at the school participates in the band program.
Since its inception, the Fayette County Wind Ensemble has only received Superior ratings at the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) Large Group Performance Evaluation. The ensemble has recently performed at the 2013 University of Alabama Honor Band Festival, 2012 Kennesaw State University Concert Band Invitational, 2011 University of South Carolina Honor Band Festival, 2010 University of Georgia January High School Music Festival, and the 2009 and 2005 Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conferences in Savannah. The ensemble has also performed at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana on three occasions. The FCHS Brass Quintet performed at the 2014 GMEA In-Service Conference in Savannah. Students have been actively involved in the Georgia All-State Bands and Orchestras, the Governor’s Honors Program, and various enrichment ensembles throughout the metropolitan Atlanta area.
The Marching Tiger Band is a consistent finalist at Bands of America Regional Championships and has won numerous Grand and Class Championships and Caption Awards at area contests. The band has most recently performed in the 2015 Florida Citrus Parade in Orlando this past December as well as the Waikiki Holiday Parade in Honolulu, Hawaii (2012), the New Year's Day Parade in London, England (2009, 2005), the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California (2007), and the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia (2000). The marching band will celebrate its 50th year during the 2016-2017 school year.
The Fayette band program is supported by a network of parents who provide tremendous financial, physical, and moral support throughout the year.