Instrumental arts opportunities are available to all of our students beginning in kindergarten. In our lower school, students learn about instruments through enrichments, and by the time they enter middle school, they have knowledge of multiple instruments and music.
Our middle school students may choose to participate in band or in the choir, and in upper school, students participate in band, jazz ensemble, pep band, or Blue Thunder drum line.
The Blue Thunder Drum Line brings dynamic sound and energy to pep rallies, concerts, and school events. Students learn musical classics that have been adapted for drum performance and experiment with new compositions created for drums and percussion.
The Panther Pep Band is an extracurricular group that performs at all home football games and upper school pep rallies. Known for its high energy entertainment and great sound, The Pep Band takes pride in performing for the Panthers.
The FRA Jazz Ensemble provides musicians an opportunity to study and perform jazz and popular music, as well as chamber music. FRA bands perform in two school concerts each year, delighting audiences with their talent and sincere enjoyment of the art of instrumental performance.
The Fifth and Sixth Grade Beginner Bands provide a foundation for students to discover their passion for playing an instrument. Seventh and Eighth Grade Advanced Band develops a deeper sense of understanding and appreciation for a variety of musical genres.