Instrumental Music

Middle School Band
 Blue Thunder Drum Line
The middle school band program begins with the Fifth and Sixth Grade Beginner Bands and provides a foundation for students to discover their passion for playing an instrument and for performing as part of a committed ensemble of musicians. Students progress to the Seventh and Eighth Grade Advanced Band and develop a deeper sense of understanding and appreciation for a variety of musical genres and periods of music. Students are eligible to participate in MTSBOA Solo and Ensemble Festival, as well as All Mid-State auditions.

The Blue Thunder Drumline began performing in 2013, bringing a dynamic sound and energy to pep rallies, open house events, assemblies, and concert performances. Dedicated practices allow for students to learn both musical classics which have been adapted for drum performance, as well as to experiment with newer compositions that have been created especially for percussion and drums.
Jazz Ensemble
Panther Pep Band

The FRA Jazz Ensemble provides musicians an opportunity to study and perform jazz and popular music, as well as chamber music. Instruction is provided in tone production, rhythm, style, concept, listening skills, music history, and improvisation. By studying a variety of musical styles, students acquire a deeper understanding and appreciation for the aesthetic qualities of music. FRA bands perform in two school concerts each year, delighting audiences with their award-winning talent and sincere enjoyment of the art of instrumental performance. Over the past decade, the FRA Jazz Ensemble has competed in numerous jazz festivals earning superior ratings. The jazz ensemble was recognized as "best in class" and awarded the superior award at Disney's Jazz Celebration Festival in Orlando, Florida. The band has also competed at Music Fest Orlando and Festival Disney. Members of the Jazz Ensemble earn All Midstate Band and All State Band selection each year, and many former members of the jazz ensemble have chosen to continue their music study at the university level.
The Panther Pep Band is an extracurricular group that performs at all home football games and upper school pep rallies. The Panther Pep Band is known for its high energy entertainment and great sound. The band takes pride in performing for our FRA family.