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.