Band Q & A

20-21 Bartlett Bulldog Band

Questions & Answers


Hello Bulldog Family,


My name is Mr. Fisher and I have the extreme honor and privilege of being the Band Director for the Bartlett Bulldog Bands. I am very excited to be here in Bartlett and help take our band program to the next level. I am beginning my 8th year as a band director, with almost all of those years being in small schools. I was born and raised in Arlington, Texas. I graduated with my undergraduate degree from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas, and I am a brass player through and through. But I also know “a thing or two” about woodwinds and percussion. My wife, Mrs. Fisher, will be helping out with the High School Band this year and also working in the elementary school as the Elementary Music Teacher. We have been married for over 11 years and music is still as big a part of our lives now as it has ever been.  


It is a very exciting time to be a member of the band. Whether you were in band this past school year or it has been a few years since, there is still a spot for you in one of the bands.  Hopefully this series of questions and answers will help you decide to join band again or for the very first time.


Q&A

Q: Is it too late to join the high school band for this school year?

A: No, but you need to hurry. We have band camp from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Monday through Thursday until school starts on September 8th. But again, you need to HURRY!


Q: What grades are eligible to be in High School Band?

A: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders are eligible to join high school band.


Q: What if I have never played an instrument before? 

A: We are offering a class this year called Instrumental Ensemble and this is the class where you can receive one on one or small group instruction to help you learn how to play one of the band instruments and how to read music. This is a very fast paced class so that we can get you into high school band as early as the following semester.



Q: What about 7th graders?

A: 7th graders are eligible to be members of the Junior High Band. This is a smaller band due to only having 7th graders. However, this is where we move beyond learning about the instrument, how to play it and really learn how to play as a band. If you played in 6th grade band last year and you are not sure you were on the correct instrument, you will have the opportunity to retry instruments and use this year as a “reboot year”. This will be a fast paced class with lots to do. But, if you are willing to put in the time, then you will find a place here in the band. 


Q: When do the bands perform?

A: High School Band performs at all pep rallies, football games, two end of semester concerts, Fall UIL Marching Contest, Spring UIL Concert Contest and other opportunities that come available. Junior High Band and Beginner Band performs two end of semester concerts, Spring Band Contest, and other opportunities that come available.


Q: Do I need to own my own instrument?

A: If you want to be a member of the band and you need an instrument, we will do our best to find one for you. However, if you play a small instrument such as Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet or Trombone and you want to purchase your own instrument, please contact the director and we will help you find the right instrument for you. 


Q: Does it cost anything to be a member of the band?

A: Yes, there is a band fee for each band and those will be handed out at the beginning of the school year or marching season depending on what band the student is a member of. 


If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with them and I will get you an answer as quickly as I can. I cannot wait to meet each member of the band program and begin building a true family atmosphere. 


Musically,

Mr. Fisher

Bartlett Bulldog Bands Director

mfisher@bartlett.txed.net