Fine Arts Department
Founded in 1919 by Jack Wainwright, the Fostoria High School Band was among the first school bands in the nation to be offered for curricular credit. Four years later, the band was named National Champions in the first national high school band competition. Fostoria played host to the 1924 competition, and Mr. Wainwright and the band had another successful performance placing second. The tradition of the Fostoria High School Band continues today. The Fostoria Redmen Pride Marching Band can be found throughout Fostoria and surrounding areas, providing entertainment not only on fall Friday nights, but at many community events and special occasions. Sitting high above the court during basketball season, the Redmen Pep Band can be found rockin’ the gym and bringing some heat to the cold winter months.
Winners of the 1923 National Championship, the Fostoria High School Concert Band has set a high standard of excellence that includes multiple Superior ratings at OMEA adjudicated events. The Concert band performs many concerts during the school year mostly in the beautiful Fostoria High School Performing Arts Center. The concert schedule consists of a variety of music from many different genres and time periods, from traditional holiday music in December to the best of pop music in the spring and everything in between.
Small ensembles and chamber groups are at the cornerstone of the Fostoria High School Band program. Every band member is an active participant in at least one small ensemble. Our annual recital concert features these ensembles in a unique concert setting. These ensembles are active participants at OMEA solo and ensemble events and can be found performing throughout the year.
When it’s time to swing, Park Avenue Jazz Orchestra has it covered. Playing music from a variety of styles, they can be found performing gigs around the tri-county area and on many of the school concerts.
If you have any questions about bands at Fostoria High School, please email our directors or call the band office at (419) 436-4117.
FHS Band Department Used Instrument Drive
One of the goals of the Fostoria Schools’ band department is that no child will be denied access to the band program due to the inability to obtain their own instrument. To help these students, we are renting instruments that have been donated to the band over the years. If a family cannot afford a traditional instrument rental (typically $25-50/mo.), they can apply to use one of our school instruments for a fee of $50 for the year (a payment schedule is available). This fee helps cover the cost of maintaining the instruments but is still affordable for most of our families.
To address the need for more instruments, we are asking people from Fostoria and surrounding communities to donate their used band instruments for use by our students. Donors will be given a letter acknowledging their donation that includes the approximate value of the instrument. Any used instrument will be accepted, regardless of condition. Broken instruments can usually be fixed, and those that cannot be fixed may be used for parts.
If you, or someone you know, has an instrument that is collecting dust in the closet or the attic, please consider donating it so that all of our students have the opportunity to play in the Fostoria City Schools band.
The Choral Department is made up of 4 choirs:
The Concert Choir meets 1st period and is a non-auditioned choir. Students are encouraged to join this ensemble if they’re new to the high-school, or new to singing. Basic musicianship skills, sight-singing, and four-part singing are introduced.
The Chamber Choir is the Auditioned Ensemble for the High School. Students are selected for this ensemble-based off of the teacher and peer recommendation, as well as: Sight-reading ability, knowledge of musicianship skills, and a passion for singing! This choir focuses on sight-reading, learns all styles of music, and prepares for OMEA Large Group Contest and will perform regularly throughout surrounding communities at numerous events.
The Junior High Choir is made up of 7th and 8th-grade singers. No audition is necessary although the students have to recommended by their elementary music teacher in order to be accepted as a 7th grader. In JH Choir, students begin with the basics of solfege, sight-singing, and music reading. Students will also learn various styles of music.
The Tribe is an After-School group made up of 17 members. The Tribe is considered the highest level of difficulty in terms of responsibility, music, and reputation. Students will also compete in the Solo and Ensemble contest as well as performing regularly and frequently.