Hello all,

Below is an email from Michael Berning, band director of Kettering Fairmont High School and the Carillon Park Concert Band, a summer performance opportunity for students CURRENTLY in grades 8-12.

THIS IS A TERRIFIC WAY TO KEEP UP YOUR PLAYING CHOPS IN A FUN, EDUCATIONAL SETTING! I have included the registration forms in an email that was sent home, and you can find the audition music in the LHS Handouts folder in Charms (I can also print those out at school). 

Check it out!

Each summer for the past 71 years there has been a summer concert band for high school students in the Miami Valley. The Carillon Park Concert Band (CPCB) is the current evolution of the band that dates back to the original NCR Band and is sponsored by Dayton History. The band will continue to perform a series of outdoor concerts at various locations in the Greater Dayton area, beginning Memorial Day and ending in early July. This is my 11th year as the director and I know for certain what a great opportunity this is for our students. Last year we had over 110 musicians in the band from 24 local schools. I hope we can continue to increase the membership and musicianship of the band this summer.

The Carillon Concert Band is the ideal summer experience for:

  •   Students who don’t participate in marching band – keep them playing!

  •   Students who march with other instruments keep their concert horn on their face!

  •   Younger students who can grow from a good high school level ensemble experience

  •   Any band student who just can’t get enough band music!

    Membership in the Carillon Park Concert Band is open to students who are CURRENTLY in grades 8 thru 12. Current 8th graders who wish to participate should be capable of performing with a high school level band. Rehearsals will be held at the Kettering Fairmont Performing Arts Center in the band room. The band room is air conditioned.

    The musical emphasis is on developing and improving sight-reading and performance skills in a relaxed rehearsal atmosphere. Music performed is mostly Grade 3 and Grade 4 level and the students will perform 20- 25 selections each season. The band will perform traditional marches, light classical selections, show tunes and other music suitable for outdoor concerts. In past seasons I have attempted to provide some challenge, some fun, and some traditional band literature on every concert. I expect to program similar literature this summer.

    I hope you will encourage your students to consider trying out for the Carillon Park Concert Band this summer. I have included a poster for your band room and a number of flyers. Please contact me if you would like additional information.
    To set up an audition, students should e-mail me at CarillonParkBand@gmail.com Thanks for your continued support of the band. If you have questions, please feel free to e-mail or call me.

    Sincerely,

    Michael Berning
    Fairmont High School
    3301 Shroyer Rd.
    Kettering, Ohio 45429 (937)499-1647 CarillonParkBand@gmail.com