The sounds of drums and horns filled the air Saturday morning as the award-winning Franklin Band marched through Fieldstone Farms, giving a parade for the people of Franklin who have enthusiastically supported them.
The band also honored veterans in the neighborhood by performing mini-concerts on the parade route that included military service songs, the Revolutionary War anthem “Chester,” college fight songs, and even “Happy Birthday.” Among the veterans who received private concerts are Army veterans George Sloan and Robert Schloss, who received the Purple Heart; Marine veteran Wayne Goularte; Navy veteran Gary Geithmann; and Air Force veteran Bruce Roholt.
Band director Jacob Campos said, “We are so thankful for the community of Franklin, Tennessee. Everything our band does, from nationally ranked competitions to performances, is because of the community around us. We wanted to give back today in some way to this neighborhood and honor those who have served us in the past and the present.”
The band also filled requests for mini-concerts for veterans who lived outside Fieldstone Farms, pulling up in four school buses before disembarking and playing in front of their homes. Franklin was honored to play “The Marines’ Hymn” for 90-year-old Cliff Steffee, a Korean War veteran who served with the Marines for over 30 years and earned a Purple Heart. Mr. Steffee saluted the band throughout their performance, bringing everyone to tears. Before leaving, every student in the band shook Mr. Steffee’s hand.
Suzy Roholt, HOA Board President, Fieldstone Farms, commented, “What an honor and blessing it was to have the award-winning Franklin High School Marching Band march through our neighborhood as hundreds of residents lined our streets and cheered them on! The gift of a mini-concert at our clubhouse in honor of our veterans who served our great nation was absolutely inspiring. I believe this is the best event that Fieldstone Farms has ever sponsored, and we hope to make this an annual event as we continue to partner with these amazing students.”
About The Franklin Band
The Franklin Band is a seven-time Tennessee marching band Grand Champion, earning the Governor’s Cup for this distinction. At the Bands of America (BOA) Kentucky Regional in September 2019, the band took 2nd in Class AAA and advanced to finals, where they placed 5th overall. Franklin wrapped up its 2019 marching season as Class AAA Champions at the 57th Annual Contest of Champions at MTSU on November 2. The Franklin Band is also a 2014 recipient of the prestigious Sudler Shield, presented by the John Philip Sousa Foundation to high school, youth, and international marching bands of world class excellence. Franklin placed 3rd in class AAA at the Bands of America Grand Nationals Championship in November 2018, finishing 17th in the nation with their semi-finals performance and posting their highest-ever BOA score during prelims. Seven of Franklin’s ensembles have been invited to perform at the Music For All National Festival–Percussion Ensemble and Wind Ensemble (2013), Chamber Music Ensemble (2015), Percussion Ensemble and Saxophone Quartet (2017), and Flute Ensemble and Trombone Ensemble (2019). Franklin’s Wind Ensemble also performed the 2017 Tennessee Bandmasters Hall of Fame Induction Concert at the Tennessee Music Education Association Conference.
The Franklin Band’s 2019 production is titled SymphoniCity and features the music of George Gershwin and Sting. The band is under the direction of Jacob Campos and Briana Vogt.