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It's been a long, long time since my last Blog entry.  That is a thing of the past!  I will updating my blog more often as part of my "welcome back" tour!  It was a year ago that I was released after a month in the hospital, completely missing the beginning of the school year.  I am only now beginning to catch up.  Updating my website, and this blog, is one of the final steps to "catching up" to where I feel I should have been, and all of these resources will be availale to our community.  I hope that you check back often!

Mr. Spang

Posted By Mr. Spang

It's 2012-2013, the tenth anniversary of Folly Quarter Middle School!  What an amazing 10 years it has been, and we have the possibility to have our greatest year, yet!  I had the honor of opening Folly Quarter 10 years ago and work with some amazing students, interns, guest artists, composers, parents, colleagues, and innumerous just plain great human beings.  Here are a few things to look forward to this coming year:

Special work commemerating Folly Quarter's 10th Anniversary!

An incredible new schedule that could allow us to be better than we have ever been before!

Top notch guest clinicians and artists to work with our students!

Guest soloists to perform with our ensembles!

No Practice Logs!  No, seriously, no practice logs!

So, before I sign off, I should mention that you will not need an instrument on the first day of school.  I can't wait to get started!

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It's 2011-2012, and things are exciting and new.  We've added a Fall Concert, which has kept me so busy that I have neglected my blog until this point!  Our concert went GREAT and I am so proud of how the kids played.  I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the kids who played my own composition, "Echoes," and did a fantastic job.


We are in the midst of preparing for our Winter Concerts which are coming right up, and the bands are just sounding better and better!


We are truly blessed to have a student teacher from the University of Maryland School of Music this year.  Maggie Shorb has been present at all our performances and many after school ensemble rehearsals.  Come Spring, she will be with us full time as she prepares for a career as a music educator.  I can tell you, she will be a fantastic one!


Under what else is new, I would have to say that I am glad to say that the FQMS Trombone Choir has returned and, although small, is growing and sounding great!


Signing off for now, and promising to be back soon,

Mr. Spang

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It would be GREAT if you and/or family could attend one or more of the upcoming performances.  They are all AMAZING opportunities for you to hear OUTSTANDING musicians!  —Mr. Spang


U.S. Navy Band

Friday, December 2, 2011 @ 7:30pm

River Hill High School Auditorium


The US Navy Band is one of the elite concert bands in the entire world and they performing right in our neighborhood!  Their winter concert at River Hill always has excellent repertoire and is a lot of fun to listen to … and it’s FREE.  The whole family will enjoy it!


I am really bummed that I can't make this concert myself, as I will be attending a difference performance with my family up in Westminster, Maryland, but I sure hope that many of our FQMS band students and families take advantage of such a great concert!


Lyric Brass at Emmanuel

Sunday, December 4, 2011 @ 3:00pm

Emmanuel United Methodist Church

10755 Scaggsville Road, Laurel, Maryland 20723


The Lyric Brass play a Christmas recital at Emmanuel UMC in Laurel.  This is an excellent opportunity to brass playing of the highest level, and fun for everyone regardless of religion or instrument.  The Lyric Brass musicians are members of the premier military bands in Washington DC, faculty at the Peabody Conservatory, and Mr. Spang on tuba.  The recital will be about an hour in length and FREE.  (A free-will offering will be taken to benefit the Music Ministry at Emmanuel.)  Great for the whole family!

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As Friday approaches and I try to keep up with the paperwork, I can take a moment to reflect on how hard my students have been working and how much they have grown and accomplished!  With so many students going to the Maryland State Solo & Ensemble Festival and getting "I" ("Superior") and "II" ("Excellent") ratings, I couldn't be prouder.  When our Gold Jazz Band made its debut appearance at the Westminster Flower & Jazz Festival and were so well received that they were immediately asked to return next year. We had a great performance by our Symphonic Band at Middle School Band Assessments and by the Concert Band at the MS Band AdjudicationsWhew!  In there we also had the Enrichment Fair, two GREAT Spring Concerts, a visit by our commissioned composer and the World Premiere Performance of Brian Drake's "Soaring," written especially for the FQMS Symphonic Band.  Oh ... yeah ... and we're headed to Hershey Park this Friday!  Stay tuned for more good news!




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