TRADITION. INNOVATION. EXCELLENCE.
Since 1928 the Fenton Area Public Schools instrumental music program has been a point of pride for the school district, city and community of Fenton, Michigan. Our students develop a tremendous work ethic to carry on that tradition with each new band year. As the Fenton Band Program continues to move in new directions in music making, we look back on the past with pride and respect, and we reach for the future with new goals and determination.
It is the mission of the Fenton Area Public Schools and the Fenton Music Department, as an innovative leader in providing quality and equitable education, to develop all individuals to their highest potential for living in an ever changing world. All students involved in our program will be pushed and stretched to reach and obtain their goals.
The Fenton Band Program is large and varied, and offers something for anyone interested in music. We want all students to succeed, and we know that they can only do that when we push them to new limits, experiences and expectations. The Band Program achieves success year after year because of the many people who contribute to the effort. Our students, parents, staff, and administrators work together to create the magic that has become the Fenton Band Program.
In the Fenton Music Department we believe in developing holistic musicianship, including ear training, music theory, music history and composition, as well as performing at the highest level. The instrumental music program provides this development through many performing ensembles beginning in 6th grade and continuing into high school, including the Fenton Marching Tigers, The Jazz Orchestra, and The Symphonic Band. The student leadership program offers the opportunities for students to develop skills in organization as well as interpersonal skills. We encourage our students to study privately and to stretch themselves in new directions. Our program provides the vehicle through which our students may excel.
Andrew David Perkins has been with Fenton Schools since 2002. He holds a specialist certificate in Orchestration from the Berklee College of Music, a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Michigan State University. An active arranger, composer and conductor, Mr. Perkins is a regular guest clinician and educator nationally and abroad. Perkins orchestral training began in Rochester Schools and accelerated at the Interlochen Arts Academy. He spent five years as a member of the MSU Spartan Marching Band as well as several seasons as a marching member and conductor of the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps from Rockford, Illinois. Perkins has served as an adjunct professor of Film Scoring at Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan, and additionally serves as the Music Director and Conductor of the Fenton Community Orchestra. Mr. Perkins is a member of the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). His compositions are available at www.andrewdavidperkins.com