Chris Fairchild, Band DirectorMr. Fairchild, Band DirectorMr. Christopher Fairchild is Harmony's current band director, since the 2017-18 school year. He is a graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas, Virginia and received his Bachelors of Music Education and Masters of Conducting degrees from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. Mr. Fairchild is in his 24th year of teaching, and in his third year at Harmony Middle School. Under his direction, the Symphonic Band has performed at VBODA Grade IV at Concert Assessment and received only Excellent and Superior ratings. In 2018, The Harmony Jazz Ensemble received a Superior rating at the LCPS Jazz Assessment, and received further distinction as the Best Overall Ensemble. At the 2018 Musicale Festival in Williamsburg, the Harmony Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Symphonic Band all received Superior ratings and first place in their competitive divisions. The Symphonic Band received further distinction as the Grand Champion of the festival. In 2019, the Harmony Symphonic Band performed at VBODA Grade IV at the District XVI Concert Assessment and the Music in the Parks Festival in Hershey, PA, receiving Superior ratings at both festivals. The Symphonic Band received further distinction as the First Place winner in the Concert Band 1 division at Music in the Parks. From 2008-2017, Mr. Fairchild served as the band director at James Wood Middle School in Frederick County, Virginia. During his tenure, the band program nearly doubled in size and maintained high levels of performance. Under his direction, the James Wood Middle School bands received only excellent and superior ratings at assessment, festival, and competition performances. The Symphonic Band consistently performed at VBODA Grade IV at Concert Assessment, and received five Superior ratings. At the Music in the Parks Festival in Hershey, PA, the Symphonic Band performed only at Grades IV and V, received eight Superior ratings, won first place in their division all nine years, and was named the Best Overall Middle School Band in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016. Prior to teaching at James Wood Middle School, Mr. Fairchild was the assistant band director at Daniel Morgan Middle School in Winchester, Virginia. During that time he also taught music theory and clarinet at Shenandoah University. Mr. Fairchild has worked as a guest director with the Fauquier County Band Camp from 2009-2014 and 2017 as the camp band director, served as a guest director with the Frederick County Band Camp in 2018 and 2019 as the camp band director, was the guest clinician for the Shenandoah County All-County Band in 2016 and 2018, directed the District IX All-District Band in 2017, and directed the Fauquier/Rappahannock/Culpepper Tri-County Middle School Band in 2019. He served as the administrator for the Frederick County Band Camp from 2014 to 2017, and now serves as the camp administrator for the Western Loudoun Band Camp. Mr. Fairchild has also served as an adjudicator for Solo and Ensemble Festival multiple times in Districts IX and XIV, and has adjudicated at Concert Band Assessment in Districts V, VI, and IX. Mr. Fairchild was named the James Wood Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2016.Staying Informed
I post my assignments in Google Classroom. All playing tests and required rehearsals/performances will be posted. The calendar is available below.
Parents, you can receive Guardian Summaries from Classroom about your child's progress. If you have not received an invitation from me within the first full week of school with your child's name and mine on it, please email me.
Grades are posted in Phoenix, which you can access through ParentVue
Did you forget when an assignment was due? When is the next band concert or district band event? Check here, a calendar will be posted shortly.
Parents and Students, you can sync my classroom calendar to the one on your phone or other personal device. Please email me to the calendar information that you will need. I will be glad to share it.
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- 2019-20 Band Calendar
- Symphonic Band Exercises
- Concert Band Exercises
- Beginning Band Exercises
- Links to recordings of pieces we are working on
- This folder is Public, so anyone can access!