Francis Howell North Bands


7th Annual Trivia Night


The FHN Band Boosters' 7th annual Trivia Night will be held on Saturday, January 17 with trivia

beginning at 7:00pm and doors opening at 6:15pm.As it was last year, the event will be held at

the Professional Firefighters of Eastern Missouri Hall that is located at 115 McMenamy Rd. in

St Peters, MO 63376.


Steve Willott has a new email address set up for reservations ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) but

would like to seek out at least one other band parent who would be interested in helping with

reservations (such as handling calls for reservations or information), co-organizing, etc. This is a fairly

quick event to organize and is a lot of fun!


Band parents are encouraged to begin organizing tables to compete. Note that this is an event for

ages 21 and over.


Parents and students are encouraged to begin organizing items for raffle baskets (including gift cards

and lottery tickets). Consider ordering an extra card or two from scrip pickup to donate to this event!


As for sponsors for rounds of trivia, for now, just begin brainstorming for ideas on who you might

approach to sponsor a round (think dentist, insurance agent, music store, etc.) A flyer will be sent

out at a later date for people to use in approaching potential sponsors for rounds. Last year, for a

fixed amount, businesses and individuals could pay to sponsor a round and that got a business their

logo on the paperwork for that round, the opportunity to have business cards or other material on the

tables, and their name announced during the round). We will do something similar this year, so watch

for the informational flyer to come out soon.


As for the silent auction items, we will do some organizing through the FHN KnightPride 2014 Facebook

page so that sports teams or businesses are not approached multiple times for the same event/donation.

If you have other ideas to help us avoid making multiple requests to organizations, let Steve Willott

know at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (after all, maybe someone out there

has a better way to keep an organized list like that).


On the night of the event, we will also need some volunteers to help set up, handle group check-in,

gather answer sheets, and score the answer sheets. More information on that will come out in the

future, likely through sign-up genius.




Steven Willott
National Board Certified Math Teacher
NEA Member
Francis Howell North High School
2549 Hackmann Road
St. Charles, MO 63303
school phone: (636) 851-4900
voice mail: (636) 851-5095
new web page:




FHNBBA Handbook

The 2014-15 Handbook is available to download from the website. It has information about FHNBBA,

it's by-laws and committees; as well as ; planned activities, the Knightpride schedule,

info on contest etiquette and more.

We thank Peggy Cradick for updating the handbook.


Congratulations to all of our State

Solo & Ensemble Participants

39 students from Francis Howell North were invited to compete last week end

in Columbia Missouri. The number of accomplished musicians in our program is

truly remarkable and for all of them it was an honor to participate. 19 of our students

received a superior rating of 1.  We honor your achievements and wish you continued

success in all of your musical endeavors.

The superior rating recipients are:

Samantha Oelklaus, Hannah Weber, Erin Rhomberg, Matthew Schneider,

Deanna Hyde, Aiza Bustos, Sarah Shepard, Rachel Leimkuehler, Michael

Lindsey, Sean Rhomberg, Simon Hart, Pat Cradick, Luke Mayerhoefer,

Dan Livingstone, Matt VanCoutren, Emily Rush, Brandon Vestal, Zoe Willott,

and Berlyn Johnson  .

Way to Go!  We are all so proud of you!

Jeff Moorman

and the Francis Howell North Band Booster Board and Parents



Update on the 2014 Winter Guard


The Francis Howell North Winter Guard proudly presents their 2014 program entitled "Unrequited".

Using the iconic Dolly Parton song "I Will Always Love You" made famous by Whitney Houston, the

guard takes audiences through the journey of Love that is not returned. Local St. Louis artist Emily

Wallace lends her amazing voice to this year's soundtrack which has received rave reviews from fans

and judges throughout the midwest.

The winter guard is a 2013 WGI World Championships Scholastic Open Class finalist and thus far in 2014,

has been named the Scholastic Open Class Champion at the WGI St. Louis, Indianapolis and Kansas City

Regionals. In addition they are the 2014 Mid East Regional Champions.

Our Congratulations to the Winter Guard.



Hello Everyone!  Here is an update on Winter Drumline

The 2014 Drum line show is entitled "Moments of Truth". The drum line members have been working hard, but due to the weather, many practices have been canceled. Our trip to Indy was challenging and eventful because of the snowstorm. Thanks to the efforts of parents and the wonderful cooperation of the drum line members we had a great weekend. We have three more MCCGA competitions and everyone is looking forward to our  WGI trip to Dayton, OH.

3/15/14 Hillsboro

3/22/14 O'Fallon, IL

3/29/14 Ozark, MCCGA Championships

4/9-11/14 WGI Championships

Cymbals: Pit

Sam Baalmann                      Michael Beaver

Tanner Gunnett                    Liz Busby

Abby Hinman                       Molli Cannon

Alex Raster                       Zoe Willott

Daniel Mulawa                     Marty Aubuchon

Ethan Aylesworth

Tenor Drum:                       Ethan Slaughter

Andrew Witte                      August Wise

Bass Drum:                        Snare Drum:

Matt VanCoutren                   Hannah Weber

Daycia Cameron                    Jacob Elfrank

Brandon Crump

Jacob Linter

Directors: Aaron Robertson, Taylor Stanton, Andy Filipiak





New Record Numbers for Solo and Ensemble Performances

This past weekend 50 solos and/or ensembles performed at Fort Zumwalt East H.S. from our Band program.

I am proud to announce that 39 of our students achieved a Superior Rating and are going to the State in May.  This is a new record for FHN and the 7th year in a row we have increased this number!

Jeff Moormann

Here are the following students and their accomplishments of 57 total Superior Ratings:

Michael Lindsey - 3 Superior

Matt Schneider - 3 Superior

Brandon Vestal - 3 Superior

Kevin Balch - 2 Superior

Patrick Cradick - 2 Superior

Simon Hart - 2 Superior

Dan Livingstone - 2 Superior

Dan Mulawa - 2 Superior

Patrick Medlin - 2 Superior

Sam Oelklaus - 2 Superior

Erin Rhomberg - 2 Superior

Sean Rhomberg - 2 Superior

Sarah Shepard - 2 Superior

Courtney Vishy - 2 Superior

Matt VanCoutren - 2 Superior

Hannah Weber - 2 Superior

One Superior Rating Each:

Marty Aubuchon

Alex Bishop

Liz Busby

Aiza Bustos

Madeline Corrao

Tanner Gunnett

Emily Grueter

Abby Hinman

Dan House

Catherine House

Deanna Hyde

Brad Kruse

Berlyn Johnson

Rachael Leimkuehler

Jacob Lesinski

Noah Marcum

Liz Mayer

Luke Mayerhoefer

Nick Opich

Paul Rieger

Emily Rish

Zoe Willott


State and District Honors Band

Earlier this year, we  broke another record and had 20 spots earned in the District Honors Band  by 17 students. Last year it was 14 students. All 17 were invited to play at the District Honors Band performance at Chaminade High School.  Later, they applied by taped audition to be included in the State Honors Band and 7 students were honored.  Congratulations to all of these young musician.

State Honors Band Recipients

Erin Rhomberg- Clarinet

Deanna Hyde – Clarinet

Sam Oelklaus- Bass Clarinet Alternate

Matt Schneider- Alto Saxophone Alternate

State Honors Jazz Band

Brandon Vestal - Bari Sax

Michael Lindsey - Trombone

Simon Hart- Bass Trombone Alternate


District Honors Band

Concert Band

Erin Rhomberg 4th Clarinet

Deanna Hyde 10th Clarinet

Sam Oelklaus 1st Bass Clarinet

Matt Schneider 1st Alto Saxophone

Brandon Vestal 1st Tenor Saxophone (choose Jazz)

Matt Vancoutren 2nd Tenor Saxophone

Brandon Vestal 1st Baritone Saxophone (choose Jazz)

Catherine House 3rd Trumpet

Abby Hinman 6th Trumpet

Nick Opich 8th Trumpet

Patrick Cradick 6th Trombone

Patrick Medlin 2nmd Tuba

Brad Kruse 8th French Horn

Michael Lindsey 5th Trombone (choose Jazz)

Kevin Balch Alternate Percussion Option II

Jazz Band

Brandon Vestal 1st Bari Sax

Michael Lindsey 1st Trombone

Sean Rhomberg Alternate Trombone

Simon Hart 1st Bass Trombone

Brenden Eckert 1st Guitar






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