Concert Reminder

Good Afternoon,

This is a reminder that our first orchestra concert is tomorrow!

Attached is a parking, entrance and seating map. Please remember tomorrows concert is in the main gymnasium. Please be aware other events are taking place at FDHS tomorrow night, so parking may be limited. 

Please remember all audience members school aged or older must wear masks. Families should maintain social distancing in the audience. Masks must remain on while inside the building. 

Our concert program will be digital and can be found on our orchestra page:; we will have a QR code you may scan when entering the building to access the program as well.

3:15-4:00pm: Symphonic and Chamber Orchestra students report to orchestra room/Set-up Gym/Change into uniforms

4:15pm: Symphonic and Chamber Orchestra students move to Gymnasium (leave cases and personal belonging in lockers/orchestra room); Orchestra room will be LOCKED until the end of the concert.

4:30pm: Middle School students will arrive. Students will be seated “next” to a high school student but will have their own stand and will be 3-4 feet apart.

5-6pm: Rehearsal in Gymnasium (Symphonic, Chamber and Middle Schools); Concert Orchestra arrives dressed; report directly to the Gymnasium and put cases to the side of the gym. Sit in the stands upon arrival – please do not disrupt the rehearsal. 

6-6:30pm: Outside Pizza Party for students (weather pending; in cafe if raining – will keep school groups together and not mix groups)

6:45pm: Students In seats (we’ll have the ensembles taped/marked off in the stands, so we don’t mix schools/groups)

7:00pm: Performance begins

Students must stay for the entire performance. 

Students must remember to bring their instruments, music, and all parts of their uniform!

Boys: Tux Pants, Tux Shirt, Bow Tie, Cummerbund, Black Socks, Black Dress Shoes

Girls: Concert Dress, nude/black tights (optional), black dress shoes

We will provide a disposable black mask for all students; students may wear their own black mask if they choose. 

Thank you to all parents who have donated food/drinks for the students! Please remember to drop them off at the FDHS main office tomorrow morning. 

I will be contacting you individually if you volunteered with set-up or clean-up.

If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you, I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow evening!

Mrs. Payne

Solo & Ensemble Date Change


Due to the FCPS change for an extended Thanksgiving break, KMEA has had to move the Solo & Ensemble Event that was originally scheduled for November 20th. 

The event will now be on January 29th at Bryan Station High School. Please mark your calendars accordingly. Permission slips will now be due November 1st. 

If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you!

Mrs. Payne

September Updates

Good Morning,
The Orchestras are off to a great start! I am so impressed with how great the students already sound, and they have demonstrated such hard work within a very short period of time. This is going to be a fabulous year for the Douglass Orchestras!
Congratulations to our students of the month for the month of August; these students have demonstrated leadership, hard work and dedication to the orchestra both in and outside class:
Concert Orchestra: Ashden Hunt
Symphonic Orchestra: Kiara Flores
Chamber Orchestra: Kylie Profitt

Just a few reminders for the upcoming month:
If you have not turned in your orchestra participation form and/or instrument rental contract, please make sure to turn those in ASAP.
Students will be trying on orchestra dresses this week; students who need to purchase a tux will be sent home with instructions on how to measure for the appropriate size. Please return these no later than September 10th. 
Fiddle Club will begin on Friday, September 10th; students must turn in their permission slip to participate by Thursday, September 9th.
All-State Registration is due September 17th (Chamber Orchestra and select Symphonic members only). 
Mentoring at EJHayes and Crawford MS have been put on hold due to increased student Covid cases and quarantines at the middle schools; we will plan to begin in October if possible – students interested in being a mentor should turn in their permission slips before October 1st.
Solo and Ensemble permission slips are due October 13th.
The October 15th Chili and Arts Night has been postponed; we will update you when a new date has been selected.The first playing test is due on Canvas by September 10th; students should record playing tests before school, after-school, or at home. If you plan to record before or after-school, please let me know a head of time. 
If you have any questions/concerns please let me know.
Thank you!
Mrs. Payne

August Updates

Good Afternoon!
I hope everyone is settling in to the return of school.
Just some reminders:
Students should be bringing instruments to school for class – we are/have been playing!
Students received a handbook; please review this information.
Please return:Participation Contract$25 Class FeeRental Contracts ( for students renting a FDHS instrument)$25 Rental Fee  (for students renting a FDHS instrument)
$55 Uniform Fee (only for new purchases)
Students need a 3-ringed binder for class with 8 page dividers.Students need a clip-on tuner for class. These can be purchased for $10.
If you are on Fee Waiver or need assistance with any of the above items, please let me know.
Students in CKYO may use their dress/tux from CKYO instead of purchasing one from the school.
If you have any questions/concerns, please let me know. Have a wonderful week!