On December 20, the Foley High School Choir is going to be singing at Disney’s Epcot Theme park in their Candlelight Processional. [Read more…]
By Zoe Mornan
Since we are starting to wrap up field season for color guard, I would like to share some of my favorite parts of this year’s season. [Read more…]
A big congratulations to the Mighty Band from Lion Land! [Read more…]
By Cassie Varcoe
Dr. Chris Brown is the choir teacher at Foley High School.
Cassie Varcoe interviewed Dr. Brown recently regarding his teaching and choir experiences.
Q: What was your first job?
A: I have been a music teacher since 1992. My first job was at a large K-2 school in Florida where I taught general elementary music. I did that for almost 10 years.
What college did you graduate from, and what are you degrees in?
I graduated from the University of Mississippi, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education in 199o, University of Mississippi, with a Master’s Degree in Music in 2010, and the University of South Florida with a PhD in Music Education in 2016.
What classes do you teach now?
I teach three sections of Keyboard 1 and three choir classes; Chamber Choir (mixed audition choir), Advanced Women’s Choir, and Women’s Choir.
Do you have a trademark expression?
You’re not allowed to say “I can’t do that” only “I can’t do it YET.”
The best advice you would give to a 20 year old would be:
Pursue your college degree. The statistics show you’ll make more money, the more degrees you have earned. DO WHAT YOU LOVE!
What would you tell someone who wants do choir but is nervous about singing in front of people?
I tell them that their confidence will grow as they learn how to sing AND the great thing about choir is that you’re singing with other people, so you’re never “singled-out,” which also lessons their anxiety.
What would you do if you won the lottery?
I would buy a big fishing boat and fish more and TRAVEL around the world
If you wrote a book, what would it be about?
I have begun writing a book entitled “The Strong Case for Music Education” which details the research on how music education is essential for a child’s development neurologically, socially and aesthetically.
How would your parents describe you when you were 5?
Busy! Always into something…
What is your favorite technology?
I dabble with composing music and using music notation software on the computer. I hope to have something printed and published one day…
Why did you get into teaching choirs?
I LOVE teaching students all four years in High School and watching them grow and develop as musicians, students & citizens. Music is the BEST tool for that!!
By Cameron Freeman
Foley has a football stadium, and it is really big. It has a band section, a concession stand, score boards, seats, an intercom system and more. [Read more…]
Spotify has a new feature which allows you to take or save a photo of a song and look it up in the app. [Read more…]
Congratulations to the students who made officer positions in the Foley High School Marching Band for the 2019-2020 school year!
This past Saturday, February 2nd, was Foley High School Winterguard’s first competitive show of the season. The guard competed in the Regional A level against nine other teams in the circuit and came in second place, one point away from first! The next show Foley Winterguard will be performing for is at Robertsdale High School on Saturday, February 16th.
Foley Band recently sent students to the Troy University Honor Band Clinic. There were five honor bands, which totaled roughly 700 band students from all over the Southeast. [Read more…]
By Sydney H.
On Sunday, January 13, I traveled to New Orleans to see the traveling Broadway production of Les Misérables. As a fairly seasoned Broadway-phile (I’ve seen 22 shows between NYC, New Orleans, and Mobile), I feel entitled to share my experiences with those perhaps less salt and peppery. [Read more…]