Flat Rock Middle School Bands
Enriching Lives Daily Through Music!
Matthew D. Price, Director
About Us

The FRMS Band program consists of 200 members and is under the direction of Mr. Matthew Price. The teaching staff includes one head director who also receives assistance from the Sandy Creek High School directors. Sixth grade band students are divided into Advanced and Intermediate/Beginning Band classes. Students in the 7th and 8th grade are divided into Symphonic or Concert Band by audition. These performing ensembles are ability-based. In addition to daily grade level rehearsals, the ensembles meet once a week after school as a full band. Flat Rock bands perform at school concerts, assemblies, regional and national concert band festivals, community events, and athletic events throughout the year. 


The Flat Rock Symphonic Band has been invited to be a featured performing ensemble at the 2003 National Middle School Band Conference, the 2004, 2013, and 2016 Southeastern United States Band Clinic at Troy University, the signing of the 2004 HOPE Scholarship Legislation with Governor Sonny Purdue presiding, the 2007, 2014, and 2018 Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference, the 2009, 2012, and 2016 University of Georgia Midfest Band Festival, the 2015 Music for All Southeastern Regional Band Clinic at Georgia State University, the 2016 University of Alabama Honor Band Festival, the 2016 Reinhardt University Band Clinic, and the opening of the 2016 Georgia General Assembly with Nathan Deal presiding. Flat Rock bands have consistently received Superior ratings at GMEA Performance Evaluation, the All-Star Music Festival, and the Carowinds Band Festival for the last 20 years. The band has also performed at Walt Disney World and Six Flags Over Georgia. Over the years, FRMS band students have consistently participated in the Georgia All-State Band, the GMEA District VI Honor Band, the John Phillip Sousa MS Honor Band, the UGA Midfest Honor Band, and the GMEA Solo/Ensemble Festival.  The Flat Rock Band program strives to provide as many educational experiences as possible in order to provide an enriching curriculum for all students.  The typical FRMS band student is taught to understand that band and life are defined by a series of characteristics:  Practice, presence, promptness, preparedness, and participation.  We are unyielding in our quest to attain musical and academic excellence every minute of every hour of every day. 

2015-2016 Accomplishments

  • The FRMS Symphonic Band was performed for the Georgia General Assembly with Governor Nathan Deal presiding. 
  • The Symphonic Band produced a recording worthy of receiving invitations to play at the UGA Midfest Band Clinic, the University of Alabama Honor Band Clinic, and the Reinhardt Band Clinic.
  • 32 students made the District 6 GMEA Honor Band.
  • 5 students made the GMEA All State Band.
  • 28 students participated in and received superior ratings at GMEA Solo and Ensemble. 
  • The Symphonic Band and Concert Band received SUPERIOR ratings at the GMEA District 6 Large Group Performance Evaluation with straight A's on stage.   
  • The majority of our 8th grade students are continuing with band in high school.
  • The 6th Grade Beginning Band Competed at the Music In the Parks Contest at Six Flags and received the 3rd highest score out of 18 middle and high school bands from around the country!



2014-2015 Accomplishments

    • The FRMS Symphonic Band was a featured exemplary performing ensemble at The Music For All Southeastern Regional at Georgia State University.  The band submitted competitive recordings to receive invitations to these extremely prestigious events.
    • 21 students made the District 6 GMEA Honor Band.
    • 1 student made the GMEA All State Band.
    • Flat Rock hosted District Honor Band for the fourth time…Rave reviews for our strong parent organization.
    • 25 students participated in and received superior ratings at GMEA Solo and Ensemble. 
    • All 3 bands (Symphonic, Concert, and 6th Grade Advanced) received straight SUPERIOR ratings at the GMEA District 6 Large Group Performance Evaluation with straight A's on stage.   
    • Students were selected to perform at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.
    • Mr. Price received the National Band Association’s prestigious Citation of Excellence for outstanding contribution to bands and band music.
    • The majority of our 8th grade students are continuing with band in high school.
    • The 6th Grade Beginning Band Competed at the Music In the Parks Contest at Six Flags and received the highest score out of 15 middle and high school bands from around the country!


2013-2014 Accomplishments

  • The FRMS Symphonic Band was a featured exemplary performing ensemble at The Southeastern United States Band Clinic at Troy University and The Georgia Music Educators Association's In Service Conference.  The band submitted competitive recordings against bands from Florida, Georgia, and Alabama to receive invitations to these extremely prestigious events.
  • 18 students made the District 6 GMEA Honor Band.
  • Flat Rock hosted District Honor Band for the third time…Rave reviews for our strong parent organization.
  • All 3 bands (Symphonic, Concert, and 6th Grade Advanced) received straight SUPERIOR ratings at the GMEA District 6 Large Group Performance Evaluation. The Symphonic Band.     
  • Students were selected to perform at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
  • Flat Rock once again performed at a level possible for submitting recordings to the CBDNA/NBA Music Conference.  More Information to come.  
  • Mr. Price received the National Band Association’s prestigious Citation of Excellence for outstanding contribution to bands and band music 2 times this year.  He was also named Teacher of the Year. 
  • The majority of our 8th grade students are continuing with band in high school.

2012-2013 Accomplishments

  • The FRMS Symphonic Band was a featured exemplary performing ensemble at The University of Georgia at its “Midfest” Band Festival. The band submitted a competitive recording against bands from Florida, Georgia, and Alabama to receive an invitation to this event.
  • 12 students made the District 6 GMEA Honor Band and 18 students made the 6th Grade Honor Band.
  • Flat Rock hosted District Honor Band for the second time…Rave reviews for our strong parent organization.
  • Students participated in the Tyrone Tree Lighting in December.
  • All 3 bands (Symphonic, Concert, and 6th Grade Advanced) received straight SUPERIOR ratings at the GMEA District 6 Large Group Performance Evaluation. The Symphonic Band and 6th Grade Advanced Band received straight A’s from all four judges, which denotes the highest level of performance possible.      
  • Students were selected to perform at City Walk at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.
  • Flat Rock once again performed at a level possible for submitting recordings to the state and the Troy University’s United States Band Clinic for next year’s prestigious music conferences.
  • Mr. Price received the National Band Association’s prestigious Citation of Excellence for outstanding contribution to bands and band music.
  • 50 8th grade band students have signed up and decided to continue with music into high school!

2011-2012 Accomplishments

  • 24 students made the District 6 GMEA Honor Band (Most In the District)
  • Flat Rock hosted District Honor Band for the first time ever!
  • Bradley Noble selected as 2nd Chair Bassoon in the Georgia All State Band.
  • Students participated in the Tyrone Tree Lighting in December.
  • Both the 6th Grade Advanced and the Symphonic Bands received straight SUPERIOR ratings at the GMEA District 6 Large Group Performance Evaluation.
  • Students were selected to participate in the Disney Magic Music Days in Orlando, Florida.
  • All students who participated in the District 6 Solo and Ensemble festival received Superior Ratings in performance.
  • Flat Rock once again performed at a level possible for submitting recordings to the state and the University of Georgia for consideration for next year’s prestigious music conferences. 







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