What Is Friends of Music? (FOM)

The Fair Lawn Friends of Music is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to recognize, promote, and enhance the performance of music in the Fair Lawn School District. We support music in lots of ways, including:

  • • spreading the word to the community about music programs, events, and concerts.
  • • advocating for music in the district.
  • • running two competition shows to raise the visibility of music in Fair Lawn.
  • • fundraising to ease the cost of special events such as field trips.
  • • sponsoring scholarship awards for high school seniors who meet FLFOM requirements.
  • • having a lot of fun staying involved and supporting our kids!

Friends of Music focuses on the programs of the music departments of Fair Lawn High School, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Memorial Middle School and six elementary schools. Membership is $20 per family, per year.

Who Should Join?
All families with children in music programs and all who recognize the importance of music in education.
How Can I Help?
By supporting music in the best way you can. Come out and see the kids perform! Donate baked goods or snacks to our bake sales. If you have a specific talent like painting, carpentry, writing, or photography, we’d love for you to get involved. If your company runs a matching donation program, come talk to us! Meet people at a meeting and see what we’re planning.
Who’s That Guy Who Screams “Let’s Go Fair Lawn” at Every Marching Band and Indoor Percussion Show?
Fair Lawn High School’s own Head Roadie, Mike O’Leary, has been kicking off our performances for years. He’s a real good luck charm!
What Is a Roadie?
A Roadie is anyone who comes out to help our bands move equipment by loading and unloading trucks, and help with setting up equipment on the performance field or floor. You don’t need to commit to every performance in a season, just show up and lend a hand when you can.
Why Do We Need a Tractor?
The tractor helps us bring equipment from Fair Lawn High School to Sasso Field and to help pull equipment onto the performance field when we are at competitions at other schools. We’d need a lot more Roadies without the tractor!
What Are WGI, USBands, MAPS, and MAIN?
An important part of the FLHS Marching Band and Winter Guard programs are the regular competitions we attend. During season, we practice our show and travel weekly to other schools to perform, see other groups, and receive scores and feedback. These competitions are run by groups like WGI, USBands, MAPS, and MAIN that organize the schedules, provide the judges, and set the rules. Each circuit has specific rules for participation and scoring.
What are the Eligibility Requirements for FLFOM Senior Scholarship Awards?

Friends of Music awards a scholarship award to seniors each year. These are the eligibility requirements:

  • • Students must participate in two tagging shifts per high school year. If a student misses tagging in one tagging weekend, he or she can make up the session in another tagging weekend. Students can tag in as many shifts as they like, and they and earn points each time.
  • • Parents must be members of FLFOM for 3 of 4 high school years, including the student’s senior year.
  • • Students must follow the FLHS application process.
  • • FLFOM provides a list of eligible seniors and information about the number of awards we are funding. School leadership makes the decision about recipients.