FVL Schools Band Program
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It is good to praise the LORD and make music to
your name, O Most High!
Psalm 92:1 (NIV)
The FVL Schools Band Program is comprised of students in grades 5-8 who attend our FVL Schools, home school students, and members of the FVL Federation congregations. Students are offered private instrument lessons during the school day at their school.
Lesson instruction is provided by Mr. James Neujahr and Mr. Robert Kramer. Group band instruction takes place at Fox Valley Lutheran High School in Appleton on various Saturday mornings. Approximately 85 students participate in the program this year. Cadet Band (comprised of first year students) is directed by Mr. Robert Kramer; the Concert Winds (for second, third, and fourth year students) is directed by Mrs. Amy Nogar and Mr. James Neujahr.
The FVL Schools Band Program gives instruction on the following instruments:
- Woodwinds - Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone
- Brass - Trumpet, Cornet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Euphonium, Tuba
- Percussion - Snare Drum, Bell Kit. Students also have experience playing all other percussion in our Saturday morning program, including Bass Drum, Timpani, Cymbals, Mallet instruments, smaller Auxiliary, and Hand Drums.
- Electric Bass
Although the FVL Schools Band Program does not give indivudual lessons on string instruments, many FVL Schools students take private lessons on Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass. Those students are welcome and encouraged to participate in our Saturday program as a part of our FVL Schools Band Program. Each year several string students participate in that way.
Student musicians participate in annual concerts in November, January, and April. The FVL Schools bands participate in a Fall Concert with the FVL High School Band, FVL's annual Musicfest, the FVL Schools Band Spring Concert, and various performances in our FVL Schools. Students are offered many opportunities to grow in their musicianship by means of participation in the Solo and Ensemble Festival, and participation in the WELS Middle School Honors Band. The FVL Schools Band Program is a member of the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA).