February 22 Update

Friday, February 22, 2019

Rehearsal Saturday, February 23

We have a regular rehearsal scheduled for Saturday, February 23.  Counting this rehearsal, we have only FIVE rehearsals left before our Spring Concert in April!

Here is the remaining schedule:

Saturday, February 23 Regular rehearsal
Saturday, March 2 NO SATURDAY REHEARSAL.  7th and 8th grade student Solo Festival at WHS
Saturday, March 9 Regular rehearsal
Saturday, March 30 Regular rehearsal
Saturday, April 6 Regular rehearsal
Saturday, April 13 Regular rehearsal and Band Awards
Sunday, April 14 Spring Concert - 2:00 PM

Well, another day, and another threat of an oncoming winter storm.  It must be Wisconsin!  At this time it looks like we will be able to have the rehearsal as scheduled.  The snow total for Saturday morning will be in the neighborhood of 1 - 3 inches.  The uncertain part about the weather forecast is whether freezing rain or drizzle will be mixed in.  The "really heavy stuff" will be coming Saturday evening into Sunday morning.

As always, it is up to the parents to decide if the conditions are safe for travel or not.

This is a good time to review our . . . .

Inclement Weather Procedures

If we need to cancel a Saturday rehearsal, please check the band's website for information regarding rehearsal cancellations or modifications.  If a rehearsal is canceled, a notice will always be put on the top of the homepage in bold red letters.   If a rehearsal is not canceled, but you feel it is not safe to travel from your location, you can always make the decision to stay home.  A notice will not normally be put up prior to Saturday morning, unless we know for certain that the weather on Saturday will not allow for a rehearsal.

If we need to cancel a rehearsal, a decision will be made BEFORE 7:30 AM and the notice will be posted to the homepage by that time.

I will also send out an email if there is a known cancellation.  This is not always the best, as some parents have work-related email addresses and may not get the message in a timely fashion.

Please note that there will NOT be a notice on radio or TV stations.  Your source for cancellation notices will be this website and an email.

Solo and Ensemble Festival Information - March 2 at Waupaca HS

For much more information for parents with students performing a solo, refer back to the DIrector's Update for February 7.  In it you will find general information regarding what to wear, when to arrive, and so on, as well as student soloist introduction and music requirements.

We have received a preliminary schedule for the solos.  Please be aware that the times on this schedule may shift one way or the other by a few minutes, but they will be relatively close to what is on the sheet.  The reason for shifting times is because between now and early next week the various school directors will submit conflicts with their schedules (due to students in multiple events) and then the final schedule will be published.

This schedule also includes names of a few students who have indicated they will not be playing their solo.  So if you see your child's name on the schedule, I am aware, but the information did not get to Waupaca HS in time.  So their names will likely remain on the schedule.  Removing names from a schedule would have a drastic "trickle-down" effect on the rest of the schedule, so it is easier to leave them in.

Early next week, in addition to the final schedule, we will also receive maps of Waupaca HS and other information.  That additional information will give us room numbers for each site, warm up rooms, homerooms, canteen menus, where results will be posted, etc.  That information may be posted on this website, but will be sent via email to all families who have students participating.

Here is a link to the PRELIMINARY SOLO SCHEDULE

Note that this schedule includes both Fox Falley Lutheran HS (Fox Vly Luth HS) and the FVL Schools (Fox Vly Luth MS) times.

 

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Kramer Jazz Academy

Friday, February 15, 2019

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February 7 Update

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Rehearsal this Saturday, February 9

Another snow/ice day means another week that I can post the Director's Update a bit early!

Because of our recent snow/cold/ice/weather days off, some of our schools have missed lessons.  This is OK, and normally lessons won't be "made up".  The important number is 24 - our students will all receive that many lessons by the time the school year is over.  Many of our students are already in the 15 - 17 lessons given range, so we are OK at this point.

We will be having rehearsal this Saturday - barring any unforseen weather incidents!  It will be cold, but not nearly as cold as the Polar Vortex we experienced last week.

Most of the students received their new music for our April concert at their recent lessons.  Again, because of school closings, not all students were able to receive their music.  No worries, as we will be handing that out at this week's rehearsal.

Feburary is the shortest month, and it is also the month with the fewest FVL Schools Band rehearsals.  We will NOT have rehearsal on February 16, as that is the weekend of the basketball tournament, as well as the week that most of our schools have off on Thursday and Friday due to teacher's conference.

So our only other rehearsal this month will be Saturday, February 23.

Information for Student Soloists on March 2

Solo day is fast approaching!  Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr have been working with most of our 7th and 8th graders during their lessons to prepare for this day.  The students have been improving each week with their solo preparations, and they should do very well!

Our Solo and Ensemble Festival will be held at Waupaca High School on Saturday, March 2.  This festival includes, in addition to our FVL Schools Band students, FVL HS, Waupaca HS, Clintonville HS, and St. Martin Lutheran Grade School (from Clintonville).

This is the same festival that the FVL high school band and choir students will be attending.  FVL has 40  events entered, including instrumental solos and ensembles, choral solos and ensembles, many piano solos, among other events.  The FVL Schools Band Program has 29 solo events entered!  Most are class B or C, but we do have a few class A solos entered as well.

This event will feature several performance sites, with rooms designated for vocal, piano, woodwind, percussion, and brass events.  In addition to solos, there will be many different ensembles performing, including jazz ensembles, brass and woodwind ensembles, show choirs, and so on.  I would strongly encourage our students to observe as many solos and other ensemble events during the day.  All of the event sites are open to the public, so parents and students can sit in on performances throughout the day.

We will receive the preliminary schedules and other information for March 2 in about two weeks.  I will post links to the schedules in a future Update when they are available.

IMPORTANT: If for some reason your son or daughter will NOT be performing their solo on March 2, please Email Mr. Neujahr as soon as possible so he can notify the Festival Manager and the schedules can be updated.

Following is information for students who are playing a solo on March 2.  Mr. Neujahr and Mr. Kramer will also discuss these items with the students at lessons as they prepare for that day.

Attire:  Dress up for your events.  No jeans, T-shirts, crew-neck shirts, tennis shoes, etc.  Ties are recommended for guys, ladies in dress/skirt or other nice attire.  Make an excellent first impression for the adjudicator!

Music:  You are responsible for all of your music for the day, including your judge's copy. Remember that NO PHOTOCOPIES are allowed for a WSMA event. EXCEPTION to the photocopy rule:  If your child is playing a solo from the "Standard of Excellence Festivals Solos" book, there is a notice on the bottom of each page giving you permission to photocopy for that event. In this case, give the adjudicator the book, and the student can play from the photocopy.

Number the measures in your judge's copy and your copy.  This MUST be done prior to playing.  Mr. Neujahr and Mr. Kramer will be providing the required 2 original "store bought" copies of the music if they don't already have the extra copy.  All students have their own solo book already, but they will need the additional copy for the adjudicator.

Homerooms/Case and Coat Storage:  The Waupaca HS Gym may be used as the homeroom for all schools.  A section of the bleachers will be labled showing each school's designated area.  If that is the case, please be aware that students should be very careful with their instruments, music, and other valuables.

Be Prompt!  Give yourself plenty of time to find your designated warm-up area and performance rooms. Generally, you should try to be in the designated warm-up site 20-30 minutes before your scheduled performance time.  It is a good idea to check your performance site to see if they are ahead or behind schedule.  Your performance time may be shifted earlier or later depending upon how the day is progressing in that particular site.

For those using an accompanist: Remember to tell your accompanist the necessary times and room numbers, etc.  A nice card and gift of money for all of the time put in by your accompanist is recommended.

Student Introductions

WSMA requires that students introduce their solo.  You may write it out and bring your sheet with you.  You may also memorize it.  Rehearse what you are going to say!  The introduction outline is as follows:

My name is (performer name), from Fox Valley Lutheran Middle School (or "FVL Schools")

My accompanist is (name of accompanist - if you have one)

I am performing (name of solo, and if appropriate, the movements being performed)

My solo was composed by (name of the composer or arranger)

An interesting aspect of this piece to listen for is. . . (something to listen for, such as interesting melodies, articulations, tempos, styles, etc)

-OR-

Something I learned while studying this piece is. . . (something that you learned about music, or something that this solo helped you to improve while practicing)

Parents - it would be a good idea to help your child prepare their introduction.  It doesn't need to be very long, and it will also make a very good first impression for the adjudicator!

 

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January 23 Update

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Regular Rehearsal this week

Both Cadet Band and Concert Winds will rehearse this Saturday, January 26.  We are busy preparing our selections for the upcoming FVL Musicfest - World of Music to be held on Sunday, Januray 27.

Concert Winds will begin rehearsal in the Auditorium this week!  It is always a pleasure to rehearse and perform in such a beautiful space.

Note that we will not have rehearsal on February 2, but will resume again on February 9.  This year, we not have rehearsal the weekend of February 16, which is the Saturday of the FVL Schools Basketball tournament at FVL.  It is also the weekend following the two day teacher's conference (Thursday and Friday, February 14-15).  Many of our schools have off those two days.

Musicfest Reminders

Our Cadet Band and Concert Winds will be performing on Sunday, January 27, for Musicfest.  Our three bands - FVL Schools Cadet and Concert Winds and the FVL Symphonic Band - will begin performance at 12:00 PM, and will be in the Auditorium.  Students should be at FVL by 11:30 that day to prepare for our performance.  Concert Winds members will meet in the Band Room, and Cadet Band members will meet in the Fine Arts Room as usual.  Our FVL Schools Bands will be seated in the Auditorium between 12:00 and 1:00 so they can also watch the FVL Symphonic Band perform.  As there is lots of traffic through the hallways on Winterfest, student coats and cases should be brought directly into the Band and Choir room and not left in the hall.

Concert Winds and Cadet Band Dress for Musicfest

We will NOT be wearing our concert vests for Sunday's performance.  With the various activities available for students (Marionettes in the large gym, great food, Junior Choir performances, etc.), we felt it would be best to save the vests and concert black and white for our more formal concert performances.

Students should wear "nice school/church clothes" for Sunday's performance.  This means NO jeans, t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.  Students may wear their black pants and white shirts if they would like.  Examples of nice dress would include dress slacks or khakis, polo shirts, button shirts with a tie, skirts or dresses, and so on.

For more information about Musicfest (schedules, cost, food, entertainment, etc.) please refer back to our Director's Update from last week, January 18.

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January 18 Update (1)

Friday, January 18, 2019

Regular Rehearsal this week and next week

Both Cadet Band and Concert Winds will rehearse this Saturday and next, January 19 and 26.  We are busy preparing our selections for the upcoming FVL Musicfest - World of Music to be held on Januray 27.

Please Note:  FVL is hosting a VERY LARGE Vex Robotics tournament on Saturday.  In addition to the two gyms and the Commons, that tournament will be using the choir room, stage, and later on the Fine Arts Room.  So students are asked to NOT uncase instruments in the hallway, but rather to take them directly into their rehearsal rooms.  We want to keep the Fine Arts Hallway clear for the additional traffic on Saturday.

Note that we will not have rehearsal on February 2, but will resume again on February 9.

Important message for parents of 7th and 8th graders

Most of our 7th and 8th grade students are preparing solos for the Solo and Ensemble Festival to be held at Waupaca HS on Saturday, march 2.  For more information on this topic, refer to the information in the January 11 Update (Solo Music for 7th and 8th Grade Students).

Mr. Neujahr will be registering these solos with the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) next week, with all entries completed by Thursday, January 31.  Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr have most of the information necessary, such as solo titles, accompmanists, and so on.

IMPORTANT - if your son or daughter will NOT be performing their solo on March 2, let Mr. Neujahr know immediately.  The FVL Schools Band Program covers the $10 registration fee, but we would rather not pay that if students will not be attending.

Musicfest Reminders

Our Cadet Band and Concert Winds will be performing on Sunday, January 27, for Musicfest.  Our three bands - FVL Schools Cadet and Concert Winds and the FVL Symphonic Band - will begin performance at 12:00 PM, and will be in the Auditorium.  Students should be at FVL by 11:30 that day to prepare for our performance.  Concert Winds members will meet in the Band Room, and Cadet Band members will meet in the Fine Arts Room as usual.  Our FVL Schools Bands will be seated in the Auditorium between 12:00 and 1:00 so they can also watch the FVL Symphonic Band perform.  As there is lots of traffic through the hallways on Winterfest, student coats and cases should be brought directly into the Band and Choir room and not left in the hall.

Concert Winds and Cadet Band Dress for Musicfest

We will NOT be wearing our concert vests for the Musicfest performance.  With the various activities available for students (Junior Choir performances, Marionettes in the large gym, great food, etc.), we felt it would be best to save the vests and concert black and white for our more formal concert performances.

Students should wear "nice school/church clothes" for the Musicfest performance.  This means NO jeans, t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.  Students may wear their black pants and white shirts if they would like.  Examples of nice dress would include dress slacks or khakis, polo shirts, button shirts with a tie, skirts or dresses, and so on.  Since the theme is "World of Music," the kids could wear clothes to match that theme.

So that you can plan around your student(s)'s group performance(s,) here is the large group schedule:
12:00 FVL Schools Cadet Band
12:15 FVL Schools Concert Winds
12:30 FVL Symphonic Band
1:15 Marionettes (large gym)
2:00 Silent auction bidding closes (wave 1-large gym)
2:05 FVL Men's Choir
2:20 FVL Women's Choir
2:35 FVL A Cappella Choir
3:00 Silent auction bidding closes (wave 2-large gym)
3:15 FVL Jazz Ensemble (Commons Stage)
3:40 Choraliers

There are three performance areas, including the auditorium, the Commons, and the large gym.  Several area Junior Choirs will also be performing!

Fox Folk Marionettes (performance in the large gym) - This is always a big hit with the younger kids!  There will be plenty of time after the bands are finished performing to get to the gym on time.

In addition to this schedule, there will be food, small group entertainment in the FVL Commons, a silent auction in the Commons and large gym, and piano music in the large gym.  The entertainment is "come and go as you please", so feel free to stay for the afternoon and enjoy some amazing performances by our FVL Schools Bands, Choirs, and students from Fox Valley Lutheran HS.

Tickets are $3 at the door. All proceeds benefit the FVL band and choir programs.   As this is an FVL Passport Event, all members of the Cadet Band and Concert Winds will be admitted free to the event with their FVL Passport.

FVL Jazz Ensemble to Wisconsin Lutheran College Jazz Festival

Mr. Neujahr will not be at rehearsal on Saturday morning.  Mrs. Nogar will lead the rehearsal for the Concert Winds. Mr. Neujahr is heading to Milwaukee with the FVL Jazz Ensemble. They are paticipating in the WLC Jazz Festival. The Jazz Festival is on Saturday, with several other WELS high schools participating.  The day will be divided up with rehearsal time, jazz masterclasses, performance and section clinics, and the Festival Concert at 7:00 PM to close the day.

WELS Summer Band Camp!

Many of our students have attended this camp in recent years, and they have all had a wonderful time!  It is open to students who are currently in grades 6 - 8.  Brochures will be available this week at the attendance table.  You can also visit the website for all the information, including contact information, cost, and registration information at the WELS Summer Band Camp website.

The camp will run from June 16 - 21, and will be held at Wisconsin Lutheran High School in Milwaukee.

Attendance Volunteers - Sign Up to Help

Thanks to our Attendance Coordinator, Gretchen Adrian, for helping to make sure we have parents to take attendance on rehearsal days!  We have had a wonderful crew of parents for this important task.  If you are interested in helping out, there are openings on various Saturdays for our second semester rehearsals.

The following link will take you to a page where volunteers can sign up to take attendance on various dates.  Only one person is required, but it is nice to have two.  If you sign up for a slot but then are unable to keep it, if it is for the current week, please contact Gretchen Adrian at 920-327-3367. If it is for a slot that is farther out than that week, just remove your name from the sign-up and the slot will be empty for others to see and fill.

Go to Attendance Volunteer Sign Up

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January 11 Update

Friday, January 11, 2019

Happy New Year!

I pray that you all had an eventful Christmas and New Year break!  For many, it was an opportunity to take a breath, relax a bit, and enjoy the time with friends and relatives.

I had a wonderful experience at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago!  With over 18,000 directors, performers, and representatives from the music industry registering for this event, it is the largest of its kind in the world.  I attended many clinics and concerts, as well as browse through the more than 500 music industry booths and displays in the exhibition hall.  It is also a great time to catch up with many friends and colleagues from around the country.

Saturday Rehearsals Resume on January 12

All of us have enjoyed the time off from our Saturday rehearsals.  Now it is time to get back to work!  Our next major project is preparing music for the FVL Musicfest which will be held on Sunday, January 27. Please note that both our Cadet Band and Concert Winds will be performing on that day.

More information will be given for our performances that day in the coming weeks' Updates.  To help with your planning, the performance times of our bands will be as follows:

12:00 - Cadet Band
12:15 - Concert Winds
12:30 - FVL Symphonic Band

Both our Concert Winds and Cadet Band should be done performing by approximately 12:30 or a bit earlier.  All of our bands (FVL and FVL Schools bands) will be seated in the auditorium so that everyone can hear all the band performances, much like we did at our November concert, so they will be in the auditorium until about 1:00.

In order to prepare for this performance, we will be rehearsing on the following Saturdays:

January 12
January  19
January 26
January 27 (Sunday) - FVL Musicfest

Go to the following link for our Full Saturday Rehearsal Schedule

FVL Musicfest is just around the corner

As I mentioned in the previous section, our Cadet Band and Concert Winds will be performing for Musicfest.  Students should be at FVL by 11:30 that day to prepare for our performance.  The FVL doors will open at 11:30, so please plan to arrive as close to that time as possible.  Again, we will have more detailed information in the coming weeks.World of Music.jpg

We are very excited for the upcoming FVL Musicfest!  The theme this year is "World of Music".  If you are unfamiliar with Musicfest, it is the biggest date on the musical calendar for Fox Valley Lutheran HS.  All of the FVL Bands and Choirs perform, as well as small groups, solos, duets, and so on.

This family friendly event will feature several genres of musical entertainment performed by members of the FVL family. Hours are 12:00 to 4:00 pm.  Besides the opportunity to listen to great music, a light lunch and desserts will be served, and the FVL Marionettes will perform.  There will also be an awesome silent auction with many great items to bid on. Admission is $3 at the door. All proceeds benefit the FVL band and choir programs.  As this is an FVL Passport Event, all members of the Cadet Band and Concert Winds will be admitted free to the event with their FVL Passport.

Parent Volunteer Opportunity for Musicfest
All of our FVL Schools Band parents have the opportunity to volunteer for Musicfest. Parents of our high school and grade school music students use the same online form.  What better way to get to know your fellow Music Parents than volunteering on such an exciting day?  Volunteer opportunities will be available in many areas, such as coat check, auction helpers, kitchen and meal helpers, set up and take down, and more.  We are very happy to announce that all of our Volunteer spots have already been filled!  You can go to the following link to view the form:

Volunteer for Musicfest 2019

So that you can plan around your student(s)'s group performance(s,) here is the schedule for group times:

12:00 FVL Schools Cadet Band
12:15 FVL Schools Concert Winds
12:30 FVL Symphonic Band
1:15 Marionettes (large gym)
2:00 Silent auction bidding closes (wave 1-large gym)
2:05 FVL Men's Choir
2:20 FVL Women's Choir
2:35 FVL A Cappella Choir
3:00 Silent auction bidding closes (wave 2-large gym)
3:15 FVL Jazz Ensemble (Commons Stage)
3:40 Choraliers

There are three performance areas, including the Auditorium, the Commons, and the Large Gym.

Several area Junior Choirs will also be performing!  The performances are in the gym and are as follows:

12:45 Emanuel, New London
1:00 Riverview, Appleton
2:15 St. Paul, Green Bay
2:45 Martin Luther, Neenah

Thank you for the donation of your time to support our Music Department!
Inclement Weather Procedures

We have been blessed with excellent weather on Saturdays up to this point.  For that we are thankful!

With some weather-related issues lately, however, I am reminded that this will not always be the case.  If we need to cancel a Saturday rehearsal, please check the band's website for information regarding rehearsal cancellations or modifications.  If a rehearsal is canceled, a notice will always be put on the top of the homepage in bold red letters.   If a rehearsal is not canceled, but you feel it is not safe to travel from your location, you can always make the decision to stay home.  A notice will not normally be put up prior to Saturday morning, unless we know for certain that the weather on Saturday will not allow for a rehearsal.

If we need to cancel a rehearsal, a decision will be made BEFORE 7:30 AM and the notice will be posted to the homepage by that time.

I will also try to send out an email if there is a known cancellation.  This is not always the best, as some parents have work-related email addresses and may not get the message in a timely fashion.

Please note that there will NOT be a notice on radio or TV stations.  Your one source for cancellations will be this website.

Solo Music for our 7th and 8th Grade Students

During the last few lesson weeks, Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr handed out solo music to the 7th and 8th grade band students.  This music will be played on Saturday, March 2, at the WSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival which will take place at Waupaca HS.  Our students have the opportunity to play their solo and receive a rating, and will be given a medal for their efforts as well!  This is the same event in which all of our high school band students will participate.  Individual performance times will not be known until about two weeks in advance.

Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr will be helping the students prepare their music during their weekly band lessons.  Many of the solos the students are receiving are also in SmartMusic!   Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr will be able to use the program during the student's lesson to aid in the learning process.  The students will be working on their solos in addition to their regular lesson material for the next month.

For now, the students have been given a solo book.  If a piano accompaniment is available (most solos have piano) the students will receive that shortly.  All students will also need a second solo book for the adjudicator.  They will receive those before March.  All of these books will be provided for your children, with the cost covered by the FVL Schools Band Program.  After the solo event, all books will need to be returned to FVL.  You are certainly able to purchase the books if you would like to.  If so, just let Mr. Neujahr know and the cost will be added to your second semester statement.

An accompanist is not required for the solos, but it is strongly encouraged.  The accompanist should be a relatively strong player, as they need to be able to follow the student part as well as play the accompaniment without a struggle.  Parents, grandparents, older brothers and sisters, and the like make excellent accompanists!  Some students have even had classmates accompany them, but if it is a grade school student they need to be excellent keyboard players.

IMPORTANT - if your son or daughter will NOT be performing their solo on March 2 at Waupaca HS, let Mr. Neujahr know immediately.  Some of our students may not be available that day due to athletic or family events, or may not be able to perform for some other reason.  The FVL Schools Band Program covers the $10 registration fee, but we would rather not pay that if students will not be attending.

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November 16 Update

Friday, November 16, 2018

Final Rehearsal for 2018

We will be rehearsing this Saturday, November 17.  This is our ninth and final rehearsal in preparation for our Fall Concert.  The Concert Winds will rehearse in the FVL Auditorium, and the Cadet Band will rehearse in the Band Room this week.

Our Concert Winds will be joined on Saturday morning by most of the FVL Symphonic Band members!  This will be a special treat for our younger players to sit in and rehearse with the "high schoolers."  We will be rehearsing the two selections that will be played jointly by the Concert Winds and the Symphonic Band.

Final rehearsal - November  17 (8:15 - 9:45 AM)
November 18 - Fall Concert

Our Fall Concert will begin at 2:00 PM.

The concert will be streamed live on the FVL YouTube channel!  Please let your relatives know about this - grandparents or others who would like to watch the concert but are too far away to attend.  Go to the following link to watch the concert: FVL YouTube Channel.

Saturday Rehearsals take a Break!

Following our concert this Sunday, we will be taking a break from our Saturday rehearsals.  There will be no practices from Saturday, November 24 through Saturday, January 5.  We will resume our Saturday rehearsals again on January 12.

Thanks to parents and students for your continued efforts to attend our rehearsals.  As you know, with only 8-10 rehearsals planned for each semester, student attendance is crucial to our overall success as a performing ensemble.

Reminder of Concert Notes for Sunday, November 18

Our concert on Sunday, November 18, will begin at 2:00 PM, and will take place in the FVL Auditorium.

Students will need to be at FVL by 1:15 PM on the day of the concert so they can receive their vests and have adequate time for group warm up before the concert begins.

For more information about the concert, what to wear, etc., please refer back to our Update for November 9.

Band Pictures after the Concert

As we did last April following our Spring Concert, we will be taking group photos following our Concert on November 18.  Our plan is to have an FVL Photographer take a group photo of each band immediately following the concert.  We will stage the photos in the Commons.  The FVL Photographer will take the "official" photographs first, after which we will give about a minute for parents to get a nice group shot if they wish.  Following your child's group photo, parents are welcome to take individual photos of band students in their uniform.

Schools may also want to use the time following the group photos to take a photo of your schools' band students.  These photos would be excellent additions to your school yearbook or school website!  Parents may wish to check with their school principal or yearbook advisor to see how best your school may use these photos to promote the FVL Schools Band Program.

Lesson Books Completed

It is time to give credit to those students who have completed a lesson book and moved on in our series "Standard of Excellence" and the "Rubank Intermediate" and "Rubank Advanced" Method Books.  Our first lesson series contains two books, 1 (Red) and 2 (Blue). We use the Rubank Intermediate or Advanced Method for students who advance beyond Book 2 of the Standard of Excellence series.  Our percussion students use the "Alfred Method for Percussion."

These students will receive their medals for completing books at Saturday's rehearsal.  It is the tradition of our FVL Schools Band Program for students to wear medals awarded for the concert.  If they have previously been awarded a medal, those can also be worn.

Students Completing Book One (Red)
Alex Sawall, Grade 7, Immanuel, Greenville, Alto Saxophone
Isaiah Nogar, Grade 6, Mount Olive, Appleton, French Horn
Blake Vanderhoof, Grade 6, Mount Olive, Appleton, Euphonium
Hannah Uhlenbrauck, Grade 6, St. Peter, Appleton, Clarinet

Students Completing Book Two (Blue)
Caleb Race, Grade 7, Trinity, Neenah, Trombone

Students Completing Rubank Intermediate
Olivia Race, Grade 8, Trinity, Neenah, Trumpet
Ryan Feuerstahler, Grade 8, Trinity, Neenah, Euphonium

Students Completing Alfred Percussion Method Book 1

Trey Rhoden, Grade 8, Emanuel, New London, Snare Drum
Noah Nolte, Grade 6, Riverview, Appleton, Snare Drum

Thanksgiving Week Lesson Schedule

Mr. Kramer lesson schedule:
Monday - No Lessons at Martin Luther and Trinity, Neenah.  Lessons given to THURSDAY schools at Emanuel, New London and Bethlehem, Hortonville.
Tuesday - No lessons at Immanuel, Greenville;  Lessons given to the Friday Emanuel, New London students
Wednesday - Regular Wednesday lesson schedule - Immanuel, Greenville and St. Paul, Appleton

Mr. Neujahr lesson schedule:
Monday - Regular Monday lesson schedule - Mount Olive, Appleton
Tuesday - No lessons at Riverview, Appleton and Shepherd of the Valley, Menasha.  Lessons given to the Thursday schools at St. Peter, Appleton and Morrison, Zion.
Wednesday - No lessons given

Attendance Volunteers - Sign Up to Help

Thanks to our Attendance Coordinator, Gretchen Adrian, for helping to make sure we have parents to take attendance on rehearsal days!  We have had a wonderful crew of parents for this important task.  If you are interested in helping out, there are openings on various Saturdays for our second semester rehearsals.

The following link will take you to a page where volunteers can sign up to take attendance on various dates.  Only one person is required, but it is nice to have two.  If you sign up for a slot but then are unable to keep it, if it is for the current week, please contact Gretchen Adrian at 920-327-3367. If it is for a slot that is farther out than that week, just remove your name from the sign-up and the slot will be empty for others to see and fill.

Go to Attendance Volunteer Sign Up

FVL Music Apparel

Just in time for early Christmas shopping, we are once again offering the opportunity to purchase FVL Music apparel. This year there are two new designs; you can choose to customize an item with the word "band" or "choir", and/or by adding a name on the back.

Attached please find an electronic flyer that links to a website for viewing and ordering FVL Music apparel. This website is available through Monday, November 19 for online orders, with orders ready for pickup before Christmas break at FVL (you will be notified with pickup details). Just click on the link in the flyer, or go directly to https://fvlmusic18.itemorder.com/sale

Note that if you are ordering any items as Christmas gifts, you can indicate that during the checkout process so that we do not distribute the items to the intended recipients.

Thank you,
Gretchen Adrian - FVL Musicfest Chair

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November 9 Update

Friday, November 9, 2018

Only Two Rehearsals to Go!

We are now officially in "crunch time"!  Only two rehearsals to go until we present our Fall Concert.  The bands have been making excellent progress since we began rehearsals in September.  Seeing the progress from week to week is the best part of the "journey" that we collectively take to present a finished product. Thanks to all of our directors and band members for their dedication and willingness to make this wonderful music happen is such a short period of time.

Here is our upcoming rehearsal and performance schedule:
November 10 - regular rehearsal
November 17 - regular rehearsal
November 18 - Fall Band Concert

Our Fall Concert will begin at 2:00 PM. This concert will feature our two FVL Schools Bands - the Cadet Band (beginning students) and the Concert Winds (students with more than one year of experience).  The FVL Symphonic Band will also participate in this concert.  It will be a wonderful opportunity to see the entire FVL band program, from beginners to high school!

Students will need to be at FVL by 1:15 PM on the day of the concert so they can receive their vests and have adequate time for group warm up before the concert begins.

Our bands will be sitting together as a group for the concert, so that each band can watch the other performances.  The order of performance will be the FVL Schools Cadet Band, the Concert Winds, and the FVL Symphonic Band.  A special treat this year - the Concert Winds and the FVL Symphonic Band will play two selections as a combined band!  So that you can plan your evening, the concert should be over before between 3:00 and 3:15 PM.

When students arrive on concert day, they should go to their "normal" rehearsal rooms - Cadet Band to the Fine Arts Room and the Concert Winds to the Band Room.  Because of increased traffic during concert events, cases should be brought to the rehearsal room and NOT left in the hallway as we do on Saturday mornings.

Following our November concert, we will not have Saturday morning practices again until Saturday, January 12!  I should point out that lessons will continue into December as normal.

Band Pictures after the Concert

As we did last April following our Spring Concert, we will be taking group photos following our Concert on November 18.  Our plan is to have an FVL Photographer take a group photo of each band immediately following the concert.  We will stage the photos in the Commons.  The FVL Photographer will take the "official" photographs first, after which we will give about a minute for parents to get a nice group shot if they wish.  Following your child's group photo, parents are welcome to take individual photos of band students in their uniform.

Schools may also want to use the time following the group photos to take a photo of your schools' band students.  These photos would be excellent additions to your school yearbook or school website!  Parents may wish to check with their school principal or yearbook advisor to see how best your school may use these photos to promote the FVL Schools Band Program.

Concert Dress for the November 18 concert

Here is a reminder  of what our students need to wear for our concert in November (Both Cadet Band and Concert Winds):

Ladies should wear black dress shoes, black socks or black hose, full length black pants (not faded), and a white button blouse with long sleeves. No tennis shoes, leggings, or capri style pants. Do not wear black skirts.

Gentlemen should wear black dress shoes, black socks, black belt, black pants (not faded), and a white dress shirt.

The Concert Winds members will wear a bow tie with their vests, so it is important to have a shirt with a "traditional" collar.

The Cadet Band members will wear a sweater vest for their performances. The vests will be handed out prior to and collected immediately following the concert.

Concert Winds members will receive a vest and bow tie before their performance.  Vests and bow ties will be handed out prior to and should be returned immediately after the concert.

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November 1 Update

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Regular Rehearsal on Saturday, November 3

Counting this rehearsal, we only have three more rehearsals until our concert on November 18.  Things continue to go very well!  Thanks to all of our parents and band members for making such a great effort to attend these important Saturday rehearsals.  Due to a large basketball tournament this weekend, our attendance check-in table may be moved into the music hallway.

Rehearsals leading up to our November concert will be on the following Saturdays:

November 3, 10, 17
November 18 - Fall Concert (2:00 PM)

Our Fall Concert will begin at 2:00 PM. This concert will feature our FVL Schools Bands - the Cadet Band (beginning students) and the Concert Winds (students with more than one year of experience), as well as the FVL Symphonic Band. It will be a wonderful opportunity to see the entire FVL band program, from beginners through high school!

CONCERT DRESS reminder - please refer to previous posts from October for a full description of what our band students need to wear for our upcoming concert.

Following our November concert, we will not have Saturday morning practices again until Saturday, January 13!

Fundraiser Reminders

PRODUCT DELIVERY DATE: Saturday, November 3 • 8:00-10:00am

*** ALL ORDERS MUST BE PICKED UP ON THIS DATE *** If you cannot be there for pick up, please make arrangements for someone else to pick your order up for you.  The product pick-up location will be the FVL Auditorium Stage.  We do not have the capability to store items not picked up at FVL, many of which are frozen food products.

Our Fundraiser Volunteer parents will be helping to set up and coordinate the distriubution of products, but If any parents are available to assist with the set up and/or distribution of the products, your help would be much appreciated!  The Hansen's truck will be at FVL by about 7:30 AM.  Assistance would be helpful at that time to help organize the products on the stage, and also to help get the proper products to parents who may want to pick them up when they drop off their band students.  More assistance will also be helpful at about 9:30 as parents are coming to pick up their children.  So 8:00 - 8:30 and 9:30 - 10:00 will be the "rush hour" times when most parents will be there for pick up.

PLEASE NOTE for Picking up your order - the door at the end of the music hallway (next to the large garage door behind the stage) will be unlocked this Saturday.  Using that door may give you a shorter distance to your car, especially for those with large orders.  We will also have a few carts on hand that you can use to haul your products to your car.

Fundraiser Results

A HUGE thank you to all of our FVL Schools Band members and their parents for once again making this year's Fall Fundraiser a success!

This year 29 band students participated in the sale.  The totals for those 29 students was pretty impressive!

BROCHURE SALES - $4210
BROCHURE UNITS SOLD - 304

INTERNET SALES - $2308
INTERNET UNITS SOLD - 153

TOTAL SALES - $6518
TOTAL UNITS SOLD - 457

That translates to a profit for our FVL Schools Band Program of $2671.70!  Of the $2671.70 in profit, 50%, or $1335.85 will go into the FVL Schools Band account, and $1335.85 will go directly into the individual student accounts.  Three of our students will realize a benefit of over $100 for their band account, while nine more will see benefits of between $50 and $100.

Prizes Earned through Sales

Not only do the students get the benefit of a reduction in their student fees, but they also earned Fabulous Prizes for their efforts!  Students who sold 10 - 19 items are eligible for the "Cookie Dough Bar Chocolate Chip 6 Pack". 20 - 29 items sold makes them eligible for a "5 pound bag of Gummi Bears"; 30 - 39 items earns a "Soundflow Sound Board Speaker for Smart Devices", 40 - 49 items earns a "Green Bay Packers Stainless Tumbler"; and 50 or more earns a pair of "HD Camera Sport Glasses"! Pretty exciting!  Students did have the option to select a prize up to the level of items sold, so some elected the Gummi Bears even though they earned a higher prize level.  Overall, 9 students chose the Chocolate Bars; 7 chose the Gummi Bears; 1 chose the Smart Device Speaker; and 1 motivated salesman chose the HD Camera Sport Glasses!

Here are the students who sold at least 30 items, in alphabetical order: Alyssa Bergmann, Elouise Kuehl, Teagan Kuehl, Henry Pape, Mira Reetz, Owen Schroth, Courtney Thede, Leah Uitenbroek, Blake Vanderhoof, Bryce Ziegler, and Grace Zimmerman.

Lesson Schedule Change for November 8

Mr. Neujahr will be participating with the FVL Symphonic Band on Thursday, November 8  at two Veterans Day Programs.  The band will be playing at St. Paul, Appleton and Bethlehem, Hortonville for their programs.

Therefore, Mr. Neujahr will not be giving lessons at St. Peter or Morrison Zion on Thursday, November 8.

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FVL Musicfest 2019

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Our annual Music Department fundraiser will be held on Sunday, January 27th, 2019. FVL Musicfest is a great way to showcase the musical talents of our high school bands, choirs, and individuals/groups, and our middle school bands.

This year we are raising money for items for the new Fine Arts classroom, built as part of the "Let the Children Come" project. Part of the fundraising that day is our silent auction. We welcome all donations of items/baskets. For a list of ideas, please go to http://www.fvlhs.org/fvl-musicfest/donations/

We encourage that all donations be taken to the FVL office by January 4th to assist volunteers who are organizing the event. Please include a detailed description of the items included in the donation along with your name and contact information.

Thank you,
Gretchen Adrian
FVL Musicfest Chair

 

 

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