Spring Concert 2018 Photos

Monday, April 23, 2018

Thanks Miss Detjen and Mr. Nolte!

The FVL Schools Band Program sends a special Thank You to Miss Julie Detjen, the FVL Cross and Crown yearbook Editor, for taking these wonderful photos at our Spring Concert!  Below you will find just a few of the photos taken, including the "staged" photo from the stage, the group photos taken in the Commons after the concert, as well as some "action shots" of each band performing in concert.

Thanks also to all of our FVL Schools Band Members for their efforts at the 2018 Spring Concert!  Both bands performed exceptionally well, and can now close out our year on a magnificent "High Note"!

Thanks also to Mr. Nathan Nolte for livestreaming the concert and archiving it on the FVL YouTube channel!  You can go to the link to view the concert.  You can also send the link to relatives and friends who may not have been able to join us at the concert.

Link to Concert on FVL YouTube

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Cadet Band Photos

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Update for April 21

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Thanks be to God for our FVL Schools Band Program!

We have arrived at the last week of the Cadet Band and Concert Winds rehearsal and performance schedule!  We thank our gracious God for His blessings on our program!  Without His guidance our efforts would be in vain.  We also thank Him for our wonderful parents and volunteers who help in countless ways to ensure the success of our young musicians.  We thank Him for the directors of our program and their professionalism and the joy for music that that they share with the bands. We thank Him for the many principals and teachers at our member schools, for helping to promote band and make it possible to give lessons during the school day. Last, but certainly not least, we thank God for the many students who make up our FVL Schools Band Program!  Their endless source of energy and enthusiasm is a constant pick-me-up for all of us who work with them week in and week out.

I also want to thank our band members for their efforts in lessons this year!  I am amazed every week with the progress our students are making in their lesson books, but more importantly to see how they are growing as musicians.  Playing an instrument is an activity that begins somewhat slowly for most students, but as they start to "get it"; it becomes increasingly more enjoyable as a player when they begin to produce really excellent music.  It is also an activity that they can enjoy for many years to come, as they enter high school, college, and beyond.  This year we have had MANY of our students playing in church, school chapel services, and accompanying choirs.  What a joy for us directors to see the musical gifts of our students being put to such good use!  As parents, your encouragement of your young musicians is crucial to their growth and advancement.

Music is one of the few activities that can be enjoyed for a lifetime, both as a participant and as a spectator.  It is a passion that touches the emotional, physical, and intellectual senses.  As Martin Luther so beautifully stated, "Music makes people kinder, gentler, more staid and reasonable. I am strongly persuaded that after theology there is no art that can be placed on a level with music; for besides theology music is the only art capable of affording peace and joy of the heart."

This is also a good time to encourage band members and parents to continue with band for next year, whether it is in the FVL Schools Band Program or in high school! You have all invested a good amount of time and money in instrumental music.  Being a part of the FVL Schools Band Program is a great educational experience and a FUN activity.  All of that is magnified in a high school band program!

Final Weekend of Rehearsals and Performances!

We have arrived at the end of our 2017-2018 FVL Schools Band year!  How exciting to think of where we were last September, and where we are now.  It is always great to see the growth in our student musicians, most notably the Cadet Band and their advancement.  It really has been a very good year.  We thank the Lord for his continued blessings on our FVL Schools Band Program!

April 21 - Final rehearsal followed by Band Awards
Jazz Class will follow the Awards for those who can stay (30 - 45 minutes)

Sunday, April 22 - FVL Schools Band Concert, 6:00 PM (Cadet Band and Concert Winds)

Following our final rehearsal on Saturday, April 21, we will be handing out various awards, including medals for students who completed books since Musicfest, WSMA Solo Medals, Attendance Awards, and the Director's Awards (2).  Our awards will be presented in the FVL Auditorium.  We would like all band students and parents to be in attendance if at all possible. Grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins (and other siblings) are also welcome!

Sunday, April 22 - FVL Schools Spring Band Concert Information
The concert begins at 6:00 PM in the FVL Auditorium.
  • Band members should arrive by 5:00 PM (Concert Black and White clothing), so we can hand out Concert Vests and Ties prior to warm up.  Cadet Band and Concert Winds will report to their regular rehearsal rooms at that time.
  • The students are encouraged to wear their medals for completing books to the concert!  It adds a special touch to the band uniform, and is a visible acknowledgement of a job well-done!
  • Students who were awarded medals for the Solo Festival are also encouraged to wear them for the concert.

This is a reminder that following the concert we will be taking Band Group photos.  Please refer to the previous Update from April 14 for more information.

Parent volunteers will be needed to help distribute the vests and ties prior to the concert, as well as receive them following the band pictures.

Lesson Books Completed During the Second Semester

The students listed below have completed a lesson book and moved on in our series "Standard of Excellence" (SOE).  Our lesson series contains two books from SOE, 1 (Red), 2 (Blue).  We use the Rubank Intermediate or Advanced Method (Volumes 1 and 2) for students who advance beyond Book 2 in the Standard of Excellence series.

Book 1
Rachel Schuler, Grade 7, French Horn,Emanuel, NL 
Evan Retzlaff, Gtade 5, Alto Sax, Emanuel, NL 
Abe Kesting, Grade 7, Trumpet, Emanuel, NL 
Trinity Mulder, Grade 8, Trombone, Emanuel, NL
Alexander Krueger, Grade 5, Alto Sax, Immanuel, Gr 
Henry Pape, Grade 5, Trombone,  Immanuel, Gr
Jack Friemark, Grade 5, Trombone, Immanuel, Gr 
Jonah Toppe, Grade 5, Clarinet, St. Paul, Ap
Kyle Feuerstahler, Grade 5, Trumpet, Trinity, Ne
Connor Kempf, Grade 5, Alto Sax, Mount Olive, Ap
Isabelle Beyer, Grade 5, Alto Sax, Mount Olive, Ap
Owen Olsen, Grade 6, Alto Sax, St. Peter, Ap
Elliot Baldwin, Grade 5, Alto Sax, St. Peter, Ap

Book 2
Caleb Race, Grade 6, Trombone, Martin Luther, Ne
Elijah Ellis, Grade 8, Percussion, St. Paul. GB
Jason Uitenbroeck, Grade 8, Electric Bass, St. John, Wr
Leah Uitenbroeck, Grade 7, Flute, St. John, Wr
Ella Erdmann, Grade 6, Flute, St. Peter, Ap
Natalee Springstroh, Grade 6, Flute, St. Peter, Ap

Rubank Intermediate
Rebecca Eveland, Grade 8, Alto Sax,  Immanuel, Gr

Rubank Advanced Method, Vol 1
Levi Wolfgramm, Grade 7, Trumpet, Riverview, Ap

Congratulations to all of these students!  They will also receive their medal at this week's awards for completing their books. Students are encouraged to wear their medals for the concert this weekend.

Band Lessons and FVL instruments

Even with the recent blizzard cancellations, both Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr have reached the minimum of 24 lessons at every school.  Some schools have even received 25 or 26 lessons.  So there will not be any more lessons this school year.

Because of that, all music and FVL-owned instruments will be collected following the concert on Sunday night.

Mr. Kramer is checking with his schools to see if there is an opportunity for the band students to play in a school chapel. If that can be arranged, his students may be keeping their instruments for a few additonal weeks.  We will know by concert time if this will happen.

FVL-owned instruments are sent to Heid Music every spring for annual repair and maintenance. Students who will be renting them from us next year will, in most cases, be given the same instrument next year.  Students who are taking summer lessons or attending music camps will be issued an instrument after they are returned from Heid Music.  If you will need an instrument for the summer, please contact James Neujahr.

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Update for April 14

Friday, April 13, 2018

Due to Impending Ice/Snow/Rain/Wind - Rehearsal for April 14 will be Canceled

Mr. Kramer and I have discussed the possibilities for April 14, and I also discussed this with the FVL Administration.  No decision is easy, but we feel this is the right one.  Friday night will see significant rain, which overnight will turn to ice.  The forcast calls for ice accumulations on roads, trees, and power lines, as well as wind gusts up to 50 MPH.

So rather than have you worry tonight wondering if there will be band or not, we will call off today.

So we are now down to ONE rehearsal remaining, awards, and our Spring Concert.  Here is a summary of our remaining dates for 2017:

April 14 - Regular rehearsal - CANCELED
April 21 - Final rehearsal and Band Awards
April 22 - FVL Schools Spring Band Concert (6:00 PM)

Final Rehearsal and Band Awards

Following our final rehearsal on Saturday, April 21, we will be handing out various awards, including medals for students who completed books since Musicfest, WSMA Solo Medals, Attendance Awards, and the Director's Awards (2).  Our awards will be presented in the FVL Auditorium.  We would like all band students and parents to be in attendance if at all possible. Grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins (and other siblings) are also welcome!

Sunday, April 22 - FVL Schools Spring Band Concert
The concert begins at 6:00 PM in the FVL Auditorium.
  • Band members should arrive by 5:00 PM (Concert Black and White clothing), so we can hand out Concert Vests and Ties prior to warm up.  Cadet Band and Concert Winds will report to their regular rehearsal rooms at that time.
  • The students are encouraged to wear their medals for completing books to the concert!  It adds a special touch to the band uniform, and is a visible acknowledgement of a job well-done!
  • Students who were awarded medals for the Solo Festival are also encouraged to wear them for the concert.
Band Group Pictures

Some parents have been wondering about the band group and individual photos.  We decided after last year to discontinue using the professional photographer during a rehearsal day to take these photos.  Over the past several years the number of photo packages purchased averaged between 5 and 8 total packages.  So rather than take up more of our already limited rehearsal time, we discussed other options.

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.

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Update for April 7

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Regular Rehearsal on Saturday, April 7

After a few weeks off, we are now in the final stretch of the concert season!  Only three rehearsals remain, with our year culminating in our Awards Day and the Spring Concert.

Here is a summary of our remaining dates for 2017:

April 7 - Regular rehearsal
April 14 - Regular rehearsal
April 21 - Final rehearsal and Band Awards
April 22 - FVL Schools Spring Band Concert (6:00 PM)

Final Rehearsal and Band Awards

Following our final rehearsal on Saturday, April 21, we will be handing out various awards, including medals for students who completed books since Musicfest, WSMA Solo Medals, Attendance Awards, and the Director's Awards (2).  Our awards will be presented in the FVL Auditorium.  We would like all band students and parents to be in attendance if at all possible. Grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins (and other siblings) are also welcome!

Sunday, April 22 - FVL Schools Spring Band Concert
The concert begins at 6:00 PM in the FVL Auditorium.
  • Band members should arrive by 5:00 PM (Concert Black and White clothing), so we can hand out Concert Vests and Ties prior to warm up.  Cadet Band and Concert Winds will report to their regular rehearsal rooms at that time.
  • The students are encouraged to wear their medals for completing books to the concert!  It adds a special touch to the band uniform, and is a visible acknowledgement of a job well-done!
  • Students who were awarded medals for the Solo Festival are also encouraged to wear them for the concert.
FVL Schools Jazz Academy Reminder

Mr. Kramer is again offering several weeks of the FVL Schools Jazz Academy!  All students with at least one full year of lessons are eligible.

Rehearsals will be on the following days:

Saturdays March 3, 10, April 7, 14 (10:00 - 11:00 AM)
Mondays May 7, 14 (6:00 - 7:00 PM)

If your son/daughter is still interested, please contact Mr. Kramer.

Many Thanks to Our Crew of Attendance Takers!

Thanks to Gretchen Adrian for putting together the online sign up, as well as our many parents who have volunteered their time to help take attendance.  Your help is GREATLY appreciated!

We could still use one volunteer for each of our last three rehearsal dates - April 7, 14, and 21.  We do have one signed up for each date, but the task is made much easier with two manning the table.  You can go to our Volunteer Page for information and the Volunteer Sign Up link to add yourself to the schedule.

Summer Band Camp Opportunities

Many of our students have participated in the WELS Summer Band Camp in Milwaukee.  Although the deadline for the deposit was March 31, you may still be able to register.  All students received a camp brochure in January.  For more information and a link to the WELS Summer Band Camp website, check our Update for January 20.

UW-Green Bay also has a wonderful summer camp.  We just received information for the camp yesterday in the mail.  Their Middle School Music Camp is July 8 - 13.  Go to the link for the UW-GB Camp Brochure or visit their Summer Camp Website for more information.

 

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Update for March 10

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Regular Rehearsal on Saturday, March10

Here is a summary of our remaining dates for 2017:

March 10 - Regular rehearsal
March 17, 24, 31 - NO REHEARSAL due to Spring Break schedules and Easter
April 7 - Regular rehearsal
April 14 - Regular rehearsal
April 21 - Final rehearsal and Band Awards
April 22 - FVL Schools Spring Band Concert (6:00 PM)

Solo Results from Little Chute HS March 3

FVL Schools had 7 solo events performing at Little Chute HS on Saturday, March 3.  Most of these students participated in the WELS Middle School Honors Band Festival on February 24 and were unable to perform at FVL.  Here are their results:

CLASS C
Ryan Theimer, Trumpet - 1
Olivia Race, Trumpet - 1
Ben Grady, Snare Drum - 1

CLASS B
Rebecca Eveland, Alto Saxophone - 2
Zoe Kraus, Piano - 1
Zoe Kraus, Oboe - 1

CLASS A
Keely Adrian, Alto Saxophone - 2

For a listing of results from February 24 please refer back to the previous Update.

Well done everybody!  Thanks so much for your efforts and for using your God-given gifts in this very special way!

WELS Band Festival this weekend

Mr. Neujahr and eleven FVL Band students will be attending one of two WELS Band Festivals this weekend.  Mrs. Nogar will conduct the Concert Winds rehearsal on Saturday.  The band festival will be at Illinois Lutheran HS in Crete, IL (Southern end of the Chicago Metropolitan area).  The festival will include band students and their directors from several other WELS high schools.  Rehearsals will take place all day Friday and Saturday, with the Festival Concert at 2:00 on Sunday afternoon.

Congratulations to the following FVL Band Students for being selected for this year's WELS Band Festival:

Clarinet - Matthew Schmidt
Bassoon - Emily Lillo
Alto Saxophone - John Deng
Trumpet - Dieter Ragner
Horn - Stephen Funk, Maura Schmidt
Trombone - Connor Lynch
Euphonium - Aaron Melso
Tuba - Caleb Kolell
String Bass - Ryan Erdmann, Tommy Jungwirth

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Update for March 3

Friday, March 2, 2018

Regular Rehearsal on Saturday, March 3 and 10

Here is a summary of our remaining dates for 2017:

March 3 - Regular rehearsal 
March 10 - Regular rehearsal
April 7 - Regular rehearsal
April 14 - Regular rehearsal
April 21 - Final rehearsal and Band Awards
April 22 - FVL Schools Spring Band Concert (6:00 PM)

FVL Schools Jazz Academy

Mr. Kramer is again offering several weeks of the FVL Schools Jazz Academy!  All students with at least one full year of lessons are eligible.

Rehearsals will be on the following days:

Saturdays March 3, 10, April 7, 14 (10:00 - 11:00 AM)
Mondays May 7, 14 (6:00 - 7:00 PM)

Mr. Kramer has prepared a Poster for the Academy with more information, such as cost and how to register.

Jazz Academy Poster

Solo and Ensemble Results

First, thanks to our MANY volunteers from FVL and FVL Schools this past Saturday at our festival!  We had everything covered, and the day went very well.  Thanks also to the many parents, family members, and relatives who were in attendance to see our students perform.  Your participation in their musical education is so very important.  Thanks to all!

The solo and ensemble festival for FVL and FVL Schools Band members was very successful!  In all, the FVL Schools Band Program entered 20 events, with 6 receiving a rating of "2" and 14 events receiving a "1" rating.

FVL Schools will have 8 solo events performing at Little Chute HS on Saturday, March 3.  Most of these students participated in the WELS Middle School Honors Band Festival this past Saturday and were unable to perform at FVL.  We will have their results next week!

Special congratulations to Anthony Higareda (Riverview, Appleton) for qualifying for the State Solo and Ensemble Festival with his piano solo! In order to qualify for State, a Class A solo must be played, and must receive the highest ratings in each category.

Here are the results for our FVL Schools Band events:

CLASS C
Natalie Mroczynski, Trumpet - 2
Trinity Mulder, Trombone - 2
Trey Rhoden, Snare Drum - 2
Zachary Nogar, Snare Drum - 2
Zachary Thede, Snare Drum - 2
Kealy Doran, Alto Sax - 1
Isabelle Hass, Clarinet - 1
Isabelle Hass, Piano - 1
Lauren Hedtke, Alto Sax - 1
Elijah Ellis, Snare Drum - 1
Matteah Gehl, Clarinet - 1
Eric Kellerstrass, Snare Drum - 1
Madelyn Vanderhoof, Oboe - 1
Miranda Gehl, Clarinet - 1

CLASS B
Levi Wolfgramm, Trumpet - 2
Jacob Mindock, Euphonium - 1
Anthony Higareda, Clarinet - 1
Nora Unruh, Piano - 1
Kyra Johnson, Piano - 1

CLASS A
Anthony Higareda, Piano - 1* (going to State Solo and Ensemble)

The FVL Band and Choir students also did very well, with 1 event receiving a "2" rating and 36 events receiving a "1" rating!  Of those 36, 21 events are advancing to the State Solo and Ensemble Festival!

The following FVL band events advanced to the state festival (all Class A)

Alto Sax Solo - John Deng
Double Bass Solo - Ryan Erdmann
Bassoon Solo - Emily Lillo
Violin and Double Bass Duet - Bill Yan and Ryan Erdmann
Woodwind/String Ensemble
Saxophone Quartet
Brass Choir
Percussion Mallet Quartet
Percussion Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble

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Update for February 17

Friday, February 16, 2018

Rehearsal on Saturday, February 17

We will have rehearsal on Saturday, February 17.  This is the same weekend as the FVL Schools Basketball Tournament.  We realize that some kids may be involved in basketball games as players or cheerleaders.  That is OK, and students should be with their teams.  Most students should be able to make some or all of the band rehearsal, however, and we ask that if it is at all possible to attend band.  Many band students wear their uniforms/warm ups on that day to rehearsal, which is totally acceptable.  Even if students arrive late or have to leave early, that is better than not coming at all.  Last year we actually had very good attendance on Tournament weekend, since most of the kids are at FVL anyway cheering on their teams.

Members of the Concert Winds will be receiving new music on Saturday.  For students who cannot attend rehearsal due to BB games, they should try to stop in and at least pick up the new music, as well as turn in music that was performed at Winterfest.

Here is a summary of our remaining February dates:
February 17 - Regular rehearsal
February 24 - Solo Festival for 7th and 8th grade students; No rehearsal for Cadet/Concert Winds

In the month of March we will only have two rehearsals on Saturday, March 3 and March 10.  Then in April we have three rehearsals, on April 7, 14, and 21.  Then we are done!  So there aren't too many rehearsals left before our Spring Concert. Please make EVERY EFFORT to have your band students at those rehearsals.

For more Solo and Ensemble information, refer to the previous Director's Update

Below are links to schedules, maps, and general information for the Solo and Ensemble Festival to be held at FVL on February 24:

FVL Schools Solo Times 
This schedule has the Site and the Times for our FVL Schools Events.

FVL HS Solo Times
This schedule shows all of the FVL events.  Many of our students have siblings at FVL performing solos or in ensembles.  If at all possible, try to attend some of these events as well!

FVL Building Map
This map shows the locations of the various Sites, as well as warm up rooms, homerooms, canteen, and information table.

General Festival Information
This document has lots of useful information, such as parking, building use, food information, equipment provided, and so on.

Volunteer Request for the FVL Solo and Ensemble Festival

We have had a very good response with the Volunteer Sign Up!  We are still looking for more help, however.  Please consider helping to make our day a success.  We are mostly in need of afternoon Door Monitors and Room Chairmen, but various other tasks are also in need of help.

Here is information and the link to the SignUp.com Form: Solo and Ensemble Volunteer Sign Up

I should point out that, when scrolling to the bottom of the sign up list, you will see the following message:
Displaying 25 of 42 spots for Sat Feb 24, 2018 Show more spots »
In order to see the remainder of the spots, you will need to click on "Show more spots". Most of those are the afternoon positions, so I just wanted to alert you to click on that to show the full list.

 

Schedule for the Solo and Ensemble Festival at Little Chute HS on March 3

Some of our FVL Schools Students will be performing their solos at Little Chute HS on March 3 due to their participation in the WELS Middle Schools Honors Band Festival on February 24.  PLEASE NOTE - the original site was to be Freedom HS, but has moved to Little Chute HS.  We have the schedule of the solo times.  Any other information, maps, and so on will be posted when we receive them.

FVL Schools Solo Times for Little Chute HS

Information for WELS Middle School Honors Band participants

Much of the following information was shared previously via email, but it would be helpful to have this information shared again.

Mrs. Temu will be our bus driver for the day!  Our students and Mr. Kramer will ride in a small Kobussen bus to the festival.  The bus will be at the Commons Entrance by 6:45, and will leave at 7:00 AM.  Please be on time for the departure.  The bus will return again following the concert.  Your son/daughter may ride the bus back to FVL (arrive approximately 9:30 PM) or you may give your son/daughter a ride home if you are at the concert.  Either way, please let Mr. Kramer know your intentions so that he is aware of your plans.  If giving your child a ride home, check them out personally with Mr. Kramer so we know everyone is accounted for.  If you are not there when the bus departs, your child will ride the bus.

Below are the documents we have received from Kettle Morain Lutheran regarding the Honors Festival.  Please read them so you are aware of what is needed for the day, such as what the students should wear for the day and the concert, schedules, meals, and so on. The Honors Festival is at Kettle Moraine Lutheran HS (KML) on Saturday, February 24.

Parent Letter
Student Letter
Festival Schedule

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Information for Student Soloists - February 24

Friday, February 2, 2018

Solo day is fast approaching!  Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr have been working with most of our 7th and 8th graders for the past two months 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 Fox Valley Lutheran High School on Saturday, February 24.  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 37  events entered, including instrumental solos and ensembles, choral solos and ensembles, many piano solos, among other events.  The FVL Schools Band Program has 23 solo events entered!  Most are class B or C, but we do have a few class A solos entered as well.

Eight of our students will be performing their solos on March 3 at Freedom HS, as they are also participating in the WELS Middle School Honors Band Festival at Kettle Moraine Lutheran HS on February 24.  The basic information following will be the same for those students, but the schedules will come out about a week after the FVL schedules are announced.

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 February 24 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 February 24, 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 February 24.  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 FVL Gym will be used as the homeroom for all schools.  A section of the bleachers will be labled showing each school's designated area.

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)

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Solo and Ensemble Volunteers

Friday, February 2, 2018

Saturday, February 24th marks a big day in the music schedule of Fox Valley Lutheran High School! On that day our school will host the solo/ensemble festival for members of the Northeast Music Conference. Times for this event will be approximately 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, with volunteer needs ranging from 7:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. In addition to FVL, the FVL Middle School Band students, St. Martin Lutheran Grade School, Clintonville HS, and Waupaca HS will be participating in our solo and ensemble event.

In order to make this event a successful and memorable experience for our students, we will need many volunteers to act as room chairmen, office workers, hall monitors, kitchen helpers, and adult supervisors for warm-up areas, homerooms, and the like. Job descriptions for these volunteer positions have been included in the Sign-Up form. We are looking for people who can help for the day or half-day, but even those parents who can spare a couple of hours will be greatly appreciated.

This is also a wonderful opportunity for other relatives, grandparents, FVL Band and Choir alumni, and supporters of FVL to get involved. If you know people that would like to help, please share the link with them or forward this email.

Please access the response form at the following link. Please submit the form no later than Friday, February 12th, so that we will have ample time plan for the day. Please email Mr. Neujahr at jneujahr@fvlhs.org with any questions you might have.

Here is information and the link to the SignUp.com Form: Solo and Ensemble Volunteer Sign Up

 

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Update for January 27

Friday, January 26, 2018

Regular Rehearsal this week

Both Cadet Band and Concert Winds will rehearse this Saturday, January 27.  We are busy preparing our selections for the upcoming FVL Musicfest - Red, White, and Blues to be held on Sunday, Januray 28.

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 3 or 10, but will resume again on February 17.  Please make special note of February 10, as it was originally scheduled as a rehearsal day.

Musicfest Reminders

Our Cadet Band and Concert Winds will be performing on Sunday, January 28, 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 Choir 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 (Kid's Room in the small gym, 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 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.  Since the theme is "Red, White, and Blues," the kids could wear clothes to match that theme.

For more information about Musicfest (schedules, cost, food, entertainment, etc.) please refer back to our Director's Update from last week, January 20.

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