Update for February 18

Friday, February 17, 2017

Rehearsal on Saturday, February 18

We will have rehearsal on Saturday, February 18.  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 18 - Regular rehearsal
February 25 - Solo Festival for 7th and 8th grade students; No rehearsal for Cadet/Concert Winds

The month of March is a bit odd, in that we will only have rehearsal on Saturday, March 4.  Because of the FVL Musical, WELS National Band Festival, and Spring Break, we only have that one date available for rehearsal.  Because of that, please make EVERY EFFORT to have your band students at that rehearsal.

Solo and Ensemble notes for February 25

Note that on Saturday, February 25, we will not have rehearsal.  Most of our 7th and 8th grade students, as well as Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr, will be in Clintonville for the Northeast Conference Solo and Ensemble event.

This is the same festival that the FVL high school band and choir students will be attending.  FVL has about 30  events entered, including instrumental solos and ensembles, choral solos and ensembles, many piano solos, among other events.  The FVL Schools Band Program also has about 30 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.

There is quite a bit of information in the Update for February 4 for students performing a solo.  Please refer to that page for information on what to wear, student introductions, and so on.

An email was sent to all parents of students who are performing a solo with a preliminary schedule.  The final schedule will be sent to us early next week, and at that time I will send another email with final schedule, maps, and any other important information.

WELS Band Camp 2017 Poster.jpg

Brochures for the WELS Summer Band Camp will be available for pick up at Saturday's rehearsal.

Many of our students have attended this camp in recent years, and they have all had a wonderful time!  The week-long overnight camp takes place at WLHS in Milwaukee and is happening  June 18-23! This year's theme is "Let's Celebrate!" and they are more than excited to share this wonderful week of fun, learning, and musical growth with our students. The camp is open to students entering 6-9th grade in the 2017-2018 school year.

The camp has a very nice website with information, such as contact information, cost, and registration forms at WELS Summer Band Camp.

The WELS Summer Band Camp Parent Letter has a lot more information as well.  Go to the link for a bit more information on what the students will experience at the camp.

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Update for February 4

Friday, February 03, 2017

No Rehearsal on Saturday, February 4

This week is a scheduled break for Saturday rehearsal.  Please note that we WILL rehearse next Saturday, February 11.  Many of our schools have off on Thursday and Friday next week due to the Teacher's Conference.

Here is a summary of our remaining February dates:
February 11 - Regular rehearsal
February 18 - Regular rehearsal
February 25 - Solo Festival for 7th and 8th grade students; No rehearsal for Cadet/Concert Winds

Information for Students who are performing a solo on February 25

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 Clintonville High School on Saturday, February 25.  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).

We will receive the preliminary schedules and other information for February 25 this next week sometime.  I should be able to post links to the schedules in next week's update.

IMPORTANT: If for some reason your son or daughter will NOT be performing their solo on February 25, 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 25.  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. You are also responsible for your own instrument!  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 CHS 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!  Leave early and allow plenty of time to get to Clintonville HS. You will also need extra 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)

Mr. Kramer Lesson Schedule for Next Week (February 6 - 10)
Monday - same - Martin Luther, N., Trinity, N., Martin Luther, Osh.
Tuesday - same - Immanuel, Greenville
Wednesday - change - Alex Sawall, Imm. Gr. & Emanuel, NL (NO St. Paul, App.)
Thursday - same - St. Peter, Fr., Home School @ FVL
Friday - change - NO LESSONS
Mr. Neujahr will give lessons on the normal days, with the exception of Riverview (No School on Thursday due to Teacher's Conference)

 

 

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Update for January 28

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Regular Rehearsal this week

Both Cadet Band and Concert Winds will rehearse this Saturday, January 28.  We are busy preparing our selections for the upcoming FVL Musicfest - Time Travel to be held on Januray 29.  The Concert Winds will rehearse on the Stage this week, and the Cadet Band will be in the Choir Room as normal.

There will not be a jazz ensemble class this weekend.

Note that we will not have rehearsal on February 4, but will resume again on February 11.

This weekend is our FVL Musicfest performance!  It is not easy for our students to learn new music and prepare it for performance in just three short rehearsals.  Our directors want to thank them all for their efforts and their willingness to share their musical gifts with our audience!

For Musicfest information - such as when to report, what to wear, schedules, etc. - please refer back to the Director's Update for January 21.

WELS Summer Band Camp!

Many of our students have attended this camp in recent years, and they have all had a wonderful time!  The week-long overnight camp takes place at WLHS in Milwaukee and is happening  June 18-23! This year's theme is "Let's Celebrate!" and they are more than excited to share this wonderful week of fun, learning, and musical growth with our students. The camp is open to students entering 6-9th grade in the 2017-2018 school year.

The camp has a very nice website with information, such as contact information, cost, and registration forms at WELS Summer Band Camp.

The WELS Summer Band Camp Parent Letter has a lot more information as well.  Go to the link for a bit more information on what the students will experience at the camp.

 

 

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Update for January 21

Friday, January 20, 2017

Regular Rehearsal this week and next week

Both Cadet Band and Concert Winds will rehearse this Saturday and next, January 21 and 28.  We are busy preparing our selections for the upcoming FVL Musicfest - Time Travel to be held on Januray 29.

Note that we will not have rehearsal on February 4, but will resume again on February 11.

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 Clintonville HS on Saturday, February 25.  For more information on this topic, refer back to our Update for December 2.

Mr. Neujahr will be registering these solos with the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) next week, with all entries completed by Thursday, January 26.  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 February 25, 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 29, for Musicfest.  Our three bands - FVL Schools Cadet and Wind Ensemble and the FVL Symphonic Band - will begin performance at 12:00 PM, and will be in the Auditorium.  Students should be at FVL by 11:15 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.

Musicfest Large Group Schedule - FVL Auditorium unless noted
  • 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)
  • 2:15 FVL Men's Choir
  • 2:30 FVL Women's Choir
  • 2:45 FVL A Cappella Choir
  • 3:00 Silent auction bidding closes (wave 2 - Commons)
  • 3:15 FVL Jazz Ensemble (Commons Stage)
  • 3:30 Wall of Giving Reveal (Commons)
  • 3:40 Choraliers

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 $2 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 (repeated from last week's Update)
All of our FVL Schools Band parents will have the opportunity to volunteer for Musicfest. Parents of our high school and grade school music students will all 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.

 

Please click on the following SignUp.com link to sign up to volunteer for one or more spots on either Saturday, Jan. 28 for event setup (2-5PM), or Sunday, Jan. 29 for a shift during the event itself.

http://signup.com/go/MYmv69

Signup.com will email you a reminder two days prior to your spot(s).

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.  We will be receiving more information in the coming weeks, such as brochures, posters, and so on.  But for now you can 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 18 - 23, and will be held at Wisconsin Lutheran High School in Milwaukee.

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Update for January 14

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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.  These first two weeks of lessons in 2017 have been a bit of a challenge, with weather delays, cancellations, and so on.  It is exciting that many of our students DID practice over the break, and it has been a pleasure to hear what our students accomplished during the vacation.  A few even worked ahead a page or two after missing lessons due to the weather.  Thanks, kids, for your efforts!

I had a wonderful experience at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago!  With over 17,000 directors 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 14

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 (formerly known as "Winterfest") which will be held on Sunday, January 29. 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 14
January  21
January 28
January 29 (Sunday) - FVL Musicfest

Go to the following link for our Full Saturday Rehearsal Schedule

FVL Schools Jazz Class will also meet this Saturday, as well as next week, February 21.

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 11:15 that day to prepare for our performance.  Again, we will have more detailed information in the coming weeks.

We are very excited for the upcoming FVL Musicfest!  The theme this year is "Time Travel".  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. We will have a children's area in the small gym, and the FVL Marionettes will perform.  New this year will be a "Wall of Giving"!  There will also be an awesome silent auction with many great items to bid on. Admission is $2 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 will have the opportunity to volunteer for Musicfest. Parents of our high school and grade school music students will all 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.

 

Please click on the following SignUp.com link to sign up to volunteer for one or more spots on either Saturday, Jan. 28 for event setup (2-5PM), or Sunday, Jan. 29 for a shift during the event itself.


 

Signup.com will email you a reminder two days prior to your spot(s).

 

Any spots that are not filled by January 22 will have families assigned to them.


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)
  • 2:15 FVL Men's Choir
  • 2:30 FVL Women's Choir
  • 2:45 FVL A Cappella Choir
  • 3:00 Silent auction bidding closes (wave 2 - Commons)
  • 3:15 FVL Jazz Ensemble (Commons Stage)
  • 3:30 Wall of Giving Reveal (Commons)
  • 3:40 Choraliers
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 so far this year.  For that we are thankful!

With all of the 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.

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Update for December 2

Friday, December 02, 2016

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,  and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."  (Isaiah 9:6)

"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times." (Micah 5:2)

We rejoice in the birth of our Savior, the little baby Jesus, who would one day suffer and die for us.  We rejoice that He was sent to earth so that we can have the blessed hope of eternal life in Heaven.  From the directors in the FVL Schools Band Program, to all of you - band members, parents, and teachers in our FVL Schools - we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

As there are no Saturday rehearsals in December, this will be the final Update for 2016. Our next group rehearsal will be held on Saturday, January 14.

Solo Music for our 7th and 8th Grade Students

Over the past two weeks, Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr have been handing out solo music to the 7th and 8th grade band students.  This music will be played on Saturday, February 25, at the WSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival which will take place at Clintonville High School.  This is the same location as last year, when many of our students performed solos.  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 help 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 few months.

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 February 25.  All of these books will be provided for your children, with the cost covered by the FVL Schools Band Program.  After February 25, 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.

Lesson Schedule for December 5 - 23

Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr will have REGULAR LESSONS during the week of December 5 - 9.

A few of our schools are a lesson or two behind the others due to vacation days, class trips, and so on. In an effort to keep lessons at each school as even as possible, we will use the following lesson schedule for the week of December 12 - 16:

Mr. Neujahr
NO LESSONS - Mr. Neujahr will be attending the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago from Tuesday evening, December 13 - Thursday, December 15.  Over 17,000 directors, students, members of middle school, high school, univerisity, and professional performing groups, and music industry personnel attend this clinic, which is recognized as the finest of its kind in the entire world.

Mr. Kramer
Monday, December 12 - Regular Monday Lessons (Martin Luther/Trinity, Neenah; Martin Luther, Oshkosh)
Tuesday, December 13 - NO LESSONS
Wednesday, Dcember 14 - NO LESSONS
Thursday, December 15 - NO LESSONS
Friday, December 16 - Regular Friday Lessons (One student at Immanuel, Greenville; Emanual, New London)

There will be NO LESSONS during the week of December 19 - 23 at any schools.

Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin (LVW) Invitation

This is a reminder that 8th grade students are eligible for LVW 2017.  Our first camp of the new season will be held at FVL on January 7-8.  Much more information can be found on our LVW Website.  For more information, check out the "Join" tab.

If any of our 8th grade students are interested in attending the camp, please keep an eye on the LVW website for additional announcements.  Students who intend to participate in LVW 2017, or who will be joining us for the camp, should Register for LVW 2017.  Please register by December 16.  If you need any more information, please don't hesitate to contact Mr. Neujahr at jneujahr@fvlhs.org.

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Update for November 19

Friday, November 18, 2016

Final Rehearsal for 2016

We will be rehearsing this Saturday, November 19.  This is our eighth 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 Choir Room as normal.

Final rehearsal - November  19 (8:15 - 9:45 AM)
November 20 - 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 26 through Saturday, January 7.  We will resume our Saturday rehearsals again on January 14.

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 20

Our concert on Sunday, November 20, 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.

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 Symphonic Band, the Cadet Band, and the Concert Winds.  So that you can plan your afternoon, the concert should be over before between 3:15 and 3:30 PM.

When students arrive on concert day, they should go to their "normal" rehearsal rooms - Cadet Band to the Choir 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.

For concert dress (what our students should wear), refer back to previous posts from the October Updates.

Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin (LVW) Preview Saturday, November 19

Most of our 8th grade band students have received a flyer with information for our upcoming LVW 2017 Preview Day to be held on Saturday, November 19.  The event will run from 1 - 4 PM.  All of our 8th grade band students are welcome and invited to attend, as they are all eligible for this awesome summer marching band.  In fact, a few of our 8th graders have already registered to attend this event!  Parents are also invited, as we wil preview our upcoming 2017 season, look at our performance and rehearsal schedules, and talk about how we distribute information moving forward.

Pizza will be served to all in attendance before heading home, so we want all attendees (student and parents) to fill out the Preview Day Registration Form.

Brass and woodwind students should bring their regular band instrument to the Preview Day.  Students who are interested in our Percussion section or Color Guard do not need to bring instruments, as the equipment will be provided.

All students attending should wear comfortable clothing suitable for physical activity (Marching!).  Sweats or shorts are perfectly acceptable.

For much more information about LVW and what it has to offer, visit our Homepage.

Parents and students who are Facebook users may want to check our our LVW Facebook Page.  There you will see lots of pictures from previous years and the activities of our LVW members.

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.

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)
Carolina Qualmann, Grade 6, Clarinet, Immanuel, Greenville
Zachary Nogar, Grade 7, Percussion, Mount Olive, Appleton
Pierce Krowas, Grade 6, Percussion, Mount Olive, Appleton

Students Completing Book Two (Blue)
Nick Kraftzenk, Grade 6, Tenor Saxophone, Mount Olive, Appleton
Leah Nolte, Grade 7, French Horn, Riverview, Appleton
Kealy Doran, Grade 7, Alto Saxophone, Riverview, Appleton
Olivia Race, Grade 6, Trumpet, Martin Luther, Neenah
Ryan Feuerstahler, Grade 6, Euphonium, Trinity, Neenah
Courtney Kufahl, Grade 7, Alto Saxophone, Immanuel, Greenville
Jefferson Heyer, Grade 8, Tuba, Immanuel, Greenville
Lauren Kedtke, Grade 7, Alto Saxophone, Immanuel, Greenville

Students Completing Rubank Intermediate
Levi Wolfgramm, Grade 6, Trumpet, Riverview, Appleton

Thanksgiving Week Lesson Schedule

The lesson schedule this week will be mostly normal, with the following exceptions:

Mr. Kramer will have a normal lesson schedule for Monday through Wednesday.  There will be no lessons this week at St. Peter or Emanuel on Thursday and Friday.

Mr. Neujahr will have a normal schedule for Monday and Tuesday.

Wednesday Schedule for Mr. Neujahr

  • St. Paul, GB - lessons at the regular time
  • St. Mark, GB - No lessons (no school)
  • St. John, Wrightstown - No lessons
  • Riverview, Appleton - Lessons given in the afternoon for grade 7 and 8 (5 and 6 on a field trip)

 

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Update for November 12

Friday, November 11, 2016

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 12 - regular rehearsal
November 19 - regular rehearsal
November 20 - 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 play a few selections at this concert.  It will be a wonderful opportunity to see the entire FVL band program, from beginners to high school!

Following our November concert, we will not have Saturday morning practices again until Saturday, January 14!  I should point out that lessons will continue into December as normal.

Reminder of Concert Notes for Sunday, November 20

Our concert on Sunday, November 20, 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.

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 Symphonic Band, the Cadet Band, and the Concert Winds.  So that you can plan your afternoon, the concert should be over before between 3:15 and 3:30 PM.

When students arrive on concert day, they should go to their "normal" rehearsal rooms - Cadet Band to the Choir 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.

For concert dress (what our students should wear), refer back to previous posts from the October Updates.

Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin (LVW) Preview only a week away

Most of our 8th grade band students have received a flyer with information for our upcoming LVW 2017 Preview Day to be held on Saturday, November 19.  The event will run from 1 - 4 PM.  All of our 8th grade band students are welcome and invited to attend, as they are all eligible for this awesome summer marching band.  In fact, a few of our 8th graders have already registered to attend this event!  Parents are also invited, as we wil preview our upcoming 2017 season, look at our performance and rehearsal schedules, and talk about how we distribute information moving forward.

Pizza will be served to all in attendance before heading home, so we want all attendees (student and parents) to fill out the Preview Day Registration Form.

Brass and woodwind students should bring their regular band instrument to the Preview Day.  Students who are interested in our Percussion section or Color Guard do not need to bring instruments, as the equipment will be provided.

All students attending should wear comfortable clothing suitable for physical activity (Marching!).  Sweats or shorts are perfectly acceptable.

For much more information about LVW and what it has to offer, visit our Homepage.

Parents and students who are Facebook users may want to check our our LVW Facebook Page.  There you will see lots of pictures from previous years and the activities of our LVW members.

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Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin!

Friday, November 04, 2016

All 8th grade band members and their parents are invited to the Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin (LVW) Preview Day on Saturday, November 19, at FVL.  The event will begin at 1:00 PM, and will end with a pizza party (no charge!).   The entire event will be over by approximately 4:00.  It is our hope that all current 8th grade members can join us for this exciting preview event.

More information for our Preview can be found on LVW's website.  There is also a link to the RSVP for the LVW Preview Day.  So that we can plan accurately for our pizza order, please RSVP by Monday, November 14.

LVW is an activity offered through the FVL band program.  It is open to all 8th graders and all high school students and is even open to non-band students who are interested in color guard and our "front ensemble".

We are very excited for our upcoming summer!  LVW will be participating in 10 parades and 10 field shows between June 9 and July 15.  We will be performing throughout eastern and southern Wisconsin, and Traverse City, Michigan during our 2017 summer tour!

For those who are unfamiliar with our group, Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin is a competitive marching band made up of students from nine WELS high schools:

Fox Valley LHS - Appleton
Kettle Moraine LHS - Jackson
Manitowoc LHS -Manitowoc
Luther HS - Onalaska
Luther Preparatory School - Watertown
Northland LHS -Wausau
Shoreland LHS - Somers
Winnebago Lutheran Academy - Fond du Lac
Wisconsin Lutheran HS - Milwaukee

LVW is also open to ANY WELS student in grade 8 - 12, no matter where they live or what school they attend!  Therefore, public school and home school students are also eligible, as long as they are members of a WELS congregation.

You can view a full-color, twelve page LVW 2017 Membership Information Packet with an overview of our season and much more on the LVW Website under our JOIN page.

LVW functions to provide a Christ-centered activity within which students can experience growth, both as an individual and as a member of a group.  Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin has always been one of the finest parade marching bands in the Midwest, and has displayed its excellence on the street with many award-winning performances from Calgary to Minnesota, from Wisconsin and Michigan all the way to Maine, Massachusetts and Georgia!  In the summer of 2010, LVW entered competitive field marching with great success.  This coming summer will undoubtedly bring the same excitement that our LVW family, both students and adults, were treated to for the past thirty-nine years.

Since our founding in 1978, LVW has performed or appeared in Wisconsin, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Wyoming, Alberta, and Ontario.  All our success, however, is governed by one basic philosophy: All that we do is done to the glory of God!

If you would like to learn more about the group, plan on joining us on November 19 for an exciting intro to what life is like in Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin! The day will include information for parents, with special emphasis on answering questions you may have about our group, rehearsal logistics, summer travel, cost, and so on.  Even if you are not sure if LVW is a possibility for this coming summer, please join us to find out what our group can offer your child at some point in their high school career. Students are to bring their woodwind/brass instrument to the preview day.  Percussion students are not required to bring their instruments.

You can find out much more about Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin on our website at www.lutheranvanguard.org.  We also have a very informative page on Facebook under "Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin".

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Update for November 5

Friday, November 04, 2016

Rehearsals resume this week

After two weeks off, we are back for rehearsal on Saturday, November 5.  Counting this rehearsal, we only have three more rehearsals until our concert on November 20.  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.

We will be fitting our Cadet Band and Concert Winds members with concert vests during the rehearsal on November 5.  Thanks to our parent volunteers for helping to make this happen!  If your son or daughter will miss this weekend, we will try to fit the vests either at an upcoming rehearsal or before the concert on November 20.

Here is our upcoming rehearsal and performance schedule:
November 5 - regular rehearsal
November 12 - regular rehearsal
November 19 - regular rehearsal
November 20 - Fall Band Concert

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).  The FVL Symphonic Band will also play a few selections at this concert.  It will be a wonderful opportunity to see the entire FVL band program, from beginners to high school!

Following our November concert, we will not have Saturday morning practices again until Saturday, January 14!

Concert Vest fittings on Saturday, November 5

We will be fitting the concert vests for the Cadet Band and Concert Winds students on Saturday, November 5 during the rehearsal.  We have several moms who have volunteered to help.  If any more parents are willing to help, or would just like to be around to "learn the ropes", you are more than welcome to join us. Thanks for considering this very important volunteer opportunity!

The concert vest fittings will take place in the Green Room (across from the Choir Room entrance) due to a Nothing but Net tournament at FVL this weekend.

Then on the day of the concert (November 20) we would also need parent volunteers to assist with distributing the vests before the concert and collecting them after the concert.  Let me know if you are able to help on concert day.

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.

8th Grade ACT Aspire Test this Saturday

Some of our band students may be taking the Aspire test this Saturday. If your son or daughter is taking the test, they may certainly leave rehearsal early.  As they need to be in their testing rooms before 9:00, they may be able to attend rehearsal for about the first 30 or 40 minutes.  If they are taking the test on November 5, they must get to FVL early enough to be fitted for their concert vests before going to the testing room, even if they are not going to attend the rehearsal.

Lesson Schedule Changes for November 7-11

Both Mr. Neujahr and Mr. Kramer will be participating with the FVL Symphonic Band on Thursday, November 10 and Friday, November 11 at several Veteran's Programs.  On Thursday, the FVL Symphonic Band will be playing at St. Paul, Appleton and Bethlehem, Hortonville for their programs.  Then on Friday, the band will play for the FVL Program, and then play for the Appleton area Veteran's Day Observance in downtown Appleton.

Mr. Kramer will also be working on several band-related projects this next week, so most of his time will be spent at FVL.

With those items in mind, here are the lesson schedule changes for this coming week:

Mr. Neujahr will not be giving lessons at Riverview on Thursday, November 10.  He will be giving lessons as normal on Monday - Wednesday.

Mr. Kramer will give lessons at Emanuel, New London on Friday afternoon instead of Friday morning.  He will not be giving any other lessons from Monday - Thursday.

Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin - A great opportunity for our 8th Grade Students!

Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin (LVW) is about to begin their 2017 season.  This will be the 40th Anniversary season for LVW!  FVL has been a major contributor to LVW all of those years, as we have served as the "Home" for LVW and every year more than half of the LVW members have been FVL students.  We thank God for the marvelous blessing that LVW has been, and ask His continued blessings as we move toward our next season.

For MUCH more information about this wonderful program, please refer to the LVW POST.

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