October 17 Update

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Regular Rehearsal on Saturday, October 19

This weekend is the FVL Schools A-Team Volleyball Tournament.  Many of our students are involved with this as well.  If at all possible, please try to have your kids come to a portion of the rehearsal.  Remember it is OK if they wear their volleyball uniforms to rehearsal!  Thanks to many of our parents and students who have already let us know they will be missing rehearsal due to the tournament.  Volleyball players will still get attendance credit even if they come for a portion of the rehearsal.

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

October 19
November 2, 9, 23
November 24 - Fall Concert (2:00 PM)

Please note there is no rehearsal on Saturday, November 16.  We are hosting the WELS Middle School Honors Band Festival that day.  All are welcome to the concert.  It will begin at 6:30 in the FVL Auditorium.

Lesson Schedule for next Week, October 21 - 23

Due to the state-wide Teacher's Conferences, there will be no lessons on Thursday and Friday.

Mr. Neujahr will be giving lessons at his schools Monday through Wednesday as normal.

Mr. Kramer's schedule for next week will be as follows:

Monday - NO LESSONS at Trinity, Neenah. There will be lessons at Immanuel, Greenville (special schedule sent by Mrs. Kramer)
Tuesday - NO LESSONS at St. Paul, Appleton. There will be lessons at Immanuel, Greenville (special schedule sent by Mrs. Kramer)
Wednesday - Regular lesson schedule at Emanuel, New London.

 

Also note that we do NOT have a rehearsal scheduled for Saturday, October 26.

Fall Fundraiser - Order Pick Up

DELIVERY DATE: Saturday, November 2 • 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.

Concert Vest Fittings

If your son or daughter was not here last week when we fit the concert vests, we will either fit them prior to the concert or possibly at an upcoming rehearsal.

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October 10 Update

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Regular Rehearsal on Saturday, October 12

This weekend there are a few soccer or volleyball tournaments.  Many of our students are likely involved.  If at all possible, please try to have your kids come to a portion of the rehearsal.  Remember it is OK if they wear their uniforms to rehearsal!

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

October 12 (Concert Vest Fittings), 19
November 2, 9, 23
November 24 - Fall Concert (2:00 PM)

Fall Fundraiser Updates

Thanks to all of our students, parents, relatives and friends for again doing their best for the Fall Fundraiser!  Preliminary numbers are in, and this may change once we get our final numbers from Hansen's.  We set our goal at $5000 in total sales.  Last year we had $6500 in total sales.  This year we had $3375 in online sales, and $5277 in "paper form" sales for a grand total of $8652!  Nice work everybody!

DELIVERY DATE: Saturday, November 2 • 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.

Concert Vest Fittings will be Saturday, October 12

We will fit the concert vests for the Cadet Band and Concert Winds students on Saturday, October 12 during the rehearsal.  A few moms or dads is all that is needed.  We have a few moms who have volunteerd for our uniform crew, but more would be welcome on fitting day.  Thanks for considering this very important volunteer opportunity!

Please let me know if you are able to help out on Saturday.  Respond to jneujahr@fvlhs.org.

Then on the day of the concert (November 24) we would need our parent uniform volunteers to assist with distributing the vests before the concert and collecting them after the concert.

Concert Dress for the November 24 concert

So that you have adequate time to prepare, here is a summary 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.

WELS Middle School Honors Band

Congratulations to seven of our FVL Schools Band members for being selected for the WELS Middle Schools Honors Band Festival! The school programs involved include Fox Valley Lutheran, Illinois Lutheran, Kettle Moraine Lutheran, Lakeside Lutheran, Luther High School, Manitowoc Lutheran, Northland Lutheran, Shoreland Lutheran, Winnebago Lutheran Academy, and Wisconsin Lutheran.  The festival will take place at FVL on Saturday, Saturday, November 16.  The Honors Concert will begin at 6:30 PM.

The students selected from our program include Natalee Springstroh and Aliya Sulzle (Flute), Bethany Fick (Bassoon), Alexander Krueger (Alto Saxophone), Ella Erdmann (Clarinet), Emma Nilson, and Caleb Race (Trombone).  Natalee, Bethany, Ella, Emma, and Caleb were also selected last year.

Many Volunteer Spots are still open for the Honors Festival day.  Please check the September 27 Update for a listing of the volunteer needs, as well as a link to the sign up form.  Thanks for considering!

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October 3 Update

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Regular Rehearsal on Saturday, October 5

This weekend is also the Neenah Soccer Tournament.  Many of our students are involved with this as well.  If at all possible, please try to have your kids come to a portion of the rehearsal.  Remember it is OK if they wear their soccer uniforms to rehearsal!

PLEASE NOTE:  All paper fundraising forms and all checks must be turned in by this Saturday.  If you have paper form sales/checks and your son or daughter will NOT be at rehearsal the envelope will need to be dropped off at the FVL office by Wednesday, October 9, before 2:00 PM.

Concert Winds will rehearse on the stage this Saturday due to the upcoming FVL Band and Choir concert on Sunday.  Cadet Band will rehearse in the Band Room this week due to an extended FVL Choraliers rehearsal using the choir room and the Fine Arts Room.

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

October 5, 12 (Concert Vest Fittings), 19
November 2, 9, 23
November 24 - Fall Concert (2:00 PM)

Fall Fundraiser Update

We have $2655 in online sales so far!  That compares well to the $1800 we had in sales at this point last year.  There are many more "paper order forms" with more sales.  We will not know that total until after this weekend.  Although the paper forms/envelopes/checks will be turned in at Saturday's rehearsal, the online sales window will still be open until midnight on Monday, October 7!

Early Prizes for Online Sales - Wave Two!

Since we did not have an opportunity to give out a second wave of prizes at the actual "midpoint" of our sales, we will reward students at tomorrow's rehearsal.  The top 6 students with items sold in online sales by Saturday, October 5 will receive a giant box of Theater Candy.  We won't know until Saturday morning who those students are. There is still plenty of time yet this week to make some more online sales to achieve this prize!

Fundraiser Timeline:

FUNDRAISER Kickoff:  Saturday, September 14

FUNDRAISER TURN-IN DATE:  Saturday, October 5

All orders & money MUST be turned in on this date. To get your profit be sure to fill in the top 3 lines of the paper forms.  Please turn in BOTH COPIES (white and yellow) of your order form. The order forms will be returned to you on delivery day.

VOLUNTEER REQUEST - it would be very good to have one or two parents on Saturday to receive the form/money envelopes.  The duty will simply include sitting at a table and collect the envelopes/forms from the kids as they enter for rehearsal.  There will also be a check-off sheet so we can keep track of which students turned in forms that day.  If you can help out with this, please let me know by contacting me at jneujahr@fvlhs.org.  Thanks so much for considering!

DELIVERY DATE: Saturday, November 2 • 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.

ALL MONEY IS DUE: When you turn in your order.  Use the Envelope provided in the packet.

MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: FVL Schools Band Program

More information is in the September 12 Update.  Refer to that Update for links to forms and other instructions for filling out your paper forms, setting up your online account, prizes, and so on.

Concert Vest Fittings will be Saturday, October 12

We will fit the concert vests for the Cadet Band and Concert Winds students on Saturday, October 12 during the rehearsal.  A few moms or dads is all that is needed.  We have a few moms who have volunteerd for our uniform crew, but more would be welcome on fitting day.  Thanks for considering this very important volunteer opportunity!

Then on the day of the concert (November 24) we would need our parent uniform volunteers to assist with distributing the vests before the concert and collecting them after the concert.

Concert Dress for the November 24 concert

So that you have adequate time to prepare, here is a summary 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.

Band mom Angela Schabo has a pair of girls black pants and a white blouse that would fit size 10/11.  If you would like these items for your daughter, contact Angela at arschabo@gmail.com.  Thanks Angela!

FVL Band and Choir Fall Sacred Concert

The FVL Band and Choirs will present their Fall Sacred Concert on Sunday, October 6.  The concert will begin at 1:00 PM and will last approximately one and a half hours.  The concert will take place in the FVL Auditorium. It would be fantastic to see our FVL Schools Band members in the audience for this concert.  I know there are many older siblings that go to FVL and participate in band and choir, so those students may already plan to attend.  Seeing the "big band brothers and sisters" from FVL perform is a fantastic way to build excitement for our FVL Schools Band members.  In just a few short years, they will also be a part of a high school band program!

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September 27 Update

Friday, September 27, 2019

Reminder - NO rehearsal on September 28

Remember that there will be no rehearsal at FVL on Saturday, September 28.  There is a soccer tournament at FVL this weekend that involves most of the FVL Schools. Many of our band members are involved with this tournament, so to eliminate a very busy day we won't have rehearsal.  I know of at least one volleyball tournament as well.  Enjoy the "free" weekend!

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

October 5, 12 (Concert Vest Fittings on this day during rehearsa), 19
November 2, 9, 23
November 24 - Fall Concert (2:00 PM)

We only have six more rehearsals until our concert!  Please make every effort to have your children attend our rehearsals.

Thanks to so many

I want to begin by saying "Thank You" to many groups and individuals.  Thanks first to all of our FVL Schools Principals for assisting over the past several weeks to create the school lesson schedules.  Many emails were sent back and forth, and they responded quickly with my requests to verify their school's band students. Thanks also to our band parents for taking care of the registrations.  There were many new band registrations the last week of August and the first weeks of September.  I want to thank both Mr. Kramer and Mrs. Nogar for their continued participation as directors of our Cadet Band and Concert Winds.  There is always much preparation necessary on the parts of these directors as we begin another rehearsal and concert year.  Having qualified educators for our band students is very important, and we have two of the best in Mr. Kramer and Mrs. Nogar!  I want to thank all of the parents who created time in their weekend schedule to attend the band parent meeting two weeks ago.  We had a very good attendance, and some very good discussion about our program and excellent questions from parents.  Last, and certainly not least, is the thanks directed to the members of our FVL Schools Band Program!  Their enthusiasm to be a part of something as special as this program is at the same time both humbling and inspiring for me!  I realize the time and effort that is needed from each of these students to make our program successful.  It isn't always easy to get up so early on a Saturday morning (for parents either!) to get to our rehearsals - but they do it anyway!  Many sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of you!

FVL Schools Band Fundraiser Update

These updates are for ONLINE sales only.  We won't know our total sales figures until after all of the paper forms are returned on October 5.  As of today, our online sales total $2166!  That is more than double what our total was last week at this time.  Keep it up - our goal of $5000 in sales is within sight!

Fundraiser Timeline:

FUNDRAISER Kickoff:  Saturday, September 14

FUNDRAISER TURN-IN DATE:  Saturday, October 5

All orders & money MUST be turned in on this date. To get your profit be sure to fill in the top 3 lines of the paper forms.  Please turn in BOTH COPIES (white and yellow) of your order form. The order forms will be returned to you on delivery day.

DELIVERY DATE: Saturday, November 2 • 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.

ALL MONEY IS DUE: When you turn in your order.  Use the Envelope provided in the packet.

MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: FVL Schools Band Program

More information is in the September 12 Update.  Refer to that Update for links to forms and other instructions for filling out your paper forms, setting up your online account, prizes, and so on.

WELS Middle School Honors Band Festival

FVL will be hosting the Third Annual WELS Middle School Honors Band Festival on Saturday, November 16.  Needless to say, we are VERY excited to be hosting this special event!  The first two festivals were held at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School.  Now it is our turn to host.

This festival will include middle school band students from every WELS high school program in Wisconsin.  It will also include the students from the Illinois Lutheran High School program.  So we will have students from the following programs, in addition to FVL and Illinois Lutheran - Kettle Moraine Lutheran, Jackson; Luther High School, Onalaska; Lakeside Lutheran High School, Lake Mills; Manitowoc Lutheran High School, Manitowoc; Northland Lutheran High School, Kronewetter; Shoreland Lutheran High School, Somers; Winnebago Lutheran Academy, Fond du Lac; and Wisconsin Lutheran High School, Milwaukee.  The Festival Band will consist of approximately 55 - 60 selected students from these programs.

The guest Clinician/Conductor for the festival will be Paul Wendland, who was the band director at FVL from 1976 - 1998 (he was Mr. Neujahr's high school band director!).  He also served as the band director at Martin Luther College, Lakeside Lutheran HS, and Kettle Moraine Lutheran HS.  We are very pleased to welcome him back to the FVL Stage!

Volunteer Needs

We will need volunteers in the following areas:

Meals and Snacks: We will be serving two meals that day - lunch and supper.  There will also be a morning and afternoon "healthy snack" break.  Volunteers will be requested to help plan the meals, shop if necessary, and prepare and serve the food.  All costs will be covered or reimbursed by the FVL Schools Band Program.  A Food Coordinator (or 2) is needed, with approximately 8 additional volunteers.

Welcome and Check-In:  3-4 volunteers to be on hand by about 8:30 AM to assist with checking in the schools when they arrive and showing the students and directors where their homerooms are for the day.

Concert Ushers:  We will need approximately 6 - 8 volunteers to assist with handing out the concert programs, as well as collect the free-will offering.

Homeroom Monitors:  2 - 3 volunteers who can be around throughout the day (two six-hour shifts) to keep an eye on the school homerooms and make sure the rooms are clean and orderly at the end of the day.

A Volunteer Sign Up form has been created.  Go to the link to access the form.  Thanks everyone!

We're using SignUp.com (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up for WELS Middle School Honors Band Festival!

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1. Click this link (or the one above) to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/login/entry/1237000758559948032
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

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September 20 Update

Friday, September 20, 2019

Upcoming FVL Schools Band rehearsal schedule

We will rehearse this Saturday, September 21.  Please note that there will be NO rehearsal on Saturday, September 28!

This Saturday is also the Shepherd of the Valley Volleyball and Soccer Tournament.  Some students may need to leave a bit early if they have an early game.  That is OK.  We are happy that they are able to do both activities.  It is also OK for students to wear their soccer or volleyball uniforms to rehearsal.  It is fun to see so many of our band students dressed in uniform on tournament weekends!

Due to early starts, some students may not be able to attend rehearsal.  If that is the case, please let Mr. Neujahr or Mr. Kramer know so that their attendance record can be marked accordingly and we can effectively plan our rehearsal.  Thanks so much!

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

September 21
October 5, 12, 19
November 2, 9, 23
November 24 - Fall Concert (2:00 PM)

FVL Schools Band Fundraiser Update

As of Friday, September 20, we have 12 band students registered for online sales!  More may be utilizing their paper forms.  We have $1001 in total online sales so far ($540 at this time last year).  Keep going - we would like to reach our goal of $5000 in total sales.  Our FVL Schools Band Program would see a profit of $1000 for needed equipment and supplies if we reach that goal.  Remember also that your FVL Schools individual band accounts will be credited with 20% of your total sales.  So if you sell $200 of product, your accout will receive $40 credit.

Students who did not receive their sales packet last week or at their lesson will be given the packet at rehearsal on Saturday.

Early Prizes for Online Sales will be given out at Saturday's Rehearsal!

Students who had at least 5 items sold in online sales by Tuesday, September 17 will receive a giant box of Theater Candy.  Six of our band members will recieve this prize on Saturday!  Students who have at least 10 items sold by Saturday, September 21 will receive two boxes!  So far there are three students who will recieve that second box of candy on Saturday!  We will have an assortment of candies avaialble.  The kids can choose their favorite.  There is still plenty of time yet today to make some more online sales to achieve this prize!

Here are some online statistics so far:

17 days remaining in the Campaign; Campaign ends midnight 10/7/2019

12 Students have registered

530 Unique visitors to all student sites

2 Different Teachers have been added to the system by students
$50.05 is the average order size per customer
$125.13 is the average amount sold by each student
$500.50 is the average amount attributed to each teacher (classroom)

 

 

Fundraiser Timeline:

FUNDRAISER Kickoff:  Saturday, September 14

FUNDRAISER TURN-IN DATE:  Saturday, October 5

All orders & money MUST be turned in on this date. To get your profit be sure to fill in the top 3 lines of the paper forms.  Please turn in BOTH COPIES (white and yellow) of your order form. The order forms will be returned to you on delivery day.

DELIVERY DATE: Saturday, November 2 • 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.

ALL MONEY IS DUE: When you turn in your order.  Use the Envelope provided in the packet.

MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: FVL Schools Band Program

More information is in the September 12 Update.  Refer to that Update for links to forms and other instructions for filling out your paper forms, setting up your online account, prizes, and so on.

Volunteer Page

For information on Volunteer opportunities, please refer to our Volunteer Page.  Descriptive information is included with each section for Fundraising, Concert Vest, and Attendance Volunteers.

There is also an Attendance Sign Up form on our Volunteer Page.  This will allow attendance volunteers to sign up for dates that work for them.  By going to the form, you can see at a glance which dates are filled and which are still open.  More information for attendance volunteers is given on the volunteer page.

Volunteer names and links to email can be added to the page.  This will make it easier for volunteers to contact each other if necessary.  If more would like to volunteer in any area, please email James Neujahr.  We would be happy to add you to our list of volunteers!

Concert Vest Fittings will be Saturday, October 12

We will fit the concert vests for the Cadet Band and Concert Winds students on Saturday, October 12 during the rehearsal.  A few moms or dads is all that is needed.  We have several moms who have volunteerd for our uniform crew in the past, but more would be welcome on fitting day.  Thanks for considering this very important volunteer opportunity!

Then on the day of the concert (November 24) we would need our parent uniform volunteers to assist with distributing the vests before the concert and collecting them after the concert.

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September 12 Update

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Saturday Rehearsal and Parent Meeting

We will be holding our next band rehearsal on Saturday, September 14. Once again, all of our Saturday rehearsals are from 8:15 - 9:45 in the band room (Concert Winds) or the Fine Arts Classroom (Cadet Band) at FVL. We hope that all of our students are able to participate in our Saturday group rehearsals. Even if a student cannot attend every rehearsal, we still welcome them when they are able to attend.

We will also be holding our FVL Schools Band Parent meeting this Saturday.  The meeting will begin at 8:30 and will conclude before the end of rehearsal at 9:45. We will discuss the fall fundraiser with a representative from Hansen's Fundraising, preview the schedule for the year, and will view the band's website and the information that it provides. We will also give you an idea of what volunteer opportunities you will have this year as an FVL Schools Band Parent!

The parent meeting will take place in the FVL Choir Room.

Updated School Lesson Schedule

There were a few edits to the Lesson Schedule.  Please check the schedule to double check which day lessons will be given at your child's school.  This new schedule is also linked on our Calendars and Schedules page.

Volunteer Needs - You can also check our Volunteer Page

We are looking for a few parents to offer their time as Volunteers and as Coordinators. An overall Volunteer Coordinator would be very helpful!

Here is a summary of positions we would like to fill:

Attendance - Parents to assist with checking in students as they arrive for rehearsals and concerts.  We would ask that you arrive by about 7:50 for this duty.  Once the students are checked in (by 8:30) your duty is over!  We have an Attendance Volunteer sign up form available.  Go to the form to see which dates are open.  We would like one or two parents for each rehearsal date to handle the check in.

Fundraiser - This duty would begin on Saturday, September 14 and conclude within a week or two after our drive ends on November 2.  We need a parent or two (or three!) who could work together with Mr. Neujahr to assist with record-keeping, answer parent questions, and send messages as needed.  Assistance is also needed on October 5 when the money/packets are returned and again on November 2 to help set up and hand out the products.

Uniforms - Two or three parents are needed for each band (Cadet Band and Concert Winds) on Saturday, October 12 to fit the band members with their vests.  Parents are also needed on Concert days to assist with handing out the vests and receiving them back again once the concert is over.

Upcoming FVL Schools Band rehearsal schedule

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

September 14, 21
October 5, 12 (Concert Vest Fittings during rehearsal), 19
November 2, 9, 23
November 24 - Fall Concert (2:00 PM - concert includes the FVL Symphonic Band)
Please note - the Packers play at San Francisco that day with a 3:25 Kickoff!

FVL Schools Fall Fundraiser Kicks Off this Saturday!

Our Fall Fundraiser will be starting on September 14.  Students will receive their packets at the rehearsal that day.  If students are not in attendance at the rehearsal, they will receive their packets at their lesson the following week.

AGAIN THIS YEAR - Hansen's has online ordering!  This will make it much easier to let your friends and relatives know about our fundraiser.  You will have the ability to forward a text with a personalized link that your customers will use to purchase and you will get the credit for the sales.  Online ordering wil also allow those out of the area to support our program by paying the applicable shipping fee and have it shipped directly to their door. Being able to use a credit card will appeal to many people and will require less cash/money coming to us in our student packets.

Hansen Foods also has a myFundR App that can be downloaded from either the Apple Store or the Google Play Store!  More information will be in the packets.

This fundraiser is also a great way to reduce your FVL Schools Band fees for the year.  20% of the funds you raise will go to the FVL Schools Band Program to help fund needed materials such as music and instruments, and 20% of the funds you raise will go directly to your individual accounts!  The other 60% is the cost of the fundraiser and goes back to Hansen's.

You can learn more about Hansen's at their website at Hansenfoods.com.

MUCH MORE INFORMATION will be distributed with the packets on September 14.  The Hansen's representative will be meeting briefly with the students in the Band Room and Fine Arts Room.  She will also be presenting the information at the parent meeting.

ONLINE ORDERING INSTRUCTIONS - This file will also be in the packets.  This document has instructions for registering online, App instructions, as well as the School ID that you will need to register.

PAPER ORDER FORM INSTRUCTIONS - This file will also be in the packets.  This document has instructions for how to fill out the form correctly (There is a sample order on each form to help clarify).

IMPORTANT INFO FOR FILLING OUT THE PAPER FORMS - The top three lines of the paper forms need to be filled out properly.  Please follow these instructions for filling out the top of the form:

NAME OF SCHOOL OR ORGANIZATION - FVL Schools Band Program
GRADE/TEAM - Cadet Band or Concert Winds (list the band your child is in)
TEACHER'S/LEADER'S LAST NAME - Kramer (for Cadet Band) or Neujahr (for Concert Winds)

REWARD ZONE - This file will also be in the packets.  This shows the fabulous prizes the students can earn for their sales efforts!

Fundraiser Timeline:

FUNDRAISER Kickoff:  Saturday, September 14

FUNDRAISER TURN-IN DATE:  Saturday, October 5

All orders & money MUST be turned in on this date. To get your profit be sure to fill in the top 3 lines of all of the forms.  Please turn in BOTH COPIES (white and yellow) of your order form. The order forms will be returned to you on delivery day.

DELIVERY DATE: Saturday, November 2 • 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.

ALL MONEY IS DUE: When you turn in your order.  Use the Envelope provided in the packet.

MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: FVL Schools Band Program

WELS Middle School Honors Band

For the past two years, many of the Wisconsin WELS grade school band programs participated in the WELS Middle School Honors Band Festival. We are happy to announce that we will again be having that Honors Band festival.  FVL will be hosting the event this year!  The date is Saturday, November 16.  Please note that there will be no regular Concert Winds or Cadet Band rehearsal that day.

We will be nominating our most advanced students for this festival.  You and your child will be contacted if he/she is nominated, and will also be receiving more information in the near future.

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September 3 Update

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Your FVL Schools Band Directors are very excited for the lessons and rehearsals to begin, and look forward to a year of rehearsing and performing beautiful music! More important than the music we make will be the opportunity to use our God-given gifts to their fullest potential, while at the same time enjoying the benefits of belonging to such a wonderful musical family.

First Rehearsals

We will be holding our first band rehearsal on Saturday, September 7. This rehearsal will be for the CONCERT WINDS only (students with at least one year of experience). The CADET BAND (beginning band students) will have their first rehearsal on Saturday, September 14. All of our Saturday rehearsals are from 8:15 - 9:45 in the Band Room (Concert Winds) or new Fine Arts Classroom (Cadet Band) at FVL. We hope that all of our students are able to participate in our Saturday group rehearsals. Even if a student cannot attend every rehearsal, we still welcome them when they are able to attend.

Lessons begin week of September 9-13

We will be starting the individual band lessons at each school the week of September 9-13. A link to the lesson schedule can be found on the FVL Schools Band website in the Calendar tab and also under the Registration/Documents tab. Your school principals are working on the individual lesson times at each school, so there may be some tweaking of the times at each school to accommodate school schedules or additional registrations.

If you are renting an instrument from FVL and do not yet have the instrument, we will hand out the instruments on September 7 or Mr. Kramer or I will deliver that instrument on the first day of lessons at your school. Please be sure that your band student remembers to bring to school his/her instrument and lesson book for their first lesson. New students will be given their lesson books at their first lesson or at the Saturday rehearsal.

FVL Schools Band Parent Meeting on September 14

We will be having an FVL Schools Band Parent meeting on Saturday, September 14. The meeting will begin at 8:30 and will conclude by the end of the rehearsal at 9:45. We will discuss the fall fundraiser with a representative from Hansen's Fundraising, preview the schedule for the year, and will view the band's website and the information that it provides. We will also give you an idea of what volunteer opportunities you will have this year as an FVL Schools Band Parent!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY #1

We are in need of one or two Attendance Taker Volunteers each Saturday at the beginning of rehearsal. We have an "FVL Schools Band Attendance Check In" sign up sheet on Sign Up Genius. Each week we need one or two parents to check in students as they arrive at rehearsal. The duty begins a bit before 8:00 AM as students arrive, and is usually completed by about 8:30 after rehearsals begin. This task is important each week for our attendance records. If you are interested in helping out, please check the Attendance Check In link for more information, as well as the form to sign up.

This form can also be found on our Volunteers page.

The Director's Updates - Important Information!

You will also begin to receive occasional email alerting you to a new "Director's Update" on our website. Normally you will receive an update on the Friday (or earlier in the week) preceding our Saturday rehearsals. The email will give you the topics covered in the update, and will direct you to that page for the full information.

We are very excited to begin this new year with the FVL Schools Band Program!

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FVL Schools Band Recruitment Visits

Friday, May 3, 2019

FVL Band Students look forward to Recruitment Activities!

Members of the FVL Band, as well as Mr. Neujahr, will be visiting many of our FVL Schools during the week of May 6 - 10.  Each day will feature a different ensemble performing for the grade school students.  These visits are always very exciting for the band members, as well as the FVL Schools students!  Our focus group is the 4th and 5th grade classes at each of our schools, as well as any other interested 6th and 7th graders.  Hopefully many of these young students will be inspired to give our FVL Schools Band Program a try for the following school year!

Monday, May 6 - Flute Choir
Elizabeth Santos, Lyssa Edwards, Laura Esselman, Maya de la Rosa, Nahyeon Kim, Kisie Temu
10:30 St. Paul Green Bay
11:15 St. Mark Green Bay
12:45 St. John Wrightstown
1:45 Shepherd of the Valley Menasha

Tuesday, May 7 - Woodwind Quartet
Lyssa Edwards, Zoe Kraus, John Deng, Emily Lillo

10:00 Mount Olive Appleton
10:45 St. Paul Appleton
11:30 Riverview Appleton
12:45 Trinity Neenah
1:30 Martin Luther Neenah

Friday, May 10 - Brass Trio
Dieter Ragner, Leah Nolte, Mr. Neujahr

10:00 St. Peter Appleton
11:15 Emanuel New London
12:30 Immanuel Greenville
1:15 Bethlehem Hortonville
Beginning Band Open House

The Beginning Band Open House is an event where new and interested students can try out various instruments.   If students and parents cannot attend our Open House event, they are still able to join the FVL Schools Band Program next fall.  We will have many instruments set up for trial, including flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, and percussion kit.  Having all of these instruments on hand for students to try out will help them determine what instrument they would like to play.  It is a fun and exciting night for new students, as well as the parents!  Yes, it does get a little loud with all of the "music" being played, but seeing the smiles on the faces of the students and parents makes it all worth the effort!

We will have information concerning renting instruments from Heid Music, and possibly a representative from Heid's as well to answer any questions you may have.

This year we will be hosting one Beginning Band Open House event.  The time and location is as follows:

Thursday, May 16 - 6:00 - 7:30 PM
FVL Commons
5300 N Meade Street
Appleton, WI 54913

As it is an "Open House", parents and students can come any time that evening, and don't need to plan to stay for the entire hour and a half.

If parents and students cannot make our Open House event, please contact James Neujahr at jneujahr@fvlhs.org and he can assist you with any questions you may have.

 

 

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April 17 Update

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Thanks be to God for our FVL Schools Band Program!

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!

Call Received

I want to inform you that I (Mr. Neujahr) received a Divine Call this past Monday to serve as the Band Director at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School.  The duties would include conducting their two high school bands, directing the jazz ensemble and pep band, conducting the musical orchestra, and giving grade school band lessons.  I am deeply honored and humbled at the same time to have been given this call!

I ask for your prayers, and that the Holy Spirit grants me clarity and peace of mind as I reach a decision on the two calls which I now hold.  I also ask for any advice or wisdom from you band parents, and your comments would be deeply appreciated.

2019 FVL Schools Band Awards

Last week at our Awards program, several students were the recipients of our Outstanding Attendance Award. These students truly deserved the award, as they attended every single practice, or missed just one.  That is an amazing feat, considering that we met on eighteen Saturdays throughout the year, and performed in three concerts!  Many of these students also performed for the Solo and Ensemble Festival, which added another Saturday, and also participated in the WELS Middle School Honor Festival on another Saturday!  Most of our band students are also involved in soccer, volleyball, basketball, cheer, and countless other activities.  We certainly appreciate their dedication to our FVL Schools Band Program, and thank the parents for helping them to achieve this award!

Cadet Band

Caleb Johnson
Ava Klinger
Owen Schroth
Owen Stevens

Concert Winds

Keely Adrian
Carolynn Backes
Isabelle Beyer
Ashlyn Doran
Bethany Fick
Ben Grady
Isabelle Hass
Frederick Knaack
Pierce Krowas
Isaiah Nogar
Owen Olsen
Caleb Race
Olivia Race
Ryan Theimer
Bella Tollerud
Levi Wolfgramm

Director's Award

Each year the FVL Schools Band Program also recognizes two eighth grade students for their outstanding contributions over their years in our program with the Director's Award.  This year's recipients are:

Kelly Adrian, Alto Saxophone, St. Mark
Levi Wolfgramm, Trumpet, Riverview Appleton

Beginning Band Open House

The Beginning Band Open House is an event where new and interested students can try out various instruments.   If students and parents cannot attend our Open House event, they are still able to join the FVL Schools Band Program next fall.  We will have many instruments set up for trial, including flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, and percussion kit.  Having all of these instruments on hand for students to try out will help them determine what instrument they would like to play.  It is a fun and exciting night for new students, as well as the parents!  Yes, it does get a little loud with all of the "music" being played, but seeing the smiles on the faces of the students and parents makes it all worth the effort!

We will have information concerning renting instruments from Heid Music, and possibly a representative from Heid's as well to answer any questions you may have.

This year we will be hosting one Beginning Band Open House event.  The time and location is as follows:

Thursday, May 16 - 6:00 - 7:30 PM
FVL Commons
5300 N Meade Street
Appleton, WI 54913

As it is an "Open House", parents and students can come any time that evening, and don't need to plan to stay for the entire hour and a half.

If parents and students cannot make our Open House event, please contact James Neujahr at jneujahr@fvlhs.org and he can assist you with any questions you may have.

End of the Year Lesson Schedules

FVL instruments - Please refer to the Director's Update from April 11 for information regarding FVL-Owned instruments

Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr are both winding down their lesson schedule for the year.  Here is a listing of each teacher and the lesson schedules:

Mr. Neujahr
Monday - Mount Olive - no more lessons this year
Tuesday - Riverview and Shepherd of the Valley - no more lessons this year
Wednesday - St. Paul GB and St. John Wrightstown - lessons will be given on April 24, which will be the last lesson at each school.  St. Mark GB will have lessons on April 24 and ALSO on May 1, which will be the last lesson day.
Thursday - St. Peter and Morrison Zion - no more lessons this year

Mr. Kramer
Monday - Martin Luther and Trinity - no more lessons this year
Tuesday - Immanuel - no more lessons this year
Wednesday - Immanuel and St. Paul AP - no more lessons this year
Thursday - Emanuel - April 25 - rehearsal for all 14 students to prepare their chapel hymn
Friday - Emanuel - April 26 - all students will play for Emanuel's chapel service.  Following that service there will be no more lessons at Emanuel.

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April 11 Update

Friday, April 12, 2019

Final Weekend of Rehearsals and Performances!

We have arrived at the end of our 2018-2019 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!

Saturday, April 13 - Final rehearsal followed by Band Awards
Jazz Class will follow the Awards for those who can stay (30 - 45 minutes)

Sunday, April 14 - FVL Schools Band Concert, 2:00 PM (Cadet Band and Concert Winds)

Following our final rehearsal on Saturday, April 13, 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 14 - FVL Schools Spring Band Concert Information
The concert begins at 2:00 PM in the FVL Auditorium.
  • Band members should arrive by 1:00 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.

Parent volunteers will be needed to help distribute the vests and ties prior to the concert, as well as receive them following the concert. No need to sign up ahead of time - simply come to the warm up rooms and lend a hand.  A few of our "regular" vest volunteers will not be there, so if any parents have experience with vests, please help as we could certainly use your expertise!

A few volunteers are also needed to collect the Free-Will Offering during our concert on Sunday.  This could be moms, dads, older siblings, etc.  If you can assist, simply meet back at the main Auditorium Entrance following the Cadet Band performance.

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

Evan Kempf, Grade 6, Martin Luther, Trombone
Bryce Ziegler, Grade 5, Immanuel, Alto saxophone
Grace Zimmerman, Grade 5, Immanuel, Trumpet
Nate Buschkopf, Grade 8, Emanuel, Trumpet
Carolynn Backes, Grade 6, Emanuel, Clarinet
Hannah Kasten, Grade 5, Bethlehem, Trombone
Mina Kesting, Grade 5, Emanuel, Trombone
Emma Beyer, Grade 6, Mount Olive, Flute
Kenzie Loberger, Grade 5, Mount Olive, Flute
Anna Nelson, Grade 6, St. Paul GB, Clarinet
Grace Powers, Grade 7, St. Paul GB, Alto Saxophone
Samantha Vosters, Grade 6, St. Peter, Flute
Sabrina Schmidt, Grade 5, Morrison Zion, Clarinet

Book 2

Kyle Feuerstahler, Grade 6, Trinity, Trumpet
Jack Friemark, Grade 6, Immanuel, Trombone
Henry Pape, Grade 6, Immanuel, Trombone
Alexander Krueger, Grade 6, Immanuel, Alto saxophone
Jonah Toppe, Grade 6, St. Paul App, Clarinet
Trey Rhoden, Grade 8, Emanuel, Percussion
Aliya Sulzle, Grade 7, Emanuel, Flute
Emma Nilson, Grade 7, St. Mark, Trombone
Ryan Theimer, Grade 8, St. Peter, Trumpet
Bella Tollerud, Grade 7, St. Peter, Flute
Owen Olsen, Grade 7, St. Peter, Alto Saxophone

Rubank Intermediate

Ryan Feuerstahler, Grade 8, Trinity, Euphonium

Rubank Advanced Method, Vol 2
Levi Wolfgramm, Grade 8, 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 numerous school cancellations during the past few months, both Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr will have reached the minimum of 24 lessons at every school in the next week or two.  Some schools will even be one or two lessons higher.  So our lesson schedule will be winding down by the last full week in April.

I will publish in next week's Udate the final lesson date for each school.  Most schools will be having a lesson this next week prior to Easter.

Students who are using an FVL-owned instrument will be turning them in to either Mr. Kramer or Mr. Neujahr at their final lesson.  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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