Update for May 5

Friday, May 05, 2017

FVL Band Students look forward to Recruitment Activities!

Members of the FVL Band, as well as Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr will be visiting many of our FVL Schools during the week of May 8 - 12.  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!

Here is our recruitment schedule:

Monday, May 8 - Saxophone Quartet

Erika Stensberg, John Deng, Jennifer Prillwitz, Liesl Ragner

  • 10:00 St. Mark GB
  • 10:45 St. Paul GB
  • 12:30 Trinity Brillion
  • 1:30   Shepherd of the Valley Menasha

Tuesday, May 9 - Woodwind Choir

Jenna Keller, Tiegan Fager, Emily Lillo, Michaela Brass, Liesl Ragner, Sophie Behm, John Deng, Leah Ihlenfeldt, Spencer Archer, Jeremiah Butkovich

  • 9:15   St. Peter Appleton
  • 10:00 St. Paul Appleton
  • 10:45 Riverview Appleton
  • 11:30 Martin Luther Neenah
  • 12:30 Trinity Neenah
  • 1:30   Martin Luther, Oshkosh

Friday, May 12 - Brass Choir

Dietrich Ragner, Stephen Funk, Connor Lynch, Bryce Archer, Caleb Kolell

  • 9:30   Mount Olive Appleton
  • 10:30 Bethlehem Hortonville
  • 11:15 Emanuel New London
  • 12:30 Immanuel Greenville
  • 1:45   St. John, Wrightstown
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!

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

Thursday, May 18 - 6:00 - 7:30 PM
FVL Commons
5300 N Meade Street
Appleton, WI 54913

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.

 

Be the first to comment


Update for April 22

Friday, April 21, 2017

Thanks be to God for our FVL Schools Band Program!

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

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

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

Final Weekend of Rehearsals and Performances!

We have arrived at the end of our 2016-2017 FVL Schools Band year!  How exciting to think of where we were last September, and where we are now.  It is always great to see the growth in our student musicians, most notably the Cadet Band and their advancement.  It really has been a very good year.  We thank the Lord for his continued blessings on our FVL Schools Band Program!

April 22 - Regular rehearsal followed by Band Awards

Sunday, April 23 - FVL Schools Band Concert, 6:00 PM (Cadet Band and Concert Winds)

Band Awards

Following our final rehearsal on Saturday, April 22, we will be handing out various awards, including medals for students who completed books during the second semester, WSMA Solo Medals, Attendance Awards, and the Director's Awards (2).  Our awards will be presented in the 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 23 - FVL Schools Spring Band Concert
The concert begins at 6:00 PM in the FVL Auditorium.
  • Band members should arrive by 5:00 PM (Concert Black and White clothing), so we can hand out Concert Vests and Ties prior to warm up.  Cadet Band and Concert Winds will report to their regular rehearsal rooms at that time.
  • The students are encouraged to wear their medals for completing books to the concert!  It adds a special touch to the band uniform, and is a visible acknowledgement of a job well-done!
  • Students who were awarded medals for the Solo Festival are also encouraged to wear them for the concert.
Band Lesson Schedules and FVL instruments

Mr. Neujahr will be giving lessons this next week at all schools. Students with FVL instruments will be turning them in following their last lesson.

The one exception for the final lesson will be St. John, Wrightstown, whose students will have their last lesson on Wednesday, May 3.

Mr. Kramer will follow this schedule (FVL instruments turned in after last lesson):

Monday: Martin Luther, Oshkosh
Wednesday: Trinity, Neenah for chapel playing
Thursday: St. Peter for chapel playing
Friday: Emanuel, NL for chapel playing

Monday, May 1: Martin Luther, Neenah chapel rehearsal
Wednesday, May 8: Martin Luther, Neenah chapel

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.

SUMMER LESSONS - Mr. Kramer will not be giving lessons this summer as in the past few years.  If you would like to take lessons this summer, most public school districts offer lessons or group band activities.  Please check with your area school district for information.

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 for students who advance beyond Book 2 in the Standard of Excellence series.

Students Completing Book One (Red)

Lilly Drephal, Grade 5, French Horn, Mount Olive Appleton
Ella Erdmann, Grade 5, Clarinet, St. Peter Appleton
Leon Frahm, Grade 8, Trumpet, Riverview Appleton
Ella Lornson, Grade 5, Alto Saxophone, Mount Olive Appleton
Trinity Mulder, Grade 7, Tuba, Emanuel New London
Andrew Needham, Grade 5, Trumpet, Mount Olive Appleton
Emma Nilson, Grade 5, Trombone, St. Mark Green Bay
Caleb Race, Grade 5, Trombone, Martin Luther Neenah
Eli Retzlaff, Grade 6, Alto Saxophone, Immanuel Greenville
Amber Rusch, Grade 6, Trumpet, Shepherd of the Valley Menasha
Ella Schierland, Grade 5, Clarinet, Shepherd of the Valley Menasha
Natalie Springstroh, Grade 5, Flute, St. Peter Appleton
Bella Scout Tollerud, Grade 5, Flute, St. Peter Appleton
Leah Uitenbroek, Grade 6, Flute, St. John Wrightstown
Jason Uitenbroek, Grade 7, Electric Bass, St. John Wrightstown
Alexa Williams, Grade 5, Trumpet, Mount Olive Appleton

Students Completing Book Two (Blue)

Laura Esselman, Grade 8, Flute, Mount Olive Appleton
Ben Grady, Grade 6, Percussion, Shepherd of the Valley Menasha
Natalie Mrczynski, Grade 7, Trumpet, St. Paul Green Bay
Jasmine Sixel, Grade 6, Electric Bass, Immanuel Greenville
Katie Weller, Grade 7, Tuba, Homeschool

Students Completing the Mallet Book

Jerrett Schuette, Grade 8, Immanuel Greenville

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.

Be the first to comment


Update for April 8

Friday, April 07, 2017

Rehearsals and Performances for the Remainer of the Year:

We are now down to our final two rehearsals for this year!  This will be a very short Update.  Most of the important information was posted in last week's Update.

April 8 - Regular rehearsal
April 12 - Concert Winds perform for WSMA Concert Festival (more info below)
April 22 - Final rehearsal and Band Awards
April 23 - FVL Schools Spring Band Concert

Much information was given in the previous Update.  Rather than re-post all of it, please take time to review the materials from the April 1 Update:

1.  Final Rehearsal and Band Awards on Saturday, April 22
2.  Spring Concert April 23 - what to wear, when to arrive
3.  WSMA Concert Festival for the Concert Winds (NOT Cadet Band) on Wednesday, April 12

  • Information about what to wear
  • Schedule for the day
  • Student Critique form
  • Notes for the parents who are driving
  • Public Performance - all are invited into the auditorium to listen to the bands and the adjudicator comments
Still Seeking Volunteers for April 12

I am seeking parents or other volunteers to assist on Wednesday, April 12. On that day, FVL is hosting a WSMA Concert Festival for bands. The festival will begin at 8:00 and continue until the end of the school day. FVL has school the day of the festival, but our activities will be confined to the small gym (band homerooms) and the music wing of the school. In addition to FVL's Symphonic Band, we will host eight other visiting bands: three from St. Francis Xavier Middle School, our own FVL Schools Concert Winds, St. Martin Lutheran Grade School, two from Freedom High School, and one from Oshkosh Merrill Middle School. The bands will perform in the auditorium for a panel of three adjudicators, and will receive a rating for their efforts. Since the adjudicators meet at 8:00 and the first band is scheduled to begin at 8:30, a few parents will be needed already at about 8:00.

We will need volunteers to serve as door monitors, room chairmen, hosts for the visiting bands, assist on stage with moving equipment/stands/chairs between bands, and office/computer duties. In addition, volunteers will be needed to put together a hospitality room for the three adjudicators and the visiting band directors. This room would provide light snacks (muffins, fruit, juice, etc.) for them in the morning, as well as provide a light lunch for the three adjudicators for their lunch break.

We're using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our volunteers. Most volunteer duties are divided into morning and afternoon shifts. If you are able to volunteer for both morning and afternoon shifts, please sign up for both.

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/MREeTe
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

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.

If you are not able to volunteer for the day, the event is free and open to the public. You are all invited to come and enjoy the band's performances.

Lesson Changes for April 10-14

Due to the WSMA Concert Festival on Wednesday, April 12, we will observe the following changes to the lesson schedule:

Tuesday, April 11 - Mr. Neujahr will give lessons at St. John, Wrightstown at 10:00 AM.  NO LESSONS at Mount Olive.  Lessons will be given at Shepherd of the Valley as normal.

Wednesday, April 12 - NO LESSONS for Mr. Kramer's and Mr. Neujahr's students.

Be the first to comment


Update for April 1

Friday, March 31, 2017

Rehearsals and Performances for the remainer of the year:

April 1 - Regular rehearsal
April 8 - Regular rehearsal
April 12 - Concert Winds perform for WSMA Concert Festival (more info below)
April 22 - Final rehearsal and Band Awards
April 23 - FVL Schools Spring Band Concert

Jazz Class Reminders from Mr. Kramer

Just a quick reminder that we're having jazz class again now in April, both tomorrow, April 1st (no fooling!), and next week April 8. We will tackle that new piece the most, "Until I Met You". Also, working on solos will be important. No one is required to do a solo, but soloing is part of the "jazz scene." See you tomorrow!

Here's a link to the website recording of "Until I Met You."
https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10005195

Final Rehearsal and Band Awards

Following our final rehearsal on Saturday, April 22, 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 23 - FVL Schools Spring Band Concert
The concert begins at 6:00 PM in the FVL Auditorium.
  • Band members should arrive by 5:00 PM (Concert Black and White clothing), so we can hand out Concert Vests and Ties prior to warm up.  Cadet Band and Concert Winds will report to their regular rehearsal rooms at that time.
  • The students are encouraged to wear their medals for completing books to the concert!  It adds a special touch to the band uniform, and is a visible acknowledgement of a job well-done!
  • Students who were awarded medals for the Solo Festival are also encouraged to wear them for the concert.
WSMA Concert Festival Wednesday, April 12

You may have noticed on our schedule that the Concert Winds (NOT Cadet Band) are participating in a WSMA Concert Festival on Wednesday, April 12. That is not a typo! Participating in a concert festival is a requirement for our FVL Schools Band Program to be a member of the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA). Since we did not participate in a concert festival last year, we must do that this year.

This concert festival will be hosted by FVL. Parents from each school can begin to plan car pools to FVL that day and back to your schools following the festival. Parents and students can also alert their school's principals and classroom teachers of their absence from school that afternoon.

As this is a public performance, much like solo and ensemble festivals, all parents/grandparents/drivers for the day are most welcome to listen to the bands perform. It may be very interesting for you to also hear what the adjudicators have to say following each band's performance.

The Concert Winds will NOT be wearing their formal vests and ties for the performance. However, because this is a public performance, the students should wear VERY nice clothes that day, such as skirts/dresses, dress slacks, dress shirts, and ties (for guys who have them). We want to look spectacular on that day. Because of the logistics of getting all of our kids to FVL, having to warm up and prepare for this festival, it will be easiest to not wear our concert formal dress. Additionally, the other schools participating normally do not wear concert dress for the WSMA Concert Festival.

Here is a SCHEDULE of the bands that are performing that day. You can see that we have 9 bands. In an effort to minimize the time our students will be out of school, I have scheduled the Concert Winds to perform last. An additional requirement of WSMA is that each band listen to one other performing group. Our students will listen to the St. Martin Lutheran School band at 12:50.  Our students are also required to fill out a STUDENT CRITIQUE form.  You do not need to print the form, as they will be handed out at rehearsal.

The times for our students would be as follows:

12:40 PM Arrive at FVL - Meet in the small gym with coats and cases for attendance
12:50 PM Concert Winds listen to St. Martin Lutheran Band and fill out student critique form
1:25 PM Warm up in the FVL Band Room
2:05 PM Performance clinic with WSMA Adjudicators
2:45 PM Car pools return students to their grade schools

You will notice that, depending on which school your child attends, students will be returning to their schools either at the end of their school day or after their day has ended. Parents should make be aware of this, especially if the students normally ride a bus home after school.

In addition, some students may need to pack a bag lunch if they will be missing their normal school lunch because of the time they need to leave from school.

Parent Drivers and Parking - Thanks again to all of our parents and grandparents who will be driving students to FVL on April 12!  Your help is much appreciated.  You can drop off students at the East Commons Entrance, as they will be going to the small gym upon arrival.  After dropping off the kids, please park your vehicles in the south lot (along HWY JJ) as the east lot will be filled with student vehicles.

Be the first to comment


Update for March 11

Friday, March 10, 2017

No Rehearsals until April 1

Here is a summary of our remaining dates for 2017:

April 1 - Regular rehearsal
April 8 - Regular rehearsal
April 12 - Concert Winds perform for WSMA Concert Festival (more info to come)
April 22 - Final rehearsal and Band Awards
April 23 - FVL Schools Spring Band Concert

Ordering Information for Band Pictures

Picture day went well last week!  Thanks to all for remembering to wear black and white, and thanks to the moms who assisted with vests.

Here is information from Scanlon Studios and Pinnacle Group Photography for ordering pictures:

The 2016-17 FVL Band Pictures are posted online and are available to be ordered.

Please follow the instructions below to access and purchase:

1. Go to www.scanlanstudios.com

2. Click on Pinnacle Group Photography

3. Click on Online Viewing, Sports, Fox Valley Lutheran Band 2017,

4. Access Code: FVLband17

5. Use the band names on the left-hand side to view your correct group and individual band photos.

After choosing an image you can click "Buy" and choose your package or product.

You will have the opportunity to place your order until midnight on March 18th. Anyone that places their order in this first round will receive their order (from Mr. Kramer or Mr. Neujahr) the week of March 27th.

After March 18th, Scanlan Studios will have the order page shut off for one week, so that we can process the first set of orders.

We will then send out another email when we turn the order page back on. Any orders that are placed in the second order will be processed the following Monday from your order date. Any order placed in this time will have to pay shipping or pick up at the studio, only the first set of orders will be delivered to you by Mr. Kramer or Mr. Neujahr.

If you have any questions about the pictures or the ordering process, please contact Scanlan Studios by calling 920-729-9013 or email: mail@pinnaclepix.com

Thank you once again for letting us be a part of your picture day!!

Jyll & Sam Scanlan

 

Scanlan Studios / Pinnacle Group Photography
433 S. Commercial Street
Neenah, WI 54956

 

 

Be the first to comment


Update for March 4

Friday, March 03, 2017

Regular Rehearsal on Saturday, March 4 - Also BAND PICTURES

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.

Here is a summary of our remaining dates for 2017:

March 4 - Regular rehearsal and BAND PICTURES! (see note below regarding pictures)
April 1 - Regular rehearsal
April 8 - Regular rehearsal
April 12 - Concert Winds perform for WSMA Concert Festival (more info to come)
April 22 - Final rehearsal and Band Awards
April 23 - FVL Schools Spring Band Concert

FVL Schools Jazz Class

Mr. Kramer is looking for an interested parent or older sibling who could play piano for the jazz class.  If you are interested, or have an older child (high school or older) please email Mr. Kramer.

Upcoming Jazz Class rehearsals will be on the following Saturdays, from 10:00 - 11:00:
March 4
April 1
April 8

Band Picture Day - Saturday, March 4

Band Pictures are Saturday.  We will be taking time during our rehearsal for the photos.  We will be taking formal group photos in uniform, so band students are to bring black shoes and socks, white shirts, and black pants for the day.  These items are the same as what they wore to the November concert.  To save time, they are certainly welcome to wear these clothes for the rehearsal.   We will distribute the concert vests on that morning.

We could use a few parents for both the Cadet Band and the Concert Winds to help with vest distribution that morning.  If you can assist, please let Mr. Neujahr know via email.

Here is information from Jyll Scanlon, from Scanlon Studios:

Hello FVL Band Families,
We are excited to have the opportunity to photograph your bands again!
Scanlan Studios will be photographing one Group photo and One individual photo for you to view. We will post your band's images by the end of the day on March 8th. You will receive an email with directions on how to view and order online.

You will have the opportunity to place your order until midnight on March 19th. Anyone that places their order in this first round will receive their order (from Mr. Neujahr) the week of March 27th.

Scanlan Studios will have the order page shut off for one week, so that we can process the first set of orders. We will then send out another email when we turn the order page back on. Any orders that are placed in the second order will be processed the following Monday from your order date. Any order placed in this time will have to pay shipping or pick up at the studio, only the first set of orders will be delivered to you by Mr. Neujahr.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you once again for letting us be a part of your picture day!!
Thank you,
Jyll & Sam Scanlan

WELS Band Festival - HOUSING NEEDED - Can you help?

On the weekend of March 17-19 (Friday through Sunday), Fox Valley Lutheran High School will host the 2017 WELS National Band Festival. We will welcome students and directors from 19 WELS high schools from across the country. Participants will come from schools in Arizona, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota, Washington, and Wisconsin. The festival will bring in approximately 110 musicians and 20 directors from around the WELS for a weekend of rehearsals, followed by a festival concert on Sunday, March 19, beginning at 2:00. FVL last hosted this festival in 2007, and we are very much looking forward to the opportunity again!

 

This is your chance to be part of welcoming these musicians from across the country to FVL and your home. Families are needed to provide Bed & Breakfast for groups of students Thursday evening, March 16 through Sunday noon, March 19. Groups can be as small as 2 and as large as you can provide for, bring their own sleeping bag, use your extra bed or an air mattress in a cozy room. There are many options to provide a welcome resting place following a long day of travel or rehearsal. In addition to B&B, hosts would need to transport students from and to FVL and provide an opportunity to join in worship on Sunday, March 19.

 

Details can be found on the Online Registration Form.

 

You may also contact the housing coordinator contact Shari Graham at sgraham2851@gmail.com920-841-2851 to offer your home to these fellow Christians.

 

Solo and Ensemble Results

The solo and ensemble festival for FVL and FVL Schools Band members was very successful!  In all, the FVL Schools Band Program entered 27 events, with 4 receiving a rating of "2" and 23 events receiving a "1" rating.

Special congratulations to Lily Krause (Trinity, Neenah) for qualifying for the State Solo and Ensemble Festival - for the second consecutive year! In order to qualify for State, a Class A solo must be played, and must receive the highest ratings in each category.

Here are the results for our FVL Schools Band events:

CLASS C
Natalie Mrczynski, Trumpet - 2
Kisie Temu, Flute - 2
Rebecca Nussbaum, Flute - 2
Anthony Higareda, Piano - 1
Anthony Higareda, Clarinet - 1
Zachary Thede, Snare - 1
Eric Kellerstrass, Snare - 1
Elijah Ellis, Snare - 1
Adam Hoban, Snare - 1
Jerrett Schuette, Snare - 1
Jacob Mindock, Euphonium - 1
Zachary Nogar, Snare - 1
Merrick Hirthe, Clarinet - 1
Keely Adrian, Alto Sax - 1
Kealy Doran, Alto Sax - 1
Lauren Hedtke, Alto Sax - 1
Rebecca Eveland, Alto Sax - 1
Jackson Becker, Alto Sax - 1
Jack Peters, Trumpet - 1
Jefferson Heyer, Tuba - 1

CLASS B
Marie Demler, Oboe - 2
Aaron Melso, Euphonium - 1
Brittany Thede, Trombone - 1
Autumn Vah, Flute - 1
Kurt Kubek, Horn - 1
Moses Enter, Euphonium - 1

CLASS A
Lily Krause, Lever Harp - 1* (going to State Solo and Ensemble)

The FVL Band and Choir students also did very well, with 6 events receiving a "2" rating and 22 events receiving a "1" rating.  Of those 22, 16 events are advancing to the State Solo and Ensemble Festival!

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

Tuba - Caleb Kolell
Horn - Stephen Funk, Maura Schmidt
Clarinet - Michaela Brass
Alto Saxophone - Erika Stensberg
Snare Drum - Jacob Junwirth
Electric Bass - Ryan Erdmann
Woodwind/String Choir
Saxophone Choir
Saxophone Quartet
Brass Choir
Percussion Mallet Quartet
Jazz Ensemble

Lesson Schedule for the Week of March 6 - 10

Due to the FVL Musical "Cinderella", there are some modifications to the weekly lesson schedule.  Mr. Kramer is playing lead trumpet in the Orchestra, and Mr. Neujahr is the Orchestra Conductor.  FVL will present three grade school performances this year - Wednesday morning, and Thursday morning and afternoon.  Most of our FVL Schools will be attending one of these three performances.

Mr. Kramer:
Wednesday - Lessons at St. Paul, Appleton in the afternoon instead of the morning
Thursday - NO LESSONS due to two musical performances

Mr. Neujahr:
Wednesday - NO LESSONS at St. Paul and St. Mark, Green Bay.  Lessons GIVEN at St. John, Wrightstown
Thursday - NO LESSONS at Riverview, Appleton

 

Be the first to comment


Update for February 25

Friday, February 24, 2017

No Group Rehearsal Saturday, 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.

Here is a summary of our remaining dates for 2017:

February 25 - Solo Festival for 7th and 8th grade students; No rehearsal for Cadet/Concert Winds
March 4 - Regular rehearsal and BAND PICTURES! (see note below regarding pictures)
April 1 - Regular rehearsal
April 8 - Regular rehearsal
April 12 - Concert Winds perform for WSMA Concert Festival (more info to come)
April 22 - Final rehearsal and Band Awards
April 23 - FVL Schools Spring Band Concert

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.

For Solo and Ensemble information, refer to the two previous Director's Updates

Schedules and a map of Clintonville HS was sent via email to all families who are participating.  If you have misplaced them, they can be found at the following links:

FVL Schools Solo Times
MAP of Clintonville HS
FVL HS Solo Times

Band Picture Day - Saturday, March 4

Here is information from Jyll Scanlon, from Scanlon Studios:

Hello FVL Band Families,
We are excited to have the opportunity to photograph your bands again!
Scanlan Studios will be photographing one Group photo and One individual photo for you to view. We will post your band's images by the end of the day on March 8th. You will receive an email with directions on how to view and order online.

You will have the opportunity to place your order until midnight on March 19th. Anyone that places their order in this first round will receive their order (from Mr. Neujahr) the week of March 27th.

Scanlan Studios will have the order page shut off for one week, so that we can process the first set of orders. We will then send out another email when we turn the order page back on. Any orders that are placed in the second order will be processed the following Monday from your order date. Any order placed in this time will have to pay shipping or pick up at the studio, only the first set of orders will be delivered to you by Mr. Neujahr.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you once again for letting us be a part of your picture day!!
Thank you,
Jyll & Sam Scanlan

We will be taking time during our rehearsal for the photos.  We will be taking formal group photos in uniform, so band students are to bring black shoes and socks, white shirts, and black pants for the day.  These items are the same as what they wore to the November concert.  To save time, they are certainly welcome to wear these clothes for the rehearsal.   We will distribute the concert vests on that morning.

We could use a few parents for both the Cadet Band and the Concert Winds to help with vest distribution that morning.  If you can assist, please let Mr. Neujahr know via email.

WELS Band Festival - HOUSING NEEDED - Can you help?

On the weekend of March 17-19 (Friday through Sunday), Fox Valley Lutheran High School will host the 2017 WELS National Band Festival. We will welcome students and directors from 19 WELS high schools from across the country. Participants will come from schools in Arizona, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota, Washington, and Wisconsin. The festival will bring in approximately 110 musicians and 20 directors from around the WELS for a weekend of rehearsals, followed by a festival concert on Sunday, March 19, beginning at 2:00. FVL last hosted this festival in 2007, and we are very much looking forward to the opportunity again!

 

This is your chance to be part of welcoming these musicians from across the country to FVL and your home. Families are needed to provide Bed & Breakfast for groups of students Thursday evening, March 16 through Sunday noon, March 19. Groups can be as small as 2 and as large as you can provide for, bring their own sleeping bag, use your extra bed or an air mattress in a cozy room. There are many options to provide a welcome resting place following a long day of travel or rehearsal. In addition to B&B, hosts would need to transport students from and to FVL and provide an opportunity to join in worship on Sunday, March 19.

 

Details can be found on the Online Registration Form.

 

You may also contact the housing coordinator contact Shari Graham at sgraham2851@gmail.com, 920-841-2851 to offer your home to these fellow Christians.

 

Be the first to comment


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.

Be the first to comment


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)

 

 

Be the first to comment


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.

 

 

Be the first to comment