Update for February 17

Friday, February 16, 2018

Rehearsal on Saturday, February 17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Volunteer Request for the FVL Solo and Ensemble Festival

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

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

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

 

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

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

FVL Schools Solo Times for Little Chute HS

Information for WELS Middle School Honors Band participants

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

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

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

Parent Letter
Student Letter
Festival Schedule

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Information for Student Soloists - February 24

Friday, February 2, 2018

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

Our Solo and Ensemble Festival will be held at Fox Valley Lutheran High School on Saturday, February 24.  This festival includes, in addition to our FVL Schools Band students, FVL HS, Waupaca HS, Clintonville HS, and St. Martin Lutheran Grade School (from Clintonville).

This is the same festival that the FVL high school band and choir students will be attending.  FVL has 37  events entered, including instrumental solos and ensembles, choral solos and ensembles, many piano solos, among other events.  The FVL Schools Band Program has 23 solo events entered!  Most are class B or C, but we do have a few class A solos entered as well.

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

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

We will receive the preliminary schedules and other information for February 24 in about two weeks.  I will post links to the schedules in a future Update when they are available.

IMPORTANT: If for some reason your son or daughter will NOT be performing their solo on February 24, please Email Mr. Neujahr as soon as possible so he can notify the Festival Manager and the schedules can be updated.

Following is information for students who are playing a solo on February 24.  Mr. Neujahr and Mr. Kramer will also discuss these items with the students at lessons as they prepare for that day.

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

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

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

Homerooms/Case and Coat Storage:  The FVL Gym will be used as the homeroom for all schools.  A section of the bleachers will be labled showing each school's designated area.

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

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

Student Introductions

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

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

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

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

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

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

-OR-

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

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Solo and Ensemble Volunteers

Friday, February 2, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Update for January 27

Friday, January 26, 2018

Regular Rehearsal this week

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

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

Note that we will not have rehearsal on February 3 or 10, but will resume again on February 17.  Please make special note of February 10, as it was originally scheduled as a rehearsal day.

Musicfest Reminders

Our Cadet Band and Concert Winds will be performing on Sunday, January 28, for Musicfest.  Our three bands - FVL Schools Cadet and Concert Winds and the FVL Symphonic Band - will begin performance at 12:00 PM, and will be in the Auditorium.  Students should be at FVL by 11:30 that day to prepare for our performance.  Concert Winds members will meet in the Band Room, and Cadet Band members will meet in the Choir Room as usual.  Our FVL Schools Bands will be seated in the Auditorium between 12:00 and 1:00 so they can also watch the FVL Symphonic Band perform.  As there is lots of traffic through the hallways on Winterfest, student coats and cases should be brought directly into the Band and Choir room and not left in the hall.

Concert Winds and Cadet Band Dress for Musicfest

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

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

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

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Update for January 20

Friday, January 19, 2018

Regular Rehearsal this week and next week

Both Cadet Band and Concert Winds will rehearse this Saturday and next, January 20 and 27.  We are busy preparing our selections for the upcoming FVL Musicfest - Red, White, and Blues to be held on Januray 28.

Note that we will not have rehearsal on February 3 or 10, but will resume again on February 17.

WELS Middle School Honors Band Festival

Congratulations to eleven of our FVL Schools Band members for being selected for the first-ever WELS Middle Schools Honors Band Festival!  For over 50 years, the WELS High Schools have joined together for the Honors Band Festival. It has been a wonderful blessing to all of our programs, as we look forward every year to making beautiful music and new friendships from across the country. Several of our Wisconsin WELS middle school programs are joining together this year to do the same. They include Fox Valley Lutheran, Kettle Moraine Lutheran, Winnebago Lutheran Academy, Wisconsin Lutheran, and Shoreland Lutheran.  The festival will take place at Kettle Moraine Lutheran HS on Saturday, February 24.  The Honors Concert will begin at 7:00 PM.

The students selected from our program include Kisie Temu and David Page (Flute), Keely Adrian and Becky Eveland (Alto Saxophone), Zoe Kraus (Oboe), Olivia Race (Trumpet), Leah Nolte and Kurt Kubek (French Horn), Ryan Feuerstahler (Euphonium), Jasmine Sixel (Electric Bass), and Ben Grady (Percussion).

Important message for parents of 7th and 8th graders

Most of our 7th and 8th grade students are preparing solos for the Solo and Ensemble Festival to be held at FVL on Saturday, February 24.  For more information on this topic, refer to the information below (Solo Music for 7th and 8th Grade Students).

Some of our students who were selected for the WELS Middle School Honors Band Festival will be playing their solos on March 3 at Freedom HS.

Mr. Neujahr will be registering these solos with the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) next week, with all entries completed by Thursday, January 25.  Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr have most of the information necessary, such as solo titles, accompmanists, and so on.

IMPORTANT - if your son or daughter will NOT be performing their solo on February 25, let Mr. Neujahr know immediately.  The FVL Schools Band Program covers the $10 registration fee, but we would rather not pay that if students will not be attending.

Solo Music for our 7th and 8th Grade Students

Before Christmas vacation, Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr handed out solo music to the 7th and 8th grade band students.  This music will be played on Saturday, February 24, at the WSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival which will take place at FVL.  Our students have the opportunity to play their solo and receive a rating, and will be given a medal for their efforts as well!  This is the same event in which all of our high school band students will participate.  Individual performance times will not be known until about two weeks in advance.

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

For now, the students have been given a solo book.  If a piano accompaniment is available (most solos have piano) the students will receive that shortly.  All students will also need a second solo book for the adjudicator.  They will receive those before February 25.  All of these books will be provided for your children, with the cost covered by the FVL Schools Band Program.  After February 24, all books will need to be returned to FVL.  You are certainly able to purchase the books if you would like to.  If so, just let Mr. Neujahr know and the cost will be added to your second semester statement.

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

Musicfest Reminders

Our Cadet Band and Concert Winds will be performing on Sunday, January 28, for Musicfest.  Our three bands - FVL Schools Cadet and Concert Winds and the FVL Symphonic Band - will begin performance at 12:00 PM, and will be in the Auditorium.  Students should be at FVL by 11:30 that day to prepare for our performance.  Concert Winds members will meet in the Band Room, and Cadet Band members will meet in the Choir Room as usual.  Our FVL Schools Bands will be seated in the Auditorium between 12:00 and 1:00 so they can also watch the FVL Symphonic Band perform.  As there is lots of traffic through the hallways on Winterfest, student coats and cases should be brought directly into the Band and Choir room and not left in the hall.

Concert Winds and Cadet Band Dress for Musicfest

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

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

So that you can plan around your student(s)'s group performance(s,) here is the large group schedule:
  • 12:00 FVL Schools Cadet Band
  • 12:15 FVL Schools Concert Winds
  • 12:30 FVL Symphonic Band
  • 1:15 Marionettes (large gym)
  • 2:00 Silent auction bidding closes (wave 1 - large gym)
  • 2:10 FVL Men's Choir
  • 2:25 FVL Women's Choir
  • 2:40 FVL A Cappella Choir
  • 3:00 Silent auction bidding closes (wave 2 - Commons)
  • 3:15 FVL Jazz Ensemble (Commons Stage)
  • 3:30 Wall of Giving Reveal (Commons)
  • 3:40 Choraliers

There are three performance areas, including the auditorium, the Commons, and the large gym.  Several area Junior Choirs will also be performing!  Here is a PDF of the Entire Winterfest Performance Schedule.

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

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

Tickets are $2 at the door. All proceeds benefit the FVL band and choir programs.   As this is an FVL Passport Event, all members of the Cadet Band and Concert Winds will be admitted free to the event with their FVL Passport.

FVL Jazz Ensemble to Wisconsin Lutheran College Jazz Festival

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

WELS Summer Band Camp!

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

The camp will run from June 17 - 22, and will be held at Wisconsin Lutheran High School in Milwaukee.

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Update for January 13

Friday, January 12, 2018

Happy New Year!

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

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

No Rehearsal on Saturday, February 10

Please note that we will NOT have rehearsal on Saturday, February 10.  Most of our schools have off on February 8 and 9 for the Teacher's Conference.  In past years we have not had rehearsal that weekend to give families a full four-day weekend.  It was an oversight on my part when the date was put on our rehearsal calendar.

Saturday Rehearsals Resume on January 13

All of us have enjoyed the time off from our Saturday rehearsals.  Now it is time to get back to work!  Our next major project is preparing music for the FVL Musicfest which will be held on Sunday, January 28. Please note that both our Cadet Band and Concert Winds will be performing on that day.

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

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

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

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

January 13
January  20
January 27
January 28 (Sunday) - FVL Musicfest

Go to the following link for our Full Saturday Rehearsal Schedule

FVL Musicfest is just around the corner

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

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

This family friendly event will feature several genres of musical entertainment performed by members of the FVL family. Hours are 12:00 to 4:00 pm.  Besides the opportunity to listen to great music, a light lunch and desserts will be served. We will have a children's area in the small gym, and the FVL Marionettes will perform.  Returning for its second year is the "Wall of Giving"!  There will also be an awesome silent auction with many great items to bid on. Admission is $2 at the door. All proceeds benefit the FVL band and choir programs.  As this is an FVL Passport Event, all members of the Cadet Band and Concert Winds will be admitted free to the event with their FVL Passport.

Parent Volunteer Opportunity for Musicfest
All of our FVL Schools Band parents will have the opportunity to volunteer for Musicfest. Parents of our high school and grade school music students will all use the same online form.  What better way to get to know your fellow Music Parents than volunteering on such an exciting day?  Volunteer opportunities will be available in many areas, such as coat check, auction helpers, kitchen and meal helpers, set up and take down, and more.
Please click on the following SignUp.com link to sign up to volunteer for one or more spots on Sunday, Jan. 28 for a shift during the event itself.  We are happy to announce that all spots for the set up on Saturday have already been filled.  There are a few spots left for Sunday.
Here is the link to sign up:
So that you can plan around your student(s)'s group performance(s,) here is the large group schedule:
  • 12:00 FVL Schools Cadet Band
  • 12:15 FVL Schools Concert Winds
  • 12:30 FVL Symphonic Band
  • 1:15 Marionettes (large gym)
  • 2:00 Silent auction bidding closes (wave 1 - large gym)
  • 2:10 FVL Men's Choir
  • 2:25 FVL Women's Choir
  • 2:40 FVL A Cappella Choir
  • 3:00 Silent auction bidding closes (wave 2 - Commons)
  • 3:15 FVL Jazz Ensemble (Commons Stage)
  • 3:30 Wall of Giving Reveal (Commons)
  • 3:40 Choraliers

There are three performance areas, including the auditorium, the Commons, and the large gym.  Several area Junior Choirs will also be performing!  Here is a PDF of the Entire Winterfest Performance Schedule.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Update for November 18

Friday, November 17, 2017

Final Rehearsal for 2017

We will be rehearsing this Saturday, November 18.  This is our ninth and final rehearsal in preparation for our Fall Concert.  The Concert Winds will rehearse in the FVL Auditorium, and the Cadet Band will rehearse in the Choir Room as normal.

Final rehearsal - November  18 (8:15 - 9:45 AM)
November 19 - Fall Concert

Our Fall Concert will begin at 6:00 PM.

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

Saturday Rehearsals take a Break!

Following our concert this Sunday, we will be taking a break from our Saturday rehearsals.  There will be no practices from Saturday, November 25 through Saturday, January 6.  We will resume our Saturday rehearsals again on January 13.

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

Reminder of Concert Notes for Sunday, November 19

Our concert on Sunday, November 19, will begin at 6:00 PM, and will take place in the FVL Auditorium.

Students will need to be at FVL by 5:15 PM on the day of the concert so they can receive their vests and have adequate time for group warm up before the concert begins.

For more information about the concert, what to wear, etc., please refer back to our Update for November 11.

Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin (LVW) Preview Saturday, November 18

This is a reminder about the LVW 2018 Preview Day, which will be held tomorrow, November 18.  For more details, please refer back to our previous post from November 11.  ALL of our 8th grade students are eligible for LVW!

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

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

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

Lesson Books Completed

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

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

Students Completing Book One (Red)
Mateah Gehl, Grade 7, Clarinet, St. John Wrightstown
Miranda Gehl, Grade 8, Bass Clarinet, St. John Wrightstown
Eli Retzlaff, Grade 7, Alto Saxophone, Immanuel Greenville
Emma Schabo, Grade 6, French Horn, Emanuel New London
Aliya Sulzle, Grade 6, Flute, Emanuel New London
Zachary Thede, Grade 8, Percussion, Mount Olive Appleton (Alfred Percussion)

Students Completing Book Two (Blue)
Frederick Knaack, Grade 7, Trombone, Riverview Appleton
Isabelle Haas, Grade 7, Clarinet, Mount Olive Appleton
Jasmine Sixel, Grade 7, Electric Bass, Immanuel Greenville

Students Completing Rubank Intermediate
Keely Adrian, Grade 7, Alto Saxophone, St. Mark Green Bay

Thanksgiving Week Lesson Schedule

Mr. Kramer lesson schedule:
Monday - No lessons
Tuesday - No lessons at Immanuel, Greenville;  Lessons given to the Friday Emanuel, New London students
Wednesday - Regular Wednesday lesson schedule - Immanuel, Greenville and St. Paul, Appleton

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

Attendance Volunteers - Sign Up to Help

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

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

Go to Attendance Volunteer Sign Up

FVL Music Apparel Reminder

An email was sent to all of our parents  recently with information for ordering FVL Music Apparel.  This is a reminder  - there is still time to order!

FVL Music Students and Parents,

This is a reminder that the deadline for ordering FVL Music apparel is this Monday, November 20. Items ordered will be available for pickup at FVL on December 18, in time for Christmas.

Just click on this link https://eaglegraphics.itemorder.com/ and then enter code FVLMUSIC to view and order apparel.

The site offers the same selections/prices as were available last school year.

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

Thank you,
Gretchen Adrian
FVL Musicfest Chair

 

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Update for November 11

Friday, November 10, 2017

Only Two Rehearsals to Go!

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

Here is our upcoming rehearsal and performance schedule:
November 11 - regular rehearsal
November 18 - regular rehearsal
November 19 - Fall Band Concert

Our Fall Concert will begin at 6:00 PM. This concert will feature our two FVL Schools Bands - the Cadet Band (beginning students) and the Concert Winds (students with more than one year of experience).  The FVL Symphonic Band will also play a few selections at this concert.  It will be a wonderful opportunity to see the entire FVL band program, from beginners to high school!

Students will need to be at FVL by 5:15 PM on the day of the concert so they can receive their vests and have adequate time for group warm up before the concert begins.

Our bands will be sitting together as a group for the concert, so that each band can watch the other performances.  The order of performance will be the FVL Schools Concert Winds, the Cadet Band, and the FVL Symphonic Band.  So that you can plan your evening, the concert should be over before between 7:15 and 7:30 PM.

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

Following our November concert, we will not have Saturday morning practices again until Saturday, January 13!  I should point out that lessons will continue into December as normal.

Concert Dress for the November 19 concert

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lesson Schedule for the week of Thanksgiving - November 20-22

Mr. Kramer lesson schedule:
Monday - No lessons
Tuesday - No lessons at Immanuel, Greenville;  Lessons given to the Friday Emanuel, New London students
Wednesday - Regular Wednesday lesson schedule - Immanuel, Greenville and St. Paul, Appleton

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

Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin (LVW) Preview Saturday, November 18

Most of our 8th grade band students have received a flyer with information for our upcoming LVW 2018 Preview Day to be held on Saturday, November 18.  The event will run from 1 - 4 PM.  All of our 8th grade band students are welcome and invited to attend, as they are all eligible for this awesome summer marching band.  In fact, a few of our 8th graders have already registered to attend this event!  Parents are also invited, as we wil preview our upcoming 2018 season, look at our performance and rehearsal schedules, and talk about how we distribute information moving forward.

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

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

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

For much more information about LVW and what it has to offer, visit our Homepage.  Membership information for 2018 has also been posted to our JOIN page.  There you will find more information about the upcoming season, as well as lots of pictures, information about fees, sections within LVW, and more.

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

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Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin

Friday, November 3, 2017

All 8th grade band members and their parents are invited to the Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin (LVW) Preview Day on Saturday, November 18, at FVL.  The event will begin at 1:00 PM, and will end with a pizza party (no charge!).   The entire event will be over by approximately 4:00.  It is our hope that all current 8th grade members can join us for this exciting preview event.

More information for our Preview can be found on LVW's website.  There is also a link to the RSVP for the LVW Preview Day.  So that we can plan accurately for our pizza order, please RSVP by Monday, November 13.

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

We are very excited for our upcoming summer!  LVW will be participating in 10 parades and 8 field shows between June 8 and July 14.  We will be performing throughout eastern and southern Wisconsin, and Traverse City, Michigan during our 2018 summer tour!

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

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

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

You can view a full-color, eight page LVW 2018 Membership Information Packet with an overview of our season and much more on the LVW Website under our JOIN page.

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

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

If you would like to learn more about the group, plan on joining us on November 18 for an exciting intro to what life is like in Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin! The day will include information for parents, with special emphasis on answering questions you may have about our group, rehearsal logistics, summer travel, cost, and so on.  Even if you are not sure if LVW is a possibility for this coming summer, please join us to find out what our group can offer your child at some point in their high school career. Students are to bring their woodwind/brass instrument to the preview day.  Percussion students are not required to bring their instruments.

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

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Update for November 4

Friday, November 3, 2017

Regular Rehearsal on Saturday, November 4

Counting this rehearsal, we only have three more rehearsals until our concert on November 19.  Things continue to go very well!  Thanks to all of our parents and band members for making such a great effort to attend these important Saturday rehearsals.  Due to a large basketball tournament this weekend, our attendance check-in table may be moved into the music hallway.

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

November 4, 11, 18
November 19 - Fall Concert

Our Fall Concert will begin at 6:00 PM. This concert will feature our FVL Schools Bands - the Cadet Band (beginning students) and the Concert Winds (students with more than one year of experience).  The FVL Symphonic Band will also play a few selections at this concert.  It will be a wonderful opportunity to see the entire FVL band program, from beginners to high school!

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

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

Lesson Schedule Change for November 9

Mr. Neujahr will be participating with the FVL Symphonic Band on Thursday, November 9 and Friday, November 10 at several Veteran's Programs.  On Thursday, the FVL Symphonic Band will be playing at St. Paul, Appleton and Bethlehem, Hortonville for their programs. Then on Friday, the band will play for the FVL Veteran's Day service.

Therefore, Mr. Neujahr will not be giving lessons at St. Peter or Riverview on Thursday, November 9. He will be giving lessons as normal on Monday - Wednesday.

Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin (LVW) Preview Day only a few weeks away

Many of our churches have run a bulletin announcement with information for our upcoming LVW 2018 Preview Day to be held on Saturday, November 18.  The event will run from 1 - 4 PM.  All of our 8th grade band students are welcome and invited to attend, as they are all eligible for this awesome summer marching band.  In fact, a few of our 8th graders have already registered to attend this event!  Parents are also invited, as we wil preview our upcoming 2018 season, look at our performance and rehearsal schedules, and talk about how we distribute information moving forward.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fall Fundraiser Product Pick Up on Saturday, November 4

The products that were ordered for the Fall Fundraiser are going to be delivered to FVL for pickup on Saturday, November 4.   If you can not be there that day to pick up your products, please make arrangements with somebody else to pick up the products, such as another family from your school or church, grandparents, etc.  FVL does not have the ability to store these items, many of which are frozen food products.

Pickup information is as follows:

Date:  Saturday, November 4
Time:  From 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Place:  FVL Auditorium Stage

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

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

Fundraiser Results - Amazing!

A HUGE thank you to all of our FVL Schools Band members and their parents for again making this year's Fall Fundraiser a success!  The totals are in, we have AGAIN surpassed the previous year's total.  For the first time, we set a goal in retail sales.  It was $9500, and I am happy to report that we MET OUR GOAL!  Here is a breakdown of the past few years and the fundraiser results for this year:

Total number of FVL Schools Band students who participated
2013 - 26
2014 - 41
2015 - 42
2016 - 41
2017 - 38

Total Retail Dollars Ordered
2013 - $4953.50
2014 - $7557.00
2015 - $8261.50
2016 - $8982.00
2017 - $9543.00!

Net Profit for FVL Schools Band program and its members - In past years our profit was 50%, but due to increased costs our profit is now 40% of the total sales, so our net profit is a bit lower than last year even though we had greater total retail sales.
2013 - $2476.75
2014 - $3778.50
2015 - $4130.75
2016 - $4491.00
2017 - $3874.20

Of the $3874.20 in profit, 20%, or $1908.60 will go into the FVL Schools Band account, and $1908.60 will go directly into the individual student accounts.  That money will be used to offset semester one band fees.  Six of our students will realize a benefit of over $100 for their band account, while ten more will see benefits of between $50 and $100.

An FVL Schools Band account statement will be sent out in the next few weeks with the profit subtracted from your account.  You can delay paying your fees until after receiving that statement.  First semester payments should be paid as soon after you receive that statement as possible.

Not only do the students get the benefit of a reduction in their student fees, but they also earned Fabulous Prizes for their efforts!  Students who sold 10 - 19 items will receive the "Pop Socket" for their phone or device;  20 - 29 items sold will earn a "5 pound bag of Gummi Bears"; 30 - 39 items earns a "Bluetooth compatible VR Box 3D Viewer with Remote", 40 - 49 items earns "Megabud Bluetooth Ear Buds"; and 50 or more earns a "Smartwatch"! Pretty exciting!  Overall, 12 students earned the Pop Socket; 7 earned the Gummi Bears; 3 earned the VR Box 3D Viewer; 2 earned the Megabud Ear Buds; and  3 students earned the Smartwatch!

Here are the eight students who sold at least 30 items, in alphabetical order: Miranda Gehl, Tegan Kuehl, Courtney Kufahl, Ella Lornson, Trinity Mulder, Isaac/Jasmine Sixel, Zachary Thede, and Blake Vanderhoof.

Special thanks go to Vicki Bokelman and Cindy Countney, the Hansen's representatives who did such a great job organizing the fundraiser.  We also want to thank our Fundraiser Volunteer team consisting of Martha Baldwin, Nathan Kaschner, and Roxanne Theimer!

 

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