November 16 Update

Friday, November 16, 2018

Final Rehearsal for 2018

We will be rehearsing this Saturday, November 17.  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 Band Room this week.

Our Concert Winds will be joined on Saturday morning by most of the FVL Symphonic Band members!  This will be a special treat for our younger players to sit in and rehearse with the "high schoolers."  We will be rehearsing the two selections that will be played jointly by the Concert Winds and the Symphonic Band.

Final rehearsal - November  17 (8:15 - 9:45 AM)
November 18 - Fall Concert

Our Fall Concert will begin at 2:00 PM.

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

Saturday Rehearsals take a Break!

Following our concert this Sunday, we will be taking a break from our Saturday rehearsals.  There will be no practices from Saturday, November 24 through Saturday, January 5.  We will resume our Saturday rehearsals again on January 12.

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 18

Our concert on Sunday, November 18, will begin at 2:00 PM, and will take place in the FVL Auditorium.

Students will need to be at FVL by 1:15 PM on the day of the concert so they can receive their vests and have adequate time for group warm up before the concert begins.

For more information about the concert, what to wear, etc., please refer back to our Update for November 9.

Band Pictures after the Concert

As we did last April following our Spring Concert, we will be taking group photos following our Concert on November 18.  Our plan is to have an FVL Photographer take a group photo of each band immediately following the concert.  We will stage the photos in the Commons.  The FVL Photographer will take the "official" photographs first, after which we will give about a minute for parents to get a nice group shot if they wish.  Following your child's group photo, parents are welcome to take individual photos of band students in their uniform.

Schools may also want to use the time following the group photos to take a photo of your schools' band students.  These photos would be excellent additions to your school yearbook or school website!  Parents may wish to check with their school principal or yearbook advisor to see how best your school may use these photos to promote the FVL Schools Band Program.

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.  Our percussion students use the "Alfred Method for Percussion."

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)
Alex Sawall, Grade 7, Immanuel, Greenville, Alto Saxophone
Isaiah Nogar, Grade 6, Mount Olive, Appleton, French Horn
Blake Vanderhoof, Grade 6, Mount Olive, Appleton, Euphonium
Hannah Uhlenbrauck, Grade 6, St. Peter, Appleton, Clarinet

Students Completing Book Two (Blue)
Caleb Race, Grade 7, Trinity, Neenah, Trombone

Students Completing Rubank Intermediate
Olivia Race, Grade 8, Trinity, Neenah, Trumpet
Ryan Feuerstahler, Grade 8, Trinity, Neenah, Euphonium

Students Completing Alfred Percussion Method Book 1

Trey Rhoden, Grade 8, Emanuel, New London, Snare Drum
Noah Nolte, Grade 6, Riverview, Appleton, Snare Drum

Thanksgiving Week Lesson Schedule

Mr. Kramer lesson schedule:
Monday - No Lessons at Martin Luther and Trinity, Neenah.  Lessons given to THURSDAY schools at Emanuel, New London and Bethlehem, Hortonville.
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 Riverview, Appleton and Shepherd of the Valley, Menasha.  Lessons given to the Thursday schools at St. Peter, Appleton and Morrison, Zion.
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

Just in time for early Christmas shopping, we are once again offering the opportunity to purchase FVL Music apparel. This year there are two new designs; you can choose to customize an item with the word "band" or "choir", and/or by adding a name on the back.

Attached please find an electronic flyer that links to a website for viewing and ordering FVL Music apparel. This website is available through Monday, November 19 for online orders, with orders ready for pickup before Christmas break at FVL (you will be notified with pickup details). Just click on the link in the flyer, or go directly to https://fvlmusic18.itemorder.com/sale

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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November 9 Update

Friday, November 9, 2018

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 10 - regular rehearsal
November 17 - regular rehearsal
November 18 - Fall Band Concert

Our Fall Concert will begin at 2:00 PM. This concert will feature our two FVL Schools Bands - the Cadet Band (beginning students) and the Concert Winds (students with more than one year of experience).  The FVL Symphonic Band will also participate in 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 1:15 PM on the day of the concert so they can receive their vests and have adequate time for group warm up before the concert begins.

Our bands will be sitting together as a group for the concert, so that each band can watch the other performances.  The order of performance will be the FVL Schools Cadet Band, the Concert Winds, and the FVL Symphonic Band.  A special treat this year - the Concert Winds and the FVL Symphonic Band will play two selections as a combined band!  So that you can plan your evening, the concert should be over before between 3:00 and 3:15 PM.

When students arrive on concert day, they should go to their "normal" rehearsal rooms - Cadet Band to the Fine Arts 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 12!  I should point out that lessons will continue into December as normal.

Band Pictures after the Concert

As we did last April following our Spring Concert, we will be taking group photos following our Concert on November 18.  Our plan is to have an FVL Photographer take a group photo of each band immediately following the concert.  We will stage the photos in the Commons.  The FVL Photographer will take the "official" photographs first, after which we will give about a minute for parents to get a nice group shot if they wish.  Following your child's group photo, parents are welcome to take individual photos of band students in their uniform.

Schools may also want to use the time following the group photos to take a photo of your schools' band students.  These photos would be excellent additions to your school yearbook or school website!  Parents may wish to check with their school principal or yearbook advisor to see how best your school may use these photos to promote the FVL Schools Band Program.

Concert Dress for the November 18 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.

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November 1 Update

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Regular Rehearsal on Saturday, November 3

Counting this rehearsal, we only have three more rehearsals until our concert on November 18.  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 3, 10, 17
November 18 - Fall Concert (2:00 PM)

Our Fall Concert will begin at 2:00 PM. This concert will feature our FVL Schools Bands - the Cadet Band (beginning students) and the Concert Winds (students with more than one year of experience), as well as the FVL Symphonic Band. It will be a wonderful opportunity to see the entire FVL band program, from beginners through 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!

Fundraiser Reminders

PRODUCT DELIVERY DATE: Saturday, November 3 • 8:00-10:00am

*** ALL ORDERS MUST BE PICKED UP ON THIS DATE *** If you cannot be there for pick up, please make arrangements for someone else to pick your order up for you.  The product pick-up location will be the FVL Auditorium Stage.  We do not have the capability to store items not picked up at FVL, many of which are frozen food products.

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

A HUGE thank you to all of our FVL Schools Band members and their parents for once again making this year's Fall Fundraiser a success!

This year 29 band students participated in the sale.  The totals for those 29 students was pretty impressive!

BROCHURE SALES - $4210
BROCHURE UNITS SOLD - 304

INTERNET SALES - $2308
INTERNET UNITS SOLD - 153

TOTAL SALES - $6518
TOTAL UNITS SOLD - 457

That translates to a profit for our FVL Schools Band Program of $2671.70!  Of the $2671.70 in profit, 50%, or $1335.85 will go into the FVL Schools Band account, and $1335.85 will go directly into the individual student accounts.  Three of our students will realize a benefit of over $100 for their band account, while nine more will see benefits of between $50 and $100.

Prizes Earned through Sales

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 are eligible for the "Cookie Dough Bar Chocolate Chip 6 Pack". 20 - 29 items sold makes them eligible for a "5 pound bag of Gummi Bears"; 30 - 39 items earns a "Soundflow Sound Board Speaker for Smart Devices", 40 - 49 items earns a "Green Bay Packers Stainless Tumbler"; and 50 or more earns a pair of "HD Camera Sport Glasses"! Pretty exciting!  Students did have the option to select a prize up to the level of items sold, so some elected the Gummi Bears even though they earned a higher prize level.  Overall, 9 students chose the Chocolate Bars; 7 chose the Gummi Bears; 1 chose the Smart Device Speaker; and 1 motivated salesman chose the HD Camera Sport Glasses!

Here are the students who sold at least 30 items, in alphabetical order: Alyssa Bergmann, Elouise Kuehl, Teagan Kuehl, Henry Pape, Mira Reetz, Owen Schroth, Courtney Thede, Leah Uitenbroek, Blake Vanderhoof, Bryce Ziegler, and Grace Zimmerman.

Lesson Schedule Change for November 8

Mr. Neujahr will be participating with the FVL Symphonic Band on Thursday, November 8  at two Veterans Day Programs.  The band will be playing at St. Paul, Appleton and Bethlehem, Hortonville for their programs.

Therefore, Mr. Neujahr will not be giving lessons at St. Peter or Morrison Zion on Thursday, November 8.

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FVL Musicfest 2019

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Our annual Music Department fundraiser will be held on Sunday, January 27th, 2019. FVL Musicfest is a great way to showcase the musical talents of our high school bands, choirs, and individuals/groups, and our middle school bands.

This year we are raising money for items for the new Fine Arts classroom, built as part of the "Let the Children Come" project. Part of the fundraising that day is our silent auction. We welcome all donations of items/baskets. For a list of ideas, please go to http://www.fvlhs.org/fvl-musicfest/donations/

We encourage that all donations be taken to the FVL office by January 4th to assist volunteers who are organizing the event. Please include a detailed description of the items included in the donation along with your name and contact information.

Thank you,
Gretchen Adrian
FVL Musicfest Chair

 

 

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October 19 Update

Friday, October 19, 2018

Regular Rehearsal on Saturday, October 20

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

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

October 13, 20
November 3, 10, 17
November 18 - Fall Concert (2:00 PM)

Lesson Schedule for next Week, October 22 - 24

Due to the state-wide Teacher's Conferences, there will be no lessons on Thursday and Friday.  Both Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr will give lessons at their Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday schools as normal.

Also note that we do NOT have a rehearsal scheduled for Saturday, October 27.

Fundraiser Reminders

PRODUCT DELIVERY DATE: Saturday, November 3 • 8:00-10:00am

*** ALL ORDERS MUST BE PICKED UP ON THIS DATE *** If you cannot be there for pick up, please make arrangements for someone else to pick your order up for you.  The product pick-up location will be the FVL Auditorium Stage.

Concert Vest Fittings

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

Concert Dress for the November 18 concert

So that you have adequate time to prepare, here is a summary of what our students need to wear for our concert in November (Both Cadet Band and Concert Winds):

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

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

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

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

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

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October 12 Update

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Regular Rehearsal on Saturday, October 13

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

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

October 13, 20
November 3, 10, 17
November 18 - Fall Concert (2:00 PM)

Fall Fundraiser Updates

Thanks to all of our students, parents, relatives and friends for again doing their best for the Fall Fundraiser!  Preliminary numbers are in, but this may change once we get our final numbers from Hansen's.  Although we did not reach our goal, we did have over $6500 in total sales!  Nice work everybody!

PRODUCT DELIVERY DATE:

Saturday, November 3 • 8:00-10:00am

*** ALL ORDERS MUST BE PICKED UP ON THIS DATE *** If you cannot be there for pick up, please make arrangements for someone else to pick your order up for you.  The product pick-up location will be the FVL Auditorium Stage.

Concert Vest Fittings will be Saturday, October 13

We will fit the concert vests for the Cadet Band and Concert Winds students on Saturday, October 13 during the rehearsal.  A few moms or dads is all that is needed.  We have a few moms who have volunteerd for our uniform crew, but more would be welcome on fitting day.  Thanks for considering this very important volunteer opportunity!

Then on the day of the concert (November 18) we would need our parent uniform volunteers to assist with distributing the vests before the concert and collecting them after the concert.

Concert Dress for the November 18 concert

So that you have adequate time to prepare, here is a summary of what our students need to wear for our concert in November (Both Cadet Band and Concert Winds):

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

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

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

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

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

WELS Middle School Honors Band

Congratulations to eleven of our FVL Schools Band members for being selected for the second 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 to do the same. They include Fox Valley Lutheran, Illinois Lutheran, Kettle Moraine Lutheran, Lakeside Lutheran, Manitowoc Lutheran, and Shoreland Lutheran.  The festival will take place at Kettle Moraine Lutheran HS on Saturday, December 1.  The Honors Concert will begin at 6:30 PM.

The students selected from our program include Natalee Springstroh (Flute), Bethany Fick (Bassoon), Keely Adrian - 2nd year selected (Alto Saxophone), Ella Erdmann and Matteah Gehl (Clarinet), Olivia Race - 2nd year selected (Trumpet), Frederick Knaack, Emma Nilson, and Caleb Race (Trombone), Ryan Feuerstahler - 2nd year selected (Euphonium), and Ben Grady - 2nd year selected (Percussion).

 

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October 5 Update

Friday, October 5, 2018

Regular Rehearsal on Saturday, October 6

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

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

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

October 6, 13, 20
November 3, 10, 17
November 18 - Fall Concert (2:00 PM)

Fall Fundraiser Update

We have just under $1800 in online sales so far.  There are many more "paper order forms" with more sales.  We will not know that total until after this weekend.  Although the paper forms/envelopes/checks will be turned in at Saturday's rehearsal, the online sales window will still be open until midnight on Monday, October 8!

Early Prizes for Online Sales - Wave Two!

Since we did not have an opportunity to give out a second wave of prizes at the actual "midpoint" of our sales, we will reward students at tomorrow's rehearsal.  Students who have at least 5 items sold in online sales by Saturday, October 6 will receive a giant box of Theater Candy.  Students who have at least 10 items sold will receive two boxes!  We will have an assortment of candies avaialble.  The kids can choose their favorite.  There is still plenty of time yet today to make some more online sales to achieve this prize!

Fundraiser Timeline:

FUNDRAISER TURN-IN DATE:  Saturday, October 6

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

DELIVERY DATE: Saturday, November 3 • 8:00-10:00am

*** ALL ORDERS MUST BE PICKED UP ON THIS DATE *** If you cannot be there for pick up, please make arrangements for someone else to pick your order up for you.  The product pick-up location will be the FVL Auditorium Stage.

ALL MONEY IS DUE: When you turn in your order forms on October 6.  Use the Envelope provided in the packet.

MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: FVL Schools Band Program

More information is in the September 14 Update.  Refer to that Update for links to forms and other instructions for filling out your paper forms, setting up your online account, prizes, and so on.

Concert Vest Fittings will be Saturday, October 13

We will fit the concert vests for the Cadet Band and Concert Winds students on Saturday, October 13 during the rehearsal.  A few moms or dads is all that is needed.  We have several moms who have volunteerd for our uniform crew, but more would be welcome on fitting day.  Thanks for considering this very important volunteer opportunity!

Then on the day of the concert (November 18) we would need our parent uniform volunteers to assist with distributing the vests before the concert and collecting them after the concert.

FVL Band and Choir Fall Sacred Concert

The FVL Band and Choirs will present their Fall Concert on Sunday, October 7.  The concert will begin at 6:00 PM and will last approximately one and a half hours.  The concert will take place in the FVL Auditorium. It would be fantastic to see our FVL Schools Band members in the audience for this concert.  I know there are many older siblings that go to FVL and participate in band and choir, so those students may already plan to attend.  Seeing the "big band brothers and sisters" from FVL perform is a fantastic way to build excitement for our FVL Schools Band members.  In just a few short years, they will also be a part of a high school band program.

 

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September 21 Update

Friday, September 21, 2018

Upcoming FVL Schools Band rehearsal schedule

We will rehearse this Saturday, September 22.  Please note that there will be NO rehearsal on Saturday, September 29!

This Saturday is also the FVL Schools Soccer Tournament.  Because of the damage to the FVL fields, the tournament will not be held at FVL.  The games are scheduled to begin at 10:00.  We thank the FVL Soccer Program for delaying the start of the tournament until AFTER our band rehearsals are over!  Since the games are off campus, some students may need to leave a bit early if they have a 10:00 game.  That is OK.  We are happy that they are able to do both activities.  It is also OK for students to wear their soccer uniforms to rehearsal.  It is fun to see so many of our band students dressed in uniform on tournament weekends!

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

September 22
October 6, 13, 20
November 3, 10, 17
November 18 - Fall Concert (2:00 PM)

FVL Schools Band Fundraiser Update

As of Friday, September 21, we have 10 band students registered for online sales!  More may be utilizing their paper forms.  We have $540 in total online sales so far.  That is almost $200 more than at this point in our sales last year.  Keep going - we would like to pass last year's total of just over $9500 in sales.  Our goal this year is to surpass $9800.  Our FVL Schools Band Program would see a profit of $1960 for needed equipment and supplies if we reach that goal.  Remember also that your FVL Schools individual band accounts will be credited with 20% of your total sales.  So if you sell $200 of product, your accout will receive $40 credit.

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

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

Students who have at least 5 items sold in online sales by Saturday, September 22 will receive a giant box of Theater Candy.  Students who have at least 10 items sold will receive two boxes!  We will have an assortment of candies avaialble.  The kids can choose their favorite.  There is still plenty of time yet today to make some more online sales to achieve this prize!

Here are some online statistics so far:

17 days remaining in the Campaign; Campaign ends midnight 10/8/2018

10 Students have registered

342 Unique visitors to all student sites
$45.00 is the average order size per customer
$90.00 is the average amount sold by each student

$108.00 is the average amount attributed to each teacher (classroom)

 

 

Fundraiser Timeline:

FUNDRAISER Kickoff:  Saturday, September 15

FUNDRAISER TURN-IN DATESaturday, October 6

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

DELIVERY DATE: Saturday, November 3 • 8:00-10:00am

*** ALL ORDERS MUST BE PICKED UP ON THIS DATE *** If you cannot be there for pick up, please make arrangements for someone else to pick your order up for you.  The product pick-up location will be the FVL Auditorium Stage.

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

MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: FVL Schools Band Program

More information is in the September 14 Update.  Refer to that Update for links to forms and other instructions for filling out your paper forms, setting up your online account, prizes, and so on.

Volunteer Page

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

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

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

Concert Vest Fittings will be Saturday, October 13

We will fit the concert vests for the Cadet Band and Concert Winds students on Saturday, October 13 during the rehearsal.  A few moms or dads is all that is needed.  We have several moms who have volunteerd for our uniform crew, but more would be welcome on fitting day.  Thanks for considering this very important volunteer opportunity!

Then on the day of the concert (November 18) we would need our parent uniform volunteers to assist with distributing the vests before the concert and collecting them after the concert.

 

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September 14 Update

Friday, September 14, 2018

Saturday Rehearsal and Parent Meeting

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

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

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

Volunteer Needs

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

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

Attendance - Parents to assist with checking in students as they arrive for rehearsals and concerts.  We would ask that you arrive a little before 8:00 for this duty.  Once the students are checked in (by 8:30) your duty is over!  We have an Attendance Volunteer sign up form available.  Go to the form to see which dates are open.  We would like one or two parents for each rehearsal date to handle the check in.

Fundraiser - This duty would begin on Saturday, September 15 and conclude within a week or two after our drive ends on November 3.  We need a parent or two (or three!) who could work together with Mr. Neujahr to assist with record-keeping, answer parent questions, and send messages as needed.  Assistance is also needed on October 6 when the money/packets are returned and again on November 3 to help set up and hand out the products.

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

Gretchen Adrian will speak about these opportunities at the parent meeting.  We will have a few sign up sheets at the meeting for any who would like to volunteer for these important tasks.

Upcoming FVL Schools Band rehearsal schedule

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

September 15, 22
October 6, 13, 20
November 3, 10, 17
November 18 - Fall Concert (2:00 PM - concert includes the FVL Symphonic Band)
Please note - this is a Packers BYE week!

FVL Schools Fall Fundraiser Kick Off this Saturday!

Our Fall Fundraiser will be starting on September 15.  Students will receive their packets at the rehearsal that day.  If students are not in attendance at the rehearsal, they will receive their packets at their lesson the following week.

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

NEW THIS YEAR - Hansen Foods now has a myFundR App that can be downloaded from either the Apple Store or the Google Play Store!

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

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

MUCH MORE INFORMATION will be distributed with the packets on September 15.  The Hansen's representative will be meeting briefly with the students in the Band Room and Fine Arts Room.  She will also be presenting the information at the parent meeting.

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

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

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

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

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

Fundraiser Timeline:

FUNDRAISER Kickoff:  Saturday, September 15

FUNDRAISER TURN-IN DATE:  Saturday, October 6

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

DELIVERY DATE: Saturday, November 3 • 8:00-10:00am

*** ALL ORDERS MUST BE PICKED UP ON THIS DATE *** If you cannot be there for pick up, please make arrangements for someone else to pick your order up for you.  The product pick-up location will be the FVL Auditorium Stage.

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

MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: FVL Schools Band Program

WELS Middle School Honors Band

This past February many of the Wisconsin WELS grade school band programs participated in the first ever WELS Middle School Honors Band Festival. We are happy to announce that we will again be having that Honors Band festival.  To avoid the many solo and ensembles in the month of February and March, the directors have set the date for this year's festival for Saturday, December 1.

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

As it was last year, this year's Honors Festival will take place at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School.

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Update for September 6

Thursday, September 6, 2018

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

First Rehearsals

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

Lessons begin week of September 10-14

We will be starting the individual band lessons at each school the week of September 10-14. A link to the lesson schedule can be found on the FVL Schools Band website in the Calendar tab and also under the Registration/Documents tab. Your school principals are working on the individual lesson times at each school, so there may be some tweaking of the times at each school to accommodate school schedules or additional registrations.

If you are renting an instrument from FVL and do not yet have the instrument, we will hand out the instruments on September 8 or Mr. Kramer or I will deliver that instrument on the first day of lessons at your school. Please be sure that your band student remembers to bring to school his/her instrument and lesson book for their first lesson. New students will be given their lesson books at their first lesson or at the Saturday rehearsal.

FVL Schools Band Parent Meeting on September 15

We will be having an FVL Schools Band Parent meeting on Saturday, September 15. The meeting will begin at 8:30 and will conclude by the end of the rehearsal at 9:45. We will discuss the fall fundraiser with a representative from Hansen's Fundraising, preview the schedule for the year, and will view the band's website and the information that it provides. We will also give you an idea of what volunteer opportunities you will have this year as an FVL Schools Band Parent!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY #1

Gretchen Adrian has again agreed to be our Attendance Coordinator! Thanks so much for your leadership in this area, Gretchen! She has put together an attendance "Practice Check-in" sign up sheet on Sign Up Genius. Each week we need one or two parents to check in students as they arrive at rehearsal. The duty begins a bit before 8:00 AM as students arrive, and is usually completed by about 8:30 after rehearsals begin. This task is important each week for our attendance records. If you are interested in helping out, please check the Practice Check In link for more information, as well as the form to sign up.

This form can also be found on our Volunteers page.

The Director's Updates - Important Information!

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

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

 

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