November 21 Update

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Final Rehearsal for 2019

We will be rehearsing this Saturday, November 23.  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 Fine Arts Room this week.

Our Concert Winds will be joined on Saturday morning by many 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 selection that will be played jointly by the Concert Winds and the Symphonic Band.

Final rehearsal - November  23 (8:15 - 9:45 AM)
November 24 - 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 30 through Saturday, January 4.  We will resume our Saturday rehearsals again on January 11.

Thanks to parents and students for your continued efforts to attend our rehearsals.  As you know, with only 8-9 rehearsals planned for each semester, student attendance is crucial to our overall success as a performing ensemble.

Reminder of Concert Notes for Sunday, November 24

Our concert on Sunday, November 24, 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.

CONCERT VEST MOMS - we will need the assistance of our "vest moms" both before the concert and after the pictures are done.  Cadet Band vests will be distributed in the Fine Arts Room and the Concert Winds vests will be handed out in the Band Room.  Thanks for your help with this very important task!

For more information about the concert, what to wear, etc., please refer back to our Update for November 6.

Band Pictures after the Concert

As we did last year, we will be taking group photos following our Concert on November 24.  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 Concert dress.

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)

Owen Schroth - 7 - Emanuel NL - Alto Saxophone
Mira Reetz - 7 - Emanuel NL - Flute
Mina Kesting - 6 - Emanuel NL - Trombone
Hannah Schabo - 6 - Emanuel NL - Clarinet
Ava Klinger - 6 - Immanuel GR - Clarinet
Elouise Kuehl - 6 - Immanuel GR - Clarinet
Henry Jaeger - 5 - Riverview - Trombone
Sam Powers - 5 - St. Paul, GB - Trumpet

 

Students Completing Book Two (Blue)

Evan Retzlaff - 7 - Emanuel, NL - Alto Saxophone

Students Completing Alfred Percussion Method Book (Includes Book 1 and 2)

Noah Nolte - 7 - Riverview - Percussion Book 2
Sam Schierland - 6 - Shepherd of the Valley - Percussion Book 1

Thanksgiving Week Lesson Schedule

Mr. Kramer lesson schedule:
Monday - Normal lessons at Trinity, Neenah
Tuesday - Normal lessons at St. Paul, Appleton
Wednesday - Lessons given to 5th Graders ONLY at Immanuel, Greenville.  No lessons at Emanuel, New London

Mr. Neujahr lesson schedule:
Monday - Modified Monday lesson schedule - Mount Olive, Appleton - PLEASE NOTE:  Mr. Neujahr has an appointment at 11:00 AM.  He will arrive at Mount Olive by approximately 12:15.  No lessons before that time.  We will follow the regular lesson schedule after that time.
Tuesday - No lessons at Riverview, Appleton; Shepherd of the Valley, Menasha; Morrison, Zion; and St. John, Wrightstown.  Lessons given to the Thursday schools at St. Peter, Appleton.
Wednesday - No lessons given

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November 6 Update

Friday, November 8, 2019

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.

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

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

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

Our Fall Concert (November 24) 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 again this year - the Concert Winds and the FVL Symphonic Band will play a selection as a combined band!  That song will serve as our "Grand Finale" to a wonderful concert.  So that you can plan your afternoon, 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 11!  I should point out that lessons will continue into December as normal.

Band Pictures after the Concert

As we did last November following our Fall Concert, we will be taking group photos following our Concert on November 24.  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 24 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.

Attendance Volunteers

We are in need of Attendance Volunteers for November 23.  Two attendance takers is best, although one can handle the duty if necessary.

To sign up for Attendance, go to our ATTENDANCE TAKER sign up form.

2019 WELS Middle School Honors Band Festival Updates

We are now only one week away from the WELS Middle School Honors Band Festival!  For more background information on the Honors Festival, refer back to the September 27 Update.

Many of our volunteer needs have been filled!  Thanks to so many for their willingness to help out.  We are still in need of adults or high school students to assist with the meal preparations and serving.  Our three food coordinators have the meals and snacks planned.  All we need is additional volunteers to help that day.  As of today there are 3 of 8 spots filled.

Other spots that still have openings include Concert Ushers (6 of 8 filled) and Afternoon Homeroom Monitors (1 of 2 filled).

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

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 26 band students participated in the sale.  The totals for those 26 students was pretty impressive!

BROCHURE SALES - $5515 (Last year was $4210)
BROCHURE UNITS SOLD - 369 (Last year was 304)

INTERNET SALES - $3375 (Lat year was $2308)
INTERNET UNITS SOLD - 204 (Last year was 153)

TOTAL SALES - $8890 (Last year was $6518)
TOTAL UNITS SOLD - 573 (Last year was 457)

That translates to a profit for our FVL Schools Band Program of $3580!  Of the $3580 in profit, 50%, or $1790 will go into the FVL Schools Band account, and $1790 will go directly into the individual student accounts.  Six of our students will realize a benefit of over $100 for their band account, while fourteen more will see benefits of between $50 and $100.

Here are the students who sold at least 30 items, in alphabetical order: Kate Grady, Ella Haring, Caleb Huth, Ava Klinger, Carson Motowski (our top seller!), Owen Schroth, Courtney Thede, Aerial Visocky.

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October 31 Update

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Regular Rehearsal on Saturday, November 2

We are down to our final three rehearsals for 2019! After our November concert we will not meet again for Saturday rehearsals until January 11.  It is especially important that our band members are in attendance if at all possible these last three weeks.  We are getting closer to "concert ready", but there is still work to do!

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

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

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

Lesson Schedule Change for November 7

Mr. Neujahr will be participating with the FVL Symphonic Band on Thursday, November 7  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 on Thursday, November 7.

Fall Fundraiser - Order Pick Up

DELIVERY DATE: Saturday, November 2 • 8:00-10:00am

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

Concert Vest Fittings

If your son or daughter was not here when we fit the concert vests, we will either fit them prior to the concert or possibly at an upcoming rehearsal.  If some of our vest volunteer moms could simply check with Mr. Neujahr and Mr. Kramer at the beginning of rehearsal, we could send out any students who still need to be fitted.  This process would take just a few moments at the start of rehearsal.

Attendance Volunteers

We are in need of Attendance Volunteers for November 2 (tomorrow) and also November 23.  We have one parent signed up for November 9.  Two attendance takers is better, although one can handle the duty if necessary.

To sign up for Attendance, go to our ATTENDANCE TAKER sign up form.

2019 WELS Middle School Honors Band Festival Updates

Saturday, November 16 is fast approaching!  For more background information on the Honors Festival, refer back to the September 27 Update.

Many of our volunteer needs have been filled!  Thanks to so many for their willingness to help out.  We are still in need of adults or high school students to assist with the meal preparations and serving.  Our three food coordinators have the meals and snacks planned.  All we need is additional volunteers to help that day.  As of today there are 2 of 8 spots filled.

Other spots that still have openings include Concert Ushers (5 of 8 filled) and Homeroom Monitors (0 of 2 filled).

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

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October 17 Update

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Regular Rehearsal on Saturday, October 19

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

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

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

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

Lesson Schedule for next Week, October 21 - 23

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

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

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

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

 

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

Fall Fundraiser - Order Pick Up

DELIVERY DATE: Saturday, November 2 • 8:00-10:00am

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

Concert Vest Fittings

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

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October 10 Update

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Regular Rehearsal on Saturday, October 12

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

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

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

Fall Fundraiser Updates

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

DELIVERY DATE: Saturday, November 2 • 8:00-10:00am

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

Concert Vest Fittings will be Saturday, October 12

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

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

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

Concert Dress for the November 24 concert

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

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

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

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

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

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

WELS Middle School Honors Band

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

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

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

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October 3 Update

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Regular Rehearsal on Saturday, October 5

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

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

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

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

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

Fall Fundraiser Update

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

Early Prizes for Online Sales - Wave Two!

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

Fundraiser Timeline:

FUNDRAISER Kickoff:  Saturday, September 14

FUNDRAISER TURN-IN DATE:  Saturday, October 5

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

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

DELIVERY DATE: Saturday, November 2 • 8:00-10:00am

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

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

MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: FVL Schools Band Program

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

Concert Vest Fittings will be Saturday, October 12

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

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

Concert Dress for the November 24 concert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FVL Band and Choir Fall Sacred Concert

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

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September 27 Update

Friday, September 27, 2019

Reminder - NO rehearsal on September 28

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

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

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

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

Thanks to so many

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

FVL Schools Band Fundraiser Update

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

Fundraiser Timeline:

FUNDRAISER Kickoff:  Saturday, September 14

FUNDRAISER TURN-IN DATE:  Saturday, October 5

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

DELIVERY DATE: Saturday, November 2 • 8:00-10:00am

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

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

MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: FVL Schools Band Program

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

WELS Middle School Honors Band Festival

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

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

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

Volunteer Needs

We will need volunteers in the following areas:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please sign up for WELS Middle School Honors Band Festival!

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

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

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

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September 20 Update

Friday, September 20, 2019

Upcoming FVL Schools Band rehearsal schedule

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

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

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

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

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

FVL Schools Band Fundraiser Update

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

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

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

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

Here are some online statistics so far:

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

12 Students have registered

530 Unique visitors to all student sites

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

 

 

Fundraiser Timeline:

FUNDRAISER Kickoff:  Saturday, September 14

FUNDRAISER TURN-IN DATE:  Saturday, October 5

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

DELIVERY DATE: Saturday, November 2 • 8:00-10:00am

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

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

MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: FVL Schools Band Program

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

Volunteer Page

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

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

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

Concert Vest Fittings will be Saturday, October 12

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

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

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September 12 Update

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Saturday Rehearsal and Parent Meeting

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

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

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

Updated School Lesson Schedule

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

Volunteer Needs - You can also check our Volunteer Page

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming FVL Schools Band rehearsal schedule

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

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

FVL Schools Fall Fundraiser Kicks Off this Saturday!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fundraiser Timeline:

FUNDRAISER Kickoff:  Saturday, September 14

FUNDRAISER TURN-IN DATE:  Saturday, October 5

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

DELIVERY DATE: Saturday, November 2 • 8:00-10:00am

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

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

MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: FVL Schools Band Program

WELS Middle School Honors Band

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

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

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September 3 Update

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

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

First Rehearsals

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

Lessons begin week of September 9-13

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

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

FVL Schools Band Parent Meeting on September 14

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

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY #1

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

This form can also be found on our Volunteers page.

The Director's Updates - Important Information!

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

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

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