April 17 Update

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Thanks be to God for our FVL Schools Band Program!

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

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

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

This is also a good time to encourage band members and parents to continue with band for next year, whether it is in the FVL Schools Band Program or in high school! You have all invested a good amount of time and money in instrumental music.  Being a part of the FVL Schools Band Program is a great educational experience and a FUN activity.  All of that is magnified in a high school band program!

Call Received

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

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

2019 FVL Schools Band Awards

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

Cadet Band

Caleb Johnson
Ava Klinger
Owen Schroth
Owen Stevens

Concert Winds

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

Director's Award

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

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

Beginning Band Open House

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

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

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

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

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

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

End of the Year Lesson Schedules

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

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

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

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

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April 11 Update

Friday, April 12, 2019

Final Weekend of Rehearsals and Performances!

We have arrived at the end of our 2018-2019 FVL Schools Band year!  How exciting to think of where we were last September, and where we are now.  It is always great to see the growth in our student musicians, most notably the Cadet Band and their advancement.  It really has been a very good year.  We thank the Lord for his continued blessings on our FVL Schools Band Program!

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

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

Following our final rehearsal on Saturday, April 13, we will be handing out various awards, including medals for students who completed books since Musicfest, WSMA Solo Medals, Attendance Awards, and the Director's Awards (2).  Our awards will be presented in the FVL Auditorium.  We would like all band students and parents to be in attendance if at all possible. Grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins (and other siblings) are also welcome!

Sunday, April 14 - FVL Schools Spring Band Concert Information
The concert begins at 2:00 PM in the FVL Auditorium.
  • Band members should arrive by 1:00 PM (Concert Black and White clothing), so we can hand out Concert Vests and Ties prior to warm up.  Cadet Band and Concert Winds will report to their regular rehearsal rooms at that time.
  • The students are encouraged to wear their medals for completing books to the concert!  It adds a special touch to the band uniform, and is a visible acknowledgement of a job well-done!
  • Students who were awarded medals for the Solo Festival are also encouraged to wear them for the concert.

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

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

Lesson Books Completed During the Second Semester

The students listed below have completed a lesson book and moved on in our series "Standard of Excellence" (SOE).  Our lesson series contains two books from SOE, 1 (Red), 2 (Blue).  We use the Rubank Intermediate or Advanced Method (Volumes 1 and 2) for students who advance beyond Book 2 in the Standard of Excellence series.

Book 1

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

Book 2

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

Rubank Intermediate

Ryan Feuerstahler, Grade 8, Trinity, Euphonium

Rubank Advanced Method, Vol 2
Levi Wolfgramm, Grade 8, Trumpet, Riverview, Ap

Congratulations to all of these students!  They will also receive their medal at this week's awards for completing their books. Students are encouraged to wear their medals for the concert this weekend.

Band Lessons and FVL instruments

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

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

Students who are using an FVL-owned instrument will be turning them in to either Mr. Kramer or Mr. Neujahr at their final lesson.  FVL-owned instruments are sent to Heid Music every spring for annual repair and maintenance. Students who will be renting them from us next year will, in most cases, be given the same instrument next year.  Students who are taking summer lessons or attending music camps will be issued an instrument after they are returned from Heid Music.  If you will need an instrument for the summer, please contact James Neujahr.

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April 4 Update

Friday, April 5, 2019

Rehearsal Saturday, April 6

We will have a regular rehearsal on Saturday, April 6.  Counting this rehearsal, we have only TWO rehearsals left before our Spring Concert on April 14!

Here is the remaining schedule:

Saturday, April 6 Regular rehearsal
Saturday, April 13 Regular rehearsal and Band Awards
Sunday, April 14 Spring Concert - 2:00 PM

Final Rehearsal and Band Awards

Following our final rehearsal on Saturday, April 13, we will be handing out various awards, including medals for students who completed books since Musicfest, WSMA Solo Medals, Attendance Awards, and the Director's Awards (2).  Our awards will be presented in the FVL Auditorium.  We would like all band students and parents to be in attendance if at all possible. Grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins (and other siblings) are also welcome!

Sunday, April 14 - FVL Schools Spring Band Concert

The concert begins at 2:00 PM in the FVL Auditorium.
  • Band members should arrive by 1:00 PM (Concert Black and White clothing), so we can hand out Concert Vests and Ties prior to warm up.  Cadet Band and Concert Winds will report to their regular rehearsal rooms at that time.
  • The students are encouraged to wear their medals for completing books to the concert!  It adds a special touch to the band uniform, and is a visible acknowledgement of a job well-done!
  • Students who were awarded medals for the Solo Festival are also encouraged to wear them for the concert.

Parent volunteers will be needed to help distribute the vests and ties prior to the concert, as well as receive them following the concert.

Attendance Volunteer Request for Tomorrow (April 6)

We do not have anyone signed up for the attendance spots for April 6. We need one, but if there are two the task is made easier.  If you are able to help, simply go to our Volunteer Pagefor information and the Volunteer Sign Up link to add yourself to the schedule.

Upcoming Lesson Schedule Modifications

Mr. Neujahr will not be giving lessons on Thursday of this coming week (April 11).  He will be attending a workshop at UW-Oshkosh.  The workshop is for teachers who are teaching a dual-credit course through UW-O.  Mr. Neujahr is an adjunct UW-O faculty member teaching College Music Theory at FVL.  The students can earn 3 college credits for taking the class.

Mr. Neujahr will also not be giving lessons on Wednesday, April 17.  FVL is hosting a WSMA Band Concert Festival that day.  In addition to the FVL Symphonic Band, three bands from St. Francis Xavier Middle School will also be perfoming.  All of the bands will be adjudicated by a panel of three judges, and will also receive a rating.

These lessons will not be "made up", as we will have at least 24 lessons at all of our schools by the end of this month.

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March 29 Update

Friday, March 29, 2019

Rehearsal Saturday, March 30

After a few weeks off due to Spring Break, we have a regular rehearsal scheduled for Saturday, March 30.  Counting this rehearsal, we have only THREE rehearsals left before our Spring Concert in April!

Here is the remaining schedule:

Saturday, March 30 Regular rehearsal
Saturday, April 6 Regular rehearsal
Saturday, April 13 Regular rehearsal and Band Awards
Sunday, April 14 Spring Concert - 2:00 PM

Final Rehearsal and Band Awards

Following our final rehearsal on Saturday, April 13, we will be handing out various awards, including medals for students who completed books since Musicfest, WSMA Solo Medals, Attendance Awards, and the Director's Awards (2).  Our awards will be presented in the FVL Auditorium.  We would like all band students and parents to be in attendance if at all possible. Grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins (and other siblings) are also welcome!

Sunday, April 14 - FVL Schools Spring Band Concert
The concert begins at 2:00 PM in the FVL Auditorium.
  • Band members should arrive by 1:00 PM (Concert Black and White clothing), so we can hand out Concert Vests and Ties prior to warm up.  Cadet Band and Concert Winds will report to their regular rehearsal rooms at that time.
  • The students are encouraged to wear their medals for completing books to the concert!  It adds a special touch to the band uniform, and is a visible acknowledgement of a job well-done!
  • Students who were awarded medals for the Solo Festival are also encouraged to wear them for the concert.
Many Thanks to Our Crew of Attendance Takers!

Thanks to Gretchen Adrian for putting together the online sign up, as well as our many parents who have volunteered their time to help take attendance.  Your help is GREATLY appreciated!

We do have one volunteer spot open for April 6. If you are able to help, simply go to our Volunteer Page for information and the Volunteer Sign Up link to add yourself to the schedule.

Summer Band Camp Opportunity

Many of our students have participated in the WELS Summer Band Camp in Milwaukee.  The deadline for the early bird discount is March 31, so there is still time to register.  All students received a camp brochure in January.  For more information and a link to the WELS Summer Band Camp website, check our Update from January 18.

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March 8 Update

Friday, March 8, 2019

Rehearsal Saturday, March 9

We have a regular rehearsal scheduled for Saturday, March 9.  Counting this rehearsal, we have only FOUR rehearsals left before our Spring Concert in April!

Here is the remaining schedule:

Saturday, March 9 Regular rehearsal
Saturday, March 16 and 23 - NO REHEARSAL due to Spring Breaks and WELS Band Festival
Saturday, March 30 Regular rehearsal
Saturday, April 6 Regular rehearsal
Saturday, April 13 Regular rehearsal and Band Awards
Sunday, April 14 Spring Concert - 2:00 PM

Winter in Wisconsin - Part 2:  Here we go again!  Hopefully the weather cooperates this weekend.  We could get a nasty wintry mix this weekend, but it looks like it will be starting later in the afternoon on Saturday and continuing into Sunday.  So we should be good to go for our rehearsal.

For a review of the cancellation and inclement weather procedures, look back to the previous Update.  Remember, it is always up to the parents to decide if travel is safe from your location.

No Band Lessons March 18 - 22

Due to FVL and the majority of our grade schools on Spring Break, there will be no band lessons given from March 18 - 22.

WELS Band Festival March 15 - 17

Mr. Neujahr and seven FVL Band students will be attending the National WELS Band Festival next weekend.  The Festival will be at Wisconsin Lutheran HS in Milwaukee.  The festival will include band students and their directors from 20 WELS high schools!  Students are coming from Arizona, Washington, Colorado, South Dakota, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Rehearsals will take place all day Friday and Saturday, with the Festival Concert at 2:00 on Sunday afternoon.

Congratulations to the following FVL Band Students for being selected for this year's WELS Band Festival:

Flute - Lyssa Edwards and Elizabeth Santos
Clarinet - Anthony Higareda
Alto Saxophone - John Deng
Tenor Saxophone - Caitlyn Graham
Trumpet - Dieter Ragner
Trombone - Connor Lynch

Solo and Ensemble Results

Thanks also to the many parents, family members, and relatives who were in attendance to see our students perform.  Your participation in their musical education is so very important.  Thanks to all!

The solo and ensemble festival for FVL and FVL Schools Band members was very successful!  In all, the FVL Schools Band Program entered 23 events, with 3 receiving a rating of "2" and 20 events receiving a "1" rating.

Special congratulations to Keely Adrian (St. Mark, Green Bay) for qualifying for the State Solo and Ensemble Festival with her alto saxophone solo! In order to qualify for State, a Class A solo must be played, and must receive the highest ratings in each category.

Here are the results for our FVL Schools Band events:

CLASS C
Trey Rhoden, Snare Drum - 2
Emma Beyer, Alto - 1
Tyler Kuppernis, Baritone - 1
Aliya Sulzle, Soprano - 1
Ryan Theimer, Trumpet - 1
Abe Kesting, Trumpet - 1
Caleb Race, Trombone - 1
Courtney Thede, Snare Drum - 1
Bella Tollerud, Flute - 1
Owen Olsen, Tenor Saxophone - 1
Matteah Gehl, Clarinet - 1
Natalee Springstroh, Flute - 1
Aliya Sulzle, Flute - 1
Emma Schabo, Alto Saxophone - 1
Bethany Fick, Bassoon - 1
Ella Erdmann, Clarinet - 1
Rachel Schuler, Horn - 1

CLASS B
Rachel Schuler, Soprano - 2
Benjamin Grady, Snare Drum - 2
Frederick Knaack, Trombone - 1
Ryan Feuerstahler, Euphonium - 1

CLASS A
Olivia Race, Trumpet - 1
Keely Adrian, Alto Saxophone - 1* (going to State Solo and Ensemble)

The FVL Band and Choir students also did very well, with 7 events receiving a "2" rating and 34 events receiving a "1" rating!  Of those 34, 21 events are advancing to the State Solo and Ensemble Festival!

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

Alto Sax Solo - John Deng
Bassoon Solo - Emily Lillo
Woodwind/String Ensemble
Flute Choir
Saxophone Choir
Percussion Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble

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February 22 Update

Friday, February 22, 2019

Rehearsal Saturday, February 23

We have a regular rehearsal scheduled for Saturday, February 23.  Counting this rehearsal, we have only FIVE rehearsals left before our Spring Concert in April!

Here is the remaining schedule:

Saturday, February 23 Regular rehearsal
Saturday, March 2 NO SATURDAY REHEARSAL.  7th and 8th grade student Solo Festival at WHS
Saturday, March 9 Regular rehearsal
Saturday, March 30 Regular rehearsal
Saturday, April 6 Regular rehearsal
Saturday, April 13 Regular rehearsal and Band Awards
Sunday, April 14 Spring Concert - 2:00 PM

Well, another day, and another threat of an oncoming winter storm.  It must be Wisconsin!  At this time it looks like we will be able to have the rehearsal as scheduled.  The snow total for Saturday morning will be in the neighborhood of 1 - 3 inches.  The uncertain part about the weather forecast is whether freezing rain or drizzle will be mixed in.  The "really heavy stuff" will be coming Saturday evening into Sunday morning.

As always, it is up to the parents to decide if the conditions are safe for travel or not.

This is a good time to review our . . . .

Inclement Weather Procedures

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

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

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

Please note that there will NOT be a notice on radio or TV stations.  Your source for cancellation notices will be this website and an email.

Solo and Ensemble Festival Information - March 2 at Waupaca HS

For much more information for parents with students performing a solo, refer back to the DIrector's Update for February 7.  In it you will find general information regarding what to wear, when to arrive, and so on, as well as student soloist introduction and music requirements.

We have received a preliminary schedule for the solos.  Please be aware that the times on this schedule may shift one way or the other by a few minutes, but they will be relatively close to what is on the sheet.  The reason for shifting times is because between now and early next week the various school directors will submit conflicts with their schedules (due to students in multiple events) and then the final schedule will be published.

This schedule also includes names of a few students who have indicated they will not be playing their solo.  So if you see your child's name on the schedule, I am aware, but the information did not get to Waupaca HS in time.  So their names will likely remain on the schedule.  Removing names from a schedule would have a drastic "trickle-down" effect on the rest of the schedule, so it is easier to leave them in.

Early next week, in addition to the final schedule, we will also receive maps of Waupaca HS and other information.  That additional information will give us room numbers for each site, warm up rooms, homerooms, canteen menus, where results will be posted, etc.  That information may be posted on this website, but will be sent via email to all families who have students participating.

Here is a link to the PRELIMINARY SOLO SCHEDULE

Note that this schedule includes both Fox Falley Lutheran HS (Fox Vly Luth HS) and the FVL Schools (Fox Vly Luth MS) times.

 

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Kramer Jazz Academy

Friday, February 15, 2019

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February 7 Update

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Rehearsal this Saturday, February 9

Another snow/ice day means another week that I can post the Director's Update a bit early!

Because of our recent snow/cold/ice/weather days off, some of our schools have missed lessons.  This is OK, and normally lessons won't be "made up".  The important number is 24 - our students will all receive that many lessons by the time the school year is over.  Many of our students are already in the 15 - 17 lessons given range, so we are OK at this point.

We will be having rehearsal this Saturday - barring any unforseen weather incidents!  It will be cold, but not nearly as cold as the Polar Vortex we experienced last week.

Most of the students received their new music for our April concert at their recent lessons.  Again, because of school closings, not all students were able to receive their music.  No worries, as we will be handing that out at this week's rehearsal.

Feburary is the shortest month, and it is also the month with the fewest FVL Schools Band rehearsals.  We will NOT have rehearsal on February 16, as that is the weekend of the basketball tournament, as well as the week that most of our schools have off on Thursday and Friday due to teacher's conference.

So our only other rehearsal this month will be Saturday, February 23.

Information for Student Soloists on March 2

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

Our Solo and Ensemble Festival will be held at Waupaca High School on Saturday, March 2.  This festival includes, in addition to our FVL Schools Band students, FVL HS, Waupaca HS, Clintonville HS, and St. Martin Lutheran Grade School (from Clintonville).

This is the same festival that the FVL high school band and choir students will be attending.  FVL has 40  events entered, including instrumental solos and ensembles, choral solos and ensembles, many piano solos, among other events.  The FVL Schools Band Program has 29 solo events entered!  Most are class B or C, but we do have a few class A solos entered as well.

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

We will receive the preliminary schedules and other information for March 2 in about two weeks.  I will post links to the schedules in a future Update when they are available.

IMPORTANT: If for some reason your son or daughter will NOT be performing their solo on March 2, please Email Mr. Neujahr as soon as possible so he can notify the Festival Manager and the schedules can be updated.

Following is information for students who are playing a solo on March 2.  Mr. Neujahr and Mr. Kramer will also discuss these items with the students at lessons as they prepare for that day.

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

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

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

Homerooms/Case and Coat Storage:  The Waupaca HS Gym may be used as the homeroom for all schools.  A section of the bleachers will be labled showing each school's designated area.  If that is the case, please be aware that students should be very careful with their instruments, music, and other valuables.

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

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

Student Introductions

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

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

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

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

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

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

-OR-

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

Parents - it would be a good idea to help your child prepare their introduction.  It doesn't need to be very long, and it will also make a very good first impression for the adjudicator!

 

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January 23 Update

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Regular Rehearsal this week

Both Cadet Band and Concert Winds will rehearse this Saturday, January 26.  We are busy preparing our selections for the upcoming FVL Musicfest - World of Music to be held on Sunday, Januray 27.

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

Note that we will not have rehearsal on February 2, but will resume again on February 9.  This year, we not have rehearsal the weekend of February 16, which is the Saturday of the FVL Schools Basketball tournament at FVL.  It is also the weekend following the two day teacher's conference (Thursday and Friday, February 14-15).  Many of our schools have off those two days.

Musicfest Reminders

Our Cadet Band and Concert Winds will be performing on Sunday, January 27, for Musicfest.  Our three bands - FVL Schools Cadet and Concert Winds and the FVL Symphonic Band - will begin performance at 12:00 PM, and will be in the Auditorium.  Students should be at FVL by 11:30 that day to prepare for our performance.  Concert Winds members will meet in the Band Room, and Cadet Band members will meet in the Fine Arts Room as usual.  Our FVL Schools Bands will be seated in the Auditorium between 12:00 and 1:00 so they can also watch the FVL Symphonic Band perform.  As there is lots of traffic through the hallways on Winterfest, student coats and cases should be brought directly into the Band and Choir room and not left in the hall.

Concert Winds and Cadet Band Dress for Musicfest

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

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

For more information about Musicfest (schedules, cost, food, entertainment, etc.) please refer back to our Director's Update from last week, January 18.

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January 18 Update (1)

Friday, January 18, 2019

Regular Rehearsal this week and next week

Both Cadet Band and Concert Winds will rehearse this Saturday and next, January 19 and 26.  We are busy preparing our selections for the upcoming FVL Musicfest - World of Music to be held on Januray 27.

Please Note:  FVL is hosting a VERY LARGE Vex Robotics tournament on Saturday.  In addition to the two gyms and the Commons, that tournament will be using the choir room, stage, and later on the Fine Arts Room.  So students are asked to NOT uncase instruments in the hallway, but rather to take them directly into their rehearsal rooms.  We want to keep the Fine Arts Hallway clear for the additional traffic on Saturday.

Note that we will not have rehearsal on February 2, but will resume again on February 9.

Important message for parents of 7th and 8th graders

Most of our 7th and 8th grade students are preparing solos for the Solo and Ensemble Festival to be held at Waupaca HS on Saturday, march 2.  For more information on this topic, refer to the information in the January 11 Update (Solo Music for 7th and 8th Grade Students).

Mr. Neujahr will be registering these solos with the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) next week, with all entries completed by Thursday, January 31.  Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr have most of the information necessary, such as solo titles, accompmanists, and so on.

IMPORTANT - if your son or daughter will NOT be performing their solo on March 2, let Mr. Neujahr know immediately.  The FVL Schools Band Program covers the $10 registration fee, but we would rather not pay that if students will not be attending.

Musicfest Reminders

Our Cadet Band and Concert Winds will be performing on Sunday, January 27, for Musicfest.  Our three bands - FVL Schools Cadet and Concert Winds and the FVL Symphonic Band - will begin performance at 12:00 PM, and will be in the Auditorium.  Students should be at FVL by 11:30 that day to prepare for our performance.  Concert Winds members will meet in the Band Room, and Cadet Band members will meet in the Fine Arts Room as usual.  Our FVL Schools Bands will be seated in the Auditorium between 12:00 and 1:00 so they can also watch the FVL Symphonic Band perform.  As there is lots of traffic through the hallways on Winterfest, student coats and cases should be brought directly into the Band and Choir room and not left in the hall.

Concert Winds and Cadet Band Dress for Musicfest

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

Students should wear "nice school/church clothes" for the Musicfest performance.  This means NO jeans, t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.  Students may wear their black pants and white shirts if they would like.  Examples of nice dress would include dress slacks or khakis, polo shirts, button shirts with a tie, skirts or dresses, and so on.  Since the theme is "World of Music," the kids could wear clothes to match that theme.

So that you can plan around your student(s)'s group performance(s,) here is the large group schedule:
12:00 FVL Schools Cadet Band
12:15 FVL Schools Concert Winds
12:30 FVL Symphonic Band
1:15 Marionettes (large gym)
2:00 Silent auction bidding closes (wave 1-large gym)
2:05 FVL Men's Choir
2:20 FVL Women's Choir
2:35 FVL A Cappella Choir
3:00 Silent auction bidding closes (wave 2-large gym)
3:15 FVL Jazz Ensemble (Commons Stage)
3:40 Choraliers

There are three performance areas, including the auditorium, the Commons, and the large gym.  Several area Junior Choirs will also be performing!

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

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

Tickets are $3 at the door. All proceeds benefit the FVL band and choir programs.   As this is an FVL Passport Event, all members of the Cadet Band and Concert Winds will be admitted free to the event with their FVL Passport.

FVL Jazz Ensemble to Wisconsin Lutheran College Jazz Festival

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

WELS Summer Band Camp!

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

The camp will run from June 16 - 21, and will be held at Wisconsin Lutheran High School in Milwaukee.

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

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