Update for October 18

Friday, October 17, 2014

Rehearsals resume this week

After a week off, we are back for rehearsal on Saturday, October 18.  Conting this rehearsal, we only have five more rehearsals until our concert on November 23.  Things continue to go very well!  Thanks to all of our parents and band members for making such a great effort to attend these important Saturday rehearsals.

Due to the FVL Band and Choir concert this coming Sunday, much of the band equipment is already on the stage.  Therefore, for rehearsal tomorrow, the bands will rehearse in the following locations:

Concert Winds - Auditorium Stage
Cadet Band - FVL Band Room

Saturday is also the FVL grade school volleyball tournament.  Hopefully the band students who play volleyball can make most - if not all - of the rehearsal, since the games do not begin until 10:00.  On tournament weekends such as this, many of the kids wear their uniforms/sweats to rehearsal.  That is encouraged and a great time saver.  It is also a great visual for all of our band students to see just how active our members are in other activities, and that Band and Athletics do mix well!

FVL Band and Choir concert this Sunday

The FVL Band and Choirs will present their Fall Concert on Sunday, October 19.  The concert will begin at 6:00 PM and will last approximately one and a half hours.  The concert will take place in the FVL Auditorium.  If you are wondering, the Packer game is at noon and will be completed in plenty of time to attend the concert!  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.  It is amazing to see the progression from Cadet Band to Concert Winds to the FVL Symphonic Band.  The FVL Symphonic Band has some exciting music programmed for this concert.  You will not be disappointed!

FVL Schools Band members selected to the Eastern Valley Conference Honors Band

Congratulations are in order for fourteen of our FVL Schools Band members who have been selected to the EVC Middle School Honors Band!  The EVC middle school band directors met in Ripon last night and made the selections for the band from the nomination forms that were submitted earlier this year.  The Honors Concert will take place at Ripon High School on Saturday, January 31.  More details will be given when we get closer to the event.

Here are the students who have been selected to represent the FVL Schools Band Program in the Honors Band:

Flute - Elizabeth Santos, grade 8, St. Mark Green Bay
Oboe - Emily Ellis, grade 8, St. Paul Green Bay
Bassoon - Emily Lillo, grade 8, St. Paul Appleton
Clarinet - Morgan Caswell, grade 7, St. Paul Appleton; Lorna Caswell, grade 7, St. Paul Appleton 
Tenor Saxophone - Spencer Archer, grade 8, Immanuel Greenville
Trumpet - Dietrich Ragner, grade 8, Bethlehem Hortonville; Adam Caswell, grade 7, St. Paul Appleton
Trombone - Nick Caswell, grade 7, St. Paul Appleton; Connor Lynch, grade 7, New Hope Christian Neenah
Tuba - William Strassburg, grade 8, Homeschool Appleton; Austin Caswell, grade 8, St. Paul Appleton
Percussion - Brock Bader, grade 8, Mount Olive Appleton; Ben Schaser, grade 7, Immauel Greenville

This is the second year in the Honors Band for Brock Bader, and the third year for both Emily Ellis and Dietrich Ragner!

Hansens Fall Fundraiser product pick up this Saturday

The products ordered are going to be delivered to FVL for pickup on Saturday, October 18.   If you can not be there that day, please make arrangements with somebody else to pick up the product, such as another family from your school or church, grandparents, etc.  FVL does not have the ability to store these items, many of which are frozen food products.

Pickup information is as follows:

Date: Saturday, October 18
Time:  From 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Place:  FVL Commons
Fall Fundraiser results are in - with Awesome numbers!

A HUGE thank you to all of our FVL Schools Band members and their parents for making this year's Fall Fundraiser a success!  The totals are in, and they are impressive:

Total number of families who participated - 41 (26 last year)
Total Dollars Ordered - $7557 ($4953.50 last year)
Net Profit for FVL Schools Band program and its members -  $3778.50 ($2476.75 last year)

WOW!  Of the $3778.50 in profit, half, or $1889.25 will go into the FVL Schools Band account, and $1887.50 will go directly into the individual student accounts.  For example, if a student sold $400 in product, $200 goes back to Hansens to cover the invoice, $100 goes to the FVL Schools Band Prgram, and $100 goes directly back to the student's account.  That money will be used to offset semester one band fees.  A few of our students will realize a benefit of over $100 for their band account, while several will see benefits of between $50 and $100.

Not only do the students get the benefit of a reduction in their student fees, but they also earned Fabulous Prizes for their efforts!  Students who sold 5 or more items will receive the "Yardstick of Gum";  15 items sold will earn some Ear Buds; 25 items earns a 5 pound bag of Gummi Bears; and 50 items earns an inflatable Fun Roller!  Students get all of the prizes up to and including the prize for their level of sales. Pretty exciting!  Overall, 37 students earned the gum; 20 earned the gum and the ear buds; 7 earned the gum, ear buds, and Gummi Bears; and one motivated student earned the gum, the ear buds, the Gummi Bears, and the Fun Roller!

Here are the seven students who sold at least 25 items, in alphabetical order:

Emily Beyer, Caitlyn Graham, Erin Greshay, Courney Kufahl, Philip Machkovech, Aryanna Selle, and Kisie Temu.

Special thanks go to Brenda Reyes, the Hansen's representative who did such a great job organizing the fundraiser, and also to Jami Greshay, our band parent fund drive coordinator.

Upcoming Rehearsal Schedule

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

Ocotber 18 (Hansen's product DELIVERED to FVL), 25
NO REHEARSAL on November 1 (Teacher's Conference weekend)
November 8, 15, 22
November 23 - Fall Concert

Our Fall Concert will begin at 6:00 PM, and not 6:30 as it shows on our schedule.

Mr. Neujahr's lesson schedule revised for October 27-29

Due to Mr. Neujahr attending the State Music Conference in Madison on Wednesday through Friday, October 29 - 31, and the need to do administrative work for the upcoming Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin 2015 season and recruitment information, he will not be giving lessons on Monday, October 27 through Wednesday, October 29.  There is no school on Thursday, October 30 and Friday, October 31 due to the state Teacher's Conference.  Likewise, there is also no band rehearsal on Saturday, Novembrer 1.

Schools NOT having lessons on those three days include Mount Olive, Appleton; St. Paul, Appleton; St. Mark and St. Paul, Green Bay; Trinity, Brillion; and Shepherd of the Valley, Menasha.

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