Update for November 15

Friday, November 14, 2014

Rehearsal on Saturday, November 15

We will be rehearsing this Saturday, November 15.  This is our seventh rehearsal in preparation for our Fall Concert.  We only have one more rehearsal after this week!  Both bands are putting the final touches on their selections.  We are all looking forward to our performances.

Final rehearsal - November  22

November 23 - Fall Concert

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

Please note that we will not have any Saturday rehearsals after November 22 until after the new year.  Our first rehearsal will be held on Saturday, January 10.  Lessons WILL continue as normal until the week before Christmas.

Concert Information for November 23

Our concert on Sunday, November 23 will include performances by the FVL Schools Band Program's Cadet Band and the Concert Winds, as well as the Symphonic Band from Fox Valley Lutheran HS.  The concert will take place in the FVL Auditorium.

Students will need to be at FVL by 5:15 PM on the day of the concert so they can receive their vests and have adequate time for group warm up before the concert begins.  Vests and bow ties will be handed out prior to and should be returned immediately after the concert.

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 Symphonic Band, the Cadet Band, and the Concert Winds.  So that you can plan your evening, the concert should be over before between 7:15 and 7:30 PM.

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

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.

Congratulations to Trevor Hintz!

Trevor Hintz participated in the St. Norbert Honors Band Festival this past weekend.  That honors festival features middle school students from all across northeast Wisconsin.  Trevor is an 8th grade student at St. Peter Lutheran School, and recently transferred to our program from Freedom Middle School. Congratulations Trevor!

EVC Honors Band Information and Forms

Congratulations again to the fourteen FVL Schools Band members who have been selected to the Eastern Valley Conference (EVC) Middle School 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

I received the music this week.  Some of it was handed out during lessons this past week.  The music will be available on Saturday for students who did not receive their music at their lesson.

Forms are needed from students who will be attending the festival.  Printed Medical and Permission forms will be available on Saturday morning at rehearsal.  They are also available here for printing or filling out. These forms should be returned to me by either next week Saturday, November 22 at rehearsal or by Sunday, November 23 at the Fall Concert.

The forms are in both PDF format for printing and filling out, or are also available in Fillable PDF format.

EVC Honors Schedule for January 31
EVC Permission Form
EVC Permission Form - Fillable PDF
EVC Medical Form
EVC Medical Form - Fillable PDF

Additional information, such as what to wear, transportation, and so on will be available when we get closer to the event.  To help in your planning, we will be running a bus from FVL to Ripon on the morning of the concert, but will not offer a bus for the return trip.  Hopefully all parents will all be in attendance to take their children home following the concert!

Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin (LVW) Preview November 22

All 8th grade band members and their parents are invited to the Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin (LVW) Preview Day on Saturday, November 22, at FVL.  The event will begin at 1:00 PM, and will end with a pizza party (no charge!).   The entire event will be over by approximately 4:00.  It is our hope that all current 8th grade members can join us for this exciting preview event.  There is link to the RSVP for the LVW Preview Day on our website's homepage.  So that we can plan accurately for our pizza order, please RSVP by Monday, November 17.

Much more information about LVW and their upcoming 2015 season is avaialable in the Director's Post from November 7.

Solo Music Update

Thanks to all for your patience last week during the solo music selection!  I do appreciate the extra time given by our parents and students to keep the process orderly.  My apologies for not having an accurate price list on hand.  Students will be receiving two copies of the solo (or solo book) and a piano accompaniment part (or book).  The second copy of the solo is required for the adjudicator for the day of the solo event.  The music can be paid for after the students receive it.  Pricing information will be avaialble at that time.  Music can be paid for either by cash or check (made out to "FVL Schools Band Program" with "solo music" on the memo line), or can be paid for via our online payment form on the FVL Schools Band Payments page.

An order for the solo music was already placed with Heid Music, so you do not need to order anything. Much of the music the students selected will be in stock at Heid Music.  Some of it may need to be ordered from the music publishers.  I would expect that most, if not all, of the music will be in the students' hands in the next two or three weeks.  Some will be avaialble on Saturday, November 22 at the rehearsal for pick up.  The rest of the music will be distributed at the students' lessons over the next few weeks.

Lesson Schedule for the week of Thanksgiving

In an effort to keep the lesson schedule balanced, Mr. Neujahr will be giving lessons at Riverview on Monday, November 24.  Thanksgiving Day would be the third Thursday since the year began when there were no lessons at Riverview.  Mr. Neujahr will not give lessons at his other schools that week.

Mr. Kramer's lessons will also be modified, as there is no school on Thanksgiving.  Those revisions will be posted soon, and Mr. Kramer will also notify his individual schools and students of any changes.


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