Update for November 8

Friday, November 7, 2014

Rehearsal on Saturday, November 8

After a week off, we will again have rehearsal this Saturday.  This is our sixth rehearsal as we prepare for our November 23rd concert.

We will be fitting the Cadet Band and Concert Winds students with Concert Vests during this Saturday's rehearsal.  Thanks to our Uniform Committee moms for helping with this important task!  In addition, our 7th and 8th grade students will be selecting solo music for the Solo and Ensemble Festival which will be held on Saturday, March 7 at Waupaca HS (See more information below).

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

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.

Concert Notes for Sunday, 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 begin at 6:00 PM, and 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.

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.

7th and 8th Grade Solo Music

On Saturday November 8, the 7th and 8th grade band students will have the opportunity to browse and purchase music from the WSMA solo list.  The music will be on display in the FVL Commons. This music will be played on Saturday, March 7, at the WSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival which will take place at Waupaca High School.  Individual performance times will not be known until about two weeks in advance.  Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr will help the students prepare their music during their weekly band lessons.

Many of the solos on the WSMA list are also included in SmartMusic!  You may want to consider purchasing a solo that is in SmartMusic, as Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr will be able to use the program during the student's lesson to aid in the learning process.  For families that have SmartMusic at home (refer to our SmartMusic Post from the October 11 update), your students will have the ability to practice with the rehearsal tools that are available.  Tools include having the ability to slow down the tempo of the accompaniment, recording "takes" so the student can listen to what they sound like, and having SmartMusic tell them what was played correctly or incorrectly by using the Assessment feature.  SmartMusic can also be used as the Accompanist on the day of the solo festival, so it would eliminate the need for an actual pianist.

Most solos are priced in the $5-10 range.  Some solos, especially those contained in a book with several solo selections, will be priced higher.  The students will need an original, published piece of music for themselves and another for the adjudicator - this means they will need to purchase TWO COPIES OF THE SOLO, unless an additional adjudicator copy is included with the solo.  Photo-copied music is not allowed at WSMA solo festivals.  The students should bring cash to the rehearsal, or parents can pay with a check.  Music should be purchased on Saturday.  If you may have difficulty sending money with the student, please speak with Mr. Neujahr and arrangements can be made to pay later.  We will keep track of any IOU's.

Heid Music has graciously provided advance copies of several solos for our students to view.  Because there is only one copy of each of these solos, the students can select their solo and the music will be ordered through Heid Music.  So students will not actually take their music home with them this Saturday.

Mr. Neujahr will take care of ordering what is needed.  Students should pay for both copies right away, and when the music arrives it will be handed out either at the student's lesson or on the first available Saturday.

Concert Dress for the November 23 concert

So that you have adequate time to prepare, 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 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.

Inclement Weather Procedures

As we get closer to potential inclement weather, remember to check the band's website for information regarding rehearsal cancellations.  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 top of the website by that time.

We have been blessed with excellent weather on Saturdays so far this year.  Since we have no Saturday rehearsals from Thanksgiving until after the New Year, the potential for nasty weather will be greater when we resume next semester.

FVL Schools Band Account Payments

You now have the ability to make payments to your FVL Schools Band Program account by using our online form!  We have added a page to our FVL Schools Band Program website.  The link to the page can be found on the left navigation panel and is entitled "FVL Schools Band Payments".

Link to the FVL Schools Band Payments form

FVL uses PayPal for these online payments.  Please note that there is a small fee for using the online form. The fees are listed at the bottom of the form.

Statements are mailed to the family each semester with the account balance.  If you have questions about your statement or fees, please contact Krista Davis in the FVL Business Office.

Semester One payments are due by November 15, and Semester Two payments are due by February 28.

Access the following link for a full explanation of FVL Schools Band Program Fees.

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