contains information for students and parents about the musical
opportunities and obligations associated with the FVL Schools Band
Program. It is to be used as a guide for handy reference
throughout the year. It is our desire that parents and
students take the time to become familiar with the information that
is contained in this handbook.
In the handbook you will find information about our directors
and their contact information, the objectives of our program and
which schools participate, information for parents and students
such as Saturday rehearsal schedules and procedures, what to wear
for concerts, and so on. You can access the Handbook HERE or by
going to the "Registration/Documents" or the "Links" section of
this website and selecting the link for "FVL Schools Band Program
Handbook". There you will find a printable PDF version of the
I pray that your summer has been enjoyable! I am
confident the Lord will richly bless our students, school staff and
families as we provide a Christian education firmly grounded in the
Wisdom of God's Word. FVL is enjoying our first full week of
school. I am very excited for the new year, as I'm sure you
are as well!
Now that we are about to begin the 2014-2015 school year, I
wanted to post a brief update with some information regarding the
FVL Schools Band Program. I'm sure the start of another
school year brings a lot of excitement to your homes, and also
brings many opportunities for your children to participate in
school activities, athletics, co-curricular activities, and of
course - BAND!!!!!
The band's website has a few main tabs, just as last
year. You can see them on the left hand side of the homepage.
The tab for "Director's Updates" will have the weekly
announcements and updates, so that is a tab you will want
to check out often. Note that you will need to use
your browser's "Back Button" to navigate back to the homepage from
this page. Under "Registration/Documents" you will find the
registration information, as well as links to the registration form
and other documents, such as the fees, calendar, and the updated
FVL Schools Band Handbook.
We have had a very good response for registrations so far,
including many new band families! However, families who have
not done so will still need to register for the FVL Middle School
Band program via our website. Go to "Registration/Documents"
and then click on the link to "FVL Schools Band
2014-2015 Registration Form." It is important that
families register as soon as possible because lesson schedules can
not be created and firmed up until all families have done
so. It will only take a few moments
to register. If you can't remember if you have filled
out the online form, you can contact me and I will
let you know, or you can fill it out again. If I have
duplicate registrations, I will simply delete the older form and
keep the most recent.
It would also be a good idea to let your school's
principal know if you will be taking band lessons this year.
All principals were sent an email this past week with the
current registration list. They will be working on their
lesson schedules, so it is vital that they know who is in band so
the lesson schedules can be accurate.
If for some reason you will not be continuing with our FVL
Schools Band Program, I would appreciate an email just so that I
know your status.
You will find the calendar for the year on our "Calendar"
Our first Saturday rehearsal will be September 13. Cadet
Band (beginning students) and the Concert Winds (all returning
students) will both rehearse on that day. Rehearsals begin at
8:15 and conclude by 9:45 AM. We will likely begin the lesson
schedule the week of September 15 if lesson schedules can be firmed
up at each school. Otherwise, we will begin lessons the
following week. Look for an announcement at your school and
on the "Director's Updates" page of the FVL Schools Band
Thanks so much for your continued support of our FVL
Schools Band Program!
Our second annual beginner band camp is now completed. It
was an amazing two days of getting to know a little about our band
instruments and getting to know our new band family members!
We had 30 new band students take part in the camp, and about a
dozen FVL student helpers and adults. I want to thank all of
the beginning students for their enthusiasm with their new
instruments and their willingness to accept the coaching and
instruction from the helpers. They accomplished some amazing
things! Those first few lessons in September will now be MUCH
easier for the students who attended. If at all possible, the
new band students should try to review techniques learned at the
camp and play through some of the exercises that we worked
on. It would be most beneficial if they ONLY try to do what
was done at the camp, and refrain from trying to go farther into
the books. They may be very excited, but at the same time it
may be frustrating to try to do more than they are ready for at
A special thanks also goes out to the parents who assisted with
the registration and checking in at the camp, as well as those that
assisted with the snacks for the two days!
The beginning students were also instructed to TALK TO THEIR
FRIENDS at school about beginning on an instrument once school
begins! I know there are several beginning students who were
not able to attend the camp. NO WORRIES! The camp was
not mandatory, so all new students are still welcome to
If you have any questions regarding beginning band, please
contact Mr. Neujahr at FVL at 920-739-4441 x5160 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hello and welcome to the FVL Schools Band family! We
are very excited to launch our new website, where you will be able
to find new information, calendar updates, and useful FVL Schools
Band documents. This site will be your "one stop shop" for
everything you need! Be sure to check this area often, as we
will be posting new updates and announcements regularly. If
you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact James
Neujahr, the FVL High School and FVL Schools Band