Update for September 20

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thanks to so many

I want to begin by saying "Thank You" to many groups and individuals.  Thanks first to all of our FVL Schools Principals for assisting over the past several weeks to create the school lesson schedules.  Many emails were sent back and forth, and they responded quickly with my requests to verify their school's band students. Thanks also to our band parents for taking care of the registrations.  There were many new band registrations the last week of August and the first weeks of September.  I want to thank both Mr. Kramer and Mrs. Nogar for their continued participation as directors of our Cadet Band and Concert Winds.  There is always much preparation necessary on the parts of these directors as we begin another rehearsal and concert year.  Having qualified educators for our band students is very important, and we have two of the best in Mr. Kramer and Mrs. Nogar!  I want to thank all of the parents who created time in their weekend schedule to attend the band parent meeting last week.  We had a very good attendance, and some very good discussion about our program and excellent questions from parents.  Thanks also to the FVL Schools Band parent committee President Kristine Keller, for chairing the meeting and providing excellent leadership for our parents and volunteers.  Last, and certainly not least, is the thanks directed to the members of our FVL Schools Band Program!  Their enthusiasm to be a part of something as special as this program is at the same time both humbling and inspiring for me!  I realize the time and effort that is needed from each of these students to make our program successful.  It isn't always easy to get up so early on a Saturday morning (for parents either!) to get to our rehearsals - but they do it anyway!  Many sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of you!

FVL Schools Band fundraiser off to a great start

By the end of this week, all students should have received their packet of information for the FVL Schools Band Fall Fundraiser.  The packet contains a one-page OVERVIEW of the drive, a Pizzazz and a Happy Holidays catalog, a few order sheets, and a return envelope.  The materials should be self-explanatory, but if you do have questions you can contact me or Jami Greshay, our Fund Raising Coordinator.

Please don't go door to door through your neighborhoods to sell these items.  We ask you to contact people you know, such as friends, relatives, close neighbors, co-workers, members of your church, and so on.

All order forms and cash/checks need to be returned to FVL by Saturday, October 4.  It is important that we receive the packets on that day so that Hansen can deliver the product on Saturday, October 18.  If your son or daughter will not be at rehearsal on October 4, please have them return the packet to Mr. Kramer or Mr. Neujahr at their band lesson the week before October 4.  Likewise, it is extremely important that the products are picked up 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.

Remember that 50% of the profit earned from this fund drive will be used to support the FVL Schools Band Program, and 50% of the profit will go directly into your account to offset your fees.  The band students can also earn "Fabulous Prizes" for different levels of sales!

Welcome to new and returning parent committee members

We have added several parents to the Parent Committee!  Thanks to the following for their willingness to help out with various tasks throughout the year.  Their contact information can be found on the Directors/Parents/Contact page.  We do have a few positions that remain open.  Please consider volunteering if you have the time and the desire to help out our FVL Schools Band Program.

President - Kristine Keller
Vice President - OPEN
Attendance Coordinator - Beverly Quella
Fundraising Coordinator - Jami Greshay
Winterfest Coordinator - Jodi Slominsky
Treasurer - Tom Nogar
Secretary - OPEN
Volunteer Coordinator - OPEN 
Band Uniform Coordinators - Kim Paulson, Jackie Machkovech, Kim Lillo

Band Handbook - Resource with lots of information!

If you haven't had the opportunity to view the FVL Schools Band Handbook yet, try to find the time to do so.  It contains great information, especially for new band parents.  It may even answer some of the questions you might have about our program.

Upcoming FVL Schools Band rehearsal schedule

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

September 20
October 4, 18, 25
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.

As you can see, there aren't that many rehearsals!  Please do all you can to make sure your son or daughter is able to attend our rehearsals.

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