Update for November 14

Friday, November 13, 2015

Only Two Rehearsals to Go!

We are now officially in "crunch time"!  Only two rehearsals to go until we present our Fall Concert.  The bands have been making excellent progress since we began rehearsals in September.  Seeing the progress from week to week is the best part of the "journey" that we collectively take to present a finished product. Thanks to all of our directors and band members for their dedication and willingness to make this wonderful music happen is such a short period of time.

Here is our upcoming rehearsal and performance schedule:
November 14 - regular rehearsal
November 21 - regular rehearsal
November 22 - Fall Band Concert

Our Fall Concert will begin at 6:00 PM. This concert will feature our two FVL Schools Bands - the Cadet Band (beginning students) and the Concert Winds (students with more than one year of experience).  The FVL Symphonic Band will also play a few selections at this concert.  It will be a wonderful opportunity to see the entire FVL band program, from beginners to high school!

Following our November concert, we will not have Saturday morning practices again until Saturday, January 16!

Reminder of Concert Notes for Sunday, November 22

Our concert on Sunday, November 22 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.

For concert dress (what our students should wear), refer back to the November 7 Update.

Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin (LVW) Preview only a week away

Most of our 8th grade band students have received a flyer with information for our upcoming LVW 2016 Preview Day to be held on Saturday, November 21.  The event will run from 1 - 4 PM.  All of our 8th grade band students are welcome and invited to attend, as they are all eligible for this awesome summer marching band.  In fact, many of our 8th graders have already registered to attend this event!  Parents are also invited, as we wil preview our upcoming 2016 season, look at our performance and rehearsal schedules, and talk about our tour to Boston Massachusetts.

Pizza will be served to all in attendance before heading home, so we want all attendees (student and parents) to fill out the Preview Day Registration Form.

Brass and woodwind students should bring their regular band instrument to the Preview Day.  Students who are interested in our Percussion section or Color Guard do not need to bring instruments, as they will be provided.

All students attending should wear comfortable clothing suitable for physical activity (Marching!).  Sweats or shorts are perfectly acceptable.

For much more information about LVW and what it has to offer, visit our Homepage.

As a special "treat", a few of our FVL Band students who have been in LVW for several years will speak to our Concert Winds at Saturday's rehearsal!  We would like all of our FVL Schools Band members to be aware of LVW as a possibility for the future.  We especially want our 8th graders to learn a bit more from a students' perspective.

Parents and students who are Facebook users may want to check our our LVW Facebook Page.  There you will see lots of pictures from previous years and the activities of our LVW members.

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