Update for November 21

Friday, November 20, 2015

Final Rehearsal for 2015

We will be rehearsing this Saturday, November 21.  This is our eighth and final rehearsal in preparation for our Fall Concert.  The Concert Winds will rehearse in the FVL Auditorium, and the Cadet Band will rehearse in the Choir Room as normal.

Final rehearsal - November  21 (8:15 - 9:45 AM)
November 22 - Fall Concert

Our Fall Concert will begin at 6:00 PM.

The concert will be streamed live on the FVL YouTube channel!  Please let your relatives know about this - grandparents or others who would like to watch the concert but are too far away to attend.  Go to the following link to watch the concert:

Fall Band Concert on FVL YouTube channel

Concert Information for 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 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 Concert Winds, the Cadet Band, and the FVL Symphonic Band.  So that you can plan your evening, the concert should be over before between 7:10 and 7:15 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.

Saturday Rehearsals take a Break!

Following our concert this Sunday, we will be taking a break from our Saturday rehearsals.  There will be no practices from Saturday, November 28 through Saturday, January 9.  We will resume our Saturday rehearsals again on January 16.

Attendance has been nothing short of spectacular for the first half of our year!  Thanks to parents and students for your continued efforts to attend our rehearsals.  As you know, with only 8-10 rehearsals planned for each semester, student attendance is crucial to our overall success as a performing ensemble.

Smart Music at Home - Here is a GREAT DEAL!

Next weekend only,  students can buy a SmartMusic subscription for just $20. Now it's even easier for every student to enjoy the focused practice and immediate feedback SmartMusic offers.

If you have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to purchase SmartMusic, this is your chance.  Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr both use SmartMusic in their lessons.  It is a great tool for making practicing at home more fun and it provides immediate feedback with the powerful interactive and assessment capabilities.  In addition, all of our 7th and 8th grade students will soon be getting their solos, and all of our solos this year will be in SmartMusic.  SmartMusic is a fantastic tool to assist in learning a solo.  Not only can the students set the accompaniment to play with them, but they can also listen to their part being played, as well as set the tempo slower or faster to accomadate their skill level.  SmartMusic can also be used the day of the solo festival to accompany their performance.

Use promo code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout between November 27 and November 30, 2015 to save 50%.  This discount is valid only on new subscription purchases on the MakeMusic store.

To purchase SmartMusic, go to the SmartMusic Website and click on "Purchase a Subscription".  You can also navigate the website to learn more about SmartMusic and what it has to offer.

Lesson Books Completed

It is time to give credit to those students who have completed a lesson book and moved on in our series "Standard of Excellence".  Our lesson series contains three books, 1 (Red), 2 (Blue), and 3 (Green).  We use the Rubank Intermediate or Advanced Method for students who advance beyond Book 3 of the Standard of Excellence series.

These students will receive their medals for completing books at Saturday's rehearsal.  It is the tradition of our FVL Schools Band Program for students to wear medals awarded for the concert.  So if they have previously been awarded a medal, those can also be worn.

Students Completing Book One (Red)
Anna Aden, Grade 6, Alto Saxophone, Immanuel, Greenville
Ian Broehm, Grade 6, Baritone, St. Peter, Freedom
Rebecca Eveland, Grade 6, Alto Saxophone, Immanuel, Greenville
Lauren Hedtke, Grade 6, Alto Saxophone, Immanuel, Greenville
Jefferson Heyer, Grade 7, Tuba, Immanuel, Greenville
Anthony Higareda, Grade 6, Clarinet, Mount Olive, Appleton (Cadet Band member)
Courtney Kufahl, Grade 6, Alto Saxophone, Immanuel, Greenville
Natalie Mroczynski, Grade 6, Trumpet, St. Paul, Green Bay
Rebecca Nussbaum, Grade 7, Alto Saxophone, Mount Olive, Appleton 
Levi Wolfgramm, Grade 5, Trumpet, Riverview, Appleton (Cadet Band member)

Students Completing Book Two (Blue)
Emily Beyer, Grade 8, Flute, Riverview, Appleton
Jenna Bickel, Grade 7, Flute, St. Peter, Freedom
Brynn Buchholz, Grade 7, Electric Bass, Mount Olive, Appleton
Marie Demler, Grade 7, Oboe, St. Mark, Green Bay
Caitlyn Graham, Grade 8, Alto Saxophone, Home School
Autumn Vah, Grade 7, Flute, St. Paul, Appleton

Students Completing Book Three (Green)
Jeremiah Butkovich, Grade 8, Baritone Saxophone, Trinity, Brillion
Aaron Melso, Grade 7, Euphonium, Riverview, Appleton

Thanksgiving Week Lesson Schedule

The lesson schedule this week will be mostly normal, with the following exceptions:

No lessons at St. Mark Green Bay and St. Peter Freedom on Wednesday, November 25
No lesspons at Riverview Appleton on Thursday, November 26



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