Update for November 7

Friday, November 6, 2015

Rehearsals resume this week

After a week off, we are back for rehearsal on Saturday, November 7.  Counting this rehearsal, we only have three more rehearsals until our concert on November 22.  Things continue to go very well!  Thanks to all of our parents and band members for making such a great effort to attend these important Saturday rehearsals.

We will be fitting our Cadet Band and Concert Winds members with concert vests during the rehearsal on November 7.  Thanks to our parent volunteers for helping to make this happen!  If your son or daughter will miss this weekend, we will try to fit the vests either at an upcoming rehearsal or before the concert on November 22.

Here is our upcoming rehearsal and performance schedule:
November 7 - regular rehearsal
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!

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.

Concert Dress for the November 22 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.

FVL Schools Band Account Payments

Since our Fall Fundraiser is now completed, we have sent out the first semester billing statements.  Your accounts have been credited with 25% of your overall sales. You have the ability to make payments to your FVL Schools Band Program account by using our online form.  The link to the payment page can be found on the left navigation panel and is entitled "FVL Schools Band Payments".

Direct 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.

You may also mail your payment to:
FVL Schools Band Payment
5300 N Meade Street
Appleton, WI 54913

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.

Lesson Schedule Changes for November 9 - 12

Both Mr. Neujahr and Mr. Kramer will be conducting the FVL Symphonic Band on Wednesday, November 11 at the FVL Veteran's Program.  Therefore, lessons for Wednesday will be modified as follows:

Mr. Neujahr will not be giving lessons at St. Mark or St. Paul, Green Bay on Wednesday.  He WILL go to Trinity, Brillion for lessons.

Mr. Kramer will give lessons at St. Paul, Appleton on Thursday, November 12 instead of Wednesday.

Cadet Band - Link to "Fanfare Heroica" Streaming Audio

Mr. Kramer has provided a link to streaming audio for "Fanfare Heroica".  Parents, if your child would like to practice "Fanfare Heroica" with this audio, you could assist them in opening the link, and possibly saving the link for them to have easy access to the audio.

Many of our Cadet Band members have already been playing that song in their lessons with the aid of SmartMusic, so playing along with this streaming audio will be a nice supplement to their instruction.

Link to Fanfare Heroica


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