Update for February 21

Friday, February 20, 2015

Regular Rehearsals on February 21 and 28

We WILL have rehearsal on Saturday, February 21.  This is the same weekend as the FVL Schools Basketball Tournament.  We realize that some kids may be involved in basketball games as players or cheerleaders.  That is OK, and students should be with their teams.  Most students should be able to make some or all of the band rehearsal, however, and we ask that if it is at all possible to attend band.  Many band students wear their uniforms/warm ups on that day to rehearsal, which is totally acceptable.  Even if students arrive late or have to leave early, that is better than not coming at all.  Last year we actually had very good attendance on Tournament weekend, since most of the kids are at FVL anyway cheering on their teams.

We will also have a regular rehearsal on Saturday, February 28.

No Rehearsal on March 7

Note that on Saturday, March 7, we will not have rehearsal.  Most of our 7th and 8th grade students, as well as Mr. Neujahr, will be in Waupaca for the Eastern Valley Solo and Ensemble event.  More information about the S and E festival will be available in next week's update, such as schedule of performance times, transportation options, maps of Waupaca HS, and so on.  If I receive a schedule for solo events before next Friday, I will also email this schedule to participating families.

This is the same festival as the FVL high school band and choir students will be attending.  FVL has just under 50 events entered, including instrumental solos and ensembles, choral solos and ensembles, many piano solos, among other events.  The FVL Schools Band Program has a total of 25 solo events entered!  Most are class B or C, but we do have two class A solos entered as well.

The festival will include music students from FVL and the FVL Schools Band Program, St. Martin Lutheran School in Clintonville, Clintonville High School, and Waupaca High School.  In all, there will be over 350 events running from 8:00 AM until about 4:00 PM!

Our event will feature several performance sites, with rooms designated for vocal, piano, woodwind, percussion, and brass events.  In addition to solos, there will be many different ensembles performing, including jazz ensembles, brass and woodwind ensembles, show choirs, and so on.  I would strongly encourage our students to observe as many solos and other ensemble events during the day.  All of the event sites are open to the public, so our parents and students can sit in on performances throughout the day.

Information for Students who are performing a solo on March 7

Mr. Neujahr and Mr. Kramer will also discuss these items with the students at lessons as they prepare for March 7.

Attire:  Dress up for your events.  No jeans, T-shirts, crew-neck shirts, tennis shoes, etc.  Ties are recommended for guys, ladies in dress/skirt or other nice attire.  Make an excellent first impression for the adjudicator!

Music:  You are responsible for all of your music for the day, including your judge's copy. Remember that NO PHOTOCOPIES are allowed for a WSMA event. You are also responsible for your own instrument!  Number the measures in your judge's copy and your copy.  This MUST be done prior to playing.  To my knowledge, every student has the required 2 original "store bought" copies of the music.

Be Prompt!  Leave early and allow plenty of time to get to Waupaca HS. There is most likely going to be a bus from FVL leaving VERY early in the morning.   You will also need extra time to find your designated warm-up area and performance rooms. Generally, you should try to be in the designated warm-up site 20-30 minutes before your scheduled performance time.  It is a good idea to check your performance site to see if they are ahead or behind schedule.  Your performance time may be shifted earlier or later depending upon how the day is progressing in that particular site.

For those using an accompanist: Remember to tell your accompanist the necessary times and room numbers, etc.  A nice card and gift of money for all of the time put in by your accompanist is recommended.

Student Introductions

WSMA requires that students introduce their solo.  You may write it out and bring your sheet with you.  You may also memorize it.  Rehearse what you are going to say!  The introduction outline is as follows:

My name is (performer name)

My accompanist is (name of accompanist - if you have one)

I am performing (name of solo, and if appropriate, the movements being performed)

My solo was composed by (name of the composer or arranger)

An interesting aspect of this piece to listen for is. . . (something to listen for, such as interesting melodies, articulations, tempos, styles, etc)


Something I learned while studying this piece is. . . (something that you learned about music, or something that this solo helped you to improve while practicing)

Inclement Weather Procedures

We have been blessed with excellent weather on Saturdays so far this year.  We are only about one month away from the start of Spring!  For that we are especially thankful!

If there is a question about rehearsal due to the weather, remember to check the band's website for information regarding rehearsal cancellations.  If a rehearsal is canceled, a notice will always be put on the top of the homepage in bold red letters.   If a rehearsal is not canceled, but you feel it is not safe to travel from your location, you can always make the decision to stay home.  A notice will not normally be put up prior to Saturday morning, unless we know for certain that the weather on Saturday will not allow for a rehearsal.

If we need to cancel a rehearsal, a decision will be made BEFORE 7:30 AM and the notice will be posted to the top of the website by that time.

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