Update for March 28

Friday, March 27, 2015

Rehearsal Schedule for the remainder of the year

We are down to our last three rehearsals of the school year!  We have a regular rehearsal on Saturday, March 28, and conclude our Saturday schedule with rehearsals on April 18 and 25.  Our FVL Schools Band Program's Spring Concert will take place on Sunday, April 26.

  • March 28 - Regular rehearsal
  • April 1 (Wednesday) - Concert Winds perform for WSMA Concert Festival (info below)
  • April 4 and 11 - No Saturday rehearsal due to Easter and numerous Spring Breaks
  • April 18 - Regular rehearsal and Band Picture Day (Info in the Director's Update for March 21)
  • April 25 - Final rehearsal and band awards
  • April 26 (Sunday) - Cadet Band and Concert Winds Spring Concert - 6:00 PM
WSMA Concert Festival on Wednesday, April 1

Much information about our Concert Festival has already been given in the past few Director's Updates, so I won't post that same information.  Please refer back to the updates from March 21 and February 28 for the full information.

Just a few reminders/updates this week:

Student dress - The Concert Winds will NOT be wearing their formal vests and ties for the performance. However, because this is a public performance, the students should wear VERY nice clothes that day, such as skirts/dresses, dress slacks, dress shirts, and ties (for guys who have them).  We want to look spectacular on that day.

Parent Drivers and Parking - Thanks again to all of our parents and grandparents who will be driving students to FVL on Wednesday!  Your help is much appreciated.  You can drop off students at the East Commons Entrance, as they will be going to the small gym upon arrival.  After dropping off the kids, please park your vehicles in the south lot (along HWY JJ) as the east lot will be filled with student vehicles.

Parents and other drivers are invited to watch the performances of the bands in the auditorium, as this event is free and open to the public.

Our Concert Winds will be listening to the St. Martin Lutheran Grade School Band perform following our performance.  They will be filling out a "Student Listening Form" provided by WSMA.  Once the St. Martin Band is finished playing, our Concert Winds members will be excused.  We will not have to remain in the auditorium to listen to the St. Martin band's clinic.  Our students will be excused quitely, after which they will return to the small gym to get their coats and cases and return to their schools.  I am anticipating that parents and students will be leaving FVL between 11:30 and 11:45.

Performance Schedule:

  • 8:15 AM  Fox Valley Lutheran HS Symphonic Band
  • 9:00AM  St. Francis Xavier Middle School Band #1
  • 9:45 AM St. Francis Xavier Middle School Band #2
  • 10:30 AM FVL Schools Concert Winds
  • 11:15 AM St. Martin Lutheran School
Congratulations to the following students for recently completing lesson books:

We congratulate the following 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 Advanced Method for students who advance beyond Book 3 fo the Standard of Excellence series.

Stephen Paulson, Grade 8, St. Paul Appleton, Alto Saxophone - Completed 3
Hannah Nolte, Grade 7, Riverview Appleton, Alto Saxophone - Completed 2

CDs available for EVC Honors Band Participants

I just received the concert recordings from our EVC Honors Band and Choir concert held at Ripon High School this past January.  Each student who participated in the Honors Band will receive a CD, which includes both the Honors Band and Honors Choir selections.  The CDs will be handed to the students on Saturday at rehearsal.

Picture Day reminder

Picture day will be April 18.  Parents, please remember to check the photo package information at the link provided in the March 21 update.  Packages can be ordered online ahead of time.  If you are not able to complete the online order ahead of time, our photographer will have ordering envelopes avaialble on picture day.  Also please refer back to that post for information regarding student dress for that morning.

Upcoming Lesson Schedule

Due to the WSMA Concert Festival on Wednesday, April 1, Mr. Neujahr will not be giving lessons at St. Paul and St. Mark Green Bay, Trinity Brillion, or Shepherd of the Valley.  Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr will otherwise have a full lesson schedule this next week on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday as normal.

No lessons will be given the week following Easter, as most, if not all, of our schools are on Easter/Spring Break that week (April 6 - 10).

Mr. Neujahr will not be giving lessons during the following week, April 13 - 17.  Mr. and Mrs. Neujahr and daughter Johanna will be traveling to Columbus, Georgia, which is the home of US Army Fort Benning. Son Joshua will be graduating from Army Basic Training that week.  After graduating, he will be assigned to the 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell, Kentucky!  We also made the trip to Fort Sill, Oklahoma when son Joel graduated from Army Basic Training in 2005.  Attending a military graduation is somethng that all parents and family should do when given the chance.  Incidentally, son Joel is also at Fort Benning currently, as he is completing US Army Officer Candidate School.  So in the span on one month, Joshua and Joel will both graduate!  We are going to try to attend Joel's Officer Commissioning in Georgia the second week of May, but are not exactly sure if we can make that trip.  We are very proud of our two boys for their service to our country!

Mr. Kramer WILL be giving lessons as normal during the week of April 13 - 17.  We are nearing the 24th lesson at every school, so all students will receive lessons the last two weeks of April.  Depending on each school's number of lessons, some schools may be visited yet the first week of May.


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