Update for September 25

Friday, September 25, 2015

Reminder - NO rehearsal on September 26

Remember that there will be no rehearsal at FVL on Saturday, September 26.  There is a very large soccer tournament at FVL this weekend that involves most of the FVL Schools. Most of our band members are involved with this tournament, so to eliminate a very busy day we won't have rehearsal.

Thanks to so many

I want to begin by saying "Thank You" to many groups and individuals.  Thanks first to all of our FVL Schools Principals for assisting over the past several weeks to create the school lesson schedules.  Many emails were sent back and forth, and they responded quickly with my requests to verify their school's band students. Thanks also to our band parents for taking care of the registrations.  There were many new band registrations the last week of August and the first weeks of September.  I want to thank both Mr. Kramer and Mrs. Nogar for their continued participation as directors of our Cadet Band and Concert Winds.  There is always much preparation necessary on the parts of these directors as we begin another rehearsal and concert year.  Having qualified educators for our band students is very important, and we have two of the best in Mr. Kramer and Mrs. Nogar!  I want to thank all of the parents who created time in their weekend schedule to attend the band parent meeting last week.  We had a very good attendance, and some very good discussion about our program and excellent questions from parents.  Thanks also to the FVL Schools Band parent committee President Kristine Keller, for chairing the meeting and providing excellent leadership for our parents and volunteers.  Last, and certainly not least, is the thanks directed to the members of our FVL Schools Band Program!  Their enthusiasm to be a part of something as special as this program is at the same time both humbling and inspiring for me!  I realize the time and effort that is needed from each of these students to make our program successful.  It isn't always easy to get up so early on a Saturday morning (for parents either!) to get to our rehearsals - but they do it anyway!  Many sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of you!

FVL Schools Band Program - Here are the Numbers so far

For the second consecutive year, we have seen increased numbers in our FVL Schools Band Program! As of today, we have 83 students enrolled in our program.  Here is a breakdown by grade:

Grade 5 - 21
Grade 6 -  27
Grade 7 -  18
Grade 8 -  17

This total includes students at 13 of our FVL Schools, a few homeschool students and one from New Hope Christian School.

Compare that to 78 students at the end of last school year, and 57 at the end of the 2013-14 school year. That is an increase of 26 students over the past two years!  Thanks to all for your support of our growing program!

FVL Schools Band fundraiser off to a great start

By the end of this week, all students should have received their packet of information for the FVL Schools Band Fall Fundraiser.  The packet contains a one-page OVERVIEW of the drive, a Pizzazz and a Happy Holidays catalog, a few order sheets, and a return envelope.  The materials should be self-explanatory, but if you do have questions you can contact me.

Please don't go door to door through your neighborhoods to sell these items.  We ask you to contact people you know, such as friends, relatives, close neighbors, co-workers, members of your church, and so on.

All order forms and cash/checks need to be returned to FVL by Saturday, October 10.  It is important that we receive the packets on that day so that Hansen can deliver the product on Saturday, October 24.  If your son or daughter will not be at rehearsal on October 10, please have them return the packet to Mr. Kramer or Mr. Neujahr at their band lesson the week before October 10.  Likewise, it is extremely important that the products are picked up on Saturday, October 24.  If you can not be there that day, please make arrangements with somebody else to pick up the product, such as another family from your school or church.  We do not have the ability to store frozen food products at FVL.

Remember that 50% of the profit earned from this fund drive will be used to support the FVL Schools Band Program, with 25% of the profit going directly into your account to offset your fees, and 25% going to the FVL Schools Band Fund.  The band students can also earn "Fabulous Prizes" for different levels of sales!

Upcoming FVL Schools Band rehearsal schedule

Rehearsals leading up to our November concert will be on the following Saturdays:

October 3, 10, 24
November 7, 14, 21
November 22 - Fall Concert

We only have six more rehearsals until our concert!  Please make every effort to have your children attend our rehearsals.

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!

Some lesson schedules affected by TerraNova testing at schools

This week and next week, many of our schools are doing standardized testing.  Because of that, the lesson schedule will be affected at a few of the schools.  There may be more schools added to this list.  These are the modifications to the schedule:

St. Paul, Appleton - TerraNova testing September 30 - LESSONS WILL BE GIVEN OCT. 1

Just to clarify - if lessons are missed at a school due to field trips, testing, weather-related issues, or for other reasons they are generally NOT made up with a re-scheduled or extra day during the week.  What is important to remember is that we will have 24 lessons by the end of the school year.

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