It's Winterfest Weekend!
Winterfest is truly one of the biggest days of the year for the
FVL and FVL Schools Music Programs. It is an important day
for many reasons. Our music students have the opportunity to
perform! The day will feature more than 40 performances by
our bands and choirs, FVL Choraliers, FVL Jazz Ensemble, the
Riverview and Shepherd of the Valley Junior Choirs, and various
vocal, piano, and instrumental groups. It is a day to showcase the
incredible talents of our FVL family! It is also a day that
brings in approximately 1,000 people from the FVL Federation,
including family members, relatives, friends, alumni, and others
who want to have an enjoyable afternoon. It also gives
hundreds of students and parents an opportunity to volunteer, with
MANY hours of planning and preparation, and then assisting with the
set up and the event on Sunday. We thank God for these many
Winterfest Reminders Reminder
Over the past two Director's Updates, much information has been
given for Winterfest, including general information, when and where
to report, what to wear, schedules, and so on. Please look
back at the previous TWO updates for that information.
Rehearsal on Saturday, January 30
Both Cadet Band and Concert Winds will rehearse this Saturday,
January 30. We are busy preparing our selections for the
upcoming FVL Winterfest - A Celebration of Music to
be held on Januray 31.
Note that we will not have rehearsal on February 6 or 13, but will
resume again on February 20.
Regular Rehearsal this week and next week
Both Cadet Band and Concert Winds will rehearse this Saturday
and next, January 23 and 30. We are busy preparing our
selections for the upcoming FVL Winterfest - A Celebration of
Music to be held on Januray 31.
Note that we will not have rehearsal on February 6 or 13, but
will resume again on February 20.
Our Cadet Band and Concert Winds will be performing on Sunday,
January 31, for Winterfest. Our performance will be at 1:00
PM, and will be in the Auditorium. Students should be at FVL
by 12:00 (Noon) that day to prepare for our performance.
Concert Winds members will meet in the Band Room, and Cadet Band
members will meet in the Choir Room as usual. Our FVL Schools
Bands will be seated in the Auditorium by 12:30 so they can also
watch the FVL Symphonic Band perform. As there is lots of
traffic through the hallways on Winterfest, student coats and cases
should be brought directly into the Band and Choir room and not
left in the hall.
Concert Winds and Cadet Band Dress for Winterfest
We will NOT be wearing our concert vests for Sunday's performance.
With the various activities available for students (Kid's
Room in the small gym, Marionettes in the large gym, great food,
etc.), we felt it would be best to save the vests and concert black
and white for our more formal concert performances. In
addition, several of our band members will be singing with their
junior choirs, and this will eliminate the need for a change of
clothes after our performance.
Students should wear "nice school/church clothes" for Sunday's
performance. This means NO jeans, t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.
Students may wear their black pants and white shirts if they
would like. Examples of nice dress would include dress slacks
or khakis, polo shirts, button shirts with a tie, skirts or
dresses, and so on.
Winterfest Large Group Schedule - FVL Auditorium
Bands - Concert Winds, Cadet Band
the Valley Junior Choir
Ensemble (Commons Stage)
1:40 - 2:15 Fox Folk Marionettes (performance
in the large gym) - Always a big hit with the younger kids!
In addition to this schedule, there will be food and small group
entertainment in the FVL Commons, a silent auction in the large
gym, and piano music in the large gym. The entertainment is
"come and go as you please", so feel free to stay for the afternoon
and enjoy some amazing performances by our FVL Schools Band
members, area choirs, and students from Fox Valley Lutheran HS.
Tickets are $2 at the door. All proceeds benefit the FVL band and
choir programs. As this is an FVL Passport Event, all
members of the Cadet Band and Concert Winds will be admitted free
to the event with their FVL Passport.
Parent Volunteer Opportunity for Winterfest
We are still looking to fill two spots at the FVL Schools Band
coffee/hot chocolate/cappuccino table. The time slot is from
1:00 - 2:00. This is a bit difficult to fill, as it is during
the time of our bands' performances. However, if you can help
us out at that time, it would be greatly appreciated!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jodi.
Lesson Books Completed
Since the Update on November 21 (prior to our Fall Concert) the
students listed below 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 for the Standard of Excellence series.
Students Completing Book One (Red)
Nick Kraftzenk, Grade 5, Alto Saxophone, Mount Olive,
Aidan Kraftzenk, Grade 7, Percussion (Alfred's Method), Mount
Merrick Hirthe, Grade 6, Clarinet, Shepherd of the Valley,
Keely Adrian, Grade 5, Alto Saxophone, St. Mark, Green Bay
Elijah Ellis, Grade 6, Percussion (Alfred's Method), St. Paul,
Eric Kellerstrass, Grade 6, Percussion (Alfred's Method), St.
Paul, Green Bay
Riley Pink, Grade 5, Flute, Riverview, Appleton
Olivia Race, Grade 5, Trumpet, Martin Luther, Neenah
Ryan Feuerstahler, Grade 5, Euphonium, Trinity, Neenah
Students Completing Book Two (Blue)
Katie Slominsky, Grade 8, Electric Bass, Mount Olive,
Makenna Menting, Grade 6, Trumpet, Riverview, Appleton
Jack Peters, Grade 6, Trumpet, Riverview, Appleton
Alyssa Keller, Grade 8, Clarinet, Bethlehem, Hortonville
Jasmine Sixel, Grade 5, Electric Bass, Immanuel, Greenville
Ian Broehm, Grade 6, Euphonium, St. Peter, Freedom
Congratulations to all of these students! They will
also receive their medal at this week's rehearsal for completing
Many more students will complete books before the end of the year.
Those medals will be given out on our Band Awards Day on
Saturday, April 23.
FVL Jazz Ensemble to Wisconsin Lutheran College Jazz
Mr. Neujahr will be leaving rehearsal early on Saturday morning.
Mrs. Nogar will then lead the rehearsal for the Concert
Winds. Mr. Neujahr will be heading to Milwaukee with the FVL
Jazz Ensemble. They are paticipating in the WLC Jazz Festival. The
Jazz Festival is on Saturday, with five other WELS high schools
participating. The day will be divided up with rehearsal
time, jazz masterclasses, performance and section clinics, and the
Festival Concert at 7:00 PM to close the day.
Happy New Year!
I pray that you all had an eventful Christmas and New Year
break! For many, it was an opportunity to take a breath,
relax a bit, and enjoy the time with friends and relatives.
After this first week of lessons, it has been a pleasure to
hear what our students accomplished during the vacation. We
thank our Heavenly Father for this time off, and also for the gift
of His Son, our Savior!
Mr. Kramer and I had a wonderful experience at the Midwest Band
and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago! With over 17,000 directors
registering for this event, it is the largest of its kind in the
world. Both of us attended many clinics and concerts, as well
as browse through the more than 500 music industry booths and
displays in the exhibition hall. We are already looking
forward to returning next year!
My family was blessed with the wedding of my oldest son, Joel,
to Melanie Dietzler on New Year's Eve. What a fantastic week it
was! Joel and Melanie were actually married in a very small
ceremony last February, before Joel left for Officer Candiate
School at Fort Benning, Georgia. New Year's Eve was the
"Church Wedding" with all of the relatives, reception, and
excitement due a celebration such as this. We thank God for
his watchful eye on our guests, as everyone had a fantastic
Lessons for Monday, January 18
Mr. Neujahr will NOT be giving lessons on Monday, January 18 due
to that day being FVL's Semester Break. FVL Faculty will be
using that day to finalize and enter grades from the first
semester, as well as to prepare for the second semester.
Mr. Kramer WILL be giving lessons on that day.
Saturday Rehearsals Resume on January 16
All of us have enjoyed the time off from our Saturday
rehearsals. Now it is time to get back to work! Our
next major project is preparing music for the FVL Winterfest, which
will be held on Sunday, January 31. Please note that both our Cadet
Band and Concert Winds will be performing on that day.
More information will be given for our performances that day in
the coming weeks' Updates. To help with your planning, the
performance times of our bands will be as follows:
12:30 FVL Symphonic Band
1:00 FVL Schools Concert Winds, followed
by the Cadet Band
Both our Concert Winds and Cadet Band should be done performing
by approximately 1:30 or a bit earlier. All of our bands (FVL
and FVL Schools bands) will be seated in the auditorium so
that everyone can hear each other's performances, much like we did
at our November concert.
In order to prepare for this performance, we will be rehearsing
on the following Saturdays:
January 31 (Sunday) - FVL Winterfest
Go to the following link for our Full Saturday Rehearsal
FVL Winterfest is just around the corner
As I mentioned in the previous section, our Cadet Band and Concert
Winds will be performing for Winterfest. Students should be
at FVL by 12:15 that day to prepare for our performance.
Again, we will have more detailed information in the coming
We are very excited for the upcoming FVL Winterfest! The
theme this year is "Decades of Music". If you are unfamiliar
with Winterfest, it is the biggest date on the musical calendar for
Fox Valley Lutheran HS. All of the FVL Bands and Choirs
perform, and this year we will also include performances by some of
our schools' Junior choirs! Performing this year will be the
Junior Choirs from Riverview Lutheran and Shepherd of the
"Decades of Music" is scheduled for Sunday, January 31. This family
friendly event will feature several genres of musical entertainment
performed by members of the FVL family. Hours are 12:00 to 4:00
pm. Besides the opportunity to listen to great music, food
will be served from the kitchen and desserts will be offered in the
canteen. The FVL Schools Band Program will have a coffee/hot
chocolate bar. An expanded children's area in the small gym
will be featured this year, and the FVL Marionettes will
perform. There will also be an awesome basket auction with
many great items to bid on. Admission is $2 at the door. All
proceeds benefit the FVL band and choir programs. As this is
an FVL Passport Event, all members of the Cadet Band and Concert
Winds will be admitted free to the event with their FVL
Parent Volunteer Opportunity for Winterfest
It is once again time to finalize our plans for
Winterfest. We are looking for 8 volunteers to fill four one hour
time slots serving at our coffee table. REALLY EASY!! I have tried
to make the slots short enough so that we can also give you the
opportunity to enjoy Winterfest and listen to your
We will have hot chocolate and maybe cappuccinos available as
well. This is a real quick and easy way to give of your time and we
thank you in advance for your help. Please sign up through
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact
Inclement Weather Procedures
We have been blessed with excellent weather on Saturdays so far
this year. For that we are thankful!
As we get closer to potential inclement 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
Please note that there will NOT be a notice on radio or TV
stations. Your one source for cancellations will be this