Update for January 23

Friday, January 22, 2016

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.

Winterfest Reminders

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

12:30         Symphonic Band
1:00            FVL Schools Bands - Concert Winds, Cadet Band
1:45            FVL Men's Choir
2:00            FVL Women's Choir
2:15            Riverview Junior Choir
2:30            BASKET BIDDING ENDS
2:45            Shepherd of the Valley Junior Choir
3:00            FVL A Cappella Choir
3:20            FVL Jazz Ensemble (Commons Stage)
3:40            FVL Choraliers

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!
Please sign up through VolunteerSpot.http://vols.pt/2PQkGs
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jodi.
Thank you,
Jodi Slominsky
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, Appleton
Aidan Kraftzenk, Grade 7, Percussion (Alfred's Method), Mount Olive, Appleton
Merrick Hirthe, Grade 6, Clarinet, Shepherd of the Valley, Menasha
Keely Adrian, Grade 5, Alto Saxophone, St. Mark, Green Bay
Elijah Ellis, Grade 6, Percussion (Alfred's Method), St. Paul, Green Bay
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, Appleton
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 their books.

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 Festival

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.

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