Update for January 8

Friday, January 8, 2016

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 time.

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 16
January  23
January 30
January 31 (Sunday) - FVL Winterfest

Go to the following link for our Full Saturday Rehearsal Schedule

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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 weeks.

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 Valley.

"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 Passport.

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 children.

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 VolunteerSpot. http://vols.pt/2PQkGs
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Thank you,
Jodi Slominsky


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 that time.

Please note that there will NOT be a notice on radio or TV stations.  Your one source for cancellations will be this website.




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