Update for October 15

Friday, October 14, 2016

Rehearsal this Saturday, October 15

Both the Cadet Band and the Concert Winds will rehearse this weekend at the regular times. This is our final October rehearsal.

Note that there is NO rehearsal on Saturday, October 22 and Saturday, October 29.

8th Grade ACT Aspire Test this Saturday

Some of our band students may be taking the Aspire test this Saturday.  FVL is also offering a test on Saturday, November 5.  If your son or daughter is taking the test, they may certainly leave rehearsal early.  As they need to be in their testing rooms before 9:00, they may be able to attend rehearsal for about the first 30 or 40 minutes.  If they are taking the test on November 5, they must get to FVL early enough to be fitted for their concert vests before going to the testing room (see below for message about fitting vests).

Upcoming FVL Schools Band rehearsal schedule

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

October 15
November 5, 12, 19
November 20 - Fall Concert (Students should arrive by 1:00 PM)

Our Fall Concert will begin at 2:00 PM (The Packers play an evening game at 7:30 that day!). This concert will feature our FVL Schools Bands - the Cadet Band (beginning students) and the Concert Winds (students with more than one year of experience). The full Concert Winds will play a few selections.  This year we are also dividing the Concert Winds into two bands, giving our second, third, and fourth year students an opportunity to play music more closely matched to their progress in the lesson books.  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 through high school!

Concert Dress for the November 20 concert

So that you have adequate time to prepare, here is a summary of what our students need to wear for our concert in November (Both Cadet Band and Concert Winds):

Ladies should wear black dress shoes, black socks or black hose, full length black pants (not faded), and a white button blouse with long sleeves. No tennis shoes, leggings, or capri style pants. Do not wear black skirts.

Gentlemen should wear black dress shoes, black socks, black belt, black pants (not faded), and a white dress shirt.

The Cadet Band members will wear a sweater vest for their performances. The vests will be handed out prior to and collected immediately following the concert.

Concert Winds members will receive a vest and bow tie before their performance.  Vests and bow ties will be handed out prior to and should be returned immediately after the concert.

Fall Fundraiser Product Pick Up on Saturday, October 15

The products that were ordered for the Fall Fundraiser are going to be delivered to FVL for pickup on Saturday, October 15.   If you can not be there that day to pick up your products, please make arrangements with somebody else to pick up the products, such as another family from your school or church, grandparents, etc.  FVL does not have the ability to store these items, many of which are frozen food products.

Pickup information is as follows:

Date:  Saturday, October 15
Time:  From 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Place:  FVL Commons

If any parents are available to assist with the set up and/or distribution of the products, your help would be much appreciated!  The Hansen's truck will be at FVL by about 7:30 AM.  Assistance would be helpful at that time to help organize the products in the Commons, and also to help get the proper products to parents who may want to pick them up when they drop off their band students.  More assistance will also be helpful at about 9:30 as parents are coming to pick up their children.  So 8:00 - 8:30 and 9:30 - 10:00 will be the "rush hour" times when most parents will be there for pick up.

Fundraiser Results - Amazing!

A HUGE thank you to all of our FVL Schools Band members and their parents for again making this year's Fall Fundraiser a success!  The totals are in, and they are impressive.  Here is a breakdown of the past three years and the fundraiser results for this year:

Total number of FVL Schools Band students who participated
2013 - 26
2014 - 41
2015 - 42
2016 - 41

Total Retail Dollars Ordered
2013 - $4953.50
2014 - $7557 
2015 - $8261.50
2016 - $8982.00

Net Profit for FVL Schools Band program and its members
2013 - $2476.75
2014 - $3778.50
2015 - $4130.75
2016 - $4491.00

WOW!  Of the $4491.00 in profit, half, or $2245.50 will go into the FVL Schools Band account, and $2245.50 will go directly into the individual student accounts.  That money will be used to offset semester one band fees.  Five of our students will realize a benefit of over $100 for their band account, while ten more will see benefits of between $50 and $100.

Not only do the students get the benefit of a reduction in their student fees, but they also earned Fabulous Prizes for their efforts!  Students who sold 5 or more items will receive the "4-pack of Emoji Keychains";  15 items sold will earn a pair of  "Color Morph Shades"; 30 items earns a "5 pound bag of Gummi Bears"; 45 items earns a "Weglowz Light Up Headphones", and 60 items earns a "SS 360 Drone with Multi-color LED Lights"! Students get all of the prizes up to and including the prize for their level of sales. Pretty exciting!  Overall, 39 students earned the Emoji Keychains; 19 earned the Keychains and the Shades; 7 earned the Keychains, Shades, and Gummi Bears; 4 earned the Keychains, Shades, Gummi Bears, and Headphones; and  2 motivated students earned the Keychains, Shades, Gummi Bears, Headphones and the Drone!

Here are the eleven students who sold at least 20 items, in alphabetical order: Brynn Buchholz, Lauren Hedtke, Aiden Hirthe, Courtney Kuphal, Ella Lornson, Trinity Mulder, Emma Nilson, Leah Nolte, Savannah Parsons, Zachary Thede, and Ryan Theimer.

Special thanks go to Vicki Bokelman and Cindy Countney, the Hansen's representatives who did such a great job organizing the fundraiser.

Help Wanted for Saturday, November 5

We would like to fit the concert vests for the Cadet Band and Concert Winds students on Saturday, November 5 during the rehearsal.  A few moms or dads is all that is needed.  If you are able to help on that day, send me a message via email (jneujahr@fvlhs.org) or my office phone at 920-739-4441 x5160.  Thanks for considering this very important volunteer opportunity!

Then on the day of the concert (November 20) we would also need parent volunteers to assist with distributing the vests before the concert and collecting them after the concert.  Let me know if you are able to help on concert day.

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