"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6)
"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times." (Micah 5:2)
We rejoice in the birth of our Savior, the little baby Jesus, who would one day suffer and die for us. We rejoice that He was sent to earth so that we can have the blessed hope of eternal life in Heaven. From the directors in the FVL Schools Band Program, to all of you - band members, parents, and teachers in our FVL Schools - we wish you a very Merry Christmas!
As there are no Saturday rehearsals in December, this will be the final Update for 2016. Our next group rehearsal will be held on Saturday, January 14.
Solo Music for our 7th and 8th Grade Students
Over the past two weeks, Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr have been handing out solo music to the 7th and 8th grade band students. This music will be played on Saturday, February 25, at the WSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival which will take place at Clintonville High School. This is the same location as last year, when many of our students performed solos. Our students have the opportunity to play their solo and receive a rating, and will be given a medal for their efforts as well! This is the same event in which all of our high school band students will participate. Individual performance times will not be known until about two weeks in advance.
Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr will help the students prepare their music during their weekly band lessons. Many of the solos the students are receiving are also in SmartMusic! Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr will be able to use the program during the student's lesson to aid in the learning process. The students will be working on their solos in addition to their regular lesson material for the next few months.
For now, the students have been given a solo book. If a piano accompaniment is available (most solos have piano) the students will receive that shortly. All students will also need a second solo book for the adjudicator. They will receive those before February 25. All of these books will be provided for your children, with the cost covered by the FVL Schools Band Program. After February 25, all books will need to be returned to FVL. You are certainly able to purchase the books if you would like to. If so, just let Mr. Neujahr know and the cost will be added to your second semester statement.
An accompanist is not required for the solos, but it is strongly encouraged. The accompanist should be a relatively strong player, as they need to be able to follow the student part as well as play the accompaniment without a struggle. Parents, grandparents, older brothers and sisters, and the like make excellent accompanists! Some students have even had classmates accompany them, but if it is a grade school student they need to be excellent keyboard players.
Lesson Schedule for December 5 - 23
Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr will have REGULAR LESSONS during the week of December 5 - 9.
A few of our schools are a lesson or two behind the others due to vacation days, class trips, and so on. In an effort to keep lessons at each school as even as possible, we will use the following lesson schedule for the week of December 12 - 16:
NO LESSONS - Mr. Neujahr will be attending the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago from Tuesday evening, December 13 - Thursday, December 15. Over 17,000 directors, students, members of middle school, high school, univerisity, and professional performing groups, and music industry personnel attend this clinic, which is recognized as the finest of its kind in the entire world.
Monday, December 12 - Regular Monday Lessons (Martin Luther/Trinity, Neenah; Martin Luther, Oshkosh)
Tuesday, December 13 - NO LESSONS
Wednesday, Dcember 14 - NO LESSONS
Thursday, December 15 - NO LESSONS
Friday, December 16 - Regular Friday Lessons (One student at Immanuel, Greenville; Emanual, New London)
There will be NO LESSONS during the week of December 19 - 23 at any schools.
Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin (LVW) Invitation
This is a reminder that 8th grade students are eligible for LVW 2017. Our first camp of the new season will be held at FVL on January 7-8. Much more information can be found on our LVW Website. For more information, check out the "Join" tab.
If any of our 8th grade students are interested in attending the camp, please keep an eye on the LVW website for additional announcements. Students who intend to participate in LVW 2017, or who will be joining us for the camp, should Register for LVW 2017. Please register by December 16. If you need any more information, please don't hesitate to contact Mr. Neujahr at firstname.lastname@example.org.