Update for April 23

Final Weekend of Rehearsals and Performances!

We have arrived at the end of our 2015-2016 FVL Schools Band year!  How exciting to think of where we were last September, and where we are now.  It is always great to see the growth in our student musicians, most notably the Cadet Band and their advancement.  It really has been a very good year.  We thank the Lord for his continued blessings on our FVL Schools Band Program!

April 23 - Regular rehearsal followed by Band Awards

Sunday, April 24 - FVL Schools Band Concert, 6:00 PM (Cadet Band and Concert Winds)

Final Rehearsal and Band Awards - Update on location for the Awards

Following our final rehearsal on Saturday, April 23, we will be handing out various awards, including medals for students who completed books since Winterfest, WSMA Solo Medals, Attendance Awards, and the Director's Awards (2).  Our awards will be presented in the Auditorium, not the small gym as reported last week.  The Seminar for Christian Service, scheduled to be held at FVL that day, has been cancelled.  We would like all band students and parents to be in attendance if at all possible. Grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins (and other siblings) are also welcome!

Sunday, April 24 - FVL Schools Spring Band Concert
The concert begins at 6:00 PM in the FVL Auditorium.
  • Band members should arrive by 5:00 PM (Concert Black and White clothing), so we can hand out Concert Vests and Ties prior to warm up.  Cadet Band and Concert Winds will report to their regular rehearsal rooms at that time.
  • The students are encouraged to wear their medals for completing books to the concert!  It adds a special touch to the band uniform, and is a visible acknowledgement of a job well-done!
  • Students who were awarded medals for the Solo Festival are also encouraged to wear them for the concert.
Dallas Brass Recap

I want to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone for making the Dallas Brass day a success!  First to our Volunteers, who brought desserts (LOTS of them - we used the extra for the LVW rehearsal the next day!), those who helped prepare and serve the student meal, and to those who helped with the clean up. Thanks to Brian Heyer for coordinating the student meal, and to Karie Mindock for her work with the Dallas Brass hospitality!  Thanks also to the directors from Manitowoc, FVL, and LVW for their work with the students and making sure they were prepared for the concert.  Thanks to the members of the Dallas Brass ensemble for their enthusiasm, professionalism, and commitment to excellence!  They truly were an inspiration for our students and directors.  By the end of the day, we all considered them dear friends of the FVL and FVL Schools Band Programs.  Fianlly, thanks to all of the students from Manitowoc, FVL and FVL Schools, and LVW for their attention during the rehearsals and Master Class, for their outstanding performance during the concert, and for "Letting their Light shine" througout the day!

Band Picture Orders

Please refer to our previous post for BAND PICTURES for information about viewing and ordering band pictures.  This online ordering site will be available until the end of April.

Band Lesson Schedules and FVL instruments

Mr. Kramer has concluded his lessons at all of his schools. His students will be returning FVL-owned instruments following the concert.  The exception will be for students who are taking summer lessons. They will keep their instruments until after their final lesson.

Mr. Neujahr will still be giving lessons this next week at all of his schools.  Students with FVL instruments will be giving them to Mr. Neujahr following their lesson.  Again, students taking summer lessons will be keeping their instruments until the last lesson.

The one exception for the final lesson will be St. Mark, Green Bay, whose students will have their last lesson on Wednesday, May 4.

FVL-owned instruments are sent to Heid Music every summer for annual repair and maintenance. Students who will be renting them from us next year will, in most cases, be given the same instrument next year.

Lesson Books Completed since the March 19 Update

Since the Update on March 19 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 2 in the Standard of Excellence series.  Please note - we are beginning to "phase out" the Green Book (Book 3) and have begun using the Rubank method books in their place.

Students Completing Book One (Red)

Pierce Krowas, Grade 5, Percussion, Mount Olive Appleton
Savannah Parsons, Grade 5, Clarinet, Riverview Appleton
Katelyn Zidek, Grade 5, Clarinet, Riverview Appleton
Ricky Knaack, Grade 5, Trombone, Riverview Appleton
Sam Plocher, Grade 5, Percussion, Martin Luther Neenah
Isaac Haring, Grade 5, Trombone, Immanuel Greenville
Aryanna Selle, Grade 8, Flute, Homeschool
Jessica Griepentrog, Grade 5, Trumpet, St. Peter Freedom
Ryan Theimer, Grade 5, Trumpet, St. Peter Freedom

Students Completing Book Two (Blue)

Ben Slominsky, Grade 6, Trombone, Mount Olive Appleton
Brittany Thede, Grade 7, Trombone, Mount Olive Appleton 
Jacob Mindock, Grade 6, Euphonium, Mount Olive Appleton
Anthony Higareda, Grade 6, Clarinet, Mount Olive Appleton
Keely Adrian, Grade 5, Alto Saxophone, St. Mark Green Bay
Kurt Kubek, Grade 6, French Horn, Immanuel Greenville

Students Completing Book Three (Green)

Hannah Nolte, Grade 8, Alto Saxophone, Riverview Appleton
Morgan Caswell, Grade 8, Clarinet, St. Paul Appleton
Adam Caswell, Grade 8, Trumpet, St. Paul Appleton
Nick Caswell, Grade 8, Trombone, St. Paul Appleton 
Alyssa Keller, Grade 8, Clarinet, Bethlehem, Hortonville

Congratulations to all of these students!  They will also receive their medal at this week's awards for completing their books. Students are encouraged to wear their medals for the concert this weekend.

Summer Lessons again being offered! - Update to the Post from April 16

This summer Mr. Kramer will again be giving private lessons to FVL grade school band students who would like to keep learning and practicing with their instruments. The lessons will take place at FVL on Tuesdays beginning June 7 and lasting until July 12, a total of 6 lessons. The lesson length is 30 minutes, and will be divided into 2 parts - continued progress in the student's lesson book, and preparation of a performance song with recorded accompaniment. I will video record the performance in the last lesson, and upload the video to my private Youtube account, and I will then send links out to students' families to view their performances.

I will schedule lessons for morning, afternoon, and evening. The tuition for the 6 lessons will be $90. The only other possible expense might be if students would like to own the popular song book they will use for their performance song. Otherwise I will retain possession of the performance books.
Ready to sign up?  Here is the ONLINE SIGN UP FORM.  Go to the link to enter your information.  Please sign up soon so Mr. Kramer can create the lesson schedule and get necessary information back to you.  Thanks for taking Summer Lessons!

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Update for April 16

Rehearsal schedule this week and next week

We are down to the last TWO WEEKS of our rehearsal and concert season!  For reference, listed below are our remaining rehearsals and performances for the second semester.

April 16 - Regular morning rehearsal for CADET BAND ONLY (see below for more information for Concert Winds and the Dallas Brass rehearsal/concert)

  • PLEASE NOTE - the Cadet Band will rehearse in the BAND ROOM on Saturday instead of the Choir Room.
  • On the day of the Dallas Brass rehearsal and concert, the Concert Winds will not have a regular morning rehearsal.  They are to arrive at FVL by 1:30 PM so they are ready for the Rehearsal session at 1:45.

April 23 - Regular rehearsal followed by Band Awards

Sunday, April 24 - FVL Middle School Band Concert, 6:00 PM (Cadet Band and Concert Winds)

Dallas Brass to appear at FVL!  This includes UPDATES to earlier Posts

April 16 - the World Famous Dallas Brass will be here!  This day will include the FVL Schools Concert Winds and the FVL Symphonic Band students, as well as the grade school and high school band students from Manitowoc Lutheran HS and the members of Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin!

Thanks to all of our volunteers who signed up to help with meals!  We have a nice mixture of grade school and high school band parents.  Your willingness to help is GREATLY appreciated!

Following is a schedule for the day:

1:30 PM - Band members arrive at FVL
1:45-3:00 PM - High School rehearsal with Dallas Brass on Stage; Grade School Rehearsal in FVL Band Room (FVL Schools Concert Winds and the Manitowoc Lutheran Middle School Concert Winds)
3:15-4:30 PM - Masterclass with all high school and middle school band members in Auditorium
4:45-5:30 PM - Middle School rehearsal with Dallas Brass on Stage
5:45 PM - Supper for all participating band students (served in the FVL Commons - Provided by Music Associates)
7:00 PM - Concert begins

Our Concert Winds will wear their CONCERT DRESS for this performance.  Since there isn't much time in the schedule to change, our students are asked to wear their CONCERT BLACK PANTS, BLACK SHOES and WHITE SHIRTS for the day's rehearsals and master class. The Manitowoc Lutheran Middle School Concert Winds will also be wearing their Black and White concert dress, and the high school bands will be wearing their formal wear as well.

Tickets will be $15 each.  Tickets are available.  Please refer to the DALLAS BRASS TICKETS post for more information.  Tickets will also be available at the door prior to the concert, but I would encourage you to purchase them online ahead of time to help eliminate long lines the night of the concert.

Concert Winds Parents, Cadet Band Parents, and Cadet Band Members

You are all encouraged to get tickets and come to the Dallas Brass Concert!  You will definitely not be disappointed.  Dallas Brass has traveled to Europe and Southeast Asia, in addition to concerts throughout the United States.  They have performed with the Cincinnati Pops, the New York Pops, and the Philadelphia Pops Orchestras, as well as performances in Carnegie Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center.  They have also performed to two US Presidents!  It is truly a wonderful opportunity for our FVL campus to host such an amazing ensemble.

Band Picture Orders

Please refer to our previous post for BAND PICTURES for information about viewing and ordering band pictures.  This online ordering site will be available until the end of April.

Final Rehearsal and Band Awards

Following our final rehearsal on Saturday, April 23, we will be handing out various awards, including medals for students who completed books since Winterfest, WSMA Solo Medals, Attendance Awards, and the Director's Awards (2).  Our awards will be presented in the small gym, as there will also be a large Seminar for Christian Service at FVL that day.  We would like all band students and parents to be in attendance if at all possible. Grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins (and other siblings) are also welcome!

Sunday, April 24 - FVL Schools Spring Band Concert
The concert begins at 6:00 PM in the FVL Auditorium.
  • Band members should arrive by 5:00 PM (Concert Black and White clothing), so we can hand out Concert Vests and Ties prior to warm up.  Cadet Band and Concert Winds will report to their regular rehearsal rooms at that time.
  • The students are encouraged to wear their medals for completing books to the concert!  It adds a special touch to the band uniform, and is a visible acknowledgement of a job well-done!
  • Students who were awarded medals for the Solo Festival are also encouraged to wear them for the concert.
Summer Lessons again being offered!

This summer Mr. Kramer will again be giving private lessons to FVL grade school band students who would like to keep learning and practicing with their instruments. The lessons will take place at FVL on Tuesdays beginning June 7 and lasting until July 12, a total of 6 lessons. The lesson length is 30 minutes, and will be divided into 2 parts - continued progress in the student's lesson book, and preparation of a performance song with recorded accompaniment. I will video record the performance in the last lesson, and upload the video to my private Youtube account, and I will then send links out to students' families to view their performances.

I will schedule lessons for morning, afternoon, and evening. The tuition for the 6 lessons will be $90. The only other possible expense might be if students would like to own the popular song book they will use for their performance song. Otherwise I will retain possession of the performance books. Instructions for signing up for the lessons will appear in the FVL Schools Band Director Update following the April 24 concert.

 

 

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Update for April 9

Remaining Schedule for the Second Semester

We are down to the last three weeks of our rehearsal and concert season!  For reference, listed below are our remaining rehearsals and performances for the second semester.

April 9 - Regular rehearsal

April 16 - Regular morning rehearsal for CADET BAND ONLY (see Update for March 12 for more information for Concert Winds and the Dallas Brass rehearsal/concert)

April 23 - Regular rehearsal followed by Band Awards

Sunday, April 24 - FVL Middle School Band Concert, 6:00 PM (Cadet Band and Concert Winds)

Dallas Brass to appear at FVL!  This includes UPDATES to earlier Posts

April 16 - the World Famous Dallas Brass will be here!  This day will include the FVL Schools Concert Winds and the FVL Symphonic Band students, as well as the grade school and high school band students from Manitowoc Lutheran HS and the members of Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin!

There are still a few spots open for volunteers on Dallas Brass Day.  For more information about volunteer needs and an online form, please refer to our previous post for MEAL VOLUNTEERS.

I have found a great video on YouTube with Dallas Brass playing Star Wars with a middle school band from Hutchinson, Kansas.  This is the same arrangement that our Concert Winds will be playing with Dallas Brass.  Mr. Neujahr has been using this video in lessons this past week to give our students an idea of what the song will sound like.  It would be great if you can help your kids access this video at home to help in their practicing the music for Star Wars.  They can play along with the video, or simply listen to it to become familiar with the music.  Here is the link to Dallas Brass Star Wars.

Following is a schedule for the day:

1:45-3:00 PM - High School rehearsal with Dallas Brass on Stage; Grade School Rehearsal in FVL Band Room (FVL Schools Concert Winds and the Manitowoc Lutheran Middle School Concert Winds)
3:15-4:30 PM - Masterclass with all high school and middle school band members in Auditorium
4:45-5:30 PM - Middle School rehearsal with Dallas Brass on Stage
5:45 PM - Supper for all participating band students (served in the FVL Commons - Provided by Music Associates
7:00 PM - Concert begins

On the day of the Dallas Brass rehearsal and concert, the Concert Winds will not have a regular morning rehearsal.  They are to arrive at FVL by 1:30 PM so they are ready for the Rehearsal session at 1:45.

Our Concert Winds will wear their CONCERT DRESS for this performance.  Since there isn't much time in the schedule to change, our students are asked to wear their CONCERT BLACK PANTS, BLACK SHOES and WHITE SHIRTS for the day's rehearsals and master class. The Manitowoc Lutheran Middle School Concert Winds will also be wearing their Black and White concert dress, and the high school bands will be wearing their formal wear as well.

Tickets will be $15 each.  Tickets are available.  Please refer to the DALLAS BRASS TICKETS post for more information.

Band Picture Orders

Please refer to our previous post for BAND PICTURES for information about viewing and ordering band pictures.  This online ordering site will be available until the end of April.

Final Rehearsal and Band Awards

Following our final rehearsal on Saturday, April 23, we will be handing out various awards, including medals for students who completed books since Winterfest, WSMA Solo Medals, Attendance Awards, and the Director's Awards (2).  Our awards will be presented in the small gym, as there will also be a large Seminar for Christian Service at FVL that day.  We would like all band students and parents to be in attendance if at all possible. Grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins (and other siblings) are also welcome!

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