Update for April 16

Friday, April 15, 2016

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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