Update for October 1

Rehearsals resume this week

After a week off, we are back for rehearsal on Saturday, October 1.  Conting this rehearsal, we only have six more rehearsals until our concert on November 20.  Things continue to go very well!  Thanks to all of our parents and band members for making such a great effort to attend these important Saturday rehearsals.

This week is also the Martin Luther Soccer Tournament in Neenah.  Thanks to the parents who let me know via email of their child missing this rehearsal.  I know it is impossible to be at two places at one time!  I do appreciate the fact that our kids are participating in all kinds of activities.  That makes for a well-rounded student!  Also thanks to some of our families who will be attending band rehearsal before heading to the tournament.  Every little bit helps!

Hansens Fall Fundraiser packets due this Saturday

It sounds like the sales have gone well!  Many of the kids have commented at their lesson of their intention to win the 5 pound bag of gummie bears! I have also had a few reports of students reaching that 45 item plateau.  Thanks to all for your efforts in the fund drive.

Please remember that order forms and cash/checks need to be returned to FVL by Saturday, October 1.  The Fall Fundraiser Summary sheet is posted below.  It is important that we receive the packets this weekend so that Hansen can deliver the product on Saturday, October 15.  If your son or daughter will not be at rehearsal on October 1, please make other arrangements to get the packet to FVL on Saturday.  They can also be dropped off at FVL on Monday, October 3.  The packets will be picked up later that day.

If it will be impossible for you to get the packet to FVL by Monday, please Scan/Email the white form to jneujahr@fvlhs.org.  Then the actual packet/forms/money/checks can be given to Mr. Kramer or Mr. Neujahr at the student lesson this coming week.

FUNDRAISER PACKET CHECKLIST:

  • All forms and money/checks should be in the White envelope (Student Name and Phone Number included)
  • School/Orgaization on the envelope should say FVL Band
  • Include the WHITE and the YELLOW form.  You should keep the PINK form for your records
  • All Checks should be made payable to FVL Schools Band Program

Likewise, it is extremely important that the products are picked up on Saturday, October 15.  If you can not be there that day, please make arrangements with somebody else to pick up the product, such as another family from your school or church.

Remember that 50% of the profit earned from this fund drive will be used to support the FVL Schools Band Program, with 25% of the profit going directly into your account to offset your fees, and 25% going to the FVL Schools Band Fund.  The band students can also earn "Fabulous Prizes" for different levels of sales!

FVL Band and Choir concert on Wednesday, October 12

The FVL Band and Choirs will present their Fall Concert on Wednesday, October 12.  The concert will begin at 7:00 PM and will last approximately one and a half hours.  The concert will take place in the FVL Auditorium. It would be fantastic to see our FVL Schools Band members in the audience for this concert.  I know there are many older siblings that go to FVL and participate in band and choir, so those students may already plan to attend.  Seeing the "big band brothers and sisters" from FVL perform is a fantastic way to build excitement for our FVL Schools Band members.  In just a few short years, they will also be a part of a high school band program.  It is amazing to see the progression from Cadet Band to Concert Winds to the FVL Symphonic Band.  The FVL Symphonic Band has some exciting music programmed for this concert.  You will not be disappointed!

Upcoming FVL Schools Band rehearsal schedule

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

October 1, 8, 15
November 5, 12, 19
November 20 - Fall Concert

As you can see, there aren't that many rehearsals!  Please do all you can to make sure your son or daughter is able to attend our rehearsals.

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!

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Fall Fundraiser Flyer

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FVL Schools Jazz Ensemble Survey

Mr. Kramer would like to offer FVL Schools Band students an opportunity to learn to play jazz style music, and to perform sometime in the spring. Jazz Ensemble will be open to 2nd year and above students, and can include all the instruments in our band program, including flute, horn, tuba, and euphonium. If any of our students play piano or guitar (bass or 6 string), jazz music includes those instruments, too. It is helpful if percussion players have instruction on drum set, but is not required.

The purpose of this survey is to gather information on how many are interested, and what day and time works best for having rehearsals.By filling out this survey does not obligate anyone to be in Jazz Ensemble. There will be a more formal signup once we receive more information from you on when to have rehearsals. If you have more questions before filling out this survey, just contact Mr. Kramer at rkamer@fvlhs.org / 920-740-2806

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Update for September 17

Cadet Band and Concert Winds in action this weekend!

Both of our FVL Schools Bands will be rehearsing this weekend.  As normal, the Cadet Band will rehearse in the FVL Choir room, which is a bit further down the hallway from the FVL Band Room, where the Concert Winds rehearse.

There will always be a "check-in" table set up in the FVL Commons.  All band students should report to that table when they arrive so that we can keep accurate attendance records.  One of the directors, a parent volunteer, or student assistants will be there to welcome you and to answer any questions you may have.

This we will have a few items to hand out at the check-in table.  Two documents are also linked here so that parents have access to the documents if their child will not be at rehearsal this weekend.  A printed schedule for our Saturday rehearsals will be given to the kids so that you have a copy at home.  You can post this schedule in a convenient place so you don't have to go to the website.  A one-page summary of our Fall Fundraiser will be handed out at the table.  We will also have Heid Music pencils for the kids!  Some of them may already have a pencil, but we want to make sure that everyone has one handy for every rehearsal.

Parent Meeting this Saturday

We will be holding an FVL Schools Band Parent meeting on Saturday, September 17.  The meeting will begin at 8:30 and will conclude by the time rehearsal is over at 9:45.  If we get done early, you will have the opportunity to visit the band rehearsals.  It is our goal that as many parents as possible attend this meeting. We know that there are lots of questions as we begin the new year, especially for our large group of new parents and students.  The meeting will take place in the FVL Auditorium.

On the parent meeting agenda, in no particular order, will be the following topics:

  • Vicki from Hansen's Fundraising will give information about the Fall Fundraiser. Packets will be given to you or the students on this day as well.  We will explain further any questions you may have about the fund raiser, and you will find out how a percentage of funds you raise will go directly toward your individual FVL Schools Band fee account.
  • We will go over the rehearsal and concert schedule for the year and provide time to answer questions you might have.
  • The Parent Committee, led by outgoing President Kristine Keller, will inform you about the volunteer opportunities for the year (Some volunteer positions are still open), as well as other areas in which you can assist.
  • You will be given a "tour" of the FVL Schools Band website and what it has to offer.  The website will be the primary source for information - your "One Stop Shop" for all things FVL Schools Band!
Fall Fundraiser Preview

Our Fall Fundraiser will be starting on September 17.  Students will receive their packets at the rehearsal.  If students are not in attendance at the rehearsal, they will receive their packets at their lesson the following week.

Hansen's is a completely full service fundraising business located in Green Bay. They've been helping organizations, youth groups, and schools over the past 40 years - in over 28 states - raise funds for their various needs.  The FVL Schools Band Program is very happy to have Hansen's back again this year for our Fall Fundraiser!

This fundraiser is also a great way to reduce your FVL Schools Band fees for the year.  25% of the funds you raise will go to the FVL Schools Band Program to help fund needed materials such as music and instruments, and 25% of the funds you raise will go directly to your individual accounts!  The other 50% is the cost of the fundraiser and goes back to Hansen's.

You can learn more about Hansen's at their website at Hansenfoods.com.

Upcoming FVL Schools Band rehearsal schedule

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

September 17
October 1, 8, 15
November 5, 12, 19
November 20 - Fall Concert

As you can see, there aren't that many rehearsals!  Please do all you can to make sure your son or daughter is able to attend our rehearsals.

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!

Band Handbook - Resource with lots of information!

If you haven't had the opportunity to view the FVL Schools Band Handbook yet, try to find the time to do so.  It contains great information, especially for new band parents. It may even answer some of the questions you might have about our program.

Lessons off to a great start!

Our first week of lessons for the new year is now completed!  Both Mr. Kramer and I truly enjoy this aspect of our FVL Schools Band Program!  For lessons, students should always bring their lesson book, as well as their concert folder and music.  There is usually time during the lesson to practice the concert music after the lesson book material is completed.

Just to clarify - if lessons are missed at a school due to field trips, testing, weather-related issues, or for other reasons they are generally NOT made up with a re-scheduled or extra day during the week.  Both Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr have schedules that don't allow switching schools/days very easily.  What is important to remember is that we will have 24 lessons by the end of the school year.

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