Update for January 14

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Happy New Year!

I pray that you all had an eventful Christmas and New Year break!  For many, it was an opportunity to take a breath, relax a bit, and enjoy the time with friends and relatives.  These first two weeks of lessons in 2017 have been a bit of a challenge, with weather delays, cancellations, and so on.  It is exciting that many of our students DID practice over the break, and it has been a pleasure to hear what our students accomplished during the vacation.  A few even worked ahead a page or two after missing lessons due to the weather.  Thanks, kids, for your efforts!

I had a wonderful experience at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago!  With over 17,000 directors registering for this event, it is the largest of its kind in the world.  I attended many clinics and concerts, as well as browse through the more than 500 music industry booths and displays in the exhibition hall.  It is also a great time to catch up with many friends and colleagues from around the country.

Saturday Rehearsals Resume on January 14

All of us have enjoyed the time off from our Saturday rehearsals.  Now it is time to get back to work!  Our next major project is preparing music for the FVL Musicfest (formerly known as "Winterfest") which will be held on Sunday, January 29. Please note that both our Cadet Band and Concert Winds will be performing on that day.

More information will be given for our performances that day in the coming weeks' Updates.  To help with your planning, the performance times of our bands will be as follows:

12:00 - Cadet Band
12:15 - Concert Winds
12:30 - FVL Symphonic Band

Both our Concert Winds and Cadet Band should be done performing by approximately 12:30 or a bit earlier.  All of our bands (FVL and FVL Schools bands) will be seated in the auditorium so that everyone can hear  all the band performances, much like we did at our November concert, so they will be in the auditorium until about 1:00.

In order to prepare for this performance, we will be rehearsing on the following Saturdays:

January 14
January  21
January 28
January 29 (Sunday) - FVL Musicfest

Go to the following link for our Full Saturday Rehearsal Schedule

FVL Schools Jazz Class will also meet this Saturday, as well as next week, February 21.

FVL Musicfest is just around the corner

As I mentioned in the previous section, our Cadet Band and Concert Winds will be performing for Musicfest.  Students should be at FVL by 11:15 that day to prepare for our performance.  Again, we will have more detailed information in the coming weeks.

We are very excited for the upcoming FVL Musicfest!  The theme this year is "Time Travel".  If you are unfamiliar with Musicfest, it is the biggest date on the musical calendar for Fox Valley Lutheran HS.  All of the FVL Bands and Choirs perform, as well as small groups, solos, duets, and so on.

This family friendly event will feature several genres of musical entertainment performed by members of the FVL family. Hours are 12:00 to 4:00 pm.  Besides the opportunity to listen to great music, a light lunch and desserts will be served. We will have a children's area in the small gym, and the FVL Marionettes will perform.  New this year will be a "Wall of Giving"!  There will also be an awesome silent auction with many great items to bid on. Admission is $2 at the door. All proceeds benefit the FVL band and choir programs.  As this is an FVL Passport Event, all members of the Cadet Band and Concert Winds will be admitted free to the event with their FVL Passport.

Parent Volunteer Opportunity for Musicfest
All of our FVL Schools Band parents will have the opportunity to volunteer for Musicfest. Parents of our high school and grade school music students will all use the same online form.  What better way to get to know your fellow Music Parents than volunteering on such an exciting day?  Volunteer opportunities will be available in many areas, such as coat check, auction helpers, kitchen and meal helpers, set up and take down, and more.


Please click on the following SignUp.com link to sign up to volunteer for one or more spots on either Saturday, Jan. 28 for event setup (2-5PM), or Sunday, Jan. 29 for a shift during the event itself.


Signup.com will email you a reminder two days prior to your spot(s).


Any spots that are not filled by January 22 will have families assigned to them.

So that you can plan around your student(s)'s group performance(s,) here is the large group schedule:
  • 12:00 FVL Schools Cadet Band
  • 12:15 FVL Schools Concert Winds
  • 12:30 FVL Symphonic Band
  • 1:15 Marionettes (large gym)
  • 2:00 Silent auction bidding closes (wave 1 - large gym)
  • 2:15 FVL Men's Choir
  • 2:30 FVL Women's Choir
  • 2:45 FVL A Cappella Choir
  • 3:00 Silent auction bidding closes (wave 2 - Commons)
  • 3:15 FVL Jazz Ensemble (Commons Stage)
  • 3:30 Wall of Giving Reveal (Commons)
  • 3:40 Choraliers
Thank you for the donation of your time to support our Music Department!
Inclement Weather Procedures

We have been blessed with excellent weather on Saturdays so far this year.  For that we are thankful!

With all of the weather-related issues lately, however, I am reminded that this will not always be the case.  If we need to cancel a Saturday rehearsal, please check the band's website for information regarding rehearsal cancellations or modifications.  If a rehearsal is canceled, a notice will always be put on the top of the homepage in bold red letters.   If a rehearsal is not canceled, but you feel it is not safe to travel from your location, you can always make the decision to stay home.  A notice will not normally be put up prior to Saturday morning, unless we know for certain that the weather on Saturday will not allow for a rehearsal.

If we need to cancel a rehearsal, a decision will be made BEFORE 7:30 AM and the notice will be posted to the homepage by that time.

I will also try to send out an email if there is a known cancellation.  This is not always the best, as some parents have work-related email addresses and may not get the message in a timely fashion.

Please note that there will NOT be a notice on radio or TV stations.  Your one source for cancellations will be this website.

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