Update for February 18
Friday, February 17, 2017
Rehearsal on Saturday, February 18
We will have rehearsal on Saturday, February 18. This is the same weekend as the FVL Schools Basketball Tournament. We realize that some kids may be involved in basketball games as players or cheerleaders. That is OK, and students should be with their teams. Most students should be able to make some or all of the band rehearsal, however, and we ask that if it is at all possible to attend band. Many band students wear their uniforms/warm ups on that day to rehearsal, which is totally acceptable. Even if students arrive late or have to leave early, that is better than not coming at all. Last year we actually had very good attendance on Tournament weekend, since most of the kids are at FVL anyway cheering on their teams.
Members of the Concert Winds will be receiving new music on Saturday. For students who cannot attend rehearsal due to BB games, they should try to stop in and at least pick up the new music, as well as turn in music that was performed at Winterfest.
Here is a summary of our remaining February dates:
February 18 - Regular rehearsal
February 25 - Solo Festival for 7th and 8th grade students; No rehearsal for Cadet/Concert Winds
The month of March is a bit odd, in that we will only have rehearsal on Saturday, March 4. Because of the FVL Musical, WELS National Band Festival, and Spring Break, we only have that one date available for rehearsal. Because of that, please make EVERY EFFORT to have your band students at that rehearsal.
Solo and Ensemble notes for February 25
Note that on Saturday, February 25, we will not have rehearsal. Most of our 7th and 8th grade students, as well as Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr, will be in Clintonville for the Northeast Conference Solo and Ensemble event.
This is the same festival that the FVL high school band and choir students will be attending. FVL has about 30 events entered, including instrumental solos and ensembles, choral solos and ensembles, many piano solos, among other events. The FVL Schools Band Program also has about 30 solo events entered! Most are class B or C, but we do have a few class A solos entered as well.
This event will feature several performance sites, with rooms designated for vocal, piano, woodwind, percussion, and brass events. In addition to solos, there will be many different ensembles performing, including jazz ensembles, brass and woodwind ensembles, show choirs, and so on. I would strongly encourage our students to observe as many solos and other ensemble events during the day. All of the event sites are open to the public, so parents and students can sit in on performances throughout the day.
There is quite a bit of information in the Update for February 4 for students performing a solo. Please refer to that page for information on what to wear, student introductions, and so on.
An email was sent to all parents of students who are performing a solo with a preliminary schedule. The final schedule will be sent to us early next week, and at that time I will send another email with final schedule, maps, and any other important information.
Brochures for the WELS Summer Band Camp will be available for pick up at Saturday's rehearsal.
Many of our students have attended this camp in recent years, and they have all had a wonderful time! The week-long overnight camp takes place at WLHS in Milwaukee and is happening June 18-23! This year's theme is "Let's Celebrate!" and they are more than excited to share this wonderful week of fun, learning, and musical growth with our students. The camp is open to students entering 6-9th grade in the 2017-2018 school year.
The camp has a very nice website with information, such as contact information, cost, and registration forms at WELS Summer Band Camp.
The WELS Summer Band Camp Parent Letter has a lot more information as well. Go to the link for a bit more information on what the students will experience at the camp.