Update for February 4
Friday, February 3, 2017
No Rehearsal on Saturday, February 4
This week is a scheduled break for Saturday rehearsal. Please note that we WILL rehearse next Saturday, February 11. Many of our schools have off on Thursday and Friday next week due to the Teacher's Conference.
Here is a summary of our remaining February dates:
February 11 - Regular rehearsal
February 18 - Regular rehearsal
February 25 - Solo Festival for 7th and 8th grade students; No rehearsal for Cadet/Concert Winds
Information for Students who are performing a solo on February 25
Solo day is fast approaching! Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr have been working with most of our 7th and 8th graders for the past two months to prepare for this day. The students have been improving each week with their solo preparations, and they should do very well!
Our Solo and Ensemble Festival will be held at Clintonville High School on Saturday, February 25. This festival includes, in addition to our FVL Schools Band students, FVL HS, Waupaca HS, Clintonville HS, and St. Martin Lutheran Grade School (from Clintonville).
We will receive the preliminary schedules and other information for February 25 this next week sometime. I should be able to post links to the schedules in next week's update.
IMPORTANT: If for some reason your son or daughter will NOT be performing their solo on February 25, please Email Mr. Neujahr as soon as possible so he can notify the Festival Manager and the schedules can be updated.
Following is information for students who are playing a solo on February 25. Mr. Neujahr and Mr. Kramer will also discuss these items with the students at lessons as they prepare for that day.
Attire: Dress up for your events. No jeans, T-shirts, crew-neck shirts, tennis shoes, etc. Ties are recommended for guys, ladies in dress/skirt or other nice attire. Make an excellent first impression for the adjudicator!
Music: You are responsible for all of your music for the day, including your judge's copy. Remember that NO PHOTOCOPIES are allowed for a WSMA event. You are also responsible for your own instrument! Number the measures in your judge's copy and your copy. This MUST be done prior to playing. Mr. Neujahr and Mr. Kramer will be providing the required 2 original "store bought" copies of the music if they don't already have the extra copy. All students have their own solo book already, but they will need the additional copy for the adjudicator.
Homerooms/Case and Coat Storage: The CHS Gym will be used as the homeroom for all schools. A section of the bleachers will be labled showing each school's designated area.
Be Prompt! Leave early and allow plenty of time to get to Clintonville HS. You will also need extra time to find your designated warm-up area and performance rooms. Generally, you should try to be in the designated warm-up site 20-30 minutes before your scheduled performance time. It is a good idea to check your performance site to see if they are ahead or behind schedule. Your performance time may be shifted earlier or later depending upon how the day is progressing in that particular site.
For those using an accompanist: Remember to tell your accompanist the necessary times and room numbers, etc. A nice card and gift of money for all of the time put in by your accompanist is recommended.
WSMA requires that students introduce their solo. You may write it out and bring your sheet with you. You may also memorize it. Rehearse what you are going to say! The introduction outline is as follows:
My name is (performer name), from Fox Valley Lutheran Middle School (or "FVL Schools")
My accompanist is (name of accompanist - if you have one)
I am performing (name of solo, and if appropriate, the movements being performed)
My solo was composed by (name of the composer or arranger)
An interesting aspect of this piece to listen for is. . . (something to listen for, such as interesting melodies, articulations, tempos, styles, etc)
Something I learned while studying this piece is. . . (something that you learned about music, or something that this solo helped you to improve while practicing)
Mr. Kramer Lesson Schedule for Next Week (February 6 - 10)