Update for April 1

Rehearsals and Performances for the remainer of the year:

April 1 - Regular rehearsal
April 8 - Regular rehearsal
April 12 - Concert Winds perform for WSMA Concert Festival (more info below)
April 22 - Final rehearsal and Band Awards
April 23 - FVL Schools Spring Band Concert

Jazz Class Reminders from Mr. Kramer

Just a quick reminder that we're having jazz class again now in April, both tomorrow, April 1st (no fooling!), and next week April 8. We will tackle that new piece the most, "Until I Met You". Also, working on solos will be important. No one is required to do a solo, but soloing is part of the "jazz scene." See you tomorrow!

Here's a link to the website recording of "Until I Met You."
https://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10005195

Final Rehearsal and Band Awards

Following our final rehearsal on Saturday, April 22, we will be handing out various awards, including medals for students who completed books since Musicfest, WSMA Solo Medals, Attendance Awards, and the Director's Awards (2).  Our awards will be presented in the FVL Auditorium.  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 23 - 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.
WSMA Concert Festival Wednesday, April 12

You may have noticed on our schedule that the Concert Winds (NOT Cadet Band) are participating in a WSMA Concert Festival on Wednesday, April 12. That is not a typo! Participating in a concert festival is a requirement for our FVL Schools Band Program to be a member of the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA). Since we did not participate in a concert festival last year, we must do that this year.

This concert festival will be hosted by FVL. Parents from each school can begin to plan car pools to FVL that day and back to your schools following the festival. Parents and students can also alert their school's principals and classroom teachers of their absence from school that afternoon.

As this is a public performance, much like solo and ensemble festivals, all parents/grandparents/drivers for the day are most welcome to listen to the bands perform. It may be very interesting for you to also hear what the adjudicators have to say following each band's performance.

The Concert Winds will NOT be wearing their formal vests and ties for the performance. However, because this is a public performance, the students should wear VERY nice clothes that day, such as skirts/dresses, dress slacks, dress shirts, and ties (for guys who have them). We want to look spectacular on that day. Because of the logistics of getting all of our kids to FVL, having to warm up and prepare for this festival, it will be easiest to not wear our concert formal dress. Additionally, the other schools participating normally do not wear concert dress for the WSMA Concert Festival.

Here is a SCHEDULE of the bands that are performing that day. You can see that we have 9 bands. In an effort to minimize the time our students will be out of school, I have scheduled the Concert Winds to perform last. An additional requirement of WSMA is that each band listen to one other performing group. Our students will listen to the St. Martin Lutheran School band at 12:50.  Our students are also required to fill out a STUDENT CRITIQUE form.  You do not need to print the form, as they will be handed out at rehearsal.

The times for our students would be as follows:

12:40 PM Arrive at FVL - Meet in the small gym with coats and cases for attendance
12:50 PM Concert Winds listen to St. Martin Lutheran Band and fill out student critique form
1:25 PM Warm up in the FVL Band Room
2:05 PM Performance clinic with WSMA Adjudicators
2:45 PM Car pools return students to their grade schools

You will notice that, depending on which school your child attends, students will be returning to their schools either at the end of their school day or after their day has ended. Parents should make be aware of this, especially if the students normally ride a bus home after school.

In addition, some students may need to pack a bag lunch if they will be missing their normal school lunch because of the time they need to leave from school.

Parent Drivers and Parking - Thanks again to all of our parents and grandparents who will be driving students to FVL on April 12!  Your help is much appreciated.  You can drop off students at the East Commons Entrance, as they will be going to the small gym upon arrival.  After dropping off the kids, please park your vehicles in the south lot (along HWY JJ) as the east lot will be filled with student vehicles.

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Update for March 11

No Rehearsals until April 1

Here is a summary of our remaining dates for 2017:

April 1 - Regular rehearsal
April 8 - Regular rehearsal
April 12 - Concert Winds perform for WSMA Concert Festival (more info to come)
April 22 - Final rehearsal and Band Awards
April 23 - FVL Schools Spring Band Concert

Ordering Information for Band Pictures

Picture day went well last week!  Thanks to all for remembering to wear black and white, and thanks to the moms who assisted with vests.

Here is information from Scanlon Studios and Pinnacle Group Photography for ordering pictures:

The 2016-17 FVL Band Pictures are posted online and are available to be ordered.

Please follow the instructions below to access and purchase:

1. Go to www.scanlanstudios.com

2. Click on Pinnacle Group Photography

3. Click on Online Viewing, Sports, Fox Valley Lutheran Band 2017,

4. Access Code: FVLband17

5. Use the band names on the left-hand side to view your correct group and individual band photos.

After choosing an image you can click "Buy" and choose your package or product.

You will have the opportunity to place your order until midnight on March 18th. Anyone that places their order in this first round will receive their order (from Mr. Kramer or Mr. Neujahr) the week of March 27th.

After March 18th, Scanlan Studios will have the order page shut off for one week, so that we can process the first set of orders.

We will then send out another email when we turn the order page back on. Any orders that are placed in the second order will be processed the following Monday from your order date. Any order placed in this time will have to pay shipping or pick up at the studio, only the first set of orders will be delivered to you by Mr. Kramer or Mr. Neujahr.

If you have any questions about the pictures or the ordering process, please contact Scanlan Studios by calling 920-729-9013 or email: mail@pinnaclepix.com

Thank you once again for letting us be a part of your picture day!!

Jyll & Sam Scanlan

 

Scanlan Studios / Pinnacle Group Photography
433 S. Commercial Street
Neenah, WI 54956

 

 

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Update for March 4

Regular Rehearsal on Saturday, March 4 - Also BAND PICTURES

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.

Here is a summary of our remaining dates for 2017:

March 4 - Regular rehearsal and BAND PICTURES! (see note below regarding pictures)
April 1 - Regular rehearsal
April 8 - Regular rehearsal
April 12 - Concert Winds perform for WSMA Concert Festival (more info to come)
April 22 - Final rehearsal and Band Awards
April 23 - FVL Schools Spring Band Concert

FVL Schools Jazz Class

Mr. Kramer is looking for an interested parent or older sibling who could play piano for the jazz class.  If you are interested, or have an older child (high school or older) please email Mr. Kramer.

Upcoming Jazz Class rehearsals will be on the following Saturdays, from 10:00 - 11:00:
March 4
April 1
April 8

Band Picture Day - Saturday, March 4

Band Pictures are Saturday.  We will be taking time during our rehearsal for the photos.  We will be taking formal group photos in uniform, so band students are to bring black shoes and socks, white shirts, and black pants for the day.  These items are the same as what they wore to the November concert.  To save time, they are certainly welcome to wear these clothes for the rehearsal.   We will distribute the concert vests on that morning.

We could use a few parents for both the Cadet Band and the Concert Winds to help with vest distribution that morning.  If you can assist, please let Mr. Neujahr know via email.

Here is information from Jyll Scanlon, from Scanlon Studios:

Hello FVL Band Families,
We are excited to have the opportunity to photograph your bands again!
Scanlan Studios will be photographing one Group photo and One individual photo for you to view. We will post your band's images by the end of the day on March 8th. You will receive an email with directions on how to view and order online.

You will have the opportunity to place your order until midnight on March 19th. Anyone that places their order in this first round will receive their order (from Mr. Neujahr) the week of March 27th.

Scanlan Studios will have the order page shut off for one week, so that we can process the first set of orders. We will then send out another email when we turn the order page back on. Any orders that are placed in the second order will be processed the following Monday from your order date. Any order placed in this time will have to pay shipping or pick up at the studio, only the first set of orders will be delivered to you by Mr. Neujahr.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you once again for letting us be a part of your picture day!!
Thank you,
Jyll & Sam Scanlan

WELS Band Festival - HOUSING NEEDED - Can you help?

On the weekend of March 17-19 (Friday through Sunday), Fox Valley Lutheran High School will host the 2017 WELS National Band Festival. We will welcome students and directors from 19 WELS high schools from across the country. Participants will come from schools in Arizona, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota, Washington, and Wisconsin. The festival will bring in approximately 110 musicians and 20 directors from around the WELS for a weekend of rehearsals, followed by a festival concert on Sunday, March 19, beginning at 2:00. FVL last hosted this festival in 2007, and we are very much looking forward to the opportunity again!

 

This is your chance to be part of welcoming these musicians from across the country to FVL and your home. Families are needed to provide Bed & Breakfast for groups of students Thursday evening, March 16 through Sunday noon, March 19. Groups can be as small as 2 and as large as you can provide for, bring their own sleeping bag, use your extra bed or an air mattress in a cozy room. There are many options to provide a welcome resting place following a long day of travel or rehearsal. In addition to B&B, hosts would need to transport students from and to FVL and provide an opportunity to join in worship on Sunday, March 19.

 

Details can be found on the Online Registration Form.

 

You may also contact the housing coordinator contact Shari Graham at sgraham2851@gmail.com920-841-2851 to offer your home to these fellow Christians.

 

Solo and Ensemble Results

The solo and ensemble festival for FVL and FVL Schools Band members was very successful!  In all, the FVL Schools Band Program entered 27 events, with 4 receiving a rating of "2" and 23 events receiving a "1" rating.

Special congratulations to Lily Krause (Trinity, Neenah) for qualifying for the State Solo and Ensemble Festival - for the second consecutive year! In order to qualify for State, a Class A solo must be played, and must receive the highest ratings in each category.

Here are the results for our FVL Schools Band events:

CLASS C
Natalie Mrczynski, Trumpet - 2
Kisie Temu, Flute - 2
Rebecca Nussbaum, Flute - 2
Anthony Higareda, Piano - 1
Anthony Higareda, Clarinet - 1
Zachary Thede, Snare - 1
Eric Kellerstrass, Snare - 1
Elijah Ellis, Snare - 1
Adam Hoban, Snare - 1
Jerrett Schuette, Snare - 1
Jacob Mindock, Euphonium - 1
Zachary Nogar, Snare - 1
Merrick Hirthe, Clarinet - 1
Keely Adrian, Alto Sax - 1
Kealy Doran, Alto Sax - 1
Lauren Hedtke, Alto Sax - 1
Rebecca Eveland, Alto Sax - 1
Jackson Becker, Alto Sax - 1
Jack Peters, Trumpet - 1
Jefferson Heyer, Tuba - 1

CLASS B
Marie Demler, Oboe - 2
Aaron Melso, Euphonium - 1
Brittany Thede, Trombone - 1
Autumn Vah, Flute - 1
Kurt Kubek, Horn - 1
Moses Enter, Euphonium - 1

CLASS A
Lily Krause, Lever Harp - 1* (going to State Solo and Ensemble)

The FVL Band and Choir students also did very well, with 6 events receiving a "2" rating and 22 events receiving a "1" rating.  Of those 22, 16 events are advancing to the State Solo and Ensemble Festival!

The following FVL band events advanced to the state festival (all Class A)

Tuba - Caleb Kolell
Horn - Stephen Funk, Maura Schmidt
Clarinet - Michaela Brass
Alto Saxophone - Erika Stensberg
Snare Drum - Jacob Junwirth
Electric Bass - Ryan Erdmann
Woodwind/String Choir
Saxophone Choir
Saxophone Quartet
Brass Choir
Percussion Mallet Quartet
Jazz Ensemble

Lesson Schedule for the Week of March 6 - 10

Due to the FVL Musical "Cinderella", there are some modifications to the weekly lesson schedule.  Mr. Kramer is playing lead trumpet in the Orchestra, and Mr. Neujahr is the Orchestra Conductor.  FVL will present three grade school performances this year - Wednesday morning, and Thursday morning and afternoon.  Most of our FVL Schools will be attending one of these three performances.

Mr. Kramer:
Wednesday - Lessons at St. Paul, Appleton in the afternoon instead of the morning
Thursday - NO LESSONS due to two musical performances

Mr. Neujahr:
Wednesday - NO LESSONS at St. Paul and St. Mark, Green Bay.  Lessons GIVEN at St. John, Wrightstown
Thursday - NO LESSONS at Riverview, Appleton

 

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