Update for April 22

Thanks be to God for our FVL Schools Band Program!

We have arrived at the last week of the Cadet Band and Concert Winds rehearsal and performance schedule!  We thank our gracious God for His blessings on our program!  Without His guidance our efforts would be in vain.  We also thank Him for our wonderful parents and volunteers who help in countless ways to ensure the success of our young musicians.  We thank Him for the directors of our program and their professionalism and the joy for music that that they share with the bands. We thank Him for the many principals and teachers at our member schools, for helping to promote band and make it possible to give lessons during the school day. Last, but certainly not least, we thank God for the many students who make up our FVL Schools Band Program!  Their endless source of energy and enthusiasm is a constant pick-me-up for all of us who work with them week in and week out.

I also want to thank our band members for their efforts in lessons this year!  I am amazed every week with the progress our students are making in their lesson books, but more importantly to see how they are growing as musicians.  Playing an instrument is an activity that begins somewhat slowly for most students, but as they start to "get it"; it becomes increasingly more enjoyable as a player when they begin to produce really excellent music.  It is also an activity that they can enjoy for many years to come, as they enter high school, college, and beyond.  This year we have had MANY of our students playing in church, school chapel services, and accompanying choirs.  What a joy for us directors to see the musical gifts of our students being put to such good use!  As parents, your encouragement of your young musicians is crucial to their growth and advancement.

Music is one of the few activities that can be enjoyed for a lifetime, both as a participant and as a spectator.  It is a passion that touches the emotional, physical, and intellectual senses.  As Martin Luther so beautifully stated, "Music makes people kinder, gentler, more staid and reasonable. I am strongly persuaded that after theology there is no art that can be placed on a level with music; for besides theology music is the only art capable of affording peace and joy of the heart."

Final Weekend of Rehearsals and Performances!

We have arrived at the end of our 2016-2017 FVL Schools Band year!  How exciting to think of where we were last September, and where we are now.  It is always great to see the growth in our student musicians, most notably the Cadet Band and their advancement.  It really has been a very good year.  We thank the Lord for his continued blessings on our FVL Schools Band Program!

April 22 - Regular rehearsal followed by Band Awards

Sunday, April 23 - FVL Schools Band Concert, 6:00 PM (Cadet Band and Concert Winds)

Band Awards

Following our final rehearsal on Saturday, April 22, we will be handing out various awards, including medals for students who completed books during the second semester, WSMA Solo Medals, Attendance Awards, and the Director's Awards (2).  Our awards will be presented in the 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.
Band Lesson Schedules and FVL instruments

Mr. Neujahr will be giving lessons this next week at all schools. Students with FVL instruments will be turning them in following their last lesson.

The one exception for the final lesson will be St. John, Wrightstown, whose students will have their last lesson on Wednesday, May 3.

Mr. Kramer will follow this schedule (FVL instruments turned in after last lesson):

Monday: Martin Luther, Oshkosh
Wednesday: Trinity, Neenah for chapel playing
Thursday: St. Peter for chapel playing
Friday: Emanuel, NL for chapel playing

Monday, May 1: Martin Luther, Neenah chapel rehearsal
Wednesday, May 8: Martin Luther, Neenah chapel

FVL-owned instruments are sent to Heid Music every spring for annual repair and maintenance. Students who will be renting them from us next year will, in most cases, be given the same instrument next year.  Students who are taking summer lessons or attending music camps will be issued an instrument after they are returned from Heid Music.  If you will need an instrument for the summer, please contact James Neujahr.

SUMMER LESSONS - Mr. Kramer will not be giving lessons this summer as in the past few years.  If you would like to take lessons this summer, most public school districts offer lessons or group band activities.  Please check with your area school district for information.

Lesson Books Completed During the Second Semester

The students listed below have completed a lesson book and moved on in our series "Standard of Excellence" (SOE).  Our lesson series contains two books from SOE, 1 (Red), 2 (Blue).  We use the Rubank Intermediate or Advanced Method for students who advance beyond Book 2 in the Standard of Excellence series.

Students Completing Book One (Red)

Lilly Drephal, Grade 5, French Horn, Mount Olive Appleton
Ella Erdmann, Grade 5, Clarinet, St. Peter Appleton
Leon Frahm, Grade 8, Trumpet, Riverview Appleton
Ella Lornson, Grade 5, Alto Saxophone, Mount Olive Appleton
Trinity Mulder, Grade 7, Tuba, Emanuel New London
Andrew Needham, Grade 5, Trumpet, Mount Olive Appleton
Emma Nilson, Grade 5, Trombone, St. Mark Green Bay
Caleb Race, Grade 5, Trombone, Martin Luther Neenah
Eli Retzlaff, Grade 6, Alto Saxophone, Immanuel Greenville
Amber Rusch, Grade 6, Trumpet, Shepherd of the Valley Menasha
Ella Schierland, Grade 5, Clarinet, Shepherd of the Valley Menasha
Natalie Springstroh, Grade 5, Flute, St. Peter Appleton
Bella Scout Tollerud, Grade 5, Flute, St. Peter Appleton
Leah Uitenbroek, Grade 6, Flute, St. John Wrightstown
Jason Uitenbroek, Grade 7, Electric Bass, St. John Wrightstown
Alexa Williams, Grade 5, Trumpet, Mount Olive Appleton

Students Completing Book Two (Blue)

Laura Esselman, Grade 8, Flute, Mount Olive Appleton
Ben Grady, Grade 6, Percussion, Shepherd of the Valley Menasha
Natalie Mrczynski, Grade 7, Trumpet, St. Paul Green Bay
Jasmine Sixel, Grade 6, Electric Bass, Immanuel Greenville
Katie Weller, Grade 7, Tuba, Homeschool

Students Completing the Mallet Book

Jerrett Schuette, Grade 8, Immanuel Greenville

Congratulations to all of these students!  They will also receive their medal at this week's awards for completing their books. Students are encouraged to wear their medals for the concert this weekend.

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Update for April 8

Rehearsals and Performances for the Remainer of the Year:

We are now down to our final two rehearsals for this year!  This will be a very short Update.  Most of the important information was posted in last week's Update.

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

Much information was given in the previous Update.  Rather than re-post all of it, please take time to review the materials from the April 1 Update:

1.  Final Rehearsal and Band Awards on Saturday, April 22
2.  Spring Concert April 23 - what to wear, when to arrive
3.  WSMA Concert Festival for the Concert Winds (NOT Cadet Band) on Wednesday, April 12

  • Information about what to wear
  • Schedule for the day
  • Student Critique form
  • Notes for the parents who are driving
  • Public Performance - all are invited into the auditorium to listen to the bands and the adjudicator comments
Still Seeking Volunteers for April 12

I am seeking parents or other volunteers to assist on Wednesday, April 12. On that day, FVL is hosting a WSMA Concert Festival for bands. The festival will begin at 8:00 and continue until the end of the school day. FVL has school the day of the festival, but our activities will be confined to the small gym (band homerooms) and the music wing of the school. In addition to FVL's Symphonic Band, we will host eight other visiting bands: three from St. Francis Xavier Middle School, our own FVL Schools Concert Winds, St. Martin Lutheran Grade School, two from Freedom High School, and one from Oshkosh Merrill Middle School. The bands will perform in the auditorium for a panel of three adjudicators, and will receive a rating for their efforts. Since the adjudicators meet at 8:00 and the first band is scheduled to begin at 8:30, a few parents will be needed already at about 8:00.

We will need volunteers to serve as door monitors, room chairmen, hosts for the visiting bands, assist on stage with moving equipment/stands/chairs between bands, and office/computer duties. In addition, volunteers will be needed to put together a hospitality room for the three adjudicators and the visiting band directors. This room would provide light snacks (muffins, fruit, juice, etc.) for them in the morning, as well as provide a light lunch for the three adjudicators for their lunch break.

We're using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our volunteers. Most volunteer duties are divided into morning and afternoon shifts. If you are able to volunteer for both morning and afternoon shifts, please sign up for both.

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/MREeTe
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

If you are not able to volunteer for the day, the event is free and open to the public. You are all invited to come and enjoy the band's performances.

Lesson Changes for April 10-14

Due to the WSMA Concert Festival on Wednesday, April 12, we will observe the following changes to the lesson schedule:

Tuesday, April 11 - Mr. Neujahr will give lessons at St. John, Wrightstown at 10:00 AM.  NO LESSONS at Mount Olive.  Lessons will be given at Shepherd of the Valley as normal.

Wednesday, April 12 - NO LESSONS for Mr. Kramer's and Mr. Neujahr's students.

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