Welcome to the 2017-18 FVL Schools Band Program!

Your FVL Schools Band Directors are very excited for the lessons and rehearsals to begin, and look forward to a year of rehearsing and performing beautiful music! More important than the music we make will be the opportunity to use our God-given gifts to their fullest potential, while at the same time enjoying the benefits of belonging to such a wonderful musical family.

First Saturday Rehearsal

We will be holding our first band rehearsal on Saturday, September 9. This rehearsal will be for both the CADET BAND (beginning students) and the CONCERT WINDS (students with at least one year of experience). All of our Saturday rehearsals are from 8:15 - 9:45 in the band room or choir room at FVL. We hope that all of our students are able to participate in our Saturday group rehearsals. Even if a student cannot attend every rehearsal, we still welcome them when they are able to attend.

Upcoming FVL Schools Band rehearsal schedule

Rehearsals leading up to our November concert will be on the following Saturdays:

September 9, 16, 23
October 7, 14, 21
November 4, 11, 18
November 19 - Fall Concert

Please do all you can to make sure your son or daughter is able to attend our rehearsals. If for some reason they will not be able to attend, email Robert Kramer (Cadet Band) or James Neujahr (Concert Winds) to let us know ahead of time if possible.

Our Fall Concert will begin at 6:00 PM (The Packers play a NOON game that day!). This concert will feature our FVL Schools Bands - the Cadet Band (beginning students) and the Concert Winds (students with more than one year of experience). The FVL Symphonic Band will also play a few selections at this concert.  It will be a wonderful opportunity to see the entire FVL band program, from beginners through high school!

School Lessons set to begin on September 11

We will be starting the individual band lessons at each school next week, September 11-15. A link to the lesson schedule can be found on the FVL Schools Band website in the "Calendar" tab and also under the "Registration/Documents" tab. Your school principals are working on the individual lesson times at each school, so there may be some tweaking of the times at each school to accommodate school schedules or additional registrations. If you are renting an instrument from FVL and do not yet have the instrument, we will hand out the instruments on September 9 or Mr. Kramer or I will deliver that instrument on the first day of lessons at your school. Please be sure that your band student remembers to bring to school his/her instrument and lesson book for their first lesson. New students will be given their lesson books at their first lesson or at the Saturday rehearsal.

FVL Schools Band Parent Meeting

We will be having an FVL Schools Band Parent meeting on Saturday, September 16. The meeting will begin at 8:30 and will conclude by the end of the rehearsal at 9:45. We will discuss the fall fundraiser with a representative from Hansen's Fundraising, preview the schedule for the year, and will view the band's website and the information that it provides. We will also give you an idea of what volunteer opportunities you will have this year as an FVL Schools Band Parent!

Director's Updates - your "One Stop Shop" for new band information

You will also begin to receive occasional email alerting you to a new "Director's Update" on our website. Normally you will receive an update on the Friday (or earlier in the week) preceding our Saturday rehearsals. The email will give you the topics covered in the update, and will direct you to that page for the full information.

Band Handbook - Resource with lots of information!

If you haven't had the opportunity to view the FVL Schools Band Handbook yet, try to find the time to do so.  It contains great information, especially for new band parents. It may even answer some of the questions you might have about our program.

We are very excited to begin this new year with the FVL Schools Band Program!

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