November 16 Update

Friday, November 16, 2018

Final Rehearsal for 2018

We will be rehearsing this Saturday, November 17.  This is our ninth and final rehearsal in preparation for our Fall Concert.  The Concert Winds will rehearse in the FVL Auditorium, and the Cadet Band will rehearse in the Band Room this week.

Our Concert Winds will be joined on Saturday morning by most of the FVL Symphonic Band members!  This will be a special treat for our younger players to sit in and rehearse with the "high schoolers."  We will be rehearsing the two selections that will be played jointly by the Concert Winds and the Symphonic Band.

Final rehearsal - November  17 (8:15 - 9:45 AM)
November 18 - Fall Concert

Our Fall Concert will begin at 2:00 PM.

The concert will be streamed live on the FVL YouTube channel!  Please let your relatives know about this - grandparents or others who would like to watch the concert but are too far away to attend.  Go to the following link to watch the concert: FVL YouTube Channel.

Saturday Rehearsals take a Break!

Following our concert this Sunday, we will be taking a break from our Saturday rehearsals.  There will be no practices from Saturday, November 24 through Saturday, January 5.  We will resume our Saturday rehearsals again on January 12.

Thanks to parents and students for your continued efforts to attend our rehearsals.  As you know, with only 8-10 rehearsals planned for each semester, student attendance is crucial to our overall success as a performing ensemble.

Reminder of Concert Notes for Sunday, November 18

Our concert on Sunday, November 18, will begin at 2:00 PM, and will take place in the FVL Auditorium.

Students will need to be at FVL by 1:15 PM on the day of the concert so they can receive their vests and have adequate time for group warm up before the concert begins.

For more information about the concert, what to wear, etc., please refer back to our Update for November 9.

Band Pictures after the Concert

As we did last April following our Spring Concert, we will be taking group photos following our Concert on November 18.  Our plan is to have an FVL Photographer take a group photo of each band immediately following the concert.  We will stage the photos in the Commons.  The FVL Photographer will take the "official" photographs first, after which we will give about a minute for parents to get a nice group shot if they wish.  Following your child's group photo, parents are welcome to take individual photos of band students in their uniform.

Schools may also want to use the time following the group photos to take a photo of your schools' band students.  These photos would be excellent additions to your school yearbook or school website!  Parents may wish to check with their school principal or yearbook advisor to see how best your school may use these photos to promote the FVL Schools Band Program.

Lesson Books Completed

It is time to give credit to those students who have completed a lesson book and moved on in our series "Standard of Excellence" and the "Rubank Intermediate" and "Rubank Advanced" Method Books.  Our first lesson series contains two books, 1 (Red) and 2 (Blue). We use the Rubank Intermediate or Advanced Method for students who advance beyond Book 2 of the Standard of Excellence series.  Our percussion students use the "Alfred Method for Percussion."

These students will receive their medals for completing books at Saturday's rehearsal.  It is the tradition of our FVL Schools Band Program for students to wear medals awarded for the concert.  If they have previously been awarded a medal, those can also be worn.

Students Completing Book One (Red)
Alex Sawall, Grade 7, Immanuel, Greenville, Alto Saxophone
Isaiah Nogar, Grade 6, Mount Olive, Appleton, French Horn
Blake Vanderhoof, Grade 6, Mount Olive, Appleton, Euphonium
Hannah Uhlenbrauck, Grade 6, St. Peter, Appleton, Clarinet

Students Completing Book Two (Blue)
Caleb Race, Grade 7, Trinity, Neenah, Trombone

Students Completing Rubank Intermediate
Olivia Race, Grade 8, Trinity, Neenah, Trumpet
Ryan Feuerstahler, Grade 8, Trinity, Neenah, Euphonium

Students Completing Alfred Percussion Method Book 1

Trey Rhoden, Grade 8, Emanuel, New London, Snare Drum
Noah Nolte, Grade 6, Riverview, Appleton, Snare Drum

Thanksgiving Week Lesson Schedule

Mr. Kramer lesson schedule:
Monday - No Lessons at Martin Luther and Trinity, Neenah.  Lessons given to THURSDAY schools at Emanuel, New London and Bethlehem, Hortonville.
Tuesday - No lessons at Immanuel, Greenville;  Lessons given to the Friday Emanuel, New London students
Wednesday - Regular Wednesday lesson schedule - Immanuel, Greenville and St. Paul, Appleton

Mr. Neujahr lesson schedule:
Monday - Regular Monday lesson schedule - Mount Olive, Appleton
Tuesday - No lessons at Riverview, Appleton and Shepherd of the Valley, Menasha.  Lessons given to the Thursday schools at St. Peter, Appleton and Morrison, Zion.
Wednesday - No lessons given

Attendance Volunteers - Sign Up to Help

Thanks to our Attendance Coordinator, Gretchen Adrian, for helping to make sure we have parents to take attendance on rehearsal days!  We have had a wonderful crew of parents for this important task.  If you are interested in helping out, there are openings on various Saturdays for our second semester rehearsals.

The following link will take you to a page where volunteers can sign up to take attendance on various dates.  Only one person is required, but it is nice to have two.  If you sign up for a slot but then are unable to keep it, if it is for the current week, please contact Gretchen Adrian at 920-327-3367. If it is for a slot that is farther out than that week, just remove your name from the sign-up and the slot will be empty for others to see and fill.

Go to Attendance Volunteer Sign Up

FVL Music Apparel

Just in time for early Christmas shopping, we are once again offering the opportunity to purchase FVL Music apparel. This year there are two new designs; you can choose to customize an item with the word "band" or "choir", and/or by adding a name on the back.

Attached please find an electronic flyer that links to a website for viewing and ordering FVL Music apparel. This website is available through Monday, November 19 for online orders, with orders ready for pickup before Christmas break at FVL (you will be notified with pickup details). Just click on the link in the flyer, or go directly to

Note that if you are ordering any items as Christmas gifts, you can indicate that during the checkout process so that we do not distribute the items to the intended recipients.

Thank you,
Gretchen Adrian - FVL Musicfest Chair

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