Update for April 14

Friday, April 13, 2018

Due to Impending Ice/Snow/Rain/Wind - Rehearsal for April 14 will be Canceled

Mr. Kramer and I have discussed the possibilities for April 14, and I also discussed this with the FVL Administration.  No decision is easy, but we feel this is the right one.  Friday night will see significant rain, which overnight will turn to ice.  The forcast calls for ice accumulations on roads, trees, and power lines, as well as wind gusts up to 50 MPH.

So rather than have you worry tonight wondering if there will be band or not, we will call off today.

So we are now down to ONE rehearsal remaining, awards, and our Spring Concert.  Here is a summary of our remaining dates for 2017:

April 14 - Regular rehearsal - CANCELED
April 21 - Final rehearsal and Band Awards
April 22 - FVL Schools Spring Band Concert (6:00 PM)

Final Rehearsal and Band Awards

Following our final rehearsal on Saturday, April 21, 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 22 - 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 Group Pictures

Some parents have been wondering about the band group and individual photos.  We decided after last year to discontinue using the professional photographer during a rehearsal day to take these photos.  Over the past several years the number of photo packages purchased averaged between 5 and 8 total packages.  So rather than take up more of our already limited rehearsal time, we discussed other options.

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.

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