Update for April 21

Thursday, April 19, 2018

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."

This is also a good time to encourage band members and parents to continue with band for next year, whether it is in the FVL Schools Band Program or in high school! You have all invested a good amount of time and money in instrumental music.  Being a part of the FVL Schools Band Program is a great educational experience and a FUN activity.  All of that is magnified in a high school band program!

Final Weekend of Rehearsals and Performances!

We have arrived at the end of our 2017-2018 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 21 - Final rehearsal followed by Band Awards
Jazz Class will follow the Awards for those who can stay (30 - 45 minutes)

Sunday, April 22 - FVL Schools Band Concert, 6:00 PM (Cadet Band and Concert Winds)

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 Information
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.

This is a reminder that following the concert we will be taking Band Group photos.  Please refer to the previous Update from April 14 for more information.

Parent volunteers will be needed to help distribute the vests and ties prior to the concert, as well as receive them following the band pictures.

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 (Volumes 1 and 2) for students who advance beyond Book 2 in the Standard of Excellence series.

Book 1
Rachel Schuler, Grade 7, French Horn,Emanuel, NL 
Evan Retzlaff, Gtade 5, Alto Sax, Emanuel, NL 
Abe Kesting, Grade 7, Trumpet, Emanuel, NL 
Trinity Mulder, Grade 8, Trombone, Emanuel, NL
Alexander Krueger, Grade 5, Alto Sax, Immanuel, Gr 
Henry Pape, Grade 5, Trombone,  Immanuel, Gr
Jack Friemark, Grade 5, Trombone, Immanuel, Gr 
Jonah Toppe, Grade 5, Clarinet, St. Paul, Ap
Kyle Feuerstahler, Grade 5, Trumpet, Trinity, Ne
Connor Kempf, Grade 5, Alto Sax, Mount Olive, Ap
Isabelle Beyer, Grade 5, Alto Sax, Mount Olive, Ap
Owen Olsen, Grade 6, Alto Sax, St. Peter, Ap
Elliot Baldwin, Grade 5, Alto Sax, St. Peter, Ap

Book 2
Caleb Race, Grade 6, Trombone, Martin Luther, Ne
Elijah Ellis, Grade 8, Percussion, St. Paul. GB
Jason Uitenbroeck, Grade 8, Electric Bass, St. John, Wr
Leah Uitenbroeck, Grade 7, Flute, St. John, Wr
Ella Erdmann, Grade 6, Flute, St. Peter, Ap
Natalee Springstroh, Grade 6, Flute, St. Peter, Ap

Rubank Intermediate
Rebecca Eveland, Grade 8, Alto Sax,  Immanuel, Gr

Rubank Advanced Method, Vol 1
Levi Wolfgramm, Grade 7, Trumpet, Riverview, Ap

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.

Band Lessons and FVL instruments

Even with the recent blizzard cancellations, both Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr have reached the minimum of 24 lessons at every school.  Some schools have even received 25 or 26 lessons.  So there will not be any more lessons this school year.

Because of that, all music and FVL-owned instruments will be collected following the concert on Sunday night.

Mr. Kramer is checking with his schools to see if there is an opportunity for the band students to play in a school chapel. If that can be arranged, his students may be keeping their instruments for a few additonal weeks.  We will know by concert time if this will happen.

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.

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