January 18 Update (1)

Regular Rehearsal this week and next week

Both Cadet Band and Concert Winds will rehearse this Saturday and next, January 19 and 26.  We are busy preparing our selections for the upcoming FVL Musicfest - World of Music to be held on Januray 27.

Please Note:  FVL is hosting a VERY LARGE Vex Robotics tournament on Saturday.  In addition to the two gyms and the Commons, that tournament will be using the choir room, stage, and later on the Fine Arts Room.  So students are asked to NOT uncase instruments in the hallway, but rather to take them directly into their rehearsal rooms.  We want to keep the Fine Arts Hallway clear for the additional traffic on Saturday.

Note that we will not have rehearsal on February 2, but will resume again on February 9.

Important message for parents of 7th and 8th graders

Most of our 7th and 8th grade students are preparing solos for the Solo and Ensemble Festival to be held at Waupaca HS on Saturday, march 2.  For more information on this topic, refer to the information in the January 11 Update (Solo Music for 7th and 8th Grade Students).

Mr. Neujahr will be registering these solos with the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) next week, with all entries completed by Thursday, January 31.  Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr have most of the information necessary, such as solo titles, accompmanists, and so on.

IMPORTANT - if your son or daughter will NOT be performing their solo on March 2, let Mr. Neujahr know immediately.  The FVL Schools Band Program covers the $10 registration fee, but we would rather not pay that if students will not be attending.

Musicfest Reminders

Our Cadet Band and Concert Winds will be performing on Sunday, January 27, for Musicfest.  Our three bands - FVL Schools Cadet and Concert Winds and the FVL Symphonic Band - will begin performance at 12:00 PM, and will be in the Auditorium.  Students should be at FVL by 11:30 that day to prepare for our performance.  Concert Winds members will meet in the Band Room, and Cadet Band members will meet in the Fine Arts Room as usual.  Our FVL Schools Bands will be seated in the Auditorium between 12:00 and 1:00 so they can also watch the FVL Symphonic Band perform.  As there is lots of traffic through the hallways on Winterfest, student coats and cases should be brought directly into the Band and Choir room and not left in the hall.

Concert Winds and Cadet Band Dress for Musicfest

We will NOT be wearing our concert vests for the Musicfest performance.  With the various activities available for students (Junior Choir performances, Marionettes in the large gym, great food, etc.), we felt it would be best to save the vests and concert black and white for our more formal concert performances.

Students should wear "nice school/church clothes" for the Musicfest performance.  This means NO jeans, t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.  Students may wear their black pants and white shirts if they would like.  Examples of nice dress would include dress slacks or khakis, polo shirts, button shirts with a tie, skirts or dresses, and so on.  Since the theme is "World of Music," the kids could wear clothes to match that theme.

So that you can plan around your student(s)'s group performance(s,) here is the large group schedule:
12:00 FVL Schools Cadet Band
12:15 FVL Schools Concert Winds
12:30 FVL Symphonic Band
1:15 Marionettes (large gym)
2:00 Silent auction bidding closes (wave 1-large gym)
2:05 FVL Men's Choir
2:20 FVL Women's Choir
2:35 FVL A Cappella Choir
3:00 Silent auction bidding closes (wave 2-large gym)
3:15 FVL Jazz Ensemble (Commons Stage)
3:40 Choraliers

There are three performance areas, including the auditorium, the Commons, and the large gym.  Several area Junior Choirs will also be performing!

Fox Folk Marionettes (performance in the large gym) - This is always a big hit with the younger kids!  There will be plenty of time after the bands are finished performing to get to the gym on time.

In addition to this schedule, there will be food, small group entertainment in the FVL Commons, a silent auction in the Commons and large gym, and piano music in the large gym.  The entertainment is "come and go as you please", so feel free to stay for the afternoon and enjoy some amazing performances by our FVL Schools Bands, Choirs, and students from Fox Valley Lutheran HS.

Tickets are $3 at the door. All proceeds benefit the FVL band and choir programs.   As this is an FVL Passport Event, all members of the Cadet Band and Concert Winds will be admitted free to the event with their FVL Passport.

FVL Jazz Ensemble to Wisconsin Lutheran College Jazz Festival

Mr. Neujahr will not be at rehearsal on Saturday morning.  Mrs. Nogar will lead the rehearsal for the Concert Winds. Mr. Neujahr is heading to Milwaukee with the FVL Jazz Ensemble. They are paticipating in the WLC Jazz Festival. The Jazz Festival is on Saturday, with several other WELS high schools participating.  The day will be divided up with rehearsal time, jazz masterclasses, performance and section clinics, and the Festival Concert at 7:00 PM to close the day.

WELS Summer Band Camp!

Many of our students have attended this camp in recent years, and they have all had a wonderful time!  It is open to students who are currently in grades 6 - 8.  Brochures will be available this week at the attendance table.  You can also visit the website for all the information, including contact information, cost, and registration information at the WELS Summer Band Camp website.

The camp will run from June 16 - 21, and will be held at Wisconsin Lutheran High School in Milwaukee.

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

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January 11 Update

Happy New Year!

I pray that you all had an eventful Christmas and New Year break!  For many, it was an opportunity to take a breath, relax a bit, and enjoy the time with friends and relatives.

I had a wonderful experience at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago!  With over 18,000 directors, performers, and representatives from the music industry registering for this event, it is the largest of its kind in the world.  I attended many clinics and concerts, as well as browse through the more than 500 music industry booths and displays in the exhibition hall.  It is also a great time to catch up with many friends and colleagues from around the country.

Saturday Rehearsals Resume on January 12

All of us have enjoyed the time off from our Saturday rehearsals.  Now it is time to get back to work!  Our next major project is preparing music for the FVL Musicfest which will be held on Sunday, January 27. Please note that both our Cadet Band and Concert Winds will be performing on that day.

More information will be given for our performances that day in the coming weeks' Updates.  To help with your planning, the performance times of our bands will be as follows:

12:00 - Cadet Band
12:15 - Concert Winds
12:30 - FVL Symphonic Band

Both our Concert Winds and Cadet Band should be done performing by approximately 12:30 or a bit earlier.  All of our bands (FVL and FVL Schools bands) will be seated in the auditorium so that everyone can hear all the band performances, much like we did at our November concert, so they will be in the auditorium until about 1:00.

In order to prepare for this performance, we will be rehearsing on the following Saturdays:

January 12
January  19
January 26
January 27 (Sunday) - FVL Musicfest

Go to the following link for our Full Saturday Rehearsal Schedule

FVL Musicfest is just around the corner

As I mentioned in the previous section, our Cadet Band and Concert Winds will be performing for Musicfest.  Students should be at FVL by 11:30 that day to prepare for our performance.  The FVL doors will open at 11:30, so please plan to arrive as close to that time as possible.  Again, we will have more detailed information in the coming weeks.World of Music.jpg

We are very excited for the upcoming FVL Musicfest!  The theme this year is "World of Music".  If you are unfamiliar with Musicfest, it is the biggest date on the musical calendar for Fox Valley Lutheran HS.  All of the FVL Bands and Choirs perform, as well as small groups, solos, duets, and so on.

This family friendly event will feature several genres of musical entertainment performed by members of the FVL family. Hours are 12:00 to 4:00 pm.  Besides the opportunity to listen to great music, a light lunch and desserts will be served, and the FVL Marionettes will perform.  There will also be an awesome silent auction with many great items to bid on. Admission is $3 at the door. All proceeds benefit the FVL band and choir programs.  As this is an FVL Passport Event, all members of the Cadet Band and Concert Winds will be admitted free to the event with their FVL Passport.

Parent Volunteer Opportunity for Musicfest
All of our FVL Schools Band parents have the opportunity to volunteer for Musicfest. Parents of our high school and grade school music students use the same online form.  What better way to get to know your fellow Music Parents than volunteering on such an exciting day?  Volunteer opportunities will be available in many areas, such as coat check, auction helpers, kitchen and meal helpers, set up and take down, and more.  We are very happy to announce that all of our Volunteer spots have already been filled!  You can go to the following link to view the form:

Volunteer for Musicfest 2019

So that you can plan around your student(s)'s group performance(s,) here is the schedule for group times:

12:00 FVL Schools Cadet Band
12:15 FVL Schools Concert Winds
12:30 FVL Symphonic Band
1:15 Marionettes (large gym)
2:00 Silent auction bidding closes (wave 1-large gym)
2:05 FVL Men's Choir
2:20 FVL Women's Choir
2:35 FVL A Cappella Choir
3:00 Silent auction bidding closes (wave 2-large gym)
3:15 FVL Jazz Ensemble (Commons Stage)
3:40 Choraliers

There are three performance areas, including the Auditorium, the Commons, and the Large Gym.

Several area Junior Choirs will also be performing!  The performances are in the gym and are as follows:

12:45 Emanuel, New London
1:00 Riverview, Appleton
2:15 St. Paul, Green Bay
2:45 Martin Luther, Neenah

Thank you for the donation of your time to support our Music Department!
Inclement Weather Procedures

We have been blessed with excellent weather on Saturdays up to this point.  For that we are thankful!

With some weather-related issues lately, however, I am reminded that this will not always be the case.  If we need to cancel a Saturday rehearsal, please check the band's website for information regarding rehearsal cancellations or modifications.  If a rehearsal is canceled, a notice will always be put on the top of the homepage in bold red letters.   If a rehearsal is not canceled, but you feel it is not safe to travel from your location, you can always make the decision to stay home.  A notice will not normally be put up prior to Saturday morning, unless we know for certain that the weather on Saturday will not allow for a rehearsal.

If we need to cancel a rehearsal, a decision will be made BEFORE 7:30 AM and the notice will be posted to the homepage by that time.

I will also try to send out an email if there is a known cancellation.  This is not always the best, as some parents have work-related email addresses and may not get the message in a timely fashion.

Please note that there will NOT be a notice on radio or TV stations.  Your one source for cancellations will be this website.

Solo Music for our 7th and 8th Grade Students

During the last few lesson weeks, Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr handed out solo music to the 7th and 8th grade band students.  This music will be played on Saturday, March 2, at the WSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival which will take place at Waupaca HS.  Our students have the opportunity to play their solo and receive a rating, and will be given a medal for their efforts as well!  This is the same event in which all of our high school band students will participate.  Individual performance times will not be known until about two weeks in advance.

Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr will be helping the students prepare their music during their weekly band lessons.  Many of the solos the students are receiving are also in SmartMusic!   Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr will be able to use the program during the student's lesson to aid in the learning process.  The students will be working on their solos in addition to their regular lesson material for the next month.

For now, the students have been given a solo book.  If a piano accompaniment is available (most solos have piano) the students will receive that shortly.  All students will also need a second solo book for the adjudicator.  They will receive those before March.  All of these books will be provided for your children, with the cost covered by the FVL Schools Band Program.  After the solo event, all books will need to be returned to FVL.  You are certainly able to purchase the books if you would like to.  If so, just let Mr. Neujahr know and the cost will be added to your second semester statement.

An accompanist is not required for the solos, but it is strongly encouraged.  The accompanist should be a relatively strong player, as they need to be able to follow the student part as well as play the accompaniment without a struggle.  Parents, grandparents, older brothers and sisters, and the like make excellent accompanists!  Some students have even had classmates accompany them, but if it is a grade school student they need to be excellent keyboard players.

IMPORTANT - if your son or daughter will NOT be performing their solo on March 2 at Waupaca HS, let Mr. Neujahr know immediately.  Some of our students may not be available that day due to athletic or family events, or may not be able to perform for some other reason.  The FVL Schools Band Program covers the $10 registration fee, but we would rather not pay that if students will not be attending.

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