January 11 Update
Friday, January 11, 2019
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 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.
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
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)
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
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.