November 21 Update

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Final Rehearsal for 2019

We will be rehearsing this Saturday, November 23.  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 Fine Arts Room this week.

Our Concert Winds will be joined on Saturday morning by many 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 selection that will be played jointly by the Concert Winds and the Symphonic Band.

Final rehearsal - November  23 (8:15 - 9:45 AM)
November 24 - 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 30 through Saturday, January 4.  We will resume our Saturday rehearsals again on January 11.

Thanks to parents and students for your continued efforts to attend our rehearsals.  As you know, with only 8-9 rehearsals planned for each semester, student attendance is crucial to our overall success as a performing ensemble.

Reminder of Concert Notes for Sunday, November 24

Our concert on Sunday, November 24, 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.

CONCERT VEST MOMS - we will need the assistance of our "vest moms" both before the concert and after the pictures are done.  Cadet Band vests will be distributed in the Fine Arts Room and the Concert Winds vests will be handed out in the Band Room.  Thanks for your help with this very important task!

For more information about the concert, what to wear, etc., please refer back to our Update for November 6.

Band Pictures after the Concert

As we did last year, we will be taking group photos following our Concert on November 24.  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 Concert dress.

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)

Owen Schroth - 7 - Emanuel NL - Alto Saxophone
Mira Reetz - 7 - Emanuel NL - Flute
Mina Kesting - 6 - Emanuel NL - Trombone
Hannah Schabo - 6 - Emanuel NL - Clarinet
Ava Klinger - 6 - Immanuel GR - Clarinet
Elouise Kuehl - 6 - Immanuel GR - Clarinet
Henry Jaeger - 5 - Riverview - Trombone
Sam Powers - 5 - St. Paul, GB - Trumpet


Students Completing Book Two (Blue)

Evan Retzlaff - 7 - Emanuel, NL - Alto Saxophone

Students Completing Alfred Percussion Method Book (Includes Book 1 and 2)

Noah Nolte - 7 - Riverview - Percussion Book 2
Sam Schierland - 6 - Shepherd of the Valley - Percussion Book 1

Thanksgiving Week Lesson Schedule

Mr. Kramer lesson schedule:
Monday - Normal lessons at Trinity, Neenah
Tuesday - Normal lessons at St. Paul, Appleton
Wednesday - Lessons given to 5th Graders ONLY at Immanuel, Greenville.  No lessons at Emanuel, New London

Mr. Neujahr lesson schedule:
Monday - Modified Monday lesson schedule - Mount Olive, Appleton - PLEASE NOTE:  Mr. Neujahr has an appointment at 11:00 AM.  He will arrive at Mount Olive by approximately 12:15.  No lessons before that time.  We will follow the regular lesson schedule after that time.
Tuesday - No lessons at Riverview, Appleton; Shepherd of the Valley, Menasha; Morrison, Zion; and St. John, Wrightstown.  Lessons given to the Thursday schools at St. Peter, Appleton.
Wednesday - No lessons given

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