March 29 Update

Rehearsal Saturday, March 30

After a few weeks off due to Spring Break, we have a regular rehearsal scheduled for Saturday, March 30.  Counting this rehearsal, we have only THREE rehearsals left before our Spring Concert in April!

Here is the remaining schedule:

Saturday, March 30 Regular rehearsal
Saturday, April 6 Regular rehearsal
Saturday, April 13 Regular rehearsal and Band Awards
Sunday, April 14 Spring Concert - 2:00 PM

Final Rehearsal and Band Awards

Following our final rehearsal on Saturday, April 13, 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 14 - FVL Schools Spring Band Concert
The concert begins at 2:00 PM in the FVL Auditorium.
  • Band members should arrive by 1:00 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.
Many Thanks to Our Crew of Attendance Takers!

Thanks to Gretchen Adrian for putting together the online sign up, as well as our many parents who have volunteered their time to help take attendance.  Your help is GREATLY appreciated!

We do have one volunteer spot open for April 6. If you are able to help, simply go to our Volunteer Page for information and the Volunteer Sign Up link to add yourself to the schedule.

Summer Band Camp Opportunity

Many of our students have participated in the WELS Summer Band Camp in Milwaukee.  The deadline for the early bird discount is March 31, so there is still time to register.  All students received a camp brochure in January.  For more information and a link to the WELS Summer Band Camp website, check our Update from January 18.

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March 8 Update

Rehearsal Saturday, March 9

We have a regular rehearsal scheduled for Saturday, March 9.  Counting this rehearsal, we have only FOUR rehearsals left before our Spring Concert in April!

Here is the remaining schedule:

Saturday, March 9 Regular rehearsal
Saturday, March 16 and 23 - NO REHEARSAL due to Spring Breaks and WELS Band Festival
Saturday, March 30 Regular rehearsal
Saturday, April 6 Regular rehearsal
Saturday, April 13 Regular rehearsal and Band Awards
Sunday, April 14 Spring Concert - 2:00 PM

Winter in Wisconsin - Part 2:  Here we go again!  Hopefully the weather cooperates this weekend.  We could get a nasty wintry mix this weekend, but it looks like it will be starting later in the afternoon on Saturday and continuing into Sunday.  So we should be good to go for our rehearsal.

For a review of the cancellation and inclement weather procedures, look back to the previous Update.  Remember, it is always up to the parents to decide if travel is safe from your location.

No Band Lessons March 18 - 22

Due to FVL and the majority of our grade schools on Spring Break, there will be no band lessons given from March 18 - 22.

WELS Band Festival March 15 - 17

Mr. Neujahr and seven FVL Band students will be attending the National WELS Band Festival next weekend.  The Festival will be at Wisconsin Lutheran HS in Milwaukee.  The festival will include band students and their directors from 20 WELS high schools!  Students are coming from Arizona, Washington, Colorado, South Dakota, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Rehearsals will take place all day Friday and Saturday, with the Festival Concert at 2:00 on Sunday afternoon.

Congratulations to the following FVL Band Students for being selected for this year's WELS Band Festival:

Flute - Lyssa Edwards and Elizabeth Santos
Clarinet - Anthony Higareda
Alto Saxophone - John Deng
Tenor Saxophone - Caitlyn Graham
Trumpet - Dieter Ragner
Trombone - Connor Lynch

Solo and Ensemble Results

Thanks also to the many parents, family members, and relatives who were in attendance to see our students perform.  Your participation in their musical education is so very important.  Thanks to all!

The solo and ensemble festival for FVL and FVL Schools Band members was very successful!  In all, the FVL Schools Band Program entered 23 events, with 3 receiving a rating of "2" and 20 events receiving a "1" rating.

Special congratulations to Keely Adrian (St. Mark, Green Bay) for qualifying for the State Solo and Ensemble Festival with her alto saxophone solo! In order to qualify for State, a Class A solo must be played, and must receive the highest ratings in each category.

Here are the results for our FVL Schools Band events:

Trey Rhoden, Snare Drum - 2
Emma Beyer, Alto - 1
Tyler Kuppernis, Baritone - 1
Aliya Sulzle, Soprano - 1
Ryan Theimer, Trumpet - 1
Abe Kesting, Trumpet - 1
Caleb Race, Trombone - 1
Courtney Thede, Snare Drum - 1
Bella Tollerud, Flute - 1
Owen Olsen, Tenor Saxophone - 1
Matteah Gehl, Clarinet - 1
Natalee Springstroh, Flute - 1
Aliya Sulzle, Flute - 1
Emma Schabo, Alto Saxophone - 1
Bethany Fick, Bassoon - 1
Ella Erdmann, Clarinet - 1
Rachel Schuler, Horn - 1

Rachel Schuler, Soprano - 2
Benjamin Grady, Snare Drum - 2
Frederick Knaack, Trombone - 1
Ryan Feuerstahler, Euphonium - 1

Olivia Race, Trumpet - 1
Keely Adrian, Alto Saxophone - 1* (going to State Solo and Ensemble)

The FVL Band and Choir students also did very well, with 7 events receiving a "2" rating and 34 events receiving a "1" rating!  Of those 34, 21 events are advancing to the State Solo and Ensemble Festival!

The following FVL band events advanced to the state festival (all Class A)

Alto Sax Solo - John Deng
Bassoon Solo - Emily Lillo
Woodwind/String Ensemble
Flute Choir
Saxophone Choir
Percussion Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble

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