April 11 Update

Friday, April 12, 2019

Final Weekend of Rehearsals and Performances!

We have arrived at the end of our 2018-2019 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!

Saturday, April 13 - Final rehearsal followed by Band Awards
Jazz Class will follow the Awards for those who can stay (30 - 45 minutes)

Sunday, April 14 - FVL Schools Band Concert, 2:00 PM (Cadet Band and Concert Winds)

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 Information
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.

Parent volunteers will be needed to help distribute the vests and ties prior to the concert, as well as receive them following the concert. No need to sign up ahead of time - simply come to the warm up rooms and lend a hand.  A few of our "regular" vest volunteers will not be there, so if any parents have experience with vests, please help as we could certainly use your expertise!

A few volunteers are also needed to collect the Free-Will Offering during our concert on Sunday.  This could be moms, dads, older siblings, etc.  If you can assist, simply meet back at the main Auditorium Entrance following the Cadet Band performance.

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

Evan Kempf, Grade 6, Martin Luther, Trombone
Bryce Ziegler, Grade 5, Immanuel, Alto saxophone
Grace Zimmerman, Grade 5, Immanuel, Trumpet
Nate Buschkopf, Grade 8, Emanuel, Trumpet
Carolynn Backes, Grade 6, Emanuel, Clarinet
Hannah Kasten, Grade 5, Bethlehem, Trombone
Mina Kesting, Grade 5, Emanuel, Trombone
Emma Beyer, Grade 6, Mount Olive, Flute
Kenzie Loberger, Grade 5, Mount Olive, Flute
Anna Nelson, Grade 6, St. Paul GB, Clarinet
Grace Powers, Grade 7, St. Paul GB, Alto Saxophone
Samantha Vosters, Grade 6, St. Peter, Flute
Sabrina Schmidt, Grade 5, Morrison Zion, Clarinet

Book 2

Kyle Feuerstahler, Grade 6, Trinity, Trumpet
Jack Friemark, Grade 6, Immanuel, Trombone
Henry Pape, Grade 6, Immanuel, Trombone
Alexander Krueger, Grade 6, Immanuel, Alto saxophone
Jonah Toppe, Grade 6, St. Paul App, Clarinet
Trey Rhoden, Grade 8, Emanuel, Percussion
Aliya Sulzle, Grade 7, Emanuel, Flute
Emma Nilson, Grade 7, St. Mark, Trombone
Ryan Theimer, Grade 8, St. Peter, Trumpet
Bella Tollerud, Grade 7, St. Peter, Flute
Owen Olsen, Grade 7, St. Peter, Alto Saxophone

Rubank Intermediate

Ryan Feuerstahler, Grade 8, Trinity, Euphonium

Rubank Advanced Method, Vol 2
Levi Wolfgramm, Grade 8, 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 numerous school cancellations during the past few months, both Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr will have reached the minimum of 24 lessons at every school in the next week or two.  Some schools will even be one or two lessons higher.  So our lesson schedule will be winding down by the last full week in April.

I will publish in next week's Udate the final lesson date for each school.  Most schools will be having a lesson this next week prior to Easter.

Students who are using an FVL-owned instrument will be turning them in to either Mr. Kramer or Mr. Neujahr at their final lesson.  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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