September 27 Update

Reminder - NO rehearsal on September 28

Remember that there will be no rehearsal at FVL on Saturday, September 28.  There is a soccer tournament at FVL this weekend that involves most of the FVL Schools. Many of our band members are involved with this tournament, so to eliminate a very busy day we won't have rehearsal.  I know of at least one volleyball tournament as well.  Enjoy the "free" weekend!

Rehearsals leading up to our November concert will be on the following Saturdays:

October 5, 12 (Concert Vest Fittings on this day during rehearsa), 19
November 2, 9, 23
November 24 - Fall Concert (2:00 PM)

We only have six more rehearsals until our concert!  Please make every effort to have your children attend our rehearsals.

Thanks to so many

I want to begin by saying "Thank You" to many groups and individuals.  Thanks first to all of our FVL Schools Principals for assisting over the past several weeks to create the school lesson schedules.  Many emails were sent back and forth, and they responded quickly with my requests to verify their school's band students. Thanks also to our band parents for taking care of the registrations.  There were many new band registrations the last week of August and the first weeks of September.  I want to thank both Mr. Kramer and Mrs. Nogar for their continued participation as directors of our Cadet Band and Concert Winds.  There is always much preparation necessary on the parts of these directors as we begin another rehearsal and concert year.  Having qualified educators for our band students is very important, and we have two of the best in Mr. Kramer and Mrs. Nogar!  I want to thank all of the parents who created time in their weekend schedule to attend the band parent meeting two weeks ago.  We had a very good attendance, and some very good discussion about our program and excellent questions from parents.  Last, and certainly not least, is the thanks directed to the members of our FVL Schools Band Program!  Their enthusiasm to be a part of something as special as this program is at the same time both humbling and inspiring for me!  I realize the time and effort that is needed from each of these students to make our program successful.  It isn't always easy to get up so early on a Saturday morning (for parents either!) to get to our rehearsals - but they do it anyway!  Many sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of you!

FVL Schools Band Fundraiser Update

These updates are for ONLINE sales only.  We won't know our total sales figures until after all of the paper forms are returned on October 5.  As of today, our online sales total $2166!  That is more than double what our total was last week at this time.  Keep it up - our goal of $5000 in sales is within sight!

Fundraiser Timeline:

FUNDRAISER Kickoff:  Saturday, September 14

FUNDRAISER TURN-IN DATE:  Saturday, October 5

All orders & money MUST be turned in on this date. To get your profit be sure to fill in the top 3 lines of the paper forms.  Please turn in BOTH COPIES (white and yellow) of your order form. The order forms will be returned to you on delivery day.

DELIVERY DATE: Saturday, November 2 • 8:00-10:00am

*** ALL ORDERS MUST BE PICKED UP ON THIS DATE *** If you cannot be there for pick up, please make arrangements for someone else to pick your order up for you.  The product pick-up location will be the FVL Auditorium Stage.

ALL MONEY IS DUE: When you turn in your order.  Use the Envelope provided in the packet.

MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: FVL Schools Band Program

More information is in the September 12 Update.  Refer to that Update for links to forms and other instructions for filling out your paper forms, setting up your online account, prizes, and so on.

WELS Middle School Honors Band Festival

FVL will be hosting the Third Annual WELS Middle School Honors Band Festival on Saturday, November 16.  Needless to say, we are VERY excited to be hosting this special event!  The first two festivals were held at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School.  Now it is our turn to host.

This festival will include middle school band students from every WELS high school program in Wisconsin.  It will also include the students from the Illinois Lutheran High School program.  So we will have students from the following programs, in addition to FVL and Illinois Lutheran - Kettle Moraine Lutheran, Jackson; Luther High School, Onalaska; Lakeside Lutheran High School, Lake Mills; Manitowoc Lutheran High School, Manitowoc; Northland Lutheran High School, Kronewetter; Shoreland Lutheran High School, Somers; Winnebago Lutheran Academy, Fond du Lac; and Wisconsin Lutheran High School, Milwaukee.  The Festival Band will consist of approximately 55 - 60 selected students from these programs.

The guest Clinician/Conductor for the festival will be Paul Wendland, who was the band director at FVL from 1976 - 1998 (he was Mr. Neujahr's high school band director!).  He also served as the band director at Martin Luther College, Lakeside Lutheran HS, and Kettle Moraine Lutheran HS.  We are very pleased to welcome him back to the FVL Stage!

Volunteer Needs

We will need volunteers in the following areas:

Meals and Snacks: We will be serving two meals that day - lunch and supper.  There will also be a morning and afternoon "healthy snack" break.  Volunteers will be requested to help plan the meals, shop if necessary, and prepare and serve the food.  All costs will be covered or reimbursed by the FVL Schools Band Program.  A Food Coordinator (or 2) is needed, with approximately 8 additional volunteers.

Welcome and Check-In:  3-4 volunteers to be on hand by about 8:30 AM to assist with checking in the schools when they arrive and showing the students and directors where their homerooms are for the day.

Concert Ushers:  We will need approximately 6 - 8 volunteers to assist with handing out the concert programs, as well as collect the free-will offering.

Homeroom Monitors:  2 - 3 volunteers who can be around throughout the day (two six-hour shifts) to keep an eye on the school homerooms and make sure the rooms are clean and orderly at the end of the day.

A Volunteer Sign Up form has been created.  Go to the link to access the form.  Thanks everyone!

We're using SignUp.com (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up for WELS Middle School Honors Band Festival!

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1. Click this link (or the one above) to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/login/entry/1237000758559948032
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

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September 20 Update

Upcoming FVL Schools Band rehearsal schedule

We will rehearse this Saturday, September 21.  Please note that there will be NO rehearsal on Saturday, September 28!

This Saturday is also the Shepherd of the Valley Volleyball and Soccer Tournament.  Some students may need to leave a bit early if they have an early game.  That is OK.  We are happy that they are able to do both activities.  It is also OK for students to wear their soccer or volleyball uniforms to rehearsal.  It is fun to see so many of our band students dressed in uniform on tournament weekends!

Due to early starts, some students may not be able to attend rehearsal.  If that is the case, please let Mr. Neujahr or Mr. Kramer know so that their attendance record can be marked accordingly and we can effectively plan our rehearsal.  Thanks so much!

Rehearsals leading up to our November concert will be on the following Saturdays:

September 21
October 5, 12, 19
November 2, 9, 23
November 24 - Fall Concert (2:00 PM)

FVL Schools Band Fundraiser Update

As of Friday, September 20, we have 12 band students registered for online sales!  More may be utilizing their paper forms.  We have $1001 in total online sales so far ($540 at this time last year).  Keep going - we would like to reach our goal of $5000 in total sales.  Our FVL Schools Band Program would see a profit of $1000 for needed equipment and supplies if we reach that goal.  Remember also that your FVL Schools individual band accounts will be credited with 20% of your total sales.  So if you sell $200 of product, your accout will receive $40 credit.

Students who did not receive their sales packet last week or at their lesson will be given the packet at rehearsal on Saturday.

Early Prizes for Online Sales will be given out at Saturday's Rehearsal!

Students who had at least 5 items sold in online sales by Tuesday, September 17 will receive a giant box of Theater Candy.  Six of our band members will recieve this prize on Saturday!  Students who have at least 10 items sold by Saturday, September 21 will receive two boxes!  So far there are three students who will recieve that second box of candy on Saturday!  We will have an assortment of candies avaialble.  The kids can choose their favorite.  There is still plenty of time yet today to make some more online sales to achieve this prize!

Here are some online statistics so far:

17 days remaining in the Campaign; Campaign ends midnight 10/7/2019

12 Students have registered

530 Unique visitors to all student sites

2 Different Teachers have been added to the system by students
$50.05 is the average order size per customer
$125.13 is the average amount sold by each student
$500.50 is the average amount attributed to each teacher (classroom)

 

 

Fundraiser Timeline:

FUNDRAISER Kickoff:  Saturday, September 14

FUNDRAISER TURN-IN DATE:  Saturday, October 5

All orders & money MUST be turned in on this date. To get your profit be sure to fill in the top 3 lines of the paper forms.  Please turn in BOTH COPIES (white and yellow) of your order form. The order forms will be returned to you on delivery day.

DELIVERY DATE: Saturday, November 2 • 8:00-10:00am

*** ALL ORDERS MUST BE PICKED UP ON THIS DATE *** If you cannot be there for pick up, please make arrangements for someone else to pick your order up for you.  The product pick-up location will be the FVL Auditorium Stage.

ALL MONEY IS DUE: When you turn in your order.  Use the Envelope provided in the packet.

MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: FVL Schools Band Program

More information is in the September 12 Update.  Refer to that Update for links to forms and other instructions for filling out your paper forms, setting up your online account, prizes, and so on.

Volunteer Page

For information on Volunteer opportunities, please refer to our Volunteer Page.  Descriptive information is included with each section for Fundraising, Concert Vest, and Attendance Volunteers.

There is also an Attendance Sign Up form on our Volunteer Page.  This will allow attendance volunteers to sign up for dates that work for them.  By going to the form, you can see at a glance which dates are filled and which are still open.  More information for attendance volunteers is given on the volunteer page.

Volunteer names and links to email can be added to the page.  This will make it easier for volunteers to contact each other if necessary.  If more would like to volunteer in any area, please email James Neujahr.  We would be happy to add you to our list of volunteers!

Concert Vest Fittings will be Saturday, October 12

We will fit the concert vests for the Cadet Band and Concert Winds students on Saturday, October 12 during the rehearsal.  A few moms or dads is all that is needed.  We have several moms who have volunteerd for our uniform crew in the past, but more would be welcome on fitting day.  Thanks for considering this very important volunteer opportunity!

Then on the day of the concert (November 24) we would need our parent uniform volunteers to assist with distributing the vests before the concert and collecting them after the concert.

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September 12 Update

Saturday Rehearsal and Parent Meeting

We will be holding our next band rehearsal on Saturday, September 14. Once again, all of our Saturday rehearsals are from 8:15 - 9:45 in the band room (Concert Winds) or the Fine Arts Classroom (Cadet Band) at FVL. We hope that all of our students are able to participate in our Saturday group rehearsals. Even if a student cannot attend every rehearsal, we still welcome them when they are able to attend.

We will also be holding our FVL Schools Band Parent meeting this Saturday.  The meeting will begin at 8:30 and will conclude before the end of rehearsal at 9:45. We will discuss the fall fundraiser with a representative from Hansen's Fundraising, preview the schedule for the year, and will view the band's website and the information that it provides. We will also give you an idea of what volunteer opportunities you will have this year as an FVL Schools Band Parent!

The parent meeting will take place in the FVL Choir Room.

Updated School Lesson Schedule

There were a few edits to the Lesson Schedule.  Please check the schedule to double check which day lessons will be given at your child's school.  This new schedule is also linked on our Calendars and Schedules page.

Volunteer Needs - You can also check our Volunteer Page

We are looking for a few parents to offer their time as Volunteers and as Coordinators. An overall Volunteer Coordinator would be very helpful!

Here is a summary of positions we would like to fill:

Attendance - Parents to assist with checking in students as they arrive for rehearsals and concerts.  We would ask that you arrive by about 7:50 for this duty.  Once the students are checked in (by 8:30) your duty is over!  We have an Attendance Volunteer sign up form available.  Go to the form to see which dates are open.  We would like one or two parents for each rehearsal date to handle the check in.

Fundraiser - This duty would begin on Saturday, September 14 and conclude within a week or two after our drive ends on November 2.  We need a parent or two (or three!) who could work together with Mr. Neujahr to assist with record-keeping, answer parent questions, and send messages as needed.  Assistance is also needed on October 5 when the money/packets are returned and again on November 2 to help set up and hand out the products.

Uniforms - Two or three parents are needed for each band (Cadet Band and Concert Winds) on Saturday, October 12 to fit the band members with their vests.  Parents are also needed on Concert days to assist with handing out the vests and receiving them back again once the concert is over.

Upcoming FVL Schools Band rehearsal schedule

Rehearsals leading up to our November concert will be on the following Saturdays:

September 14, 21
October 5, 12 (Concert Vest Fittings during rehearsal), 19
November 2, 9, 23
November 24 - Fall Concert (2:00 PM - concert includes the FVL Symphonic Band)
Please note - the Packers play at San Francisco that day with a 3:25 Kickoff!

FVL Schools Fall Fundraiser Kicks Off this Saturday!

Our Fall Fundraiser will be starting on September 14.  Students will receive their packets at the rehearsal that day.  If students are not in attendance at the rehearsal, they will receive their packets at their lesson the following week.

AGAIN THIS YEAR - Hansen's has online ordering!  This will make it much easier to let your friends and relatives know about our fundraiser.  You will have the ability to forward a text with a personalized link that your customers will use to purchase and you will get the credit for the sales.  Online ordering wil also allow those out of the area to support our program by paying the applicable shipping fee and have it shipped directly to their door. Being able to use a credit card will appeal to many people and will require less cash/money coming to us in our student packets.

Hansen Foods also has a myFundR App that can be downloaded from either the Apple Store or the Google Play Store!  More information will be in the packets.

This fundraiser is also a great way to reduce your FVL Schools Band fees for the year.  20% of the funds you raise will go to the FVL Schools Band Program to help fund needed materials such as music and instruments, and 20% of the funds you raise will go directly to your individual accounts!  The other 60% is the cost of the fundraiser and goes back to Hansen's.

You can learn more about Hansen's at their website at Hansenfoods.com.

MUCH MORE INFORMATION will be distributed with the packets on September 14.  The Hansen's representative will be meeting briefly with the students in the Band Room and Fine Arts Room.  She will also be presenting the information at the parent meeting.

ONLINE ORDERING INSTRUCTIONS - This file will also be in the packets.  This document has instructions for registering online, App instructions, as well as the School ID that you will need to register.

PAPER ORDER FORM INSTRUCTIONS - This file will also be in the packets.  This document has instructions for how to fill out the form correctly (There is a sample order on each form to help clarify).

IMPORTANT INFO FOR FILLING OUT THE PAPER FORMS - The top three lines of the paper forms need to be filled out properly.  Please follow these instructions for filling out the top of the form:

NAME OF SCHOOL OR ORGANIZATION - FVL Schools Band Program
GRADE/TEAM - Cadet Band or Concert Winds (list the band your child is in)
TEACHER'S/LEADER'S LAST NAME - Kramer (for Cadet Band) or Neujahr (for Concert Winds)

REWARD ZONE - This file will also be in the packets.  This shows the fabulous prizes the students can earn for their sales efforts!

Fundraiser Timeline:

FUNDRAISER Kickoff:  Saturday, September 14

FUNDRAISER TURN-IN DATE:  Saturday, October 5

All orders & money MUST be turned in on this date. To get your profit be sure to fill in the top 3 lines of all of the forms.  Please turn in BOTH COPIES (white and yellow) of your order form. The order forms will be returned to you on delivery day.

DELIVERY DATE: Saturday, November 2 • 8:00-10:00am

*** ALL ORDERS MUST BE PICKED UP ON THIS DATE *** If you cannot be there for pick up, please make arrangements for someone else to pick your order up for you.  The product pick-up location will be the FVL Auditorium Stage.

ALL MONEY IS DUE: When you turn in your order.  Use the Envelope provided in the packet.

MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: FVL Schools Band Program

WELS Middle School Honors Band

For the past two years, many of the Wisconsin WELS grade school band programs participated in the WELS Middle School Honors Band Festival. We are happy to announce that we will again be having that Honors Band festival.  FVL will be hosting the event this year!  The date is Saturday, November 16.  Please note that there will be no regular Concert Winds or Cadet Band rehearsal that day.

We will be nominating our most advanced students for this festival.  You and your child will be contacted if he/she is nominated, and will also be receiving more information in the near future.

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September 3 Update

Your FVL Schools Band Directors are very excited for the lessons and rehearsals to begin, and look forward to a year of rehearsing and performing beautiful music! More important than the music we make will be the opportunity to use our God-given gifts to their fullest potential, while at the same time enjoying the benefits of belonging to such a wonderful musical family.

First Rehearsals

We will be holding our first band rehearsal on Saturday, September 7. This rehearsal will be for the CONCERT WINDS only (students with at least one year of experience). The CADET BAND (beginning band students) will have their first rehearsal on Saturday, September 14. All of our Saturday rehearsals are from 8:15 - 9:45 in the Band Room (Concert Winds) or new Fine Arts Classroom (Cadet Band) at FVL. We hope that all of our students are able to participate in our Saturday group rehearsals. Even if a student cannot attend every rehearsal, we still welcome them when they are able to attend.

Lessons begin week of September 9-13

We will be starting the individual band lessons at each school the week of September 9-13. A link to the lesson schedule can be found on the FVL Schools Band website in the Calendar tab and also under the Registration/Documents tab. Your school principals are working on the individual lesson times at each school, so there may be some tweaking of the times at each school to accommodate school schedules or additional registrations.

If you are renting an instrument from FVL and do not yet have the instrument, we will hand out the instruments on September 7 or Mr. Kramer or I will deliver that instrument on the first day of lessons at your school. Please be sure that your band student remembers to bring to school his/her instrument and lesson book for their first lesson. New students will be given their lesson books at their first lesson or at the Saturday rehearsal.

FVL Schools Band Parent Meeting on September 14

We will be having an FVL Schools Band Parent meeting on Saturday, September 14. The meeting will begin at 8:30 and will conclude by the end of the rehearsal at 9:45. We will discuss the fall fundraiser with a representative from Hansen's Fundraising, preview the schedule for the year, and will view the band's website and the information that it provides. We will also give you an idea of what volunteer opportunities you will have this year as an FVL Schools Band Parent!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY #1

We are in need of one or two Attendance Taker Volunteers each Saturday at the beginning of rehearsal. We have an "FVL Schools Band Attendance Check In" sign up sheet on Sign Up Genius. Each week we need one or two parents to check in students as they arrive at rehearsal. The duty begins a bit before 8:00 AM as students arrive, and is usually completed by about 8:30 after rehearsals begin. This task is important each week for our attendance records. If you are interested in helping out, please check the Attendance Check In link for more information, as well as the form to sign up.

This form can also be found on our Volunteers page.

The Director's Updates - Important Information!

You will also begin to receive occasional email alerting you to a new "Director's Update" on our website. Normally you will receive an update on the Friday (or earlier in the week) preceding our Saturday rehearsals. The email will give you the topics covered in the update, and will direct you to that page for the full information.

We are very excited to begin this new year with the FVL Schools Band Program!

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