January 17 Update

Friday, January 17, 2020

The Saturday, January 18 rehearsal will be CANCELED due to impending weather.

Mr. Kramer and I discussed the weather for this weekend.  It looks like this storm will hit us, unlike last week's "blizzard".  Other FVL events are also in jeopardy of being canceled tomorrow.  The FVL Administration suggested it would be best to cancel early, to avoid the issues of watching the weather tonight and tomorrow, and trying to reach everyone in the morning with an announcement.

This way you can all rest easy, get some sleep, and be safe!

Regular Rehearsal next week

Both Cadet Band and Concert Winds will rehearse next Saturday, January 25.  This will be our final rehearsal to prepare for the FVL Musicfest performance.

Note that we will not have rehearsal on February 1, but will resume again on February 8.

Attendance Volunteers

We are in need of Attendance Volunteers for the second semester.  Two attendance takers is best, although one can handle the duty if necessary.

To sign up for Attendance, go to our ATTENDANCE TAKER sign up form.

Important message for parents of 7th and 8th graders!

Most of our 7th and 8th grade students are preparing solos for the Solo and Ensemble Festival to be held at Clintonville HS on Saturday, February 29.  For more information on this topic, refer to the information in the January 10 Update (Solo Music for 7th and 8th Grade Students).

Mr. Neujahr will be registering these solos with the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) next week, with all entries completed by Wednesday, January 29.  Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr have most of the information necessary, such as solo titles, accompmanists, and so on.

IMPORTANT - if your son or daughter will NOT be performing their solo on February 29, let Mr. Neujahr know immediately.  The FVL Schools Band Program covers the $10 registration fee, but we would rather not pay that if students will not be attending.

Musicfest Reminders

Our Cadet Band and Concert Winds will be performing on Sunday, January 26, for Musicfest.  Our three bands - FVL Schools Cadet and Concert Winds and the FVL Symphonic Band - will begin performance at 12:00 PM, and will be in the Auditorium.  Students should be at FVL by 11:30 that day to prepare for our performance.  Concert Winds members will meet in the Band Room, and Cadet Band members will meet in the Fine Arts Room as usual.  Our FVL Schools Bands will be seated in the Auditorium between 12:00 and 1:00 so they can also watch the FVL Symphonic Band perform.  As there is lots of traffic through the hallways on Winterfest, student coats and cases should be brought directly into the Band and Choir room and not left in the hall.

Concert Winds and Cadet Band Dress for Musicfest

We will NOT be wearing our concert vests for the Musicfest performance.  With the various activities available for students (Junior Choir performances, Marionettes in the large gym, great food, etc.), we felt it would be best to save the vests and concert black and white for our more formal concert performances.

Students should wear "nice school/church clothes" for the Musicfest performance.  This means NO jeans, t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.  Students may wear their black pants and white shirts if they would like.  Examples of nice dress would include dress slacks or khakis, polo shirts, button shirts with a tie, skirts or dresses, and so on.  Since the theme is "Moments To Remember," the kids could wear clothes to match that theme.

Here is the large group schedule - Most of these are in the Auditorium unless noted:
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)
3:40 Choraliers

There are three performance areas, including the auditorium, the Commons, and the large gym.  Two area Junior Choirs will also be performing!

Fox Folk Marionettes (performance in the large gym) - This is always a big hit with the younger kids!  There will be plenty of time after the bands are finished performing to get to the gym on time.

In addition to this schedule, there will be food, small group entertainment in the FVL Commons, a silent auction in the Commons and large gym, and piano music in the large gym.  The entertainment is "come and go as you please", so feel free to stay for the afternoon and enjoy some amazing performances by our FVL Schools Bands, Choirs, and students from Fox Valley Lutheran HS.

Tickets are $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.

FVL Jazz Ensemble to Wisconsin Lutheran College Jazz Festival

Mr. Neujahr will not be at rehearsal on Saturday morning.  Mrs. Nogar will lead the rehearsal for the Concert Winds. Mr. Neujahr is heading to Milwaukee with the FVL Jazz Ensemble. They are paticipating in the WLC Jazz Festival. The Jazz Festival is on Saturday, with several other WELS high schools participating.  The day will be divided up with rehearsal time, jazz masterclasses, performance and section clinics, and the Festival Concert at 7:00 PM to close the day.

Parent Volunteer Opportunity for Musicfest
All of our FVL Schools Band parents have the opportunity to volunteer for Musicfest. Parents of our high school and grade school music students use the same online form. What better way to get to know your fellow Music Parents than volunteering on such an exciting day?  Volunteer opportunities will be available in many areas, such as coat check, auction helpers, kitchen and meal helpers, set up and take down, and more.

Please use the following SignUp.com link to sign up to volunteer for one or more spots on either Saturday, Jan. 25th for event setup (8:30-10:30AM), or Sunday, Jan. 26th for a shift during the event itself.


Signup.com will email you a reminder two days prior to your spot(s).

Cookies, Pies, and Tortes, OH MY!

What goes best with music? Desserts, of course! Musicfest 2020 needs your desserts! The dessert room is a big money maker for the FVL music program, and we count on you to make the dessert room a success.

Pies, cupcakes, cakes, and tortes sell best, but brownies, cookies, and bars are also welcome.

How to donate:

1. Bake your delicious dessert.
2. Bring your dessert to the FVL Canteen on Saturday, Jan. 25th, 2020. (But you can even send it with your student on Musicfest day, January 26th, 2020.)

Questions? Email laurieandcraig@hotmail.com or babyde98@hotmail.com.

Thank you! We appreciate your help!

The Dessert Room Ladies - Laurie Johnson and De Nighbor

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