January 18 Update (1)

Friday, January 18, 2019

Regular Rehearsal this week and next week

Both Cadet Band and Concert Winds will rehearse this Saturday and next, January 19 and 26.  We are busy preparing our selections for the upcoming FVL Musicfest - World of Music to be held on Januray 27.

Please Note:  FVL is hosting a VERY LARGE Vex Robotics tournament on Saturday.  In addition to the two gyms and the Commons, that tournament will be using the choir room, stage, and later on the Fine Arts Room.  So students are asked to NOT uncase instruments in the hallway, but rather to take them directly into their rehearsal rooms.  We want to keep the Fine Arts Hallway clear for the additional traffic on Saturday.

Note that we will not have rehearsal on February 2, but will resume again on February 9.

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 Waupaca HS on Saturday, march 2.  For more information on this topic, refer to the information in the January 11 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 Thursday, January 31.  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 March 2, 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 27, 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 "World of Music," the kids could wear clothes to match that theme.

So that you can plan around your student(s)'s group performance(s,) here is the large group schedule:
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.  Several 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.

WELS Summer Band Camp!

Many of our students have attended this camp in recent years, and they have all had a wonderful time!  It is open to students who are currently in grades 6 - 8.  Brochures will be available this week at the attendance table.  You can also visit the website for all the information, including contact information, cost, and registration information at the WELS Summer Band Camp website.

The camp will run from June 16 - 21, and will be held at Wisconsin Lutheran High School in Milwaukee.

Attendance Volunteers - Sign Up to Help

Thanks to our Attendance Coordinator, Gretchen Adrian, for helping to make sure we have parents to take attendance on rehearsal days!  We have had a wonderful crew of parents for this important task.  If you are interested in helping out, there are openings on various Saturdays for our second semester rehearsals.

The following link will take you to a page where volunteers can sign up to take attendance on various dates.  Only one person is required, but it is nice to have two.  If you sign up for a slot but then are unable to keep it, if it is for the current week, please contact Gretchen Adrian at 920-327-3367. If it is for a slot that is farther out than that week, just remove your name from the sign-up and the slot will be empty for others to see and fill.

Go to Attendance Volunteer Sign Up

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January 11 Update

Friday, January 11, 2019

Happy New Year!

I pray that you all had an eventful Christmas and New Year break!  For many, it was an opportunity to take a breath, relax a bit, and enjoy the time with friends and relatives.

I had a wonderful experience at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago!  With over 18,000 directors, performers, and representatives from the music industry registering for this event, it is the largest of its kind in the world.  I attended many clinics and concerts, as well as browse through the more than 500 music industry booths and displays in the exhibition hall.  It is also a great time to catch up with many friends and colleagues from around the country.

Saturday Rehearsals Resume on January 12

All of us have enjoyed the time off from our Saturday rehearsals.  Now it is time to get back to work!  Our next major project is preparing music for the FVL Musicfest which will be held on Sunday, January 27. Please note that both our Cadet Band and Concert Winds will be performing on that day.

More information will be given for our performances that day in the coming weeks' Updates.  To help with your planning, the performance times of our bands will be as follows:

12:00 - Cadet Band
12:15 - Concert Winds
12:30 - FVL Symphonic Band

Both our Concert Winds and Cadet Band should be done performing by approximately 12:30 or a bit earlier.  All of our bands (FVL and FVL Schools bands) will be seated in the auditorium so that everyone can hear all the band performances, much like we did at our November concert, so they will be in the auditorium until about 1:00.

In order to prepare for this performance, we will be rehearsing on the following Saturdays:

January 12
January  19
January 26
January 27 (Sunday) - FVL Musicfest

Go to the following link for our Full Saturday Rehearsal Schedule

FVL Musicfest is just around the corner

As I mentioned in the previous section, our Cadet Band and Concert Winds will be performing for Musicfest.  Students should be at FVL by 11:30 that day to prepare for our performance.  The FVL doors will open at 11:30, so please plan to arrive as close to that time as possible.  Again, we will have more detailed information in the coming weeks.World of Music.jpg

We are very excited for the upcoming FVL Musicfest!  The theme this year is "World of Music".  If you are unfamiliar with Musicfest, it is the biggest date on the musical calendar for Fox Valley Lutheran HS.  All of the FVL Bands and Choirs perform, as well as small groups, solos, duets, and so on.

This family friendly event will feature several genres of musical entertainment performed by members of the FVL family. Hours are 12:00 to 4:00 pm.  Besides the opportunity to listen to great music, a light lunch and desserts will be served, and the FVL Marionettes will perform.  There will also be an awesome silent auction with many great items to bid on. Admission is $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.

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.  We are very happy to announce that all of our Volunteer spots have already been filled!  You can go to the following link to view the form:

Volunteer for Musicfest 2019

So that you can plan around your student(s)'s group performance(s,) here is the schedule for group times:

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.

Several area Junior Choirs will also be performing!  The performances are in the gym and are as follows:

12:45 Emanuel, New London
1:00 Riverview, Appleton
2:15 St. Paul, Green Bay
2:45 Martin Luther, Neenah

Thank you for the donation of your time to support our Music Department!
Inclement Weather Procedures

We have been blessed with excellent weather on Saturdays up to this point.  For that we are thankful!

With some weather-related issues lately, however, I am reminded that this will not always be the case.  If we need to cancel a Saturday rehearsal, please check the band's website for information regarding rehearsal cancellations or modifications.  If a rehearsal is canceled, a notice will always be put on the top of the homepage in bold red letters.   If a rehearsal is not canceled, but you feel it is not safe to travel from your location, you can always make the decision to stay home.  A notice will not normally be put up prior to Saturday morning, unless we know for certain that the weather on Saturday will not allow for a rehearsal.

If we need to cancel a rehearsal, a decision will be made BEFORE 7:30 AM and the notice will be posted to the homepage by that time.

I will also try to send out an email if there is a known cancellation.  This is not always the best, as some parents have work-related email addresses and may not get the message in a timely fashion.

Please note that there will NOT be a notice on radio or TV stations.  Your one source for cancellations will be this website.

Solo Music for our 7th and 8th Grade Students

During the last few lesson weeks, Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr handed out solo music to the 7th and 8th grade band students.  This music will be played on Saturday, March 2, at the WSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival which will take place at Waupaca HS.  Our students have the opportunity to play their solo and receive a rating, and will be given a medal for their efforts as well!  This is the same event in which all of our high school band students will participate.  Individual performance times will not be known until about two weeks in advance.

Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr will be helping the students prepare their music during their weekly band lessons.  Many of the solos the students are receiving are also in SmartMusic!   Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr will be able to use the program during the student's lesson to aid in the learning process.  The students will be working on their solos in addition to their regular lesson material for the next month.

For now, the students have been given a solo book.  If a piano accompaniment is available (most solos have piano) the students will receive that shortly.  All students will also need a second solo book for the adjudicator.  They will receive those before March.  All of these books will be provided for your children, with the cost covered by the FVL Schools Band Program.  After the solo event, all books will need to be returned to FVL.  You are certainly able to purchase the books if you would like to.  If so, just let Mr. Neujahr know and the cost will be added to your second semester statement.

An accompanist is not required for the solos, but it is strongly encouraged.  The accompanist should be a relatively strong player, as they need to be able to follow the student part as well as play the accompaniment without a struggle.  Parents, grandparents, older brothers and sisters, and the like make excellent accompanists!  Some students have even had classmates accompany them, but if it is a grade school student they need to be excellent keyboard players.

IMPORTANT - if your son or daughter will NOT be performing their solo on March 2 at Waupaca HS, let Mr. Neujahr know immediately.  Some of our students may not be available that day due to athletic or family events, or may not be able to perform for some other reason.  The FVL Schools Band Program covers the $10 registration fee, but we would rather not pay that if students will not be attending.

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November 16 Update

Friday, November 16, 2018

Final Rehearsal for 2018

We will be rehearsing this Saturday, November 17.  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 Band Room this week.

Our Concert Winds will be joined on Saturday morning by most 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 two selections that will be played jointly by the Concert Winds and the Symphonic Band.

Final rehearsal - November  17 (8:15 - 9:45 AM)
November 18 - 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 24 through Saturday, January 5.  We will resume our Saturday rehearsals again on January 12.

Thanks to parents and students for your continued efforts to attend our rehearsals.  As you know, with only 8-10 rehearsals planned for each semester, student attendance is crucial to our overall success as a performing ensemble.

Reminder of Concert Notes for Sunday, November 18

Our concert on Sunday, November 18, 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.

For more information about the concert, what to wear, etc., please refer back to our Update for November 9.

Band Pictures after the Concert

As we did last April following our Spring Concert, we will be taking group photos following our Concert on November 18.  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 uniform.

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)
Alex Sawall, Grade 7, Immanuel, Greenville, Alto Saxophone
Isaiah Nogar, Grade 6, Mount Olive, Appleton, French Horn
Blake Vanderhoof, Grade 6, Mount Olive, Appleton, Euphonium
Hannah Uhlenbrauck, Grade 6, St. Peter, Appleton, Clarinet

Students Completing Book Two (Blue)
Caleb Race, Grade 7, Trinity, Neenah, Trombone

Students Completing Rubank Intermediate
Olivia Race, Grade 8, Trinity, Neenah, Trumpet
Ryan Feuerstahler, Grade 8, Trinity, Neenah, Euphonium

Students Completing Alfred Percussion Method Book 1

Trey Rhoden, Grade 8, Emanuel, New London, Snare Drum
Noah Nolte, Grade 6, Riverview, Appleton, Snare Drum

Thanksgiving Week Lesson Schedule

Mr. Kramer lesson schedule:
Monday - No Lessons at Martin Luther and Trinity, Neenah.  Lessons given to THURSDAY schools at Emanuel, New London and Bethlehem, Hortonville.
Tuesday - No lessons at Immanuel, Greenville;  Lessons given to the Friday Emanuel, New London students
Wednesday - Regular Wednesday lesson schedule - Immanuel, Greenville and St. Paul, Appleton

Mr. Neujahr lesson schedule:
Monday - Regular Monday lesson schedule - Mount Olive, Appleton
Tuesday - No lessons at Riverview, Appleton and Shepherd of the Valley, Menasha.  Lessons given to the Thursday schools at St. Peter, Appleton and Morrison, Zion.
Wednesday - No lessons given

Attendance Volunteers - Sign Up to Help

Thanks to our Attendance Coordinator, Gretchen Adrian, for helping to make sure we have parents to take attendance on rehearsal days!  We have had a wonderful crew of parents for this important task.  If you are interested in helping out, there are openings on various Saturdays for our second semester rehearsals.

The following link will take you to a page where volunteers can sign up to take attendance on various dates.  Only one person is required, but it is nice to have two.  If you sign up for a slot but then are unable to keep it, if it is for the current week, please contact Gretchen Adrian at 920-327-3367. If it is for a slot that is farther out than that week, just remove your name from the sign-up and the slot will be empty for others to see and fill.

Go to Attendance Volunteer Sign Up

FVL Music Apparel

Just in time for early Christmas shopping, we are once again offering the opportunity to purchase FVL Music apparel. This year there are two new designs; you can choose to customize an item with the word "band" or "choir", and/or by adding a name on the back.

Attached please find an electronic flyer that links to a website for viewing and ordering FVL Music apparel. This website is available through Monday, November 19 for online orders, with orders ready for pickup before Christmas break at FVL (you will be notified with pickup details). Just click on the link in the flyer, or go directly to https://fvlmusic18.itemorder.com/sale

Note that if you are ordering any items as Christmas gifts, you can indicate that during the checkout process so that we do not distribute the items to the intended recipients.

Thank you,
Gretchen Adrian - FVL Musicfest Chair

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November 9 Update

Friday, November 9, 2018

Only Two Rehearsals to Go!

We are now officially in "crunch time"!  Only two rehearsals to go until we present our Fall Concert.  The bands have been making excellent progress since we began rehearsals in September.  Seeing the progress from week to week is the best part of the "journey" that we collectively take to present a finished product. Thanks to all of our directors and band members for their dedication and willingness to make this wonderful music happen is such a short period of time.

Here is our upcoming rehearsal and performance schedule:
November 10 - regular rehearsal
November 17 - regular rehearsal
November 18 - Fall Band Concert

Our Fall Concert will begin at 2:00 PM. This concert will feature our two FVL Schools Bands - the Cadet Band (beginning students) and the Concert Winds (students with more than one year of experience).  The FVL Symphonic Band will also participate in this concert.  It will be a wonderful opportunity to see the entire FVL band program, from beginners to high school!

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.

Our bands will be sitting together as a group for the concert, so that each band can watch the other performances.  The order of performance will be the FVL Schools Cadet Band, the Concert Winds, and the FVL Symphonic Band.  A special treat this year - the Concert Winds and the FVL Symphonic Band will play two selections as a combined band!  So that you can plan your evening, the concert should be over before between 3:00 and 3:15 PM.

When students arrive on concert day, they should go to their "normal" rehearsal rooms - Cadet Band to the Fine Arts Room and the Concert Winds to the Band Room.  Because of increased traffic during concert events, cases should be brought to the rehearsal room and NOT left in the hallway as we do on Saturday mornings.

Following our November concert, we will not have Saturday morning practices again until Saturday, January 12!  I should point out that lessons will continue into December as normal.

Band Pictures after the Concert

As we did last April following our Spring Concert, we will be taking group photos following our Concert on November 18.  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 uniform.

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.

Concert Dress for the November 18 concert

Here is a reminder  of what our students need to wear for our concert in November (Both Cadet Band and Concert Winds):

Ladies should wear black dress shoes, black socks or black hose, full length black pants (not faded), and a white button blouse with long sleeves. No tennis shoes, leggings, or capri style pants. Do not wear black skirts.

Gentlemen should wear black dress shoes, black socks, black belt, black pants (not faded), and a white dress shirt.

The Concert Winds members will wear a bow tie with their vests, so it is important to have a shirt with a "traditional" collar.

The Cadet Band members will wear a sweater vest for their performances. The vests will be handed out prior to and collected immediately following the concert.

Concert Winds members will receive a vest and bow tie before their performance.  Vests and bow ties will be handed out prior to and should be returned immediately after the concert.

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November 1 Update

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Regular Rehearsal on Saturday, November 3

Counting this rehearsal, we only have three more rehearsals until our concert on November 18.  Things continue to go very well!  Thanks to all of our parents and band members for making such a great effort to attend these important Saturday rehearsals.  Due to a large basketball tournament this weekend, our attendance check-in table may be moved into the music hallway.

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

November 3, 10, 17
November 18 - Fall Concert (2:00 PM)

Our Fall Concert will begin at 2:00 PM. This concert will feature our FVL Schools Bands - the Cadet Band (beginning students) and the Concert Winds (students with more than one year of experience), as well as the FVL Symphonic Band. It will be a wonderful opportunity to see the entire FVL band program, from beginners through high school!

CONCERT DRESS reminder - please refer to previous posts from October for a full description of what our band students need to wear for our upcoming concert.

Following our November concert, we will not have Saturday morning practices again until Saturday, January 13!

Fundraiser Reminders

PRODUCT DELIVERY DATE: Saturday, November 3 • 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.  We do not have the capability to store items not picked up at FVL, many of which are frozen food products.

Our Fundraiser Volunteer parents will be helping to set up and coordinate the distriubution of products, but If any parents are available to assist with the set up and/or distribution of the products, your help would be much appreciated!  The Hansen's truck will be at FVL by about 7:30 AM.  Assistance would be helpful at that time to help organize the products on the stage, and also to help get the proper products to parents who may want to pick them up when they drop off their band students.  More assistance will also be helpful at about 9:30 as parents are coming to pick up their children.  So 8:00 - 8:30 and 9:30 - 10:00 will be the "rush hour" times when most parents will be there for pick up.

PLEASE NOTE for Picking up your order - the door at the end of the music hallway (next to the large garage door behind the stage) will be unlocked this Saturday.  Using that door may give you a shorter distance to your car, especially for those with large orders.  We will also have a few carts on hand that you can use to haul your products to your car.

Fundraiser Results

A HUGE thank you to all of our FVL Schools Band members and their parents for once again making this year's Fall Fundraiser a success!

This year 29 band students participated in the sale.  The totals for those 29 students was pretty impressive!

BROCHURE SALES - $4210
BROCHURE UNITS SOLD - 304

INTERNET SALES - $2308
INTERNET UNITS SOLD - 153

TOTAL SALES - $6518
TOTAL UNITS SOLD - 457

That translates to a profit for our FVL Schools Band Program of $2671.70!  Of the $2671.70 in profit, 50%, or $1335.85 will go into the FVL Schools Band account, and $1335.85 will go directly into the individual student accounts.  Three of our students will realize a benefit of over $100 for their band account, while nine more will see benefits of between $50 and $100.

Prizes Earned through Sales

Not only do the students get the benefit of a reduction in their student fees, but they also earned Fabulous Prizes for their efforts!  Students who sold 10 - 19 items are eligible for the "Cookie Dough Bar Chocolate Chip 6 Pack". 20 - 29 items sold makes them eligible for a "5 pound bag of Gummi Bears"; 30 - 39 items earns a "Soundflow Sound Board Speaker for Smart Devices", 40 - 49 items earns a "Green Bay Packers Stainless Tumbler"; and 50 or more earns a pair of "HD Camera Sport Glasses"! Pretty exciting!  Students did have the option to select a prize up to the level of items sold, so some elected the Gummi Bears even though they earned a higher prize level.  Overall, 9 students chose the Chocolate Bars; 7 chose the Gummi Bears; 1 chose the Smart Device Speaker; and 1 motivated salesman chose the HD Camera Sport Glasses!

Here are the students who sold at least 30 items, in alphabetical order: Alyssa Bergmann, Elouise Kuehl, Teagan Kuehl, Henry Pape, Mira Reetz, Owen Schroth, Courtney Thede, Leah Uitenbroek, Blake Vanderhoof, Bryce Ziegler, and Grace Zimmerman.

Lesson Schedule Change for November 8

Mr. Neujahr will be participating with the FVL Symphonic Band on Thursday, November 8  at two Veterans Day Programs.  The band will be playing at St. Paul, Appleton and Bethlehem, Hortonville for their programs.

Therefore, Mr. Neujahr will not be giving lessons at St. Peter or Morrison Zion on Thursday, November 8.

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FVL Musicfest 2019

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Our annual Music Department fundraiser will be held on Sunday, January 27th, 2019. FVL Musicfest is a great way to showcase the musical talents of our high school bands, choirs, and individuals/groups, and our middle school bands.

This year we are raising money for items for the new Fine Arts classroom, built as part of the "Let the Children Come" project. Part of the fundraising that day is our silent auction. We welcome all donations of items/baskets. For a list of ideas, please go to http://www.fvlhs.org/fvl-musicfest/donations/

We encourage that all donations be taken to the FVL office by January 4th to assist volunteers who are organizing the event. Please include a detailed description of the items included in the donation along with your name and contact information.

Thank you,
Gretchen Adrian
FVL Musicfest Chair

 

 

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October 19 Update

Friday, October 19, 2018

Regular Rehearsal on Saturday, October 20

This weekend is the FVL Schools A-Team Volleyball Tournament.  Many of our students are involved with this as well.  If at all possible, please try to have your kids come to a portion of the rehearsal.  Remember it is OK if they wear their volleyball uniforms to rehearsal!  Thanks to many of our parents and students who have already let us know they will be missing rehearsal due to the tournament.  Volleyball players will still get attendance credit even if they come for a portion of the rehearsal.

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

October 13, 20
November 3, 10, 17
November 18 - Fall Concert (2:00 PM)

Lesson Schedule for next Week, October 22 - 24

Due to the state-wide Teacher's Conferences, there will be no lessons on Thursday and Friday.  Both Mr. Kramer and Mr. Neujahr will give lessons at their Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday schools as normal.

Also note that we do NOT have a rehearsal scheduled for Saturday, October 27.

Fundraiser Reminders

PRODUCT DELIVERY DATE: Saturday, November 3 • 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.

Concert Vest Fittings

If your son or daughter was not here last week when we fit the concert vests, we will either fit them prior to the concert or possibly at an upcoming rehearsal.

Concert Dress for the November 18 concert

So that you have adequate time to prepare, here is a summary of what our students need to wear for our concert in November (Both Cadet Band and Concert Winds):

Ladies should wear black dress shoes, black socks or black hose, full length black pants (not faded), and a white button blouse with long sleeves. No tennis shoes, leggings, or capri style pants. Do not wear black skirts.

Gentlemen should wear black dress shoes, black socks, black belt, black pants (not faded), and a white dress shirt.

The Concert Winds members will wear a bow tie with their vests, so it is important to have a shirt with a "traditional" collar.

The Cadet Band members will wear a sweater vest for their performances. The vests will be handed out prior to and collected immediately following the concert.

Concert Winds members will receive a vest and bow tie before their performance.  Vests and bow ties will be handed out prior to and should be returned immediately after the concert.

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October 12 Update

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Regular Rehearsal on Saturday, October 13

This weekend there are a few soccer or volleyball tournaments.  Many of our students are likely involved.  If at all possible, please try to have your kids come to a portion of the rehearsal.  Remember it is OK if they wear their uniforms to rehearsal!

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

October 13, 20
November 3, 10, 17
November 18 - Fall Concert (2:00 PM)

Fall Fundraiser Updates

Thanks to all of our students, parents, relatives and friends for again doing their best for the Fall Fundraiser!  Preliminary numbers are in, but this may change once we get our final numbers from Hansen's.  Although we did not reach our goal, we did have over $6500 in total sales!  Nice work everybody!

PRODUCT DELIVERY DATE:

Saturday, November 3 • 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.

Concert Vest Fittings will be Saturday, October 13

We will fit the concert vests for the Cadet Band and Concert Winds students on Saturday, October 13 during the rehearsal.  A few moms or dads is all that is needed.  We have a few moms who have volunteerd for our uniform crew, but more would be welcome on fitting day.  Thanks for considering this very important volunteer opportunity!

Then on the day of the concert (November 18) we would need our parent uniform volunteers to assist with distributing the vests before the concert and collecting them after the concert.

Concert Dress for the November 18 concert

So that you have adequate time to prepare, here is a summary of what our students need to wear for our concert in November (Both Cadet Band and Concert Winds):

Ladies should wear black dress shoes, black socks or black hose, full length black pants (not faded), and a white button blouse with long sleeves. No tennis shoes, leggings, or capri style pants. Do not wear black skirts.

Gentlemen should wear black dress shoes, black socks, black belt, black pants (not faded), and a white dress shirt.

The Concert Winds members will wear a bow tie with their vests, so it is important to have a shirt with a "traditional" collar.

The Cadet Band members will wear a sweater vest for their performances. The vests will be handed out prior to and collected immediately following the concert.

Concert Winds members will receive a vest and bow tie before their performance.  Vests and bow ties will be handed out prior to and should be returned immediately after the concert.

WELS Middle School Honors Band

Congratulations to eleven of our FVL Schools Band members for being selected for the second WELS Middle Schools Honors Band Festival!  For over 50 years, the WELS High Schools have joined together for the Honors Band Festival. It has been a wonderful blessing to all of our programs, as we look forward every year to making beautiful music and new friendships from across the country. Several of our Wisconsin WELS middle school programs are joining together to do the same. They include Fox Valley Lutheran, Illinois Lutheran, Kettle Moraine Lutheran, Lakeside Lutheran, Manitowoc Lutheran, and Shoreland Lutheran.  The festival will take place at Kettle Moraine Lutheran HS on Saturday, December 1.  The Honors Concert will begin at 6:30 PM.

The students selected from our program include Natalee Springstroh (Flute), Bethany Fick (Bassoon), Keely Adrian - 2nd year selected (Alto Saxophone), Ella Erdmann and Matteah Gehl (Clarinet), Olivia Race - 2nd year selected (Trumpet), Frederick Knaack, Emma Nilson, and Caleb Race (Trombone), Ryan Feuerstahler - 2nd year selected (Euphonium), and Ben Grady - 2nd year selected (Percussion).

 

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October 5 Update

Friday, October 5, 2018

Regular Rehearsal on Saturday, October 6

This weekend is the Neenah Soccer Tournament.  Many of our students are involved with this as well.  If at all possible, please try to have your kids come to a portion of the rehearsal.  Remember it is OK if they wear their soccer uniforms to rehearsal!

Concert Winds will rehearse on the stage this Saturday due to the upcoming FVL Band and Choir concert on Sunday.  Cadet Band will rehearse in the Band Room this week due to the FVL Choraliers using the Fine Arts Classroom for an extended choreography rehearsal.

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

October 6, 13, 20
November 3, 10, 17
November 18 - Fall Concert (2:00 PM)

Fall Fundraiser Update

We have just under $1800 in online sales so far.  There are many more "paper order forms" with more sales.  We will not know that total until after this weekend.  Although the paper forms/envelopes/checks will be turned in at Saturday's rehearsal, the online sales window will still be open until midnight on Monday, October 8!

Early Prizes for Online Sales - Wave Two!

Since we did not have an opportunity to give out a second wave of prizes at the actual "midpoint" of our sales, we will reward students at tomorrow's rehearsal.  Students who have at least 5 items sold in online sales by Saturday, October 6 will receive a giant box of Theater Candy.  Students who have at least 10 items sold will receive two boxes!  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!

Fundraiser Timeline:

FUNDRAISER TURN-IN DATE:  Saturday, October 6

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 3 • 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 forms on October 6.  Use the Envelope provided in the packet.

MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: FVL Schools Band Program

More information is in the September 14 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.

Concert Vest Fittings will be Saturday, October 13

We will fit the concert vests for the Cadet Band and Concert Winds students on Saturday, October 13 during the rehearsal.  A few moms or dads is all that is needed.  We have several moms who have volunteerd for our uniform crew, but more would be welcome on fitting day.  Thanks for considering this very important volunteer opportunity!

Then on the day of the concert (November 18) we would need our parent uniform volunteers to assist with distributing the vests before the concert and collecting them after the concert.

FVL Band and Choir Fall Sacred Concert

The FVL Band and Choirs will present their Fall Concert on Sunday, October 7.  The concert will begin at 6:00 PM and will last approximately one and a half hours.  The concert will take place in the FVL Auditorium. It would be fantastic to see our FVL Schools Band members in the audience for this concert.  I know there are many older siblings that go to FVL and participate in band and choir, so those students may already plan to attend.  Seeing the "big band brothers and sisters" from FVL perform is a fantastic way to build excitement for our FVL Schools Band members.  In just a few short years, they will also be a part of a high school band program.

 

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September 21 Update

Friday, September 21, 2018

Upcoming FVL Schools Band rehearsal schedule

We will rehearse this Saturday, September 22.  Please note that there will be NO rehearsal on Saturday, September 29!

This Saturday is also the FVL Schools Soccer Tournament.  Because of the damage to the FVL fields, the tournament will not be held at FVL.  The games are scheduled to begin at 10:00.  We thank the FVL Soccer Program for delaying the start of the tournament until AFTER our band rehearsals are over!  Since the games are off campus, some students may need to leave a bit early if they have a 10:00 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 uniforms to rehearsal.  It is fun to see so many of our band students dressed in uniform on tournament weekends!

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

September 22
October 6, 13, 20
November 3, 10, 17
November 18 - Fall Concert (2:00 PM)

FVL Schools Band Fundraiser Update

As of Friday, September 21, we have 10 band students registered for online sales!  More may be utilizing their paper forms.  We have $540 in total online sales so far.  That is almost $200 more than at this point in our sales last year.  Keep going - we would like to pass last year's total of just over $9500 in sales.  Our goal this year is to surpass $9800.  Our FVL Schools Band Program would see a profit of $1960 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 will be given the packet at rehearsal on Saturday.

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

Students who have at least 5 items sold in online sales by Saturday, September 22 will receive a giant box of Theater Candy.  Students who have at least 10 items sold will receive two boxes!  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 10/8/2018

10 Students have registered

342 Unique visitors to all student sites
$45.00 is the average order size per customer
$90.00 is the average amount sold by each student

$108.00 is the average amount attributed to each teacher (classroom)

 

 

Fundraiser Timeline:

FUNDRAISER Kickoff:  Saturday, September 15

FUNDRAISER TURN-IN DATESaturday, October 6

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 3 • 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 14 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.

Gretchen Adrian, our Attendance Coordinator, has created an Attendance Sign Up form.  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 have been 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 13

We will fit the concert vests for the Cadet Band and Concert Winds students on Saturday, October 13 during the rehearsal.  A few moms or dads is all that is needed.  We have several moms who have volunteerd for our uniform crew, but more would be welcome on fitting day.  Thanks for considering this very important volunteer opportunity!

Then on the day of the concert (November 18) 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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