Registration for the 2017-2018 FVL Schools Band Program is OPENING SOON! All of our registrations will be done using our Online Registration Form. You will have the ability to register one or more students using this form. You will also have the ability to pay some or all of your fees using our PayPal account. See our FVL Schools Band Payments page for more payment information.
If you would like to rent an instrument from FVL, please contact James Neujahr, the FVL Schools Band Director. We have some instruments available, but a very limited supply. We do not have any bass guitars. Heid Music in Appleton, Green Bay, and Oshkosh also have an excellent selection of all instruments.
Here is information to consider when renting an instrument
Renting an instrument from Heid Music (or most other music stores) will allow you to build "equity" in your instrument. Rent paid will apply toward the purchase of the instrument. This method will allow you to purchase the instrument over the course of about two years. If you rent from FVL, you will not have that equity in an instrument, and no money applies toward purchase. We strongly suggest that you rent from a music store and then purchase your instrument.
- The rentals are much newer and in better condition than the FVL rentals
- The music store rentals also have a "maintenance and repair plan" built in - if anything happens to your instrument, it will be covered. The FVL instruments do not have that coverage.
- If you rent from FVL, you will not own an instrument when you leave the program or enter high school.
- Flutes, clarinets, oboes, saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and mallet/percussion kits are relatively inexpensive to rent/purchase.
- French horns, baritone/euphonium, tuba, bassoon are more expensive to own - FVL will gladly rent these instruments if you can not purchase one on your own.
Here is some helpful information to consider when purchasing an instrument
Purchasing an instrument can be "scary"! There are LOTS of instruments for sale out there. How can you be sure you are making a good choice?
- Craig's List/Ebay/Amazon/etc. etc. - BUYER BEWARE! As with anything, you get what you pay for. If the price looks too good to be true, it probably is! It may be an instrument in need of repair, which costs more money. It may be an older instrument that no longer works. So if the price is way cheaper than others like it - don't buy it.
- Wal-Mart/Target/Big Box Retail Stores - Don't buy musical instruments at these stores! They are cheap knock-offs that may look shiny, and may be inexpensive, but they are not quality instruments. They often don't play in tune or won't last very long. In addition, if the instrument is in need of repair, you are stuck - most instrument repair shops CANNOT get parts for these instruments.
- Student/Intermediate/Professional - Most instrument manufacturers have several lines of instruments. The level you will want for a beginner is the "Student" line. Once your child grows and experiences a love for playing and improves their skills, then you can "step up" to a higher level instrument.
Thanks so much, and welcome to the FVL Schools Band Program Family!
Use the Link below to access the online FVL Schools Band Program Registration Form.
- FVL Schools Band
2017-2018 Registration Form
Please note - this form is password protected. Please enter the word Release to access the form (capital R).