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New Member Info

Welcome to the New Horizons Band Fox Valley!  Here is some important information you will want to know as a new member.

Rehearsals:  Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Location:  Fox Valley Lutheran High School Band Room, 5300 N. Meade Street, Appleton, WI (corner of JJ and Meade).

Parking:  Park for free in the parking lot (on the east side of the school).  Enter at the main door on the east side of the school.  Go straight in, turn left to the "Fine Arts" wing, and continue down the hall to enter the band room.

What to bring:  instrument, PENCIL, and method book.  The book for beginners is “Essential Elements Book ONE” (for your instrument).  If you are past the beginning stage, wait until the first session to find out what your instructor recommends.  The Essential Elements Book has a good fingering chart and other information about your instrument.
Woodwind players:  (Oboe, bassoon, clarinet and saxophone) Be sure to have at least two reeds with you (in case one doesn’t work).  Beginner information:  clarinet and saxophone beginners buy two Vandoren #2 (or Lavoz Medium) reeds.  Oboe and bassoon beginners should buy two medium-soft or medium strength Fox, Jones, or Gower reeds.  Clarinets should have a hankie-type swab.  Saxophones, oboes, and bassoons, wait for the first session to find out what kind of maintenance items you need.  Cork grease is needed for clarinet, saxophone, and oboe.

Brass players:  (Trumpet/cornet, French horn, trombone, baritone/euphonium, tuba)  Be sure you have valve oil and tuning slide grease appropriate for your instrument.  Trombones, you will also need slide cream.  Some of these items are sold in maintenance kits (check at the music store).

Percussion:  You will need a drum combo kit (snare drum, bells, sticks, mallets).

Regarding new instruments:  One word of caution – if you’re not sure how to put your instrument together, wait for your first lesson to find out how.  Enthusiasm is great – but not at the price of a bent key or damaged valve.  For now, just look at the case with affection.

You may wish to purchase a folding stand for home use so that you are able to see your music easily and maintain good instrument position while practicing.  Another good item to own is a portable stand light, which will help you see the music when we are performing in an areas with dim lighting.

Weekly Rehearsals
  1. Wear your name tag – it helps us all get to know each other.  There are blank tags and pens if needed.
  2. Check off on the attendance list on the table – be sure your name is spelled the way you wish.  Correct if it’s wrong.
  3. Place large cases against the wall – keep the traffic areas clear.
  4. If there are not enough stands in the orchestra or choir rooms, please bring one with you from the band room.  Please return it when sectional is over.

Normal Rehearsal Schedule
6:30 – Sectionals and beginner band
7:20 – Treats / break
7:30 – Full band / beginner lessons
8:30 – Finish

Sectional Room Locations
ALL BEGINNERS – auditorium stage
BRASS – practice room
WOODWINDS – choir room
PERCUSSION – band room

SCALES:  for both veteran players and new members:

Practice the scales of Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, F Major (eventually memorize them).  Play them one after the other in quarter notes at about quarter note = 80.  The final tonic of each scale is a half note.  Then go right on in tempo to the next scale.