Announcements

Below, you’ll find announcements from the director, including such items as notes for upcoming rehearsals, things to practice, links to recordings of pieces we’re playing, reminders, and more.

To read the full text for each entry below, simply click on that announcement’s title.

 

NHBFV May 3, 2022, Reherasal

Good evening band, Finally - May! (If only the weather was more “May like”) 1. Thanks for all your diligent (exhausting) work last Tuesday. We really hammered out some of our most difficult music. The audience is going to love your music 🙂 2. Also, thanks for handing...

IMPORTANT: All Band Musicians – Save these Dates!

Hello all NHBFV Musicians, Please save the following important dates: Saturday, May 14 - Our annual New Horizons Music Fox Valley spring concert in the FVL auditorium (orchestra at 1:00pm / band at 3:00pm). Tuesday, May 17 - Guest conducting sessions (6:30pm - 8:30pm)...

NHBFV April 26, 2022, Rehearsal & More May 14 Concert Info

Good evening NHB, Three rehearsals to go, and then show time. Since we’re getting close, our music must be pretty solid, and I hope you are as confident in that assessment as I am. (If not, you’ll just have to trust me - you’re playing well, and the best is yet to...

NHBFV April 19, 2022, Rehearsal & May 14 Concert Info

Good Friday to you all, Sorry to “intrude” on your solemn meditations and worship on this Holy day. I’m just getting info out at a time between my worship services and rehearsals. When you get to this email for info is not an urgent time dependent concern. Just a few...

NHBFV April 12, 2022, Rehearsal

Good afternoon NHB, Well, let’s see if I can “last” an entire rehearsal this week. (I’m so fragile, you know 🙂 So, for the James Bond piece, this week we’ll review what we learned and add more. Also, I’ve kind of just ‘dabbled’ with the Bach piece, but let’s do a...

NHBFV April 5, 2022, Rehearsal

I hope you enjoyed the “Bond . . . James Bond”. Maybe some of you aren’t James Bond film fans, but I hope you all can appreciate the iconic influence that the films have had on our popular music. So, this week we’ll review what we learned and add more. We’ll also try...

NHBFV March 29, 2022, Rehearsal

Well, as promised/threatened/hoped-for/etc., I’ve dug out the grandiose, fantastic, ever-loved music of James Bond movie music. “Bond . . . James Bond”, an arrangement by Stephen Bulla, coming to a New Horizons Band rehearsal 'near you.’ I promise we’ll have a great...

NHBFV March 22, 2022, Rehearsal

Now that we’ve worked in “long form” rehearsal without sectional help, I’m very confident in what you have worked so hard on these past 11 weeks. Concert preparation should be a ‘slam dunk’ by May 14 🙂 We’ll still do some sectional work, though. and from now on we...

Follow-Up Announcement – March 16, 2022

For those bandmates who were not at this week’s rehearsal, I know Bob’s email announcing his intended resignation is a surprise to everyone and that we will all have a variety of emotions to process. Nobody to likes change, and I always say, the only person who likes...

Revised COVID-Related Guidelines for NHBFV – March 15, 2022

Hello all current NHBFV musicians, Based on recent CDC guideline changes, the band’s Executive Committee met after this week’s rehearsal to discuss appropriate revisions to our current NHBFV COVID-19 Plan of Action. The Ex Comm has approved the following changes:...

NHBFV March 15, 2022, Rehearsal

Just a reminder that next Tuesday will be a little different than usual, in that there will be no sectional time. We’ll have a full rehearsal starting right away at 6:30, due to Mike and An being absent that night. I’ll schedule a break around 7:30 (give or take), and...

NHBFV March 8, 2022, Rehearsal

A new piece to give you this week. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a recording of it. It’s a spritely, programmatic piece called “Oriental Holiday.” Though a little bit stereotypical of East Asian music (Korean, Chinese, Japanese, etc.), it does use make use of very...

NHBFV March 1, 2022, Rehearsal

Well hopefully no more weather cancellations. I’m pasting below the same message as last week, so what we were planning on will stay the same for this week. See you Tuesday:) Now that I’ve stuck 9 pieces of music in your folder in 7 weeks, maybe I should refrain from...

February 22, 2022, Rehearsal

Well, winter has struck, causing many school cancellations, including Fox Valley Lutheran HS, and per FVL policy, when school gets cancelled, all activities get cancelled, including outside groups, like NHB. Several of you had given me a “hint” that if the weather was...

February 15, 2022, Rehearsal

The hits just keep coming! Another new piece coming out this week - the very famous (in the 60’s and 70’s) sounds of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass - “Spanish Flea.” I know your music folder is filling up, but we have lots of time until our Saturday, May 14, 2022,...