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 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,...

February 8, 2022, Rehearsal

New music for this week’s February 8 NHB rehearsal. “Rhythm of the Winds” by Frank Erickson comes from almost 60 years ago, a unique time in wind band literature. Composers made efforts to make the wind band genre a unique symphonic force, and Frank Erickson is a big...

February 1, 2022, Rehearsal

Looks like we got past the super cold last week – more on the way this week? Mike, An, Kris, and I appreciate that you “hearty souls” brave the Wisconsin winter so well 🙂 I think you have music handed out from the first week, but we haven’t played it yet. It’s the...

January 25, 2022, Rehearsal

Let me begin with my compliments on our January 18 rehearsal last week. As I said, I’m kind of “stretching” you a little with a few challenges in the music. Don’t worry about getting every note perfectly now in our early rehearsals. Just try to improve each week -...

January 18, 2022, Rehearsal

It was a pleasure to actually spend time with you last Tuesday instead of “lurking in lonely corners of the building” like I did the first week. Your music sounds just great! It is a privilege to stand on the podium for NHB. Band Warm-up 6:30-6:35 Superior Bands p. 24...

January 11, 2022, Rehearsal

I know that we’ve only got a few pieces of music out to you so far, but hopefully you are enjoying our first pieces. There will be a couple new pieces added this week: “Aladdin” and “Oklahoma.” Learning a lot of new music (sight reading) in sectionals and full...

December 14, 2021, Rehearsal

Merry Christmas to you all. I hope you’re enjoying this special month of the year, hoping that you’re finding joy and, of course, as I sign off my emails, PEACE, as is found in the Reason for the Season - Jesus Christ, the Savior. I also hope you’re ‘pining’ a little...

New Website Launched

Our new website launched December 10th! Welcome!  Watch for new announcements coming here soon....

November 13, 2021, Fall Concert

I hope you don’t feel like I’m ignoring you by waiting until today with some final encouragements/info/etc. 3 days in a row of 3rd shift, plus some final Autumn “cleanup”, and normal things outside of band, just like you have you have every day normal activities...

November 2, 2021, Rehearsal

Ah, November finally here. Final preparation for our 2:00 pm, Saturday, November 13 performance. I realize that not everyone shares my enthusiasm for our concert, but enthusiasm, for me, is just another form of nervous energy, but a very positive nervousness. Hang in...

November 1, 2021 – Concert Playlist

I thought it might be helpful if to know the November 13 concert program order: Metrix Jersey Boys March to the Scaffold Song of the Hebrides In Infamy Java Renaissance Festival & Dances Lots of variety of music for all to enjoy 🙂 See you tomorrow...