Rehearsals — What to Expect

Our rehearsals are friendly, no-pressure times to learn more about playing your instrument, what it’s like to play with a group, and experience the joy of making music with others! The first hour of each rehearsal is a sectional, where participants are broken into smaller groups by instrument. Sectional time is used for group instruction/lessons and practice. During the second half of the rehearsal, participants come together and rehearse musical selections as a full group.



  • Fall 2024 Rehearsals:  September 10 - November 12  |  Concert: November 16, 2:00 p.m., Xavier Middle School
    Tuition: $100 
  • Winter 2025 Rehearsals:  (information coming soon)

Rehearsal Summary for All Sessions:

  • Day:  Tuesday evenings
  • Time:  6:30pm - 8:30 pm
  • Location:  Xavier Middle School — 2626 N. Oneida St., Appleton  (corner of N. Oneida St. and Northland Ave. (Cty. Rd. OO))
    *Please use the building entrance facing N. Oneida St.
    *You can park in the parking lot fronting the building or in the strip mall directly across the street

Important Information to Know

Please bring the following to each rehearsal.

  • Your instrument (in playable condition)
  • A pencil
  • Your music (once you’ve received it)
  • Water bottle (public drinking fountains may not be available)
  • Additional items may be added based on COVID-19-related protocols – see below.*

NHBFV Cancelation Policy:  Click here to read about our cancelation policy.

COVID-19 Precautions
Because we care about the health and safety of all our Band program participants, we strongly urge everyone registering to be vaccinated.

NHBFV COVID-19 Protocols – as of August 2023
Based on recent CDC guideline changes, the NHBFV Executive Committee has approved the following protocols. These protocols are subject to change without advance notice.


  • Puppy Pads are required – and will be provided. All wind instruments that need clearing should be drained onto a puppy pad (or similar item) to catch the fluid contents of the instrument and then be discarded at home when necessary.
  • If you feel unwell, are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, have knowingly been exposed to COVID, or have tested Positive for COVID, we ask that you please:
    1. do not attend rehearsal
    2. notify the band as soon as possible of your status

Other Precautions

  • We recommend social distancing of at least three feet wherever possible.

  • We recommend and encourage annual booster vaccinations for Flu, RSV and COVID.

  • We recommend Percussionists minimize the sharing of drumsticks and mallets whenever possible and use hand sanitizer when moving from one percussion station to the next BEFORE handling additional sticks, mallets or equipment.
  • We recommend good hand hygiene for all participants during rehearsals; wash your hands for at least 20 seconds after using the toilet, before returning to the rehearsal space; and as much as is possible, do NOT touch your face.

  • Face masks are not required, but are welcomed if individuals choose to use them.

  • Bell covers are not required, but are welcomed if individuals choose to use them.