Things are moving quickly! I'm getting ahead of myself, but all needs to be posted before we leave for Germany.
Here is the information for July 1 - 4 in condensed form:
Friday, July 1
The band will meet at KML for a day of rehearsal. Rehearsal begins at 10:00 AM. Bring a Bag Lunch!
Saturday, July 2
This day will begin with rehearsal at KML, and then culminate with the band's trip to Sun Prairie for the Madison Scout's home show Drums on Parade! The LVW block will have 130 excited drum corps fans!
Sunday, July 3
The band will march in two parades today - the Kenosha Civic Veterans Parade and the Menomonee Falls Independence Day Parade! This is also PICTURE DAY at KML! Parents are invited to come take pictures of their students. Pictures will start at 9am and must be done by 9:45. We will take a full group photo, section photos, school photos, and senior photos. All pictures taken by our staff will be shared with parents.
Monday, July 4
Happy Birthday, America! LVW will be celebrating our Nation's Birthday with two parades - the Wauwatosa July 4th Parade and the Hales Corners July 4th Parade. In between the two parades, LVW will be having a picnic hosted by Wisconsin Lutheran College at their athletic complex. More on that later in this post!
What to bring with you:
LVW members should pack clothing for four days of rehearsal and performance. Please remember your personal uniform items, which include the black shoes/socks, gloves, and black compression t-shirts. By this time, all band members should have received two compression shirts. With four parades in two days, you will want to have them both!
Check back on the Post from May 17 for a detailed packing list - just to make sure you don't forget anything.
Pack a bag lunch for the first meal on Friday, July 1. All other meals for the weekend will be provided by LVW.
Times and Transportation for Friday, July 1
LVW will run a bus from FVL to KML on Friday. It will stop at the FDL Kwik Trip (Hickory Street Exit). Students from our other schools should check with your schools' transportation coordinator, or simply meet at KML at 9:30 AM.
Friday, July 1 – One Bus departing from FVL
7:30 AM Arrive at FVL (East Entrance) Load bus
8:00 AM Depart for Kettle Moraine LHS
8:45 AM Pick Up students at Kwik Trip #242, 980 Hickory Street, Fond du Lac, WI 54935
9:30 AM Arrive Kettle Moraine LHS - Unload
10:00 AM LVW Rehearsal Day Begins - Times for the rest of the day TBA
Rehearsal will begin at KML at 10:00 AM. We will use a "normal LVW rehearsal schedule" for both Friday and Saturday. Wake up times, meals, rehearsal sectionals, lights out, and so on will be announced to the band each day.
Much like the prior weekend, LVW will view a live streamed church service at KML. There is also a chance that a KML area pastor will provide LVW with a service - the date and time will be determined by the LVW Staff and Directors.
Saturday, July 2
7:30 AM LVW Rehearsal Day Begins - Times for the rest of the day TBA
DCI Show Schedule
Buses pick up at Kettle Moraine LHS, travel to Bank of Sun Prairie Stadium, 155 Kroncke Dr, Sun Prairie, WI 53590, USA. This will be for a Drum Corps International show Drums on Parade.
4:15 PM Buses Arrive Kettle Moraine LHS, load buses
4:30 PM Depart for Bank of Sun Prairie Stadium
6:00 PM Arrive Bank of Sun Prairie Stadium, eat supper, attend show - the band will be allowed to watch corps warm up!
10:15 PM After scores are announced - Load buses and depart for Kettle Moraine LHS
11:45 PM Arrive KMLHS
12:00 AM Devotion, lights out
Sunday, July 3
7:00 AM Wake Up/Shower/Stretch
8:00 AM Breakfast/Devotion
8:30 AM Change into halves, load truck
9:00 AM Pictures in the auditorium or outside PAC - PARENTS ARE INVITED!
9:45 AM Buses Arrive KMLHS, load buses
10:00 AM Depart KMLHS for Parade Line Up near Pennoyer Park, 3601 7th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53140
11:30 AM Arrive Kenosha Parade Line Up.
1:00 PM Kenosha Civic Veterans Parade begins
3:00 PM Time Approximate – Parade ends near 60th Street and 8th Avenue
3:30 PM Depart for Menomonee Falls - Bethlehem Lutheran Church, N84W15252 Menomonee Ave, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
5:00 PM Arrive Bethlehem Lutheran Church, unload, eat supper
7:00 PM Menomonee Falls Parade begins. Parade ends at Menomonee Falls HS, N80W14350 Titan Dr, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
9:30 PM Fireworks begin – we will watch from the parade dispersal area at the High School Parking Lot.
10:30 PM Board Buses for return to KMLHS
11:00 PM Arrive KML – unload
11:15 PM Devotion, lights out
Monday, July 4
6:00 AM Wake Up, Shower, Eat, change into Halves
7:00 AM Buses arrive at KMLHS, Load
7:15 AM Depart for Wauwatosa Parade line up. Line up area, if the same as the last time we marched: Main Area will be the Wauwatosa Civic Center parking lot at Wauwatosa Ave (76th Street) and North Ave. The parade proceeds West on North Avenue between 80th Street and 104th Street. Distance of the Parade is 1.7 miles.
9:00 AM Wauwatosa Parade begins.
11:00 AM Parade ends – time approximate. Parade pickup will be at the end of the parade at 104th & North Avenue (Mayfair Shopping Center.)
11:30 AM Load buses and depart for Wisconsin Lutheran College
12:00 PM Arrive Wisconsin Lutheran College – Krauss-Miller-Lutz Outdoor Athletic Complex for relax time, lunch (1401 N Swan Blvd, Wauwatosa, WI 53226)
2:30 PM Load and Depart for Hales Corners Parade
3:00 PM Arrive Hales Corners Parade Line up near Cliffords Supper Club on W Forest Home Avenue (10418 W Forest Home Ave, Hales Corners, WI 53130)
4:30 PM Parade ends near Hales Corners Village Hall, 5635 S New Berlin Rd, Hales Corners, WI 53130
5:00 PM Load Buses and return to KMLHS
6:00 PM Arrive KMLHS, eat, load gear, clean facilities
7:00 PM Two Buses Depart KMLHS for Appleton
7:45 PM Arrive Fond du Lac Kwik Trip
8:30 PM Arrive Fox Valley Lutheran HS
Special Invitation to the Family Picnic on Monday - July 4
In between the two parades on July 4, LVW will be having a family picnic at the WLC's Kraus-Miller-Lutz Athletic Complex located at 1401 N Swan Blvd, Wauwatosa, WI 53226. The band will have a few hours to relax a bit and enjoy some down time.
The Fatty Patty from Milwaukee will be catering the meal at the athletic complex. We are inviting LVW family members and friends to join us! LVW will pay for the meals for the LVW members and staff for the day. Additional family members, friends, and volunteers who would like to join us will be paying on their own. The cost is $10 per person for the meal.
So that the caterer knows for how many people to plan, we are asking that you RSVP using the Google form (link below). Please complete the form by June 26 so that plans can be made accurately. You will then receive a form to select your main meal.
Click here to RSVP for Monday, July 4 Family Picnic
Parade Information - follow links for more information
Kenosha Civic Veterans Parade “America the Beautiful” is the theme for the 2022 Kenosha Civic Veterans Parade, set for Sunday, July 3 at 1 p.m. Continuing its community generosity, Snap-on, Inc. is again the lead sponsor for the parade. The parade is organized by the City of Kenosha.
ROUTE: The parade route begins on Seventh Avenue at Washington Road, then heads south on Sixth Avenue through downtown to Library Park. The best areas for viewing the parade are along Seventh Avenue and Sixth Avenue before the parade reaches Library Park and prepares for disbanding. Library Park is not a good viewing spot, as the parade will begin to disband at 6th Avenue and 59th Street. View Map
Menomonee Falls Independence Day Parade
The Optimist Club runs the Independence Day Parade which is always held on the evening of July 3 at 7:00 pm. The parade route starts on Appleton Avenue at Elm Lane and proceeds southeast to Woosencraft Drive, finishing on Titan Drive. A Google Map of the route is at the end of this post.
Wauwatosa July 4th Parade
Join us for the parade on North Avenue. The celebration is one of the largest parades in the state. The parade proceeds west on North Avenue between 80th and 104th Street.
The parade starts at 9:00 am on Monday, July 4, 2022.
Fireworks will be held on July 4 at 9:15 pm. The fireworks will be launched from a different site (near 63rd and River Parkway) compared to previous years. We invite the public to watch from Hart Park.
Hales Corners July 4th Parade
The parade starts at Scharles Avenue and Forest Home Avenue and ends at 116th and Godsell Avenue. Follow the link for much more information, as well as a map of the parade route.
Transportation Home Following the July 4th Parades
LVW will be busing the band to Kettle Moraine LHS on Monday following the two parades. The band will be changing out of uniform, eating a meal, and cleaning the KML facilities. Two buses will then return to FVL. For all other schools, check with your transportation coordinator for arrival times following the parade.
If you will be picking up your LVW member following the July 4th parades, the pick up point will be Kettle Moraine LHS, 3399 Division Rd, Jackson, WI 53037.
If you are going home with parents and are not returning on the bus or with your school’s transportation, the following procedures MUST be followed:
1. Your parents must pick you up where we are changing out of uniform. For this weekend, that will be on Monday, at Kettle Moraine LHS. If you are picking up your child at KML, you must be there when the band is ready to leave. If you are not there when the band is ready to leave, your child will come with the band.
2. Your parents must check you out with the attendance chaperone from your bus. This must be done with you and your parent present.
3. If your parents are not there when the band is ready to leave, you will come with us. We leave no one behind – EVER!
4. You may not ride home with anyone else other than your parents UNLESS you have a written permission signed by your parents, and UNLESS that written permission is put into our hands. DON’T FORGET THE NOTE AT HOME, because there are NO EXCEPTIONS!