Thanks also to our director staff for their attention to detail and providing our kids with excellent instruction! In just a few short days, they steadily brought the band from a collection of inexperienced students from many schools to the entertaining group we know as Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin! The transformation is truly remarkable, and will continue throughout the season in a forward direction.
Last, but certainly not least, thanks go to the members of LVW! Their focus and energy to learn was outstanding. It really is amazing to see how quickly they can improve! Our first two parades were the best "first parades" in recent memory! In fact, the members were confident enough with their parade music and routine that LVW spent a good portion of the first camp working on our show music. That doesn't happen every year! It was a great start to what is shaping up to be another excellent year!
This next week will be a rehearsal week as we begin to focus more on the field show. So this week is vitally important to the rest of the summer, as this will be the first dedicated rehearsal week with several days in a row to learn and improve the show.
Rehearsal will begin on Wednesday at 10:00 AM, and will take place at Manitowoc Lutheran HS. Times for this week are basically the same as they were last week for the first week of camp. The week will conclude following the Chilton Father's Day Parade on Sunday afternoon.
TRANSPORTATION TO MLHS ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14
Students from KML, LPS, SLHS and WLHS will be riding on the Shoreland bus. Again, this will be similar to what we did at the beginning of this first camp. The travel times and pick up points are different from last week. Check the Director's Update from June 1st for those times and pick ups.
FVL students should arrive at FVL at 8:00 AM on Wednesday! We will be using a Lamers bus to transport FVL students. The bus will load at 8:15 AM, and will depart at 8:30 AM.
All students should bring a BAG LUNCH for Wednesday lunch. All other meals will be provided by LVW. We will be staying at MLHS each night. Students should remember to pack everything needed for five days of camp. The packing list for this past week will be a good reference for this week as well, with the main difference being we have one parade instead of two.
Additional items to pack for Camp #2 - LVW will be attending church services at First German in Manitowoc on Thursday evening at 6:30 PM. Students should bring "Nice Casual Clothing" for this service. Shorts are OK, as long as the clothing is clean and proper for a worship service. Following church we will go to Cedar Crest for some ice cream! LVW will cover the cost of the ice cream.
The students are also to have a "Field Bag" with them for the rest of the summer. Now that we are going to be spending a considerable amount of time on a football field, the Field Bag is a small backpack or drawstring bag with the following items:
- Drill/Music Folder
- Dot Book
- Pens and Pencils
- Hat and Sunglasses
SPECIAL ACTIVITY INFO
Mr. Ungemach has arranged for an activity on Friday, June 16 We will be going to Citizen's Park in Manitowoc. They have a swimming park with water slides! LVW will pick up the cost for the students, but students may bring their own money for concessions. Obviously students should pack a swimming suit.
As we did last year, we will be lighting fire pits and having S'mores following the exhibition show on Saturday night. Students may want to bring some jeans or light jackets if the weather is a bit cooler or if there are mosquitoes looking to eat as well.
Students should also make sure to take care of themselves before returning to camp. They were instructed to drink plenty of water so they can be fully hydrated. We saw some very hot and humid weather this first week, and next week could bring more of the same. Students should also remember especially to bring sunscreen (at least SPF 30), sunglasses, and hats as we will be spending the majority of our time outside on the MLHS football field.
LVW EXHIBITION PERFORMANCE SATURDAY, JUNE 17
In order to help us prepare for our first shows of the year, LVW will be doing a full dress rehearsal on Saturday, June 17. This performance will be held on the MLHS Football Field. The Exhibition Show will begin at approximately 7:00, but LVW will be doing show warm ups and other preparations already at 6:00 PM. ALL ARE WELCOME to attend! MLHS is doing lots of advertising for this performance in their churches and among the MLHS families. This will likely not be our full show, but will definitely give us an opportunity to perform what we have learned up to that point, and will give our fans a chance to get a bit of a preview to what is in store for the rest of the season. Here is the event on FACEBOOK.
The Chilton Father's Day Parade is Sunday! Parade start time is 11:00 AM, and will begin near the county fairgrounds at the corner of Madison Street (Hwy 57) and Chestnut Street. It will proceed north on Madison, west on Main, north on State, east on School, south on Madison, and east on Main where it will end near Adams Street. There are a lot of corners in the middle of the parade, since it goes around a block in the downtown area. This has been a great parade for us in the past. Lots of parents, groupies, and family members are on hand to cheer us on! In addition, it gained a reputation as a “CANDY” parade, so if you have little ones going along (or big “Kids” at heart), bring along bags and buckets! There is no reviewing stand in this parade, and no judging, so if you want to gather with other LVW family, I would suggest somewhere along the beginning of the route on Madison Street, since it is nice and wide, and very straight. Once there, find the groupies! Here is a map of the Chilton Parade Route (This is from previous years - sorry for the "low tech" look to the scanned map - it is still the same route!)
TRANSPORTATION HOME FOLLOWING THE CHILTON PARADE
LVW will be busing the band to Chilton on Sunday for the parade. The buses will be returning to FVL (Lamers) and MLHS (Brandt) following the parade by approximately 2:00 - 2:15. For all other schools, check with your transportation coordinator for arrival times following the parade. All of our non-FVL and MLHS students are either riding with parents or will ride home with others from their area. There is NO SHORELAND BUS following the Chilton parade. If you will be picking up your LVW member following the Chilton parade, the pick up point will be St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, 717 Memorial Drive, Chilton, WI 53014.
If you are going to be picked up following the parade, 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 Sunday, at St. Martin Lutheran Church, Chilton. If you are picking up your child at St. Martin, 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!