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! The Friday parade in Brillion was a good beginning - a little tentative and manageable, but a good start. The band really started to perform on Saturday with entertaining performances that left the audience cheering for more! Even the threat of scattered showers could not keep LVW from doing their best. It will be a great summer, and the improvement from now until July 18 will be extraordinary!
This week will be a rehearsal week as we begin to focus more on the field show. A few set for the first movement were learned this past week, but we have a lot of learning to do. So this week is vitally important to the rest of the summer, as this will be the last dedicated rehearsal week with several days in a row to learn and improve the show.
Rehearsal will begin on Tuesday at 10:00 AM. 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.
All students should bring a BAG SUPPER for Tuesday lunch. We will be staying in host homes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night, and will stay at FVL on Friday and Saturday night. Students should remember to pack everything needed for six 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.
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. It may be much warmer this week than it was this past week, and more humid as well. 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 parking lot and soccer field.
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!)
LVW will be busing the band to Chilton on Sunday for the parade. The buses will be returning to FVL following the parade by approximately 1:30 - 2:00. For all other schools, check with your transportation coordinator for arrival times following the parade. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL NOT BE A SHORELAND BUS following the Chilton Parade. All of our students are either riding with parents or with ride home with others from their area. 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!