Go to the link above to access the FULL COLOR Member Information Packet (PDF Format) that has lots of information for our 2019 season. In it you will find information about:
New information will always be posted to our website on the "Director's Updates" page.
Good Financial Standing Requirement
LVW members MUST have all previous years’ fees paid in full to be considered for membership. Fees for the 2019 season must be paid IN FULL by June 8. Failure to do so may result in termination of membership. If there are special circumstances that prevent the fee from being paid on time, please contact James Neujahr at firstname.lastname@example.org or speak with him directly at 920-739-4441 x5160.
Ready to Sign Up?
Click on the Register for LVW 2019 button below to access the online registration form.
Here are a few important items to consider when registering:
It is the desire of the Board of Directors of Lutheran Vanguard of Wisconsin (LVW) that any student who truly wants to participate not be denied membership because of financial hardship. The Board also recognizes the fact that, although the cost may be high for a student to meet, some prioritizing and choices have to be made on the part of the individual and his or her family. Therefore, financial assistance may be available to students who demonstrate a circumstance that makes it difficult, if not impossible, to pay the entire fee for the upcoming summer.
For example, FVL students are eligible for a grant of between $100 and $200 (or more) from the FVL Music Associates. This form can be obtained from Mr. Neujahr at FVL. Other schools may also offer similar grants or scholarships. Please check with your school's director to see if additional funds are available.
If there are special circumstances which may make it difficult to pay your fees in a timely manner, please contact James Neujahr, LVW Executive Director, to work out an agreeable plan.
Band Director at Fox Valley Lutheran HS and LVW Executive Director
Office Phone: 920-739-4441 x5160
Sections within LVW - Which one is for YOU?
LVW Hornline - Woodwinds and Brass
The Lutheran Vanguard Hornline is the powerful lifeblood of our ensemble, contributing to soaring melodies and rich harmonies while we entertain and let our light shine!
Positions in the Hornline are open to any WELS instrumental musician who can read music and is regularly enrolled in their high school band program. All brass and woodwind players are welcome to join the LVW Hornline.
Membership is open to graduating 8th grade through graduating 12th grade WELS students in any school, public or private.
LVW Percussion - Battery and Front Ensemble
The Lutheran Vanguard Battery Percussion section is a high-energy, high-intensity section of rudimental percussionists that are often regarded as the “heartbeat” of the band.
Battery Percussion is great if you love drum set, snare drum, or bass drum—but it is also perfect for musicians of any instrument.
Positions in the Battery Percussion are open to any WELS student percussionist or musician who is regularly enrolled in their high school band program. Placement auditions are performed early in the season to determine the drum that best fits your ability.
Membership is open to graduating 8th grade through 12th grade WELS student in any school, public or private.
The Lutheran Vanguard Front Ensemble is a highly specialized percussion ensemble comprised of mallet instruments (marimba, vibraphone, xylophone, bells, etc.) and other auxiliary percussion instruments.
The Front Ensemble is the perfect opportunity for student piano players to participate in the marching arts activity!
Positions in the Front Ensemble are open to any WELS student percussionist, piano player, or musician who can read music and is regularly enrolled in their high school band program, choir program, or regularly taking lessons.
LVW Color Guard - The best of Music, Theater, Dance!
Color Guard is a “Sport of the Arts”. It combines music, dance, and other skills to entertain and compete in a unique atmosphere.
Color Guard members will learn how to use movement, dance, and equipment to enhance the musical performance of the band. Your performance opportunities will include the use of lags, rifles, and other equipment, as well as dance!
Individuals with dance, theater, or other performance experiences would benefit, but no previous experience is necessary! We have trained professionals to help you grow into experienced performers! Students who would like to be in our color guard do not need to be a member of their school’s band program. You simply have to belong to a member school or a WELS congregation and in grades 8-12!
LVW Forms - Emergency Contact/Medical Information and the Release from Liability and Indemnification Agreement are now part of the Online Registration process.
The LVW Conduct Form is available below.
Code of Conduct Form Code of Conduct form - Fillable
If mailing forms, please send to:
5300 N Meade Street
Appleton, WI 54913
What does our Alumni have to say about LVW membership?
“Vanguard is different from other bands in the sense that we are doing much more than entertaining, we are witnessing our faith at the same time. Our mission statement is almost word for word Matthew 5:16 ‘Let your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in heaven.’ Just through our behavior and attitude we can share the gospel, and there's no doubt that after 40 years of existence Vanguard has reached millions of people through our performance.” Fai Haw, Lakeside Lutheran High School
“When I think of the meaning of being a family in Christ, wherever I am, I always think of Vanguard.” Jenna Keller, Fox Valley Lutheran High School
“I joined Vanguard to be closer to my family. In the end, Vanguard became my family. God has blessed me with new friendships and with memories. He has given me an experience that will guide me through my future.”
Liesl Ragner, Fox Valley Lutheran High School
“It has not been only repping sets and playing music all day long each week - we played games, went swimming, hiked sand dunes, explored the Cherry Festival, and best of all, we all bonded and made new friends who share a love for God. I learned so much this season from being part of this band, and I could not think of a better way to spend my summer. Mixing in marching band along with an opportunity to grow in my faith ensures that there is no place I would want to be. No matter how crazy the day was, as a band, we would take time to thank and praise our Heavenly Father for all the blessings of the day and week.” Angelica Ramsey, Mosinee High School.