Winter Park High School Band Notes

September 16, 2018


Dear Winter Park Band Families:

Congratulations to the Sound of the Wildcats on another terrific performance this past Friday night! And, as always, many thanks to our outstanding parent volunteers for giving up their time to assist with the logistics of the night! I'd like to especially thank Willson McBurney for pulling our "old" Band trailer with his personal vehicle due to the fact that our Ryder rental truck was unavailable with hurricane relief up in the Carolinas.

Congratulations to those who prepared and completed an audition for All-State yesterday at Ocoee High School! The results are generally not announced until just prior to Thanksgiving, so look for something from me around that time.

Wind Symphony students: be sure to check your e-mail about the Florida State University Tri-State nominations that I sent out on Friday.

Prior to our away performance at Evans High School this coming Friday, we will be taking the Marching Band's annual group picture here on campus. To accommodate the taking of this picture, we have moved up our student call-time for that day by 15 minutes. Be sure to check the itinerary on the website or at the bottom of the newsletter. Following the group picture, we will also be doing group pictures of the seniors and Guard.

On Wednesday, October 3, the Marching Band will be performing at the Homecoming "pep rally" - the Roar. This follows the Homecoming parade and is held in Winter Park's "Central Park" area. Because the Marching Band will be performing directly before the "rally" in the parade, and then throughout the "pep rally" itself, there will not be time for them to eat any of the BBQ offered there. However, you are welcome to order a BBQ meal to take home for them to enjoy after we return back to the school.

Next, please make sure that we are paying Band Fees in a timely manner! We currently have over $10,000 in outstanding Band fees owed by many of our students. If you have financial constraints that are preventing you from making your Band fee schedule, please contact me directly so that we can make arrangements and/or a payment plan. In addition to this, make sure that you are actively participating in our fundraisers. These are specifically created to alleviate our fees, but you need to take advantage of them!

Finally, the concert band attire side of is up and ready to receive orders! Thank you to everyone for being patient while Ictus Limited did some updating of this ordering site. The ordering instructions can be found on our Band website at, and students who were measured for a tuxedo will be receiving "tuxedo shirt measurement" sheets during rehearsal on Monday. Please note the deadline of Sunday, September 28. Please take care of ordering this week so that the deadline is not missed!

Thank you to everyone, and have a terrific week!

All the Best!

Mr. Blackmer


The Winter Park Bands will be hosting their 2nd annual Mattress Sale Fundraiser on Saturday, September 29 in the East Cafeteria! This is a great way for students to earn credit into their Band account, and there is a Facebook event page found at Please share this event on your own Facebook page, and encourage others that you know (even if they are not part of the WP Band Program) to share as well!

The sign-up for the Mattress Sale Fundraiser shifts is now available on the Band Calendar.

  • Go to the Band Calendar.
  • Find Saturday, September 29.
  • Click on the "helping hand" icon.
  • Enter your name into the shift(s) that you are signing-up for.

The direct link to the sign-up can be found at:

You are welcome to sign-up for more than one shift, however, it is expected that you will follow through with any time-slots that you sign-up for, so check your calendar carefully.

Each student/parent who signs-up for a slot will receive a share of the Mattress Sale Fundraiser profits. Two time-slots would earn two shares, etc.

Sign-up is on a first come/first serve basis!

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We are looking for each family to bring in 2 cases of water in the next week.

GRADE 9: 1 case of large bottles (16.9 oz) and 1 case of small bottles (8 oz).

GRADE 10-12: 2 cases of large bottles (16.9 oz).

Water can be dropped off in the Band Room anytime during the week. Try to use a permanent marker to put the student's name on the cases. Thank you to everyone who donated sometime last week!


Registration for Solo & Ensemble MPA is now up and available through the Band website. It is never too early to begin forming ensembles and selecting music for S&E MPA. Also, if you are going to prepare a solo for S&E MPA, be sure to lock-down your accompanist immediately! The deadline for S&E MPA registration is Friday, November 9 at 2:30 PM.

Also, if you want the Band Program to purchase music for your event, those orders are due no later than Monday, December 3 at 2:30 PM.


Even though the holiday season is past us, this is still an excellent tool to raise money for the Band every time you shop at Amazon. The Winter Park High School Alumni Band Association is a registered charity on, so please remember to use this unique link to shop at Amazon every time, and a small percentage of the sale (at no cost to you) will automatically be sent quarterly to the WPHSABAA account and then donated to the Winter Park Band Program. If we all use this link every time, we can raise funds on an ongoing basis to help the band!

If you have any questions, contact Jane Claus at

Color Guard Sectional

Monday, Sep. 17th, 3-5pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Marching Band Rehearsal

Tuesday, Sep. 18th, 2:45-5pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Marching Band Rehearsal

Wednesday, Sep. 19th, 1:45-5pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Away Football Game

Friday, Sep. 21st, 4:45-10:30pm

4949 Silver Star Road

Orlando, FL