WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

January 24, 2021


Winter Guard Rehearsal

Tuesday, Jan. 26th, 3-6pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Wind Symphony Sectionals - Woodwinds

Wednesday, Jan. 27th, 1:45-3:15pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Woodwind sections only. Sectionals will take place both F2F and virtual.

Winter Guard Rehearsal

Friday, Jan. 29th, 3-6pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL


From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,

As we enter into the final week of January (already?), we look ahead toward a busy February.

Our students who are auditioning for this year's All-County Band and All-County Jazz ensembles have their audition window coming up the week of 2/1. All auditions for F2F ensembles must be recorded on campus by either Mr. Smith or me, so we have set up times after school the week of 2/1. Students should sign up for a time slot through the link below as soon as possible to ensure that they find a time that fits into their schedule.

All-County Audition Recording Session Sign Up (must be signed into your OCPS Google Account)

Due to current health and safety protocols, we will not be able to hold our annual Door-2-Door fundraiser it its normal form. In place of Door-2-Door, we will be holding a 100% virtual Donation Campaign through SchoolPay. Our Band Council is working hard to create content for the campaign, which will include live streamed small group performances by our students, videos of past performances, video messages, and much more. In order to help out from home, we'll need everyone to help us promote the campaign on social media and neighborhood apps to spread the word! See below for more information.

Have a great week!

Mr. Clemente


From the Band Booster President

Week of January 24, 2021

Hello band families. We really enjoyed seeing some new faces/names at the Freshman information information night on Thursday! Please encourage potential band families to reach out to the directors and other band families if they have any questions. Please stay tuned on how you can help share information about “Door 2 Door” which will be all virtual this year. We will need help from all band families to get the word out to family and friends—it looks different this year, but that does not mean it can’t be successful.

The program looks wonderful, and the link is available on the website, so please forward that to those you believe might like to see it. Thank you to Ana Nazarian, Sherri Tyson, and all who made the program possible this year!

Have a great week everyone.



BAND DONATION CAMPAIGN - Saturday, February 6

Due to the current health and safety guidelines in place, we are moving our annual DOOR-2-DOOR fundraiser to a completely virtual DONATION CAMPAIGN this school year. The Band Council is working hard to prepare for our donation campaign which will include live streamed student performances, a social media campaign, and more! Although we are not able to have our students go out into the WPHS community this year, let's still make as big of an impact as we are able!
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Beginning this week on Monday, 1/25, all students should have their piece(s) for Solo and Ensemble for class each day. F2F students should have a physical copy of their piece in their folders, and LaunchED students should have physical and/or digital copy ready. Mr. Smith and Mr. Clemente will be working with students individually during class, as well as scheduling time after school.

This year, FBA Solo and Ensemble MPA will be moving to a digital format. All Winter Park Band students participate in at minimum 1 event, maximum 4 events, for either Solo and Ensemble MPA or for our Recital Option at WPHS. Each student's performance for Solo & Ensemble will be for a Performance grade in the 3rd marking period.

  • All events will be pre-recorded.
  • Students will then meet their adjudicator via video chat at a scheduled time on either Friday February 26 or Saturday, February 27 to receive feedback on their performance.
  • If students wish to receive a rating for their performance(s), all rules printed in the FBA Handbook. For example, solos performed for a rating must have a piano accompanist.
  • All students will still need to have an original copy of the work they are performing. Details on how to show proof of an original copy will be forthcoming from FBA.

Please click the link below for links to the FBA Solo & Ensemble Music List, sign up sheets, music purchase requests, etc.



Whether a student is learning a musical instrument to pursue a career in music, or simply for personal musical fulfillment and recreation, private lessons are one of the best investments that a parent can provide for their musical child. When working with a private teacher, students receive one-on-one instruction from a professional musician who specializes on that instrument.

​Unlike a full band rehearsal experience, studying with a private teacher focuses in on the student’s individual needs. Students who study privately once a week from a professional musician are usually those who excel and find Band more enjoyable. These students frequently earn positions in honor groups like All-State and All-County, and make entry into our more advanced bands like Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble I. Some even go on to earn college scholarships, even if they are not majoring in music!

By following the link below, you will find a list of local private teachers. This list is not exhaustive, and there may be other individuals who are not on the list. If you know a private teacher who should be added (or would like to be deleted), please contact Mr. Clemente at




Monday, February 1 - Friday, February 5 - All-County Band and Jazz Audition Recording Window

  • All F2F auditions must be recorded on campus with either Mr. Clemente or Mr. Smith. Auditions for the virtual options are to be recorded at home and sent to Mr. Clemente and Mr. Smith.



  • See above for more information. Help spread the word to those who are willing to help support our program!


Saturday, February 13 - Winter Guard FFCC Premiere @ Cypress Creek HS


Monday, February 15 - No School/President's Day


Saturday, February 20 - Winter Guard @ Lake Howell HS


Friday, February 26 - Saturday, February 27 - SOLO & ENSEMBLE


Saturday, February 27 - Winter Guard @University HS (Orlando)



Past Due Band Payments

  • Band Registration Fair Share - $25.00 Due 5/5
  • Fair Share Payment 1 - $25.00 Due 8/19
  • Fair Share Payment 2 - $25.00 Due 9/30
  • Jazz Fair Share Payment 1(if applies) - $15.00 Due 9/30
  • School Instrument Semester 1 Maintenance(if applies) - $60.00 Due 9/30
  • Marching Band Shoes - $30.00 Due 11/30
  • Jazz Fair Share Payment 2 (if applies) - $15.00 Due 1/6/21
  • School Instrument Semester 2 Maintenance (if applies) - $60.00 Due 1/6/21

Viewing your Student's Financial Account in Charms:

There is a direct link to Charms in "Quick Links" on the band website.

  • Our school code is winterparkhsband
  • The Student Area Password would be a unique password that either the student or parent have set up. (If you don't know the password it can be reset by one of the band directors).
  • Once you have logged into the Student Area, click on the round, red $ symbol on the top menu bar to view your student's account
  • If your student has earned Band Account Credit (in the Miscellaneous Ledger) this credit can be transferred to pay for many band fees: Fair Share, School Instrument Maintenance, Registration Fees for All-State, All-County and Solo Ensemble.

Requesting a Credit Transfer to pay for Fixed Payments Due:

  • Click on the "Transfer Request" tab just below the round, red $ symbol. Select the fixed payment you would like to pay for using the credit. The request is sent to the band directors and the band booster treasurer.
  • SENIORS: Please check your credit balance and use it accordingly during the year. Credit for Seniors left at the end of the year can only be transferred to siblings.






We understand that a number of our students are working through tech issues on their end, and understand that those issues take time to resolve. Our technology is by no means perfect, and issues will be inevitable. However, students must be going through the proper channels with the school to attempt to remedy these issues as quickly as possible. No student should be at home on LaunchED with a camera not working or a microphone issue having not been proactive in seeking a solution. We have received emails from the school's tech department concerning individual students who have ongoing issues but were proactive in trying to have them resolved throughout the first two weeks of school. Thank you for your proactivity!

If you are having a technology issue and have not yet reached out to the school about resolution, please email Mr. Steffey at to set up an appointment at school for your computer to be looked at. Email should be sent as soon as you read this!

As a reminder, students are considered present in their LaunchED class if they:

  1. Joined the call before the tardy bell.
  2. Have their camera on the entire class period.
  3. Are able to be seen, face and instrument, in the camera view.
  4. Participate in class from bell to bell.

Students who do not have their camera on for the duration of class, and we have not received an email from the school stating awareness of the issue and work towards it being resolved, will be marked absent.

Thank you for your work to resolve these technology issues!