WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

February 17, 2020



Monday, Feb. 17th, 12am

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Winter Guard Performance - Audubon K-8 School

Tuesday, Feb. 18th, 6-8pm

1500 Falcon Drive

Orlando, FL

Wind Symphony Rehearsal

Wednesday, Feb. 19th, 1:30-3pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Winter Guard Performance - Audubon K-8 School

Wednesday, Feb. 19th, 6-8pm

1500 Falcon Drive

Orlando, FL


Thursday, Feb. 20th, 7-9pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

For students selected to participate in the Orchestra Winds and perform with the Park Philharmonic Orchestra.

Winter Guard Rehearsal

Friday, Feb. 21st, 5:30-7:30pm

1500 Falcon Drive

Orlando, FL


Saturday, Feb. 22nd, 8am-6:45pm

1000 West Rhode Island Avenue

Orange City, FL


From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,

Congratulations to our Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Symphony students for their performances this Saturday at our Guest Conductor Workshop Concert! The students gave performances they should be proud of, and we still have two weeks to make them even better leading up to our performances at District Concert MPA on 2/27 and 2/28. Mr. Stice was quite impressed by the hard work and attentiveness of the students all weekend, and had wonderful things to say throughout the workshop.


Both attendance and communication are two of the foundation pieces of the success of the Winter Park Band program. I would like to express my gratitude to the vast majority of our Winter Park Band families who are wonderful with advanced communication and are understanding that the success of each ensemble depends on the attendance and equal participation of each student in the ensemble. Unfortunately, we had a surprising number of communication and attendance breakdowns concerning the events of the Guest Conductor Workshop this past weekend, including numerous students arriving late to both the sound-checks on stage and the performance call time. Please see below for a refresher from the Band Handbook on the Winter Park Band attendance policy:

Band members are required to attend all rehearsals and performances. As a co-curricular course, rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of the educational process, and are a graded component. An absence necessitates repeating educational instruction when the student returns, as well as eliminating the opportunity to develop blend, balance, and precision with the other students in the ensemble. Equally as important, students must be on time for all Band functions. Learning to be early now will establish a life skill that is critical to success beyond high school. A complete Band calendar can be found at It is the responsibility of both the students and parents to be aware of Band events.

UNEXCUSED ABSENCE FROM REHEARSAL: Any student receiving an unexcused absence for a rehearsal will receive a zero. Likewise, being tardy to a rehearsal will also result in a lowering of the overall grade based on the severity of the tardiness. An unexcused absence may result in the student being placed on alternate status. It is important that an excused school-day absence (i.e. illness) should be communicated to the high school Attendance Office as quickly as possible. Unexcused school-day absences result in a zero for that day’s rehearsal grade. It is the Attendance Office’s policy that parents submit a written notice to excuse any absence.

TARDY TO REHEARSAL/PERFORMANCE: Attendance will always be taken promptly at the beginning of a rehearsal or performance. A student arriving late will lose points towards their grade. If a student is habitually late for rehearsals, they may be placed on alternate status and the appropriate school discipline policies will be enforced. Any student arriving late for a football game performance will lose their third-quarter break (Marching Band) and may forfeit the opportunity to perform.

ABSENCE FROM PERFORMANCE: Performances are a central focus of the Band Program, and every student is obligated to attend every performance. Severe personal illness, death in the immediate family, and discretion of the directors or building principal will be accepted as legitimate excuses if the directors are notified in advance by the parents/guardians. Please review the Band Calendar online at and coordinate with your family calendar. In the event that a student needs to miss a performance for any other non-emergency reason, the parents/guardians must notify both directors at least 60 days prior.

BAND AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: With regard to extra-curricular activities (athletics, clubs, etc.): most conflicts between extra-curricular activities and Band can be avoided, or alleviated, when pre-planning is done, and advance notice is given. It is critical for students and parents to coordinate their extra-curricular activity’s schedule with the Band calendar well in advance. When a conflict is unavoidable, the two events will be weighted for “importance.” For example, a Band performance would outweigh an extra-curricular practice/rehearsal. A game would outweigh a Band rehearsal, etc. Again, communication is critical to avoiding conflicts!

Time is one of the most, if not the most, valuable things we have to give, and to give it towards an endeavor such as making music with your peers is such a special opportunity for our students. As directors, Mr. Smith and I are extremely conscious of the impact that outside-of-school rehearsals and performances have on each Band family's schedule. We give the most advanced notice possible for all Band events and activities that we are able, so that all Band families have an opportunity to plan ahead and communicate any anticipated conflicts with the directors as far in advance as possible. Please email both Mr. Clemente ( AND Mr. Smith ( concerning event conflicts.

Thank you for your attention to our Band policies, your continued dedication to the Winter Park Band, and your constant hard work to make our Band a great place to be for everyone! Together, our outstanding students and parents ARE the Winter Park Band!

Let's have a great week!



Week of February 16, 2020

Hello everyone! Please see the sign ups to volunteer for concert MPAs on the Charms calendar. Sign ups are on Thursday, February 27 in the afternoon/evening for Wind Symphony, and Friday, February 28 for Concert (morning) and Symphonic (afternoon). Right now, we need several more for each performance, especially on Friday, February 28. Thank you!

If you have any great pictures of your groups at Door 2 Door, please send them along to We would love to add them to the collection of photos from this year.

Have a great week.


Color Guard - From Mrs. Johnson

Congratulations to the Winter Guard on earning a Superior rating at this past weekend's District Auxiliary MPA at University HS! They are moving on to perform at State Auxiliary MPA on Friday, March 20, at Freedom HS.

The Winter Guard again had a strong performance at University HS this past Saturday, 2/15. Congratulations!

Our next performance is this coming Saturday, 2/22, at University HS(Orange City). With it being a more quiet weekend on the Band calendar, we hope you consider making the drive and supporting our Guard! Performance at 3:00 PM.

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Per Mr. Clemente's email earlier in the week, please see the below dates and times for our upcoming performance at District Concert MPA, hosted at Cypress Creek HS. Please consider assisting as a chaperone for your student's performance!



6:30 PM - Wind Symphony performance


10:30 AM - Concert Band performance

2:30 PM - Symphonic Band performance




Per Mr. Clemente's email earlier in the week, please see the below dates and times for our upcoming performance at District Concert MPA, hosted at Cypress Creek HS. Please consider assisting as a chaperone for your student's performance.



6:30 PM - Wind Symphony performance


10:30 AM - Concert Band performance

2:30 PM - Symphonic Band performance


Winter Guard Performance, Oviedo HS - MARCH 7

Please support out Winter Guard as they perform their 2020 winter show at Oviedo HS. Performance time TBD.


Winter Guard Performance, Cypress Creek HS - MARCH 14

Please support out Winter Guard as they perform their 2020 winter show at Cypress Creek HS. Performance time TBD.



Performance times for those students who chose to perform at State S&E and Auxiliary MPA will be sent out as soon as they are available. All events take place at Freedom HS.



All percussionists, and those interested in playing marching percussion, grades 9-12 for the 2020-21 school year. Topics include snare drum fundamentals, keyboard fundamentals, marching percussion techniques, and audition materials for marching percussion placement for the 2020 "Sound of the Wildcats" Marching Band.


Winter Guard Performance, FFCC Finals - MARCH 27

Please support out Winter Guard as they perform their 2020 winter show at FFCC Finals in Daytona Beach, FL. Performance time TBD.



The 3rd annual Winter Park Band Mattress Sale fundraiser will be taking place on Saturday, April 4. Please spread the word and find the 1 in 10 who are in the market for a mattress, box spring, adjustable base, or sleep accessories!



Parents we need your help to find customers:

1 out of 10 people are in the market for a new mattress!

All money raised goes to the students!

Please do as follows:

1. Please click facebook event link and click you are going, then click share, then invite all of your contacts. You must selects contacts one at a time, then click done to send invitations.

2. Find one person who is in the market for a mattress and commits to attending event.

3. Send out 25 referral coupons with your student name written at bottom. Referral money raised goes to your student. (See referral coupon at top)

4. Put out a yard sign at home

5. Volunteer day of event

CFS takes care of everything else.

Mattress Fundraiser

Winter Park High School

Sat. 4/4/2020 10 am - 5 pm

Winter Park High East Cafeteria

2100 Summerfield Rd, Winter Park

School showroom display with 25+ beds from $199 to the best $6,000 beds.

Also available: adjustable base foundations, frames, protectors, sheets, pillows

Name brands: Beautyrest, Intellibed, Southerland, Wellsville, and more. Featuring the latest technology for sleeping cool!

Order products with delivery available anywhere in USA or free pickup in Longwood, FL warehouse. Can sell over phone for out of town customers. Custom mattress sizes available! Financing Available!

Since 2005 Custom Fundraising Solutions has raised over $50 million for groups like yours!

Questions? Call 407-963-1449

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Because of our success at this year's DOOR-2-DOOR Fundraiser, all participating students and parent drivers will receive $90.00 in fundraising credit. You may see this fundraising credit by logging on to your student/parent account on

Payments upcoming:

All Obligations Due - Wednesday, March 4

Payments PAST DUE:

10/2 Fair Share Payment #3 - $50 (All Students)

10/2 School Instrument Semester 1 Maintenance (Some Students)

11/6 Color Guard Fair Share 4

12/4 Color Guard Fair Share 5 Due - $150

1/8/20 School Instrument Maintenance Due - $60

1/8/20 Color Guard Fair Share 6 Due - $150

1/8/20 Color Guard Winter Uniform Accessories Package - $60

2/5 Color Guard Fair Share 7 - $100

2/5 Jazz Fair Share Payment 2 - $25

***Please bring any outstanding balances up to date as quickly as possible. The Band program as a whole is currently owed slightly less that $16,000.00***

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.








With the holiday season quickly approaching, this is 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