WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

August 22, 2021


Marching Band Rehearsal

Tuesday, Aug. 24th, 6-8:30pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Marching Band Rehearsal

Thursday, Aug. 26th, 2:45-5pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Away Football Game

Friday, Aug. 27th, 5-10:30pm

12500 Narcoossee Road

Orlando, FL


Uniform: Full Marching Band Uniform


From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,

Congratulations to the SOTW! We had a great night on Friday, and now have out first stadium performance under our belts. I am proud of the way the students carried themselves on and off the field - they represented their school and community well!

THANK YOU to all of our parent chaperones and physical operations crew for all your work Friday evening. Robyn Fodor and Keith Gavin led the way coordinating both sets of parent volunteers. Parents - chaperoning is lots of fun! You get to meet your student's peers, free transportation to and from the games, and free admission. Please reach out to either Robyn or Keith and sign up for an upcoming chaperone opportunity.

Our performance at the away football game this week will be our first in full marching band uniform. A reminder that students need to have their 2021 Show Shirt, black spandex shorts, tall black socks (crew length), and the black marching band shoe. All other pieces of the uniform are stored at school and students will change into uniform when they arrive on Friday. If you have any questions, or are not sure if your student has all the pieces needed for the full uniform, please email the directors when you read this.

Timeliness was much improved this week at all our events. Thank you so much for your efforts and attentions to this. It's always good to remember:

"To be early is to be on time,

to be on time is to be late,

to be late is unacceptable."

Band is a co-curricular course, meaning Band activities are all a part of the Band class curriculum. ALL WPHS Band students are expected to be on time and in attendance for the full duration of any rehearsal, performance, or event that is a part of their class. Students who are late or not in attendance miss crucial material and will lose out on points for that grade in the grade book. In the case of sudden illness, family emergency, death in the immediate family, or or other emergency, parent communication must be sent to the directors. In the case of a future unavoidable conflict, (family wedding or the like) parents must communicate with the directors with a minimum of 60 days notice, per Band Handbook policy. With advanced parent communication, the vast majority of schedule conflicts can be alleviated or eliminated entirely. All parents and students are responsible for being aware of the Band calendar and all Band events.

Extra Show Shirts: Extra Show Shirts have been ordered, and are expected to be ready for pickup this week. Your student will be given the shirts at school to take home. If you missed out on the first order, we will be placing another order in a few weeks for anyone else interested.

Let's make it a great week!

Mr. Clemente


From the Band Booster President, Natalie Storch

Week of August 22, 2021

Hello band family!

It was so great to hear and see the students playing at the pep rally on Thursday night and our first game of the season on Friday. A HUGE thank you to the volunteers who helped make the game possible riding buses and making sure our students were well taken care of. I had a wonderful time seeing/meeting all of the “new” band volunteers and will look forward to seeing you again very soon. We welcome all help!! Thank you for dedicating your Friday night to the band students! A special thank you to the OPS crew—who worked through the rain, mud, and heat to help make the band look and sound great!

Please take a look at the calendar for volunteer opportunities for the upcoming games. Next week is an away game, so if you have never chaperoned an away game, it is a lot of fun, too. We still have some spots, and admission to the game for volunteers if free. If you cannot chaperone next week, please consider another game—the season will be over sooner than you think, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to get to know the other parents/students. If you have questions about how this works, please let us know. Also, if you are interested in helping with the OPS crew, please email Keith Gavin at, and he can add you to the OPS communication list. It’s a great group, and they’d love to have you!

Stay tuned for volunteer opportunities for uniform help, and if are interested in helping in this area but do not know what it entails, please contact Robyn Fodor at, who is our volunteer coordinator-extraordinaire!!

Have a great week everyone. We’ll see you Friday!



Ad space and sponsorships are now available for purchase in the 2021-22 Band Program. This program is distributed free at all concerts during the school year and includes a mix of advertising that ranges from local business ads, student dedications and sponsorships from local business or families.

60% of any ads sold by your student will be credited to their account, helping to defray financial obligation to the Band. Parents can also purchase an ad to celebrate their student, with 60% of the purchase price coming back to you as a fundraising credit.

Ad pricing ranges as low as $65 (business card size) and runs all the way up to $325 (full-page ad). Information packets were distributed at band camp. Additional information can be accessed on the Band website by clicking on the “About” link and then selecting Band Boosters. Here you can access both the instructions and order form as well as examples of previously run ads.

Ad purchases close September 30, 2021. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to celebrate your student or spotlight your business while earning credit towards your student’s fair share expenses.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email:

-Julie Capps


All-State Auditions

Dear Winter Park Band families,

Registration is now open for those students wishing to audition for this year's Florida All-State Ensembles. If you are planning to sit for the audition this year, please use the link below to register for your audition(s):

All-State Audition Registration Form 2021 (must be signed in to your OCPS Google account)

Required prepared etudes and all other required scales are available using this link:

All-State Audition Requirements 2021

Registration is due no later than this Thursday, August 26.

As indicated on the Band calendar, All-State Auditions will take place this year on Saturday, September 18, at Ocoee HS. A schedule of audition times will be sent out in the coming weeks when it becomes available.

The directors are available for help preparing your audition. Please email both Mr. Smith and Mr. Clemente to set up an appointment time so you can get individual help. Even just that act of performing your audition in front of others can be key to successful audition!


Band Calendar

  • With our switch to the CutTime data management system, the Charms calendar is no longer being used. Please take a moment to sync the new Band Calendar to your digital devices using the links below:
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    By now, all students and parents/guardians should have received a "You're invited to join Winter Park High School Band's data management system" email from the email address. Another round of these emails was sent Sunday, 7/11 around 1 PM. Please follow the instructions in this email to log into your CutTime account if you have not done so already. If you search your inbox and still have not received or cannot find this email, please email both me and Mr. Smith directly at and

    Once you have logged into your CutTime account I ask that all students and parents please scroll down to the Contact/Demographic Information section. Then, find the dropdown menu next to Mobile Provider and select your mobile provider from the list. This will enable the directors to communicate with parents and students via text message, which is a vital channel throughout the school year. If a service provider is not selected on your profile, text messages sent through CutTime will not be send to your mobile device. Thank you for attending to this!


    Volunteer Opportunities 2021-2022

    Hello Winter Park Band Families!

    Although we are just wrapping up another school year, I am thinking about volunteer needs for this summer and next school year and want to put this information out there for parents to consider.

    Here is a description of needs the band has throughout the year. Opportunities exist at different times of the year, different times of the day and for different time commitments. Stepping up to volunteer even once is a huge help and you don’t have to have any prior knowledge. Please take a moment to consider if you may be able to help with any of the following areas.

    Uniform help:

    Time: late summer and fall football season (until November). Daytime and evenings.

    Areas of need (can help with one or all three areas): 1. Uniform fittings at end of summer (no sewing- uniforms have snaps) 2. Wash and iron a few times during the season (usually each volunteer takes home 10 or fewer uniforms) 3. Help out Jessica Fox (uniform chairperson) in the uniform room before and after games. All areas are organized by Jessica, so all you have to do is show up!


    Chaperone games, MPA’s:

    Time: during football season starting Aug. 20 and most Fridays until the first week in Nov. Evenings.

    Area of need: 7 parent chaperones per game to ride with students to games from approx. 5-10 pm. Volunteer once or several games. It’s a bit of a time commitment, but it goes by fast and is fun! Chaperone MPA’s: these competitions can be on Saturday or during the week and usually happen during the daytime.


    Operations for fall football games: Contact Keith Gavin ( to help with band instruments and equipment for the games, MPA’s and Parades.


    Time: band camp late summer. Daytime and evenings.

    Area of need: help serve meals during camp and clean up after. Meals this year will be lunches one week and dinner one week. It’s possible to help one day or several days.

    Contact: Ellen DeLoach at

    Driving students during the Door-to-Door fundraiser

    Time: a half-day on a Saturday in February.

    Area of need: about 50 parent drivers to take 2-4 students to a designated neighborhood in Winter Park to walk door-to-door to collect money for the band. It’s the most important fund raiser of the year! There will be more information later in the year, but you can also contact Heather with questions:

    Contact: Heather Ribaric

    Thanks for reading and considering helping out! There will be more info posted about these opportunities as the needs arise and you can contact me at anytime for more information:

    Robyn Fodor



    Friday, September 3: Home Football Game


    Monday, September 6: NO SCHOOL/Labor Day Holiday


    Friday, September 10: Away Football Game


    Friday, September 17: Home Football Game


    Saturday, September 18: All-State Auditions, Ocoee HS


    Wednesday, September 22: Homecoming Parade and "Pep Rally"


    Friday, September 24: Home Football Game - Homecoming


    Wednesday, September 29: FALL CONCERT, 7 PM


    Friday, October 1: Away Football Game


    Saturday, October 2: Fall Mini-Camp, 9 AM - 5 PM


    Thursday, October 7: Home Football Game


    Saturday, October 9: Jazz Ensemble I @ Winter Park Autumn Art Festival


    Tuesday, October 12: The United States Marine Band, the "President's Own," concert, 7:30 PM, WPHS Auditorium


    Friday, October 22: Home Football Game - Senior Night


    Thursday, October 28: Away Football Game


    Friday, November 5: Away Football Game


    Saturday, November 6: MARCHING BAND MPA



    Upcoming Band Payments:

    • Fair Share Payment 2 - $50.00 Due 9/1

    Past Due Band Payments:

    • Band Registration Fair Share - $25.00 Due 5/4
    • Fair Share Payment 1 - $100.00 Due 7/28
    • Marching Band Uniform Shoes (if needed) - $35.00 Due 7/28

    Viewing your Student's Financial Account in CutTime:

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

    To access Cut Time, follow these steps.

    • Go to and click “SIGN IN” in the top right-hand corner.
    • Enter your Username or Email and Password You are now on your profile, where you can access our calendar and handouts and files. Click “Update Info” tab to input or update contact information. Don’t forget to click “Update” when you are finished.
    • Click the “Finances” tab to view financial statements.

    For questions concerning general Band inquiries, Band financial obligations, or to request a payment plan, contact Mr. Clemente, at For questions regarding your CutTime account or statement, contact the Band Booster Treasurer, Lori Gavin, at






    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



    Help the Band with Amazon Smile!

    Make a difference for Band students with every day purchases! Shop at to generate donations for Winter Park High School Band Alumni Association Inc. Once this charity is selected, always type in to place orders.

    **NEW THIS YEAR!...To enable AmazonSmile on the Amazon mobile app:

    • Open the app (sign in) and touch the three horizontal lines in the top left corner. Select "See All Programs" , then select "AmazonSmile".


    WPHS Band Social Media

    We've been posting lots of photos our social media platforms, and we will continue to post updates, photos, video, and other media to those pages throughout the year. Follow the Band!

    • Facebook: @winterparkhsband
    • Instagram: @winterparkhsband
    • Twitter: @wphs_bands