WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

January 3, 2023


Pit Orchestra Rehearsal

Tuesday, Jan. 3rd, 1-4pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

For students performing with the Pit Orchestra for this year's production ofSweeney Todd.

Begin 3rd Marking Period

Wednesday, Jan. 4th, 12am

This is an online event.

Pit Orchestra Rehearsal

Thursday, Jan. 5th, 2:45-5pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

For students performing with the Pit Orchestra for this year's production ofSweeney Todd.

Winter Guard Rehearsal

Friday, Jan. 6th, 3:30-6:30pm

528 Huntington Avenue

Winter Park, FL


From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,

Happy New Year! I hope all the families of our Band community had a safe and relaxing holiday break. I am excited to see everyone again on Wednesday and to get back to doing what we love - being together and making music!

Don't forget to make plans to bring your instrument and folder back to school tomorrow morning! If you have a large instrument and will be dropping it off at the Band room before school Wednesday, Mr. Smith and I will have everything unlocked and open by 6:50 AM. All classes will be right back to our routines Wednesday, and you need your instrument so we can hear your sound contributing to the ensemble!

All students should be squared away with an accompanist for Solo & Ensemble if you are performing a solo that requires accompaniment. Anyone who is performing in an ensemble should have a schedule of rehearsals set with your fellow ensemble members to be sure you are prepared to perform in early February. We will be discussing S&E frequently in class over the coming weeks, and everyone must have a copy of their S&E music with them daily in their Band folder. Please do not hesitate to ask Mr. Smith and me questions concerning preparation for S&E - the earlier you ask, the more we can help!

The Pit Orchestra for Sweeney Todd will have rehearsals this week on Tuesday, January 3 from 1 - 4 PM and Thursday, January 5 from 2:45 - 5 PM. I'm excited for our show to go up two weeks from Thursday!

Winter Guard also hits the ground running again as they prepare for FFCC Premiere in a couple weeks. We can't wait to see your 2023 show come to life!

Welcome back, and looking forward to an exciting second semester!

Mr. Clemente


From the Band Booster President, Mrs. Dana Adkinson

Happy New Year!

As we begin the new year, a couple things that need your attention right away:

  • Now begins the crunch to prep for Door-to-Door, the year’s biggest fundraiser for the band! Please see Robyn Fodor's message below in this newsletter for specific info on that. We do need 22 (yes, 22!) more volunteers for our February 4th day of door to door-ing. Even if your child insists that you don’t enter his or her world, this is the ONE time to ignore that plea. The success of our Door to Door fundraiser is directly proportionate to the number of bodies that work that fundraiser on that day .. the more feet we have walking door to door (driven in cars by fabulous parents!), the greater the funds raised. You just have to drive a car full of sweet band kids around .. super easy! Contact Heather to submit copies of your driver’s license and car insurance info and with any questions (

  • If you have contacts with large-scale donors, corporations or foundations that may be able to assist with underwriting even a small portion of our Carnegie Hall trip, please contact Heather Ribaric, me or the directors with that information.

Dana Adkinson
Band Booster President

cel: 321.217.3243


Door 2 Door - our biggest and most important fundraiser of the year is coming Saturday, February 4th, and the day will arrive faster than we’d all like to think! To make this fundraiser possible, we need parent drivers!

How does it work?

Each parent is given a carefully crafted map to drive, based on previous years results. We try to keep you close to your home, if possible. Each driver takes 4 kiddos in their uniforms to walk the part of the neighborhood on your map and collect money door-to-door. The students split up into groups of two and each group takes a side of the street. You are able to stay in your car and move along with them or get out and walk. You and your group return for lunch and to change groups with a new map for the afternoon.

This is a tradition for the Sound of the Wildcats and many neighbors expect our arrival, as we do it the same Saturday every year. We also have special permission from the City of Winter Park, so our kids are safe.

For all students, the fundraiser puts money directly into their band accounts! For any parents that sign up to drive, your child will receive an additional portion of the proceeds that will go directly into their account.

What you need to do:

For every driver that signs up I need 3 things:
1. Copy of driver's license
2. Copy of insurance card that will be valid at time of D2D. If it’s renewing between now and February, wait to send me the updated info, but send me an email letting me know that.
3. A screenshot of your active/approved Additions status.

It may seem like there’s plenty of time, but I need to have this information collected over Winter Break and we will all be so busy with the holidays, it’s helpful if you can sign up now and send me the info as soon as possible. Heather Ribaric, our map organizer extraordinaire, will begin doing her magic with all those maps by the first week of January.

The links for Additions and Sign-up Genius are below:

Here is the link for Additions approval:

Here is the Sign-Up Genius Link:

If you're signed up on Additions, but not finding that Additions page you need for your screenshot, here is the link and instructions to find your status:

1. sign in (yep- you've got to remember that login info!)

2. If you do this on your computer, your picture and active status will pop right up. Take a picture and send that to me.

3. If you do this on your phone: once you sign In, it will say, "Welcome (your name)", scroll down to the bottom of the page where it says "more" and click on that. The next screen should show your picture and say "active". That's the page I need a screenshot of.

And I also need the driver's license and insurance card showing a date that's valid at the time of D2D in February

Remember, please only sign up if you are able to drive, however, we certainly understand sometimes there are unforeseen circumstances. We will be driving four kids for each car.

Please note that the sign ups are from 8-5. The sign ups are created like that because accommodating 1/2 day is very challenging to schedule. If you are unable to do all day, but can do 1/2 day, please let us know. We will put you on hold and see what our need is closer to February.

Warm regards,

Robyn Fodor


SOLO & ENSEMBLE MPA - Moving Into Winter Break


Students now have selected their pieces, formed their ensembles, and should be setting about preparing for February's performance at Solo & Ensemble. If a student chooses to play a solo, they are responsible for providing a piano accompanist. If you are in search of an accompanist, please consult this list of piano accompanists on the Band website. Students who have not secured an accompanist need to see Mr. Clemente and Mr. Smith immediately after break.

Band students have two performance options to complete the Solo and Ensemble project:

  • Option 1: Solo and Ensemble MPA. Solo and Ensemble MPA takes place each year at the beginning of February and is hosted by a school in our district, this year Horizon HS on February 10 and 11. This event is put on by the Florida Bandmasters Association(FBA), and allows students to perform for an adjudicator for a rating. Adjudicators for this event are professors, teachers, and performers from across the state of Florida, and students have the opportunity to receive feedback on their performance from someone who is an expert on their instrument. Students perform either a solo or chamber ensemble piece from the FBA Solo and Ensemble Required Music List, and may perform in up to 4 different events. The Band program pays for the event registration for all participating students.

  • Option 2: Solo and Ensemble Recital Option. For students who choose not to perform at the Solo and Ensemble MPA put on by FBA, those students will perform as part of our Solo and Ensemble Recital at school. This year, that recital will take place in the Band Room on Wednesday, February 5, beginning at 1:30 PM. Students must select a piece from the FBA Solo and Ensemble Required Music List, and the performances will be adjudicated by both Mr. Smith and Mr. Clemente. Ms. Young would adjudicate color guard solos.

Links to all forms/lists below can be found at:



Tuesday, January 3: Pit Orchestra Rehearsal, 1 - 4 PM, Band room


Wednesday, January 4: Begin Third Marking Period


Wednesday, January 4: Wind Symphony Percussion Sectionals, 1:30 PM - 3 PM


Thursday, January 5: Pit Orchestra Rehearsal, 2:45 - 5 PM, Band room


Monday, January 9: Pit Orchestra Sitzprobe, 3 - 6 PM, Band room


Tuesday, January 10: Incoming Student & Parent Information Meeting, 7 - 8 PM, Band room


Wednesday, January 11 - Saturday, January 14: All-State/FMEA Conference, Tampa


Monday, January 16 - Wednesday, January 18: Sweeney Todd Pit Orchestra Tech Week


Thursday, January 19 - Saturday, January 21: Sweeney Todd Performances


Tuesday, January 24: All-County Band Rehearsal, 6 - 9 PM, WPHS


Thursday, January 26: All-County Band Rehearsal, 6:30 - 9 PM, WPHS


Friday, January 27: All-County Band Rehearsal, 8:30 AM - 4 PM, WPHS


Saturday, January 28: All-County Band Sound Checks & Concert


Monday, January 30 - Tuesday, January 31: Jazz Guest Conductor Workshop


Saturday, February 4: ANNUAL DOOR-2-DOOR FUNDRAISER, participation required for all WPHS Band students


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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    New York Tour Payment Schedule

    New York Tour Payment Schedule - subject to change
    • September 9 - $380 ($380 Chaperone) - Initial Deposit
    • November 11 - $610 ($560 Chaperone)
    • December 9 - $610 ($560 Chaperone)
    • February 10 - $550 ($500 Chaperone)
    • March 31 - $515 or balance ($465 or balance Chaperone)



    PAST DUE Band & Color Guard Payments

    • May 3: Band Registration Fair Share: $25


    • July 27: Full Fair Share Payment OR Fair Share Payment 1: $225 OR $100
    • July 27: Marching Band Shoes (new/replacement): $38 fundraising credit cannot be used for this item
    • July 27: Extra Show Shirts (optional): $10/shirt fundraising credit cannot be used for this item
    • August 31: Fair Share Payment 2 - $50
    • October 5: Jazz Fair Share Payment 1 - $20.00 (Jazz Students Only)
    • October 5: Semester 1 Instrument Maintenance - $60.00 (if applies)

    Color Guard

    • July 27: Full Fall Fair Share Payment OR Fall Fair Share Payment 1: $325 OR $100
    • July 27: Marching Band Shoes (new/replacement): $38 fundraising credit cannot be used for this item
    • July 27: Extra Show Shirts (optional): $10/shirt fundraising credit cannot be used for this item
    • August 31: Fall Fair Share Payment 2 - $125
    • October 5: Fall Color Guard Fair Share Payment 3 - $100.00
    • October 5: Semester 1 Instrument Maintenance - $60.00

    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, Kim Somers, 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.

    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 @wphs_flutes @wphsclarinets @wpsaxes @wphs_trumpets @wphs.trombones @wphstubas @winterparkhspercussion @winterparkcolorguard @wphs.drumajors
    • Twitter: @wphs_bands
    • Tik Tok: @winterparkhsband