WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

November 29, 2020

THIS WEEK

Parade Rehearsal

Tuesday, Dec. 1st, 3-5pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Rehearsal for the Winter Park Christmas Parade on Saturday, 12/5.

Parade Rehearsal

Thursday, Dec. 3rd, 3-5pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Rehearsal for the Winter Park Christmas Parade on Saturday, 12/5.

Winter Park Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 5th, 7-10am

110 North Park Avenue

Winter Park, FL

ITINERARY WILL BE PUBLISHED MONDAY, 11/30.

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From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,


Welcome back! I hope everyone had a change to take advantage of time to rest and relax this past week - we all needed it.


As of me writing to you, all events over the upcoming two weeks are still scheduled as planned and have been approved by the WPHS administration. I will be in consultation with the school's administration and COVID team to evaluate the current conditions with the number of cases locally, and ensure we are moving forward with the events in the most safe way we are able. If any guidelines change, alterations are made to the schedule, or adjustments to the format of the events you will hear directly from me as soon as I have definitive word.


In order for the Band students to perform in full uniform for the Winter Park Christmas Parade this Saturday, December 5, all Band students must have a pair of marching band shoes. These are shoes specifically designed for marching band, and traditionally the students would have ordered their shoes back in July and have had them for some time now. Students were fitted for shoes on Tuesday, 11/17, and he left shoes for some students from the sizes he had available. The remainder of the shoes were ordered that day, and should be available for students to take home either tomorrow or Tuesday of this week. Marching Band shoes cost $30.00/pair, and payments can be made either on SchoolPay.com or by check made out to WPHS Bands. If you have not yet done so, please make your payment for marching band shoes ASAP.



Looking forward to a fun week!

Mr. Clemente

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From the Band Booster President

Hi everyone.

Just a couple of announcements. Thank you to all who helped on the Friday before break for the game! We so appreciate your support. Thank you also to all of the OPS crew who helped ready the trailer for the parade this weekend!!

Please consider helping with uniform fittings (12/1 during the school day) and ironing uniforms (12/1-12/4 during the school day) to get the students ready for the Christmas parade on 12/5. No experience or skill required—just a willingness to help:) We only have one person signed up so far, so please consider helping, if only for a couple of hours.

Please see the Charms calendar for sign up spots. If you come to iron, please bring an iron/ironing board and if possible, a spray bottle with water. Other supplies will be provided. If you have experience fitting uniforms, please consider helping Jess on 12/1. She would greatly appreciate it. If you do plan to help, you must sign up, so we can have your names at the front desk for check in.

If you did not get a spot for the parade, it will be streamed live on the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page, so please go to that page for additional information. There are also some spots left to volunteer, so please check the Charms calendar.


Thank you everyone! I hope you had a wonderful break.

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WINTER VIDEO RECORDING SESSIONS

In lieu of attempting to hold a Winter Concert, this year the 6 ensembles of the Winter Park Band will be making recordings of pieces that each would play on a traditional end of the first semester performance. These performances will be both recorded in both a video and an audio format, and will be made available to our Band families at no cost.


LaunchED students are welcome and encouraged to join us for these recording sessions. The more full our ensembles are for the recording, the more complete our recordings will turn out. Students will be masked at all times when not actively playing their instrument, and seated at the recommended safe distance on stage. If a LaunchED student, and their family, is still not comfortable performing on campus, they will need to complete an alternate assignment. These recording sessions (or the alternate assignment) will count as a grade in the "Performance" category of the grade book (50% of the student's overall grade for the marking period).


UNIFORM: The student uniform for these recording sessions will be as follows:

  • Ladies - nice top and slacks or skirt, OR knee-length dress; closed toe dress shoes. Festive patterns and colors are encouraged, but not required. All articles of clothing must be school appropriate, and align with the dress code in the OCPS Student Code of Conduct.
  • Gentlemen - shirt and tie, dress pants, closed toe dress shoes. Full suit recommended, if you have one. Festive patterns and colors of the shirt and tie are encouraged, but not required. All articles of clothing must be school appropriate, and align with the dress code in the OCPS Student Code of Conduct.


SCHEDULE:

  • Wednesday, December 9: Concert Band Video Recording Session, 2 - 3:30 PM


  • Wednesday, December 9: Freshman Jazz Band Video Recording Session, 4 - 5:30 PM


  • Wednesday, December 9: Jazz Ensemble I Video Recording Session, 7 - 8:30 PM



  • Thursday, December 10: Jazz Ensemble II Video Recording Session, 3 - 4:30 PM


  • Thursday, December 10: Symphonic Band Video Recording Session, 5 - 6:30 PM


  • Thursday, December 10: Wind Symphony Video Recording Session, 7 - 8:30 PM

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PRIVATE LESSONS

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 michael.clemente@ocps.net.


PRIVATE TEACHER LIST

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NEW PARENT LIAISON

Attention New and Incoming Band Parents - our New Parent Liaison, Beth Visconti, is here to help you with any questions you may have about how to get involved with the Band Program and the Band Boosters. You can reach out to her at any time by email at Bethvisconti407@gmail.com. Please don't hesitate to say hello!

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TECHNOLOGY/COMPUTER ISSUES

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 Donald.Steffey@ocps.net 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!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, December 9: Concert Band Video Recording Session, 2 - 3:30 PM



Wednesday, December 9: Freshman Jazz Band Video Recording Session, 4 - 5:30 PM



Wednesday, December 9: Jazz Ensemble I Video Recording Session, 7 - 8:30 PM



Thursday, December 10: Jazz Ensemble II Video Recording Session, 3 - 4:30 PM



Thursday, December 10: Symphonic Band Video Recording Session, 5 - 6:30 PM



Thursday, December 10: Wind Symphony Video Recording Session, 7 - 8:30 PM

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FINANCES & CHARMS

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



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.



2020-2021 FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS SCHEDULE

WOODWIND/BRASS/PERCUSSION

COLOR GUARD

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