WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

January 22, 2023

THIS WEEK

All-County Band Rehearsal

Tuesday, Jan. 24th, 6-9pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Arrival Time: 6:00 PM


Rehearsal: 6:30 - 9:00 PM


All students who have been selected for this year's All-County Bands are expected to participate in 100% of events. Tardiness to the beginning of rehearsal/performance or leaving early will result in removal from the ensemble. Please plan accordingly!

Winter Guard Rehearsal

Wednesday, Jan. 25th, 6:45-9:30pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

All-County Band Rehearsal

Thursday, Jan. 26th, 6:30-9pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Arrival Time: 6:30 PM


Rehearsal: 7:00 - 9:00 PM


All students who have been selected for this year's All-County Bands are expected to participate in 100% of events. Tardiness to the beginning of rehearsal/performance or leaving early will result in removal from the ensemble. Please plan accordingly!

All-County Band Rehearsal

Friday, Jan. 27th, 8am-4pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Arrival Time: 8:00 AM


Rehearsal: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM


All students who have been selected for this year's All-County Bands are expected to participate in 100% of events. Tardiness to the beginning of rehearsal/performance or leaving early will result in removal from the ensemble. Please plan accordingly!

Winter Guard Rehearsal

Friday, Jan. 27th, 5:30-8:30pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

All-County Band Sound Checks & Concert

Saturday, Jan. 28th, 9am-6pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

9/10 Arrival Time: 9:00 AM

Rehearsal: 9:30 - 11:00 AM


11/12 Arrival Time: 11:00 AM

Rehearsal: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM


Concert Call Time: 3:30 PM

Performance: 4:00 PM


All students who have been selected for this year's All-County Bands are expected to participate in 100% of events. Tardiness to the beginning of rehearsal/performance or leaving early will result in removal from the ensemble. Please plan accordingly!

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From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,


Since November of this school year, select Band and Orchestra students have been working diligently on the herculean task of putting together their parts as the Pit Orchestra for the Winter Park Performing Arts Department production of Sweeney Todd. I hope you got the chance to enjoy one of our performances this weekend! This musical is known not only for its darker themes and thematic material, but also for its challenging and demanding musical score. I am so proud of hard work and effort our students put in, going above and beyond to make this an amazing production! The students of the Pit orchestra are: Peyton Adkinson, Colin Anderson, Tyler Bartell, Gabby Batas, Sam Becker, Barrett Bishop, Ellie Capps, Luca Carrasco, Sarah Clark, ME Conti, Charlie Davey, Aidan Davis, Ben DeLoach, Joshua Dorough, Isaac Faggen, Vera Fodor, Henry Fu, Omari Gregory, Renato Gutierrez, Emily Hsu, Alec Ignjatic, Madelyn Kerst, Keirren Lawson, Thomas Nguyen, Gabriella Olivares-Cely, Jacob Scanlon, Jason Stephenson, Lilah Storch, Emily Strickland, and Josiah Warren.


We had a great time yesterday kicking off our Winter Guard season at the FFCC Premiere hosted by DeLand High School! Our 2023 show is entitled "Can You Keep A Secret?" We can't wait to learn the rest of the show and hope to see you at one of our performances coming up!


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! Later this week, we will release the schedule for students to sign up for one of their hearings with either Mr. Clemente or Mr. Smith. Remember, part of the assignment is that we need to hear you twice before S&E!


This week we welcome students, parents, and directors from across OCPS to our campus on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday as the Winter Park Band hosts this year's OCPS All-County Band festival. This is an exciting week for our extended Band community, and a wonderful opportunity for our students who were selected to participate in the All-County Bands through auditions this past fall. Students should be finishing their work preparing their parts for Tuesday evening's first rehearsal. Remember, 100% attendance is required to participate in the festival. If a student is tardy or leaves early at any time during All-County, that student will be removed from the ensemble.


Looking ahead to next week, we welcome Mr. Keith Galasso to our campus Monday, January 30 and Tuesday, January 31 to work with Freshman Jazz Band, Jazz Ensemble II, and Jazz Ensemble I for our annual Jazz Guest Conductor Workshop. Each band will get to spend class both days working with Mr. Galasso, along with each band having one after school rehearsal. The Workshop culminates with our Jazz Pre-MPA Concert on Tuesday, January 31 at 7 PM in the Auditorium. Looking forward to seeing you there for some great jazz!


Finally, the annual Winter Park Band DOOR-2-DOOR Fundraiser is Saturday, February 4! This event is our biggest fundraiser of the year and has invaluable impact on the finances of the Band program. Participation is required for all students enrolled in all Band classes - concert band, jazz band, and color guard. Students arrive in the Band room at 8 AM to get dressed in either their marching band uniform or concert uniform if they are not in marching band. A light breakfast and full lunch will be provided to keep the students fueled throughout the day, and students must bring their water jug with them for hydration. It's a fun day to hang around with friends and work to build the future of the Winter Park Band!


Let’s make it a great week!

Mr. Clemente

The Sweeney Todd Pit Orchestra

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Winter Guard at FFCC Premiere

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From the Band Booster President, Mrs. Dana Adkinson

  • 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.


  • 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 5 (yes, 5) 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 (ribaric.family@gmail.com)


Dana Adkinson
Band Booster President

dana@keepakefloral.com

cel: 321.217.3243

NYC Tour Corporate Sponsors Update

Packets are ready to go for anyone that knows someone at a business or foundation that might be interested in donating to the New York trip. Email me or text and I will make arrangements to get them to you!


Heather Ribaric

Ribaric.family@gmail.com

407-484-7952

DOOR-2-DOOR UPDATE

Door-to-Door is almost here! Drivers are set, students are paired up so we are almost ready to go! Those that signed up to drive, if you did not get my email sent this past week, please email me and let me know. Drivers will get more specific directions next week. Plan on being at the high school in the orchestra room by 8:15am for a meeting at 8:30am. If your ability to drive for us should change at any time in the next 2 weeks, please let me know ASAP! There are many moving parts and pieces for the day to run smoothly for all. Thank you for volunteering to drive for us!


Heather Ribaric

Ribaric.family@gmail.com

407-484-7952

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SOLO & ENSEMBLE MPA - Continuing to Move Toward Performance Quality!

WHAT'S NEXT

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.


Students should have their Solo& Ensemble music with them in their music folder each day for class.


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: http://www.winterparkhsband.com/solo--ensemble.html

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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

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

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Friday, January 27: All-County Band Rehearsal, 8:00 AM - 4 PM, WPHS

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

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Monday, January 30 - Tuesday, January 31: JAZZ GUEST CONDUCTOR WORKSHOP

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Monday, January 30: Jazz Ensemble II Rehearsal, 2:45 - 4:45 PM

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Monday, January 30: Jazz Ensemble I Rehearsal, 7 - 9 PM

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Tuesday, January 31: Freshman Jazz Band Rehearsal, 2:45 - 4:45 PM

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Tuesday, January 31: JAZZ GUEST CONDUCTOR WORKSHOP / JAZZ Pre-MPA CONCERT, 6:30 PM Call Time

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

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Thursday, February 9 - Friday, February 10: DISTRICT JAZZ MPA, Horizon HS

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Friday, February 10 - Saturday, February 11: DISTRICT SOLO & ENSEMBLE MPA, Horizon HS

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Saturday, February 11: FFCC University HS (Orange City), Winter Guard

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Monday, February 13 - Wednesday, February 15: GUEST CONDUCTOR WORKSHOP

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Monday, February 13: Symphonic Band Rehearsal, 2:45 - 4:45 PM

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Monday, February 13: Wind Symphony Rehearsal, 7 - 9 PM

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Tuesday, February 14: Concert Band Rehearsal, 2:20 - 3:30 PM

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Wednesday, February 15: GUEST CONDUCTOR WORKSHOP / Pre-MPA CONCERT, 7 PM

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Saturday, February 18: FFCC Oviedo HS, Winter Guard

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Thursday, February 23: Orchestra Pre-MPA Concert, 7 PM, Orch. Winds & Perc.

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Saturday, February 25: FFCC Freedom HS, Winter Guard

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Thursday, March 2 - Friday, March 3: DISTRICT CONCERT MPA, East River HS

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Wednesday, March 8: Orchestra MPA, Orch. Winds & Perc.

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Friday, March 10: Band Potluck & Game Night, 5:30 - 8:30 PM

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Saturday, March 11: FFCC University HS (Orlando), Winter Guard

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Monday, March 13 - Friday, March 17: Spring Break

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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 9 - $550 ($500 Chaperone)
    • March 31 - $515 or balance ($465 or balance Chaperone)

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    FINANCES AND CUTTIME

    PAST DUE Band & Color Guard Payments

    • May 3: Band Registration Fair Share: $25


    Band

    • 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 CutTime.net 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 Michael.Clemente@ocps.net. For questions regarding your CutTime account or statement, contact the Band Booster Treasurer, Kim Somers, at kimrosesomers@gmail.com.

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    Help the Band with Amazon Smile!

    Make a difference for Band students with every day purchases! Shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/27-0964817 to generate donations for Winter Park High School Band Alumni Association Inc. Once this charity is selected, always type in Smile.Amazon.com 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".

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    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

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