WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

December 12, 2021


End of Second Marking Period

Friday, Dec. 17th, 2:30pm

This is an online event.


From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,

What a great week of performances to wrap up this semester!

Congratulations to the Orchestra Winds & Percussion along with our students who double both in Orchestra and Band on their performance at Winterfest this past Tuesday! Look for their next performance in the Spring semester at Orchestra MPA.

Congratulations to ALL our Band students on their performances on Thursday night's Winter Band Concert. The concert bands and jazz ensembles now turn their attention to preparing their next performances at District MPA in February (Jazz) or March (Concert).

Congratulations to the Color Guard on their performance at their Winter Color Guard Showcase on Friday evening. The Color Guard now turns their focus to Winter Guard and begins to prepare their performance for competition this winter/spring.

I'm so proud of all of our students for their work this fall semester. It was no small task to put everything together from the beginning of marching band camp in July until the culmination of the Winter Concert cycle this past week, out Winter Park Band students have been outstanding. The musicianship the exhibit each day during rehearsals in class, their work to go above and beyond auditioning for All-State and All--County, their friendliness towards each other, and countless other small, everyday moments are what make the Band such a great place to be!

Thank you so much to our Band parents and extended families for their support in attending our concerts and allowing our ensembles to feel the appreciation for their hours of hard work and preparation for our performances. I know the students deeply appreciate your applause and congratulations!

Moving into winter break, all our students should make plans to bring their instruments and music folders home for the extended break. Students will have lots of music to be looking at and preparing for the Spring semester, including Solo & Ensemble pieces, Concert MPA repertoire, and Jazz MPA repertoire. Our ensembles will benefit from that practice time students are able to carve out of break whenever they are able. A rising tide raises all boats!

I sincerely wish all our Band families a restful, relaxing, and well-deserved Winter Break. It promises to be an interesting break for my family, as my wife Sarah and I anticipate the arrival of our son. Thank you all for your kind words, encouragement, and help throughout the fall. I'll keep everyone posted whenever I have news to share.

Have a great last week of the semester, and a great Winter Break! Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to all. I look forward to seeing everyone again in the New Year!

Mr. Clemente


From the Band Booster President, Natalie Storch

Week of December 12, 2021

Hello everyone. What fun concerts with beautiful and fun music this week! I LOVE hearing the students play, and Winterfest and the band concerts were so enjoyable and festive! Thank you to the students who kept things together for an inexperienced conductor!! Mr. Clemente and Mr. Smith make it look so effortless Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the directors’ gifts—I will deliver those tomorrow—before the "week before the holiday" rush is at its peak.

Please consider signing up for Door-2-Door sooner rather than later—it takes a lot of work to make the groups for driving, and it helpful to have a good list of volunteers early-- so please sign up as soon as possible for a really FUN day, and the biggest band fundraiser of the year (students get credit in their accounts for their participation and parent volunteers earn credit for their student's account for participation also).

Have a restful break, safe travels if you are leaving town, and enjoy the change of pace!! Thank you to everyone who has done so much to help so far this year. Our band booster board is amazing, and the parent volunteers who are committed to helping really do make a difference in our wonderful students’ experiences. Thank you!!




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 should have their accompanist THIS WEEK before we leave for Winter Break.

Music orders were placed last Wednesday, 12/1, and Thursday, 12/2. Music has begun to arrive at school and will be passed out to the students once as soon as possible. So long as nothing is backordered, all students should have their music before leaving for Winter Break.

Winter Break time is great for short, focused bursts of practicing in between long spells of relaxation. Watching some Netflix? Take 5 minutes between episodes and learn or work on 4-8 measures. Watching college football bowl games? Practice during the commercial breaks. Company over and you can’t play loud? Silent practice can be just as effective as playing full. Practice your breathing spots along with fingerings with a metronome and headphones. This will pay huge dividends in your preparation of your piece.

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

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 University HS on February 11 and 12. 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. There is a small assessment fee per event, typically $5.00 - 7.00.

  • 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.


DOOR-2-DOOR FUNDRAISER - Saturday, 2/5

DOOR-2-DOOR - our biggest and most important fundraiser of the year is coming in early February and the day will arrive faster than we’d all like to think. In short, our Winter Park Band students will go door-to-door asking our Winter Park HS community for donations on Saturday, February 5. As a mandatory fundraiser, each student receives a "share" of the funds raised that day. Shares typically fall somewhere between $70.00 - $90.00.

PARENTS - We need you! Our parents literally make this fundraiser work by transporting groups of students around our WPHS attendance zone. Parents who volunteer to drive for DOOR-@-DOOR will earn their student another "share" to use toward band fees. If you haven’t signed up to drive, please do so this week, if possible. For every driver that signs up I need 3 things:

  1. Copy of drivers 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.
  3. A screenshot of your active and approved Additions status.

If you’re not Additions approved yet, but would like to drive, go ahead and get that approval right away at:

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 and send me the info as soon as possible.

Thank you for all you do!

Robyn Fodor


Big picture

Pride of the Wildcats - Winter Park Band Fleet Vehicle Support and Improvement

We are very proud of our Operations side of the Winter Park Band. We have a dedicated group of parents that take the Winter Park Band & Color Guard to all their events. However, without the use of the large tractor trailer that transports our equipment to and from each marching band event and the small trailer for color guard the task would be next to impossible.

Through the years, the operations group has made many changes to the trailers to improve the functionality for the Winter Park Band. Historically, all of the monies have been raised through private contributions of a select groups of parents and through the Alumni Foundation. Because of this the need of a full fundraiser event to deflect the cost of the band operations was never really until now.

In effort to maintain our large trailer’s top-notch condition, we are planning to do some MAJOR repairs and improvements to the trailer that is now in its 15th year of service for WPHS band. Additionally, we need to either replace (preferable) the small trailer or make it road worthy again.

Some of the items on our list of improvements are costly, including:

  • Repairing some minor damage to larger trailer
  • Repainting the lower section of the large trailer
  • Rewrapping the upper section of the large trailer
  • Replace wheel bearings on front axle
  • Moving the back stairway to the back of the trailer
  • Replacing or repairing the small trailer
  • And other improvements to keep our kids and volunteers safe.

Since we are re-wrapping the large trailer, we will be selling sponsor spots on the larger trailer to defray the cost. There are 10 spots that are available for $1,000 each and the entire front of the trailer for $5,000. These opportunities are a great way to support the Winter Park Band and they are also tax deductible.

Please contact Keith Gavin at for further information on donations or to provide the goods or services to the improvements that are so desperately needed.

We will be also seeking volunteers to help at a Trailer Work- Days throughout the month of January. We will be repairing minor body damage, painting the trailer and removing the old logos. Please contact Keith Gavin @ if you can assist.


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:
  • ______________________________________________________


    Monday December 20 - Monday, January 3, 2022: Winter Break


    Wednesday, January 5: Wind Symphony Sectionals, 1:30 - 2:30 PM


    Tuesday, January 11: Incoming Freshman Parent/Student Meeting, 7 - 8 PM


    Tuesday, January 18 - Wednesday, January 19: Jazz Guest Artist Workshop with Prof. Jeff Rupert


    Tuesday, January 18: Jazz Ensemble II Rehearsal, 2:45 - 4:45 PM


    Tuesday, January 18: Jazz Ensemble I Rehearsal, 7 - 9 PM


    Wednesday, January 19: Freshman Jazz Band Rehearsal, 1:30 - 3:30 PM




    Tuesday, January 25: All-County Band Rehearsal, 6 - 9 PM


    Thursday, January 27: All-County Band Rehearsal, 6 - 9 PM


    Friday, January 28: All-County Band Rehearsal, 8:30 - 4 PM


    Saturday, January 29: All-County Band Sound Checks and Concert


    Saturday, February 5: DOOR-2-DOOR FUNDRAISER, 8 AM - 4 PM, mandatory for all Band students


    Thursday, February 10: District Jazz MPA


    Friday, February 11 - Saturday, February 12: District Solo & Ensemble MPA


    Wednesday, February 16: Wind Symphony Rehearsal, 1:30 - 3 PM


    Thursday, February 17 - Saturday, February 19: Guest Conductor Workshop


    Thursday, February 17: Symphonic Band Rehearsal, 2:45 - 4:45 PM


    Thursday, February 17: Wind Symphony Rehearsal, 7 - 9 PM


    Friday, February 18: Concert Band Rehearsal, 2:30 - 3:30 PM


    Saturday, February 19: Wind Symphony Sound Check, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM


    Saturday, February 19: Symphonic Band Sound Check, 1 - 2 PM


    Saturday, February 19: Concert Band Sound Check, 2:30 - 3:30 PM


    Saturday, February 19: GUEST CONDUCTOR WORKSHOP CONCERT, 3:30 pm call time


    Wednesday, February 23: Wind Symphony Rehearsal, 1:30 - 3 PM


    Wednesday, March 2: Wind Symphony Rehearsal, 1:30 - 3 PM


    Thursday, March 3 - Saturday, March 5: DISTRICT CONCERT MPA, Cypress Creek HS


    Wednesday, March 9: Senior Concerto Competition Auditions, 1:30 - 3 PM


    Friday, March 11 - Friday, March 18: Spring Break



    Upcoming Band Payments:

    • Jazz Fair Share Payment 2 - $20.00 Due 1/12/2022
    • School Instrument Semester 2 Maintenance - $60.00 Due 1/12/2022

    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
    • Fair Share Payment 2 - $50.00 Due this Wednesday, 9/1
    • Jazz Fair Share - $20.00 Due 10/6 (if applies)
    • Semester 1 School Instrument Maintenance - $60.00 Due 10/6 (if applies)

    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
    • Tik Tok: @winterparkhsband