WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

March 28, 2021

THIS WEEK

Percussion Help Clinic

Tuesday, March 30th, 6-8pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Interested in playing percussion in the 2021 "Sound of the Wildcats" Marching Band? Help prepare for the upcoming Marching Percussion Placement Auditions by attending our Help Clinics! Open to all students current grade 8 - 11 interested in playing percussion, and current percussionists grade 9 - 11 are expected to attend.

Student Leadership Interviews

Wednesday, March 31st, 1:30-4pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Students interested in interviewing for a position on the Student Leadership Team must complete the following no later than tomorrow, March 29:


Step 1: Complete the Student Leadership Interview Form


Step 2: Sign up for an inter view time on the Student Leadership Interview Signup Sheet

Band Booster Meeting

Wednesday, March 31st, 7-8pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

All Band parents are welcome (as always) to this week's Band Booster Meeting. You may choose to attend either in person at the main campus Band room, or virtually via the Zoom link below. We will be discussing end of the year performances and activities, recruitment efforts for incoming students, tentative schedule for next year's Band calendar, and more. Looking forward to seeing you all there!



Topic: Band Booster Meeting

Time: Mar 31, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


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From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,


Congratulations to Ben Johnston, Adam Maulfair, Kang Muscatello, and Charlie Schmitt on their performances with this year's All-County Jazz Ensembles this past Saturday at West Orange HS! Especially with All-County Jazz being one of the first events cancelled by the pandemic last spring, it was great to get back to having that event live and in-person!


Congratulations to the Winter Park Winter Guard on a great show to wrap up their competitive season this past Saturday at FFCC Championships in Daytona Beach. Katina Ebalo, Sydney Gevers, Dayton Johnson, Kathy Le, and Evan Muller - along with expert guidance from staff members Mariel Kitaif and Kiana Young, and our team of parents led by Kim Muller - overcame lots of hurdles this year and continued to give wonderful performances week after week. I'm very proud of their work ethic and perseverance this winter/spring!


Student Leadership Interviews will take place this Wednesday, March 31, after school in the Band office. Please contact both Mr. Clemente and Mr. Smith if you are on LaunchED and will need your interview to be conducted virtually.


Parents: Please see below from our Band Booster President Natalie Storch. We look forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday evening.


Let's have a great week!

Mr. Clemente

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From the Band Booster President

Week of March 28, 2021

Hello band parents. Please join us for a Band Booster meeting this Wednesday, March 31 at 7pm in the band room (all social distancing/masking protocols in place) or via Zoom.


Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87649715311?pwd=Zm96cTNTcXp2QXYxZFFjc083UUFjUT09


Meeting ID: 876 4971 5311

Passcode: 777057


We will talk about the rest of this year, open Band Booster Board positions for next year (please consider helping)--including Secretary, Communications, Ad Sales, Provisions (helper), Uniform Helper, etc.


Remember, you are a Band Booster if you are a band parent/guardian, so we look forward to seeing everyone there. I'll send another reminder. The meeting should not last more than 45 minutes to an hour.


Please encourage anyone you know who will be new to WPHS band next year (or who is considering it) to attend the new parent meeting/student ice breaker on April 21, 2021, at 6pm.


Have a great week everyone.

Natalie Storch

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All-County HS Jazz II - Ben J. and Adam M.

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All-County HS Jazz I - Kang M. and Charlie S.

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Winter Guard at FFCC Championships

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Student Leadership Interviews

Students who are not currently section leaders and are interested in interviewing for a position on the Student Leadership Team for the 2021-2022 school year must complete the following no later than tomorrow, March 29:


Step 1: Complete the Student Leadership Interview Form


Step 2: Sign up for an inter view time on the Student Leadership Interview Signup Sheet

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Wind Symphony 2021-2022 Auditions

Audition requirements and materials for the 2021-2022 Winter Park Wind Symphony are now available on the Band website. Please click on the link below for more information.


http://www.winterparkhsband.com/auditions.html


I look forward to hearing lots of well-prepared auditions. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the directors if you need help preparing any part of the audition. Happy practicing!

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Jazz Ensemble I 2021-2022 Audiitons

Audition requirements and materials for the 2021-2022 Winter Park Jazz Ensemble I are now available. Please click on the link below for more information.


https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ZlDfF65C_dvYLqD4Sgj1v9mkI02e0S2e?usp=sharing


I look forward to hearing lots of well-prepared auditions. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the directors if you need help preparing any part of the audition. Happy practicing!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, April 5 - Tuesday, April 6 - Jazz Guest Artist Workshop

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Monday, April 5 - Jazz Ensemble II Rehearsal, 2:45 - 4 PM

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Monday, April 5 - Jazz Ensemble I Rehearsal, 4:30 - 6 PM

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Tuesday, April 6 - Freshman Jazz Band Rehearsal, 4 - 4:30 PM

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Tuesday, April 6 - Jazz Guest Artist Workshop Concert, 7 PM

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Wednesday, April 7 - Thursday, April 8 - Band Guest Conductor Workshop

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Wednesday, April 7 - Concert Band Rehearsal, 1:10 - 2 PM

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Wednesday, April 7 - Wind Symphony Rehearsal, 2:30 - 4 PM

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Thursday, April 8 - Symphonic Band Rehearsal, 3 - 4:30 PM

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Thursday, April 8 - Band Guest Conductor Workshop Concert, 7 PM

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Monday, April 12 - Thursday, April 15 - Wind Symphony Auditions, after school

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Tuesday, April 13 - Percussion Help Clinic, 6 - 8 PM

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Tuesday, April 20 - Thursday, April 22 - Jazz Ensemble I Auditions, after school

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Tuesday, April 20 - Percussion Help Clinic, 6 - 8 PM

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Wednesday, April 21 - Incoming Freshman Ice-Breakers/Parent Information Meeting, 6 - 8 PM

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Tuesday, April 27 - Percussion Help Clinic, 6 - 8 PM

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Wednesday, April 28 - SPRING JAZZ CONCERT, 7 PM

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Thursday, April 29 - SPRING BAND CONCERT, 7 PM

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Friday, April 30 - Color Guard Try-outs

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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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FINANCES & CHARMS

At this point in the year, all past due student balances should be brought up to date. Please see below for a "how-to" to check your student's account in 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
  • Marching Band Shoes - $30.00 Due 11/30
  • Jazz Fair Share Payment 2 (if applies) - $15.00 Due 1/6/21
  • School Instrument Semester 2 Maintenance (if applies) - $60.00 Due 1/6/21
  • Fair Share Payment 3 - $75.00 Due 3/3



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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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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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.


**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".

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