WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

January 26, 2020


Winter Guard Rehearsal

Monday, Jan. 27th, 5:30-7:30pm

1500 Falcon Drive

Orlando, FL

Park Philharmonic Rehearsal

Monday, Jan. 27th, 6-8pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Only for students who perform with the Orchestra Winds.

Concert Band Rehearsal

Wednesday, Jan. 29th, 1:30-3:30pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Please plan transportation home from school accordingly!

Winter Guard Rehearsal

Friday, Jan. 31st, 5:30-7:30pm

1500 Falcon Drive

Orlando, FL


Saturday, Feb. 1st, 8am-5pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Mandatory for ALL Winter Park Band students - wind players, percussion players, and color guard.



From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,

Congratulations to all of our students who performed with this year's All-County Bands yesterday here at WPHS! Wonderful performances by all, and a weekend full of new musical learning experiences were had by all. Please join me in again congratulation these wonderful students:

9/10 Concert Band

Lily Ioffredo (flute), Lesley Roberts (flute), Jessie Zhang (clarinet), Mya Bell (clarinet), Curtis Culhane (clarinet), Kaia Leavitt (alto saxophone), Cole Spencer (horn), Kang Muscatello (trombone), Alexander Rodriguez (euphonium), Zachary Asarnow (euphonium), Charlie Storch (tuba), and Maggie Zhang (tuba).

11/12 Symphonic Band

Leon Edge (alto saxophone), Nicholas Bulynin (bassoon), Neftali Bernard (horn), Charlie Schmitt (trumpet), Liam Negron (trombone), William Carpenter (tuba), and Bradley Ribaric (tuba).

DOOR-2-DOOR: Our annual Door-2-Door fundraiser is THIS Saturday, February 1. This fundraiser is mandatory for all students in the Winter Park Band program, wind, percussion, and color guard. Students will be out in the neighborhoods asking for donations to the Band program throughout the morning and early afternoon, so say hello when you see them! A pizza lunch will be served at school when students are finished with their morning maps. Parents - please post about the fundraiser on any neighborhood social media i.e. NextDoor, Facebook, etc.


Guest Conductor Workshop/Pre-MPA Concert: Upcoming in February is our annual Guest Conductor Workshop, which includes our Pre-MPA Concert. This year, we welcome Mr. Mark Stice to WPHS as our Guest Conductor. Mr Stice is the Director of Bands at Okemos High School in Okemos, MI. He is a recent recipient of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) Teacher of the Year award, and has had long-term success at OHS. We're very lucky and excited to have Mr. Stice join us to help prepare for pour upcoming Concert MPA performances! Please look ahead on the Charms schedule for the rehearsals, sound checks, and concert events for the workshop. As always, 100% attendance helps 100% of the Band improve!

FINANCES: Thank you to all who have made payments to bring their Band accounts up to date this past week. However, the Band program is still owed slightly less that $16,000.00 in Past Due Fair Share. If you have not yet, please take a moment to log into your Charms account and make sure all information is up-to-date. Any past due balances should be alleviated before Door-2-Door. Then once credit from Door-2-Door is applied, only a small amount will be due for the final Fair Share payment of this school year. Thank you for your prompt attention to this!

Let's have a fun and productive week!



Week of January 26, 2020

Thank you to all of the parents who helped prepare for Door 2 Door and who helped with the breakfast on Friday! Thank you also to all who are volunteering to drive this Saturday for Door 2 Door.

We will have a General Band Booster meeting on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at 7:00 pm in the band room on the main campus. Please attend if you are able for updates on Door 2 Door, upcoming events, the mattress sale fundraiser, and other information.

Have a wonderful week.


Color Guard - From Mrs. Johnson

Winter Guard kicked off their season at the Winter Sports Pep Rally on Friday the 17th. Their routine brought huge cheers as they seamlessly executed fast-paced and high energy flag work.

The Pep Rally performance was quickly followed by the FFCC Premiere on Saturday, January 18th at Lyman High School. This Guard team of 7 may be small in number but they are proving to be a force! Team Captain, Evan Mueller, along with Co-Captain, Tia Schaefer, and teammates Sydney Gevers, Janeisa Sullivan, Danaelis Rivera, Kathy Le, and Katina Ebalo performed a beautifully choreographed show set to Demi Lavato’s “Gift of a Friend.” Flag and rifle pieces went smoothly with Tia tossing a flawless triple. Evan and Katina rocked their solos that resulted in roaring applause from the spectators. It was a “dropless” show for this young team-very impressive! This season looks like it will be a strong one for the WPHS Winter Guard. Next up is Solo & Ensemble on February 7.



What's next:

Now that students are signed up for the performance option of their choosing for S&E, now the real work begins. Preparation of a solo piece or chamber work is a very individual task, but no one should be preparing their music alone. Seek out help from anyone you can - Mr. Clemente, Mr. Smith, your private lesson teacher, a section leader, your middle school band director, etc. Feedback from someone you trust to be honest with you is invaluable in preparation for S&E.

For those students performing a piece for S&E that requires a piano accompanist, you should be planning to rehearse with them within the next week. Your accompanist needs just as much time to prepare their part as you do to prepare yours, and you need to rehearse performing together as a duet. All students performing a piece with an accompanist should schedule at least 2 rehearsals with you accompanist before your performance at S&E.




District Jazz MPA will be held on Thursday, 2/6, at University HS. ITINERARY



District Solo & Ensemble MPA will be held on Friday, 2/7, and Saturday, 2/8, at University HS. The schedule of events can be found HERE.



Students who will perform as a part of the Solo & Ensemble Recital will perform after school on Wednesday, 2/5. A schedule has been posted on the Band bulletin board in the 600 building.



Payments PAST DUE:

10/2 Fair Share Payment #3 - $50 (All Students)

10/2 School Instrument Semester 1 Maintenance (Some Students)

11/6 Color Guard Fair Share 4

12/4 Color Guard Fair Share 5 Due - $150

1/8/20 School Instrument Maintenance Due - $60

1/8/20 Color Guard Fair Share 6 Due - $150

1/8/20 Color Guard Winter Uniform Accessories Package - $60

***Please bring any outstanding balances up to date as quickly as possible. The Band program as a whole is currently owed slightly less that $18,000.00***

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.








With the holiday season quickly approaching, this is an excellent tool to raise money for the Band every time you shop at Amazon. The Winter Park High School Alumni Band Association is a registered charity on, so please remember to use this unique link to shop at Amazon every time, and a small percentage of the sale (at no cost to you) will automatically be sent quarterly to the WPHSABAA account and then donated to the Winter Park Band Program. If we all use this link every time, we can raise funds on an ongoing basis to help the band!

If you have any questions, contact Jane Claus at