WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

January 4, 2021


No School - Teacher Workday

Monday, Jan. 4th, 12am

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Beginning of 3rd Marking Period

Tuesday, Jan. 5th, 12am

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Jazz Fair Share 2/School Instrument Semester 2 Maintenance Due

Wednesday, Jan. 6th, 11:45pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Jazz Fair Share 2 - all students in Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Ensemble II, and Freshman Jazz Band

School Instrument Maintenance - if applies


From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had lots of time to rest and relax over the past two weeks - everyone definitely deserved it!

Mr. Smith and I would like to thank everyone for the generous gift we each received prior to Winter Break. We both appreciate your kindness, especially in our current time and all the hardships that currently accompany our lives.

Looking forward to the Winter/Spring Semester, our calendar will be containing some recognizable events that will take place in different ways. The Band calendar is currently up to date through the end of January and will soon be up to date through the remainder of the school year and upcoming summer. Please, as always, keep an eye on the Band calendar and ensure your family is prepared for upcoming events.

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone both in person and on the "Hollywood Squares" tomorrow!

Let's have a great semester,

Mr. Clemente


VIRTUAL "DOOR-2-DOOR" - Saturday, February 6

Due to the current health and safety guidelines in place, we are moving our annual DOOR-2-DOOR fundraiser to a completely virtual format this school year. More details will become available soon!



This year, FBA Solo and Ensemble MPA will be moving to a digital format. All Winter Park Band students participate in at minimum 1 event, maximum 4 events, for either Solo and Ensemble MPA or for our Recital Option at WPHS. More explanation will be forthcoming in class this week, and can also be found in the Band Handbook.

Please click the link below for links to the FBA Solo & Ensemble Music List, sign up sheets, music purchase requests, etc.



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!

Private Lessons make a great gift!

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




Thursday, January 21 - Incoming Freshman Information Meeting, 7 - 8 PM

Saturday, February 6 - BAND VIRTUAL "DOOR-2-DOOR" FUNDRAISER (more details coming soon)



Upcoming Band Payments

  • 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

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

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.






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 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!