WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

July 11, 2021


Band Room Open

Wednesday, July 14th, 11am-1pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL


From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,

Happy last week before Band Camp! I sincerely hope you all have had a wonderful summer break so far, and have had lots of time to rest, relax, and recuperate after last school year. It's exciting to know that we will all be back together so soon and gearing up for a year full of community and music making!

All students should have either physical or digital parts for their marching band music. An individual look at the music, if it hasn't been done so yet over the summer, should be done this week to be prepared to begin work on the music collectively during Camp.

Below is the general schedule for the "Sound of the Wildcats"(SOTW) Band Camp. Week 1 is next week, Monday 7/19 - Thursday, 7/22. Week two is the following Monday, 7/26 - Friday 7/30. A more detailed schedule will be posted in the 600 building throughout Camp for students to reference.


  • Monday, 7/19: Percussion and Color Guard, 9 AM - 5 PM (students bring lunch/school lunch available)
  • Tuesday, 7/20: New Marchers, Leadership, Percussion, and Color Guard, 9 AM - 5 PM (students bring lunch/school lunch available)
  • Wednesday, 7/21 - Thursday, 7/22: ALL Students, 9 AM - 5 PM (lunch provided for those who purchased Band Camp Meals, all other students bring lunch/school lunch available)


  • Monday, 7/26 - Friday, 7/30: ALL Students, 9 AM - 9 PM (All students bring lunch/school lunch available. Dinner provided for those who purchased Band Camp Meals, other students bring dinner.)
  • Friday, 7/30: Mandatory Band Booster Meeting, 6 - 7 PM, Band Room
  • Friday, 7/30: Preview Performance, 7:15 PM, D-Lot or Auditorium

Band Calendar: The Band Calendar is our hub for the Band's activities. All events indicated above are on the Calendar. Please take a moment to sync the new Band Calendar to your digital devices using the links below:

CutTime: By now, all students and parents/guardians should have received a "You're invited to join Winter Park High School Band's data management system" email from the email address. Another round of these emails was sent Sunday, 7/11 around 1 PM. Please follow the instructions in this email to log into your CutTime account if you have not done so already. If you search your inbox and still have not received or cannot find this email, please email both me and Mr. Smith directly at and

Required Forms: A record of required forms that have been turned in to the Band office is available to each student and parent through CutTime. This record is currently being updated with forms recently turned in, and will be completely up to date by this Wednesday, 7/14. To view the status of your forms, log into Scroll down to the section titled "Required forms." If a form shows as "not submitted," you can click on the "Review" button and upload a scan of the completed form there.

If you need to find a copy of the forms in Cut Time, click:

1.) Files/Docs (upper right corner)

2.) Registration Forms

3.) WPHS Band Forms

4.) Find whichever form you need

Band Camp Meals: Please see below for some reminders and updates on Band Camp Meals and other food during Camp. Currently we have about 20-25 families who indicated they would like the Band Camp Meals, but have not made payment on SchoolPay.

Parent Volunteers: Our Band program does not run without our awesome parent volunteers! Please see below for more details on our needs and how to be a volunteer.

Remember, the Band Room will be open this week Wednesday from 11 AM - 1 PM. If you need to access anything in the room, you are welcome to come on in at any time during that window. Have a wonderful week!

Mr. Clemente


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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    Band Camp Meals

    We currently have about 20-25 Band families who indicated on the Band Registration Form that they would like their student to receive the Band Camp Meals during Band Camp, but have not yet made payment for those meals either on SchoolPay or by check. If you need to make payment for meals, please click on the link below.

    In other news, we have received word from OCPS that all students enrolled in Band Camp are entitled to receive one meal from the school's cafeteria per day of Camp. This will be a great option for students to take advantage of during the lunches that are not included in the Band Camp Meals package. If any student does not wish to eat the food provided by the cafeteria, they must still bring their own food for lunch. Also, remember that any student who does not choose the Band Camp Meals must provide their own food for all meal breaks during camp.


    Volunteer Opportunities 2021-2022

    Hello Winter Park Band Families!

    Although we are just wrapping up another school year, I am thinking about volunteer needs for this summer and next school year and want to put this information out there for parents to consider.

    Here is a description of needs the band has throughout the year. Opportunities exist at different times of the year, different times of the day and for different time commitments. Stepping up to volunteer even once is a huge help and you don’t have to have any prior knowledge. Please take a moment to consider if you may be able to help with any of the following areas.

    Uniform help:

    Time: late summer and fall football season (until November). Daytime and evenings.

    Areas of need (can help with one or all three areas): 1. Uniform fittings at end of summer (no sewing- uniforms have snaps) 2. Wash and iron a few times during the season (usually each volunteer takes home 10 or fewer uniforms) 3. Help out Jessica Fox (uniform chairperson) in the uniform room before and after games. All areas are organized by Jessica, so all you have to do is show up!


    Chaperone games, MPA’s:

    Time: during football season starting Aug. 20 and most Fridays until the first week in Nov. Evenings.

    Area of need: 7 parent chaperones per game to ride with students to games from approx. 5-10 pm. Volunteer once or several games. It’s a bit of a time commitment, but it goes by fast and is fun! Chaperone MPA’s: these competitions can be on Saturday or during the week and usually happen during the daytime.


    Operations for fall football games: Contact Keith Gavin ( to help with band instruments and equipment for the games, MPA’s and Parades.


    Time: band camp late summer. Daytime and evenings.

    Area of need: help serve meals during camp and clean up after. Meals this year will be lunches one week and dinner one week. It’s possible to help one day or several days.

    Contact: Ellen DeLoach at

    Driving students during the Door-to-Door fundraiser

    Time: a half-day on a Saturday in February.

    Area of need: about 50 parent drivers to take 2-4 students to a designated neighborhood in Winter Park to walk door-to-door to collect money for the band. It’s the most important fund raiser of the year! There will be more information later in the year, but you can also contact Heather with questions:

    Contact: Heather Ribaric

    Thanks for reading and considering helping out! There will be more info posted about these opportunities as the needs arise and you can contact me at anytime for more information:

    Robyn Fodor


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    Band Camp Schedule - July 2021

    WEEK 1

    Monday, 7/19, 9 AM - 5 PM

    • Percussion (Drumline & Front Ensemble) and Color Guard

    Tuesday, 7/20, 9 AM - 5 PM

    • New Marchers, Student Leadership, Percussion, and Color Guard

    Wednesday & Thursday, 7/21-7/22, 9 AM - 5 PM

    • All students in the "Sound of the Wildcats" Marching Band

    WEEK 2

    Monday, 7/26 - Friday, 7/30, 9 AM - 9 PM

    • All students in the "Sound of the Wildcats" Marching Band


    2021 "Sound of the Wildcats" Show - Les Miserables

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    If you know of anyone who is planning to be in Band this coming school year but hasn't registered, it is not too late! Please ask them to follow the steps outlined below as soon as you you are able.

    Please note that our Band Registration Night that occurred back in May is different than the “course registration” done by guidance counselors in the winter, and it is for all new and returning Band students.

    The following forms are included below in Step 3 and should be signed and turned in at the May 4 Registration Night:

    • WPHS Bands Financial Obligations 2021/2022 (specific for “Woodwind/Brass/Percussion,” and “Color Guard/Winter Guard”)
    • Emergency Treatment Authorization Card
    • OCPS Model Release Form

    The following forms are for informational purposes only (nothing to be turned in):

    • Communication
    • Uniform Information 2021/2022
    • Essential Equipment for the High School Musician
    • What Do I Need for Marching Band?

    Registration Step 1
    Registration Step 2
    Registration Step 3
    Have questions? Contact Mr. Clemente at



    Monday, July 19 - Thursday, July 22 - Band Camp Week 1


    Monday, July 26 - Friday, July 30 - Band Camp Week 2



    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



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