WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

April 19, 2020

THIS WEEK

Jazz Ensemble I Auditions

Monday, April 20th, 11am-12:30pm

This is an online event.

Virtual Office Hours

Monday, April 20th, 1:30-3:30pm

This is an online event.

Jazz Ensemble I Auditions

Tuesday, April 21st, 11am-12:30pm

This is an online event.

SYMPHONIC BAND ZOOM MEETING

Tuesday, April 21st, 1:30pm

This is an online event.

Attendance will be taken and students will receive a participation grade.

WIND SYMPHONY ZOOM MEETING

Tuesday, April 21st, 2pm

This is an online event.

Attendance will be taken and students will receive a participation grade.

CONCERT BAND ZOOM MEETING

Tuesday, April 21st, 2:30pm

This is an online event.

Attendance will be taken and students will receive a participation grade.

Jazz Ensemble I Auditions

Wednesday, April 22nd, 11am-12:30pm

This is an online event.

Virtual Office Hours

Wednesday, April 22nd, 1:30-3:30pm

This is an online event.

ZOOM Percussion Clinic/Marching Percussion Audition Help

Wednesday, April 22nd, 5-7pm

This is an online event.

2020 Percussion Clinic/Marching Percussion Audition Help

Time: Apr 22, 2020 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/99128165549?pwd=SFBROUFCYWFFbVFmaFpBNmVDYXJGUT09


Meeting ID: 991 2816 5549

Password: 2pYJ6v

INCOMING 9TH GRADE INFORMATION WEBINAR

Wednesday, April 22nd, 7pm

This is an online event.

A webinar intended to incoming 9th grade students and parents. The session will cover various topics related to the Winter Park Band, in addition to providing time for Q&A with the Band Directors.


HOW TO JOIN:


Topic: Incoming 9th Grade Informational Webinar

Time: Apr 22, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/92012148440?pwd=WlN3SjBRQ29sWDNEeHNkcnlYYk9uUT09


Meeting ID: 920 1214 8440

Password: 0a09yE

Virtual Office Hours

Thursday, April 23rd, 11am-1pm

This is an online event.

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From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,


I'm sure by now we are all beginning to come to grips with the news that the State of Florida has closed all school buildings and moved all instruction to online distance learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 year. While this decision is in the best interests of health and safety of all students, teachers, staff, parents, and many more, it is still tough news to hear that we won't be able to be together again this school year. Though we will do our best to continue to create musical experiences for our students for the remainder of the school year, nothing can truly every replace the experience of all being in the Band room, on stage, at D Lot, or at Showalter field together.


During this time of staying at home, it is most important that we all keep moving forward. We will get through this eventually, and to pass this time in a positive way students can musically challenge themselves in new and different ways. Most importantly, all our students need to keep regularly playing their instrument to maintain ability and skill level (while turning in assignments in a timely manner!). This may be a great time for you to go back to fundamental work, find a new method book, learn a new solo, challenge yourself to expand your range, practice sight-reading, find and listen to great artists and ensembles, or pursue one of a number of different and new opportunities. If you find yourself looking for guidance towards new challenges, or just something different to do rather than "normal, boring practicing," Mr. Smith and I are here to offer suggestions and steer you in different directions.



JAZZ ENSEMBLE I AUDITIONS - THIS WEEK

Mr. Smith and I are looking forward to hearing your auditions this week! All of you have put so much time and effort into preparing your audition, and we wish you the best of luck!


If you have not yet signed up for an audition time, see the link to the sign up sheet below.


Students who are auditioning - you will receive a link in your email the morning of your scheduled audition. Please wait until your scheduled audition time to click on the link and join the audition "room."



BAND ZOOM MEETINGS THIS WEEK

We again will be hosting Zoom meetings for all students this week on Tuesday, April 21. Students - If this time conflicts with another class that has previously scheduled a meeting, please let Mr. Clemente and MR. Smith know ASAP. Otherwise, we will expect to see you on Tuesday afternoon.


Band Zoom Meetings, Tuesday 4/21:

Symphonic Band: 1:30 PM (Attendance will be taken, participation grade given)


Wind Symphony: 2 PM (Attendance will be taken, participation grade given)


Concert Band: 2:30 PM (Attendance will be taken, participation grade given)


Instructions on how to join the meetings will be sent to your emails the day of each meeting. Looking forward to seeing you all!



INCOMING 9th GRADE INFORMATION WEBINAR and Q&A

The Winter Park Band will be hosting an informational webinar and Q&A for incoming 9th grade students and parents on ZOOM this Wednesday, 4/22, at 7 PM. Topics that will be covered include next year's Band schedule, how to register for the Winter Park Band, what classes are offered by the program, Band Fair Share, Band fundraisers, and much more! Please pass this information along to incoming Band families you know, especially if their student is still on the fence about continuing with Band in high school. The webinar will also be recorded and posted on the Band website.


HOW TO JOIN:

Topic: Incoming 9th Grade Informational Webinar

Time: Apr 22, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/92012148440?pwd=WlN3SjBRQ29sWDNEeHNkcnlYYk9uUT09


Meeting ID: 920 1214 8440

Password: 0a09yE



Mr. Smith and I are both always reachable via email. As always, it is a best practice to email both of us with any questions, concerns, clarifications, etc. One of us will see the email as quickly as we are able and provide a response.


All of the best and continue to stay healthy and safe,

Mr. Clemente

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From the Band Booster President

Hello band families. I hope you are all doing well. Please keep an eye on the band calendar on Charms for updates to the schedule and ways to keep everyone connected. If you have questions about band items or would like any type of support, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Clemente, Mr. Smith, me (at njstorch@yahoo.com), or any of the other band parents. We are here to help. This is generally the time of year for new band students and parents to get acquainted with the program, for all students to register, and to look at the schedule for summer and next year, so please stay tuned for information regarding all of those things, some of which might look a bit different for the time being. I imagine students and parents miss attending in-person school and band events, and I know we are all looking forward to participating in these events again.


Please encourage all families of incoming freshmen band students to “attend” the virtual informational meeting this Wednesday at 7pm. We can’t wait to see a lot of new faces and answer questions about band!


I hope you and your families are doing well. Please let us know if we can help in any way. Have a good week!

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JAZZ ENSEMBLE I AUDITIONS

This year's audition for Jazz Ensemble I will be conducted virtually through Big Blue Button. Auditions will still keep the same format and requirements as listed on the 2020/2021 Winter Park Jazz Ensemble I Audition Information Form. Students will sign up for an audition time on a Google sheet, and will receive a link to join the meeting on the day of their audition. Both Mr. Clemente and Mr. Smith will be in the meeting and evaluating auditions.


Audition Dates: Monday, April 20 - Thursday, April 22


If you have not yet signed up for an audition time: Jazz Ensemble I Audition Sign Up Sheet


To help students learn how to use the Big Blue Button program, Mr. Smith and Mr. Clemente will be holding "virtual office hours" this week. Please see the "This Week" section of the newsletter for dates and times.

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2020-2021 BAND REGISTRATION

Registration for the Winter Park Band for the 2020-2021 school year is now available! To register for Band for next year, please click on the link below:


Register for the 2020-2021 Winter Park Band


Please complete the registration form by Tuesday, May 5.

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2020-2021 STUDENT LEADERSHIP INTERVIEWS

Any student who was not in a Student Leadership position this past school year has the opportunity to interview for a leadership position for the 2020-2021 school year. If you are interested, please sign up for a time on the sign up sheet below and download a copy of the "Student Leadership Interview Form 2020" to be completed before your scheduled interview time.


Student Leadership Interview Sign Up Sheet

Interview dates Monday, 4/27, and Tuesday, 4/28.


Student Leadership Interview Form 2020


If you are currently in a leadership position during the 2019-2020 school year, this school year will be considered your interview.

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WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS

Thank you to all of the students who have been diligent in keeping up with the weekly assignments. Mr. Smith and I know that there are many new challenges and seemingly constant changes that come with being at home and completing your classwork for all 7 classes each week. Now especially with all of your classes being held digitally for the remainder of the school year, it is even more important that you do not procrastinate and allow late work to build up.


If you are struggling to complete your work when assignments are due, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are here to help you! An issue with internet connectivity or other emergencies at home do not affect your grade, so long as there is communication with the Directors.


This is all very much different than "normal school," and especially for us in Band class when we can't all get together and be an ensemble as our class is meant to operate. In the meantime, the skills you are individually building through the digital assignments will become incredibly useful to you as a musician and help the Band as a whole. Always keep in mind, "a rising tide raises all boats".

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Google Classroom Codes

At this time, there remains a small number of students who have not joined the Google Classroom for their respective Band class(es). Currently, you are missing at least 2 assignments that were due Wednesday and Friday of last week, respectively. Please see below and enter the code to join your Google Classroom ASAP so that you do not fall behind on your work!



The procedure to join the class is the same as before, but in case you are not in the appropriate classes or need a refresher:

1.) Sign into Google using your OCPS student email

2.) Click on the apps icon

3.) Select Classroom

4.) Click on the "+" in the upper right hand corner

5.) Enter the code for the class:

Class Codes:

Symphonic Band: ikqsgbj


Jazz Ensemble II: 2u32u3n


Jazz Ensemble I: otmxdo7


Freshman Jazz Band: soj7ebe


Wind Symphony: zgshiz6


Concert Band: triopqc

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SmartMusic Classroom Resource - Codes to Join

We will begin using SmartMusic in our Band classes this week as a resource. Mr Clemente sent out these codes to the individual classes on Monday, April 6, but in case you cannot find that email please see the codes and instructions below.


1. Open a Chrome browser and visit: https://admin.smartmusic.com/join
2. When prompted for a class code, please enter:


Symphonic Band - Period 2:G2NKV-KDENE


Wind Symphony - Period 6: 33NCP-X3ZNA


Concert Band - Period 7: 7ZZW4-PAPXX



Please create your account no later than this Wednesday, April 8.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

2020-2021 PERCUSSION/MARCHING PERCUSSION CLINIC - Wednesday, April 29, 5 - 7 PM

Percussion help for all students who are either percussionists as their major instrument, or are interested in playing percussion for marching band in Fall 2020.

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SOLO PERFORMANCE PROJECT - Due Thursday, April 30

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BAND REGISTRATION - Due Tuesday, May 5

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MARCHING PERCUSSION PLACEMENT AUDITIONS - Wednesday, May 6, 5 PM

All percussionists and students interested in playing percussion for marching band. Students will audition to be placed on either the drum line (percussion that marches with the winds) or the front ensemble (stationary percussion in the front of the field).

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VIRTUAL BAND BANQUET - Friday, May 8, 7 PM

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OCPS Meals Distribution


OCPS families, The district’s FREE Grab-n-Go meal distribution for children begins tomorrow, Monday, March 23.


Fifty schools across the district will be handing out breakfast, lunch and a breakfast for the next day. Any child aged 18 and under will receive the meals with no questions asked. Children must be present to receive the meals, they can be in a vehicle, walking or riding a bike, no identification is needed. The family does not need to qualify for free and reduced meals and the child does not have to be enrolled at our school to receive food. Also, please consider any food allergies if your child is consuming the meals.


Distribution begins tomorrow at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Families can go to any of the 50 school sites. You can find the list of locations on the front page of www.ocps.net and on the district’s Facebook page.