WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

January 19, 2020


All-County Band Rehearsal

Tuesday, Jan. 21st, 6:30-9pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

All Winter Park Band students performing in the All-County Bands must be seated no later that 6:15 PM.

Symphonic Band Rehearsal

Wednesday, Jan. 22nd, 1:30-3pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

All-County Band Rehearsal

Thursday, Jan. 23rd, 7-9pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

All Winter Park Band students performing in the All-County Bands must be seated no later that 6:45 PM.

All-County Band Rehearsal

Friday, Jan. 24th, 8:30am-4pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

All Winter Park Band students performing in the All-County Bands must be seated no later that 8:15 AM.

Winter Guard Rehearsal

Friday, Jan. 24th, 5:30-7:30pm

1500 Falcon Drive

Orlando, FL

All-County Band Sound Checks

Saturday, Jan. 25th, 9am-12:30pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

9/10 Concert Band: 9 - 10:30 AM

11/12 Symphonic Band: 11 AM - 12:30 PM

All-County Band Concert

Saturday, Jan. 18th, 4pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL


From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,

DOOR-2-DOOR: Our annual Door-2-Door fundraiser is fast approaching on Saturday, February 1. This fundraiser is mandatory for all students in the Winter Park Band program, wind, percussion, and color guard. The more ground we can cover, the more funding we can raise! This week, students will sign up with their partner for the day of the fundraiser. Sign up sheets are posted on the window on the Band office. Those groups of two will be placed with another group of two, and will go out into the neighborhoods as a group of four with their parent chaperone driving.

DOOR-2-DOOR DRIVERS: As you will see below, we are still in need of drivers for Door-2-Door. If you are able to drive, your student will receive another share of the funds raised in addition to the share they will receive for participating. For example, a student share could be anywhere from $70-80. If you volunteer as a chaperone driver, your student would receive an additional $70-80 as fundraiser credit. Thank you in advance for your time!

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES: Our spring semester is filled with performances by the concert and jazz ensembles, many of which are performances in from of a panel of adjudicators. Please look ahead to the entirety of the Charms calendar and check with your family's calendar if there are any unavoidable conflicts. In many, if not all, cases the conflict can be resolved through communication between the parents and directors. Every student is the only person playing their part, and we need everyone to make the performance the best it can possibly be!

FINANCES: I apologize for the delay in statements being sent out, and I will have those sent out to families as early in the week as possible this coming week. As always, statements will include any fundraiser credit that a student has to apply to future charges, or any Past Due charges. Even before that statement is sent, 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 attention to this, as currently the Band program is owed slightly less that $17,000.00.

Let's have a fun and productive week!



Week of January 19

We have a few areas where we need help in the next few weeks. Please see below for volunteer opportunities/details, and stay tuned for future MPA volunteer opportunities:

1. Thursday, January 23, 2020: Please come to the guitar room at WPHS (next to band room) at 7pm on Thursday, January 23, to help prepare for Door-2-Door. Bring your glue gun if you have one (and glue). We will also do some set up for the breakfast on Friday (see below) if possible.

2. Friday, January 24, 2020: We need 6 people to help with the breakfast hosted at WPHS for the band directors from around the county during All County next week. Help is needed Friday, January 24, 2020, from 8:30am-10:30am to set up, serve, and clean up (breakfast is catered). Please click on the volunteer link on the Charms calendar on "All County Band Rehearsal" on Friday, January 24 to add your name to help.

3. Saturday, February 1, 2020: 6-8 More drivers are needed for Door-2-Door. It is coming up quickly, so please see the Charms volunteer opportunity on February 1 to sign up. You must be Additions approved and send a copy of your driver's license and insurance to Heather Ribaric at Please consider helping with this very important and fun event!

Looking forward, we will have a General Booster Meeting on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. All are encouraged to attend, so stay tuned for details.

Thank you for supporting the WPHS Band!


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.



January 27: Park Philharmonic Rehearsal, 6 - 8 PM

January 29: Concert Band Rehearsal, 1:30 - 3 PM

February 1: DOOR-2-DOOR Fundraiser (mandatory for all wind, percussion and color guard students)



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.