Winter Park High School Band Notes

February 24, 2019

It's Concert MPA week! The students have been preparing their programs for this performance since December, and it's finally time to share their hard work for an audience. Parents, I know that the time of day and the distance make it not as easy to get to an MPA performance, but I hope you do everything you can to make it to your student's performance this weekend. Though you may not be able to get them to admit it, playing for an audience full of parents makes a performance that much more special.


In addition, I know that there again seems to be some illness going around. I hope that everyone is doing all they can to take care of their health - especially this week. Getting enough sleep, drinking water, eating well, washing hands, etc. are all thing the students need to be taking care of during the week of a performance. While we can't control when we get sick, everyone needs to be doing their best to be healthy and in attendance for all rehearsals so that we have the most successful performances possible Thursday and Friday!


CONCERT BAND PARENTS - We are still in need of 1-2 more chaperones for Thursday's performance at Concert MPA. Please sign up on the Charms calendar ASAP if you are able to chaperone.


LA TOUR FAMILIES - I hope you have read the update email sent late last week. If you have been waiting to make the February payment until the updated amount was totaled, please make that payment as soon as you are able. Also, as stated in the update email, the room list has been posted for students to sign up for rooms. Please understand that this is the final "I am going on the trip" from the students. Once the room list is finalized, many things on the travel company's end of the trip will become "locked-in" and non refundable.

THIS WEEK

BAND MPA - FEBRUARY 28/MARCH 1

Our Concert MPAs will be held at Cypress Creek High School on Thursday, February 28 (Concert Band & Wind Symphony) and Friday, March 1 (Symphonic Band). See itinerary for both days HERE.

UPCOMING

SENIOR CONCERTO COMPETITION AUDITIONS - MARCH 4

Auditions will begin at 2:30 PM.

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ORCHESTRA MPA - MARCH 8

For members of the Park Philharmonic winds & percussion: Orchestra MPA will be held at Wekiva High School on Friday, March 8.

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BAND PICNIC - MARCH 9

A picnic for the Band students is currently being planned for Saturday, March 9, to be held at Ward Park from 11 AM to 2 PM. More information to come!

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ROLLER SKATING NIGHT - APRIL 13

A roller skating night is being planned for Saturday, April 13 at Semoran Skateway for all of our Band families. This will be a free event for all Winter Park Band students and their families! Look for an RSVP in the future.

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SWIM PARTY - MAY 3

To conclude the school year, the Band Council is organizing a Band swim party for Friday, May 3, to be held at the home of Maddie Skena. The tentative start-time is 7:00 PM.

FINANCIALS

LOS ANGELES TOUR PAYMENT FEBRUARY

The LA Tour February payment has been updated on the LA Tour section of the Band website. Please see the updated amount HERE.


The LA Tour March payment comes due on MARCH 10.

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BAND FEES

Please make sure that we are paying Band Fees in a timely manner! If you have financial constraints that are preventing you from making your Band fee schedule, please contact Mr. Blackmer directly so that arrangements and/or a payment plan can be made. In addition to this, make sure that you are actively participating in our fundraisers. These are specifically created to alleviate our fees, but you need to take advantage of them! If you have questions regarding which fees are due and when, please go to our website for the Financial Obligations PDFs.


  • GUARD FAIR SHARE #5 was due on Wednesday, December 5.
  • GUARD FAIR SHARE #6 was due on Wednesday, January 2.
  • GUARD FAIR SHARE #7 was due on Wednesday, February 6.
  • BAND and GUARD FAIR SHARE #8 will come due on Wednesday, March 6.

MISCELLANEOUS

ONGOING AMAZON FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY

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 Smile.Amazon.com, 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! https://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-0964817


If you have any questions, contact Jane Claus at janeclaus@live.com.

CALENDAR

ORCHESTRA Pre-MPA

Monday, Feb. 25th, 7pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Winter Guard Rehearsal

Tuesday, Feb. 26th, 5-9pm

1500 Falcon Drive

Orlando, FL

WIND SYMPHONY REHEARSAL

Wednesday, Feb. 27th, 1:30-3pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Concert Band - Concert MPA

Thursday, Feb. 28th, 7:15am-3:30pm

1101 Bear Crossing Drive

Orlando, FL

Freshman in Concert Band will report directly to the WPHS Main Campus this morning!

7:20 AM Concert Band Rehearsal at main campus

9:30 AM Concert Band change into concert attire and load buses

10:00 AM Depart WPHS for Cypress Creek HS

11:00 AM Arrive at Cypress Creek HS and unload

11:30 AM Warm-Up

12:00 PM Concert Band Performance followed by Sight-Reading

1:00 PM Eat lunch at Cypress HS Band Concessions

1:30 PM Listen to bands from Colonial HS and Olympia HS

2:30 PM Load buses and depart for WPHS

3:30 PM Estimated arrival time at WPHS

WIND SYMPHONY - CONCERT MPA

Thursday, Feb. 28th, 3:30-9pm

1101 Bear Crossing Drive

Orlando, FL

3:30 PM Wind Symphony arrives at WPHS dressed and ready to perform

3:45 PM Wind Symphony load buses

4:00 PM Depart WPHS for Cypress Creek HS

5:00 PM Arrive at Cypress Creek HS and unload

5:30 PM Listen to bands from Ocoee HS and Freedom HS

6:30 PM Warm-Up

7:00 PM Wind Symphony Performance followed by Sight-Reading

8:00 PM Load buses and depart for WPHS

9:00 PM Estimated arrival time at WPHS

WINTER GUARD REHEARSAL

Thursday, Feb. 28th, 5-9pm

1500 Falcon Drive

Orlando, FL

SYMPHONIC BAND - CONCERT MPA

Friday, March 1st, 11am-5:30pm

1101 Bear Crossing Drive

Orlando, FL

11:02 AM Symphonic Band all eat at “A Lunch” and then change into concert attire.

11:45 AM Symphonic Band load buses dressed and ready to perform

12:00 PM Depart WPHS for Cypress Creek HS

1:00 PM Arrive at Cypress Creek HS and unload

1:30 PM Warm-Up

2:00 PM Symphonic Band Performance followed by Sight-Reading

3:30 PM Listen to bands from Timber Creek HS and Dr. Phillips HS

4:30 PM Load buses and depart for WPHS

5:30 PM Estimated arrival time at WPHS