WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

December 13, 2020


Park Philharmonic Recording Session

Monday, Dec. 14th, 3-5pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Orchestra Winds and Percussion only.

Butter Braid Order Pickup

Wednesday, Dec. 16th, 3:30-6pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

All Butter Braid orders must be picked up during this window of time. Remember, orders are frozen and perishable!

Color Guard Winter Showcase

Thursday, Dec. 17th, 6-7pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

All students are permitted to have two (2) persons attend this event as an audience.All audience members must follow face covering guidelines and physically distance from other audience members.


From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,

Congratulations to all of our students in Freshman Jazz Band, Jazz Ensemble II, Jazz Ensemble I, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Symphony on some very nice work with our recording sessions this past Wednesday and Thursday! I have to say, it was quite impressive to see everyone come back on campus after being virtual for so long and be so prepared and ready to step back into "performance mode." It is a testament to the dedication to your craft as well as the responsibility you feel to bring your best to help the collective ensemble perform as well as it is able - something we have not been able to do very much since this past spring. The video and audio recordings from these sessions are being processed and should be available to all our Band families later this week.

I also must say how great it was to see everyone in person that we have not seen in quite some time. This whole new reality brings emotional challenges, along with many others, and it truly did my heart good to see so many of you all (both students and parents) together in the same place to create and make music as a group again. I can't wait for the next time we all are able to be back together again in the near future!

This week, both the Orchestra Winds & Percussion and the Color Guard will wrap up their semesters with a recording session for Park Philharmonic on Monday and the Winter Color Guard Showcase on Thursday. Also, students should be sure to have all their assignments in on Canvas by Friday for grades to be completed before we return in January.

As this will be the last newsletter before the new year, I hope you all have an enjoyable, safe, and healthy Winter Break, and a very happy New Year. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Holidays to all who are celebrating!


Mr. Clemente


From the Band Booster President

Week of December 13, 2020

Hello parents. Thank you to all who came out to watch the bands play this week. Some concerts were very “wintry," and the students sounded amazing and looked quite festive! Please keep an eye on your email for additional announcements and also on the band calendar over the break. Do not forget to pick up your butter braid orders Wednesday, 12/16 from 3:30-6pm in the band room. Please do not forget to pick up your orders, as there is no freezer space to store them at school.

We’ll all be cheering for the color guard at their last performance of the year this Thursday. Two spectators per performer are permitted.

I hope you have a wonderful week leading up to break. Thank you for all you do to help the amazing band program. Thank you to Mr. Clemente and Mr. Smith for making the concerts work and having them recorded. I know we all are looking forward to hearing the beautiful music from all of the groups. Have a wonderful week.

Natalie Storch



Thank you to all who placed an order for butter braid! All orders and money were accurate and made it a very smooth process. Thank you!

All orders will need to be picked up this Wednesday, December 16th. The window for pickup is from 3:30-6 at the Band room. Please remember to wear a mask when you come. Even if you placed an online order, ALL orders must be picked up that day. The pastry is perishable and my freezer can't hold them all! See you next week!

Heather Ribaric

Fundraising Chair



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




Monday, December 21 - Monday, January 4, 2021: Winter Break



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!