Winter Park High School Band Notes

August 26, 2018


Dear Winter Park Band Families:

First, congratulations to the Sound of the Wildcats on an outstanding first performance this past Friday night! The Band sounded terrific from the press box - easily the best first performance in the past six years! Bravo! Thank you to all of our parent volunteers who helped out on Friday night, and a very special thanks to Lee McBurney (provisions), Candace Griffin (chaperones), and Willson McBurney (operations)!

Thank you to all of our parents who came out this past Tuesday for the Mattress Sale Fundraiser kick-off meeting! The money bonus that you will all receive will show up in your child's Band account once the sale is complete.

Next, it is never too early to begin thinking about Solo & Ensemble (either S&E MPA or the in-school S&E recital). As in the past, I am happy to purchase music for solos and/or ensembles to be performed for Solo & Ensemble. To request music to be purchased, follow this link to the ordering form. Please follow directions carefully so that the correct music is ordered! If students need help forming an ensemble to perform at S&E, or selecting a solo, please see either me or Mr. Clemente.

Regarding Marching Band: a few reminders before next Friday's performance:

  • Students need to be calling their rides as we leave Showalter Field. The Section Leaders reminded them of this as they loaded the buses, but we didn't have 100% follow through. If they don't have a phone on them, they should ask to borrow someone else's phone to make the call. I also send an e-mail with our estimated return time, however, depending on your e-mail provider, that e-mail may not reach you as quickly as a phone call.

  • As with this past Friday, the students will be wearing their summer uniform for this coming Friday's Marching Band performance. With this, two things: First, students will be allowed to purchase concessions during our 3rd quarter break; and, second, parents are welcome to take students home directly from Showalter, however, students must check-out with either me or Mr. Clemente AND they need to inform a section leader so that the head-count on the bus is accurate. Once we begin wearing the full marching band uniform, however, students will need to ride the buses back to the school (where the uniforms are stored), and there can be no eating.

  • Please review the parking procedures for performance days. This went well, for the most part, however, we did have a large number of cars who parked in the "yellow area" outside of the Band Room prior to student pick-up, and this is where our semi-trailer unloads. Please limit student pick-up/drop-off to the "green areas" of the diagram!

  • This Friday's "clean-up crew" is the Clarinet Section.

Next, we will be kicking-off our annual City Book coupon book fundraiser this coming Wednesday at the end of Marching Band rehearsal. This year's book are different from the "Save Around" books that we've sold in the past, and I think it is much better. There are many more local coupons and deals in this book. However, the selling/ordering process will be the same as in the past. Each student will receive one "sample book" on Wednesday to use as an example when taking orders. This book must be returned in good condition or sold. All instructions will be given out to the students on Wednesday, and I will post them on an e-mail as well. The books still cost $25 each, with the student earning $12.50 for each book sold, so obviously, every Band family should purchase at least one book! Those students not in Marching Band will receive their book and information in class on Thursday.

Finally, the deadline for ordering Marching Band uniform shoes through the MyBandStuff website has now passed. If you missed the deadline, you will need to phone-in your order directly to Ictus (our uniform supply company) at (352) 875-7777. Do this first thing on Monday so that your shoes are not shipped out late! The "concert attire" side of should be up later this week, and I will send out an e-mail letting you know of its status.

All the Best!

Mr. Blackmer

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The Winter Park Bands will be hosting their 2nd annual Mattress Sale Fundraiser on Saturday, September 29 in the East Cafeteria! This is a great way for students to earn credit into their Band account, and there is a Facebook event page found at Please share this event on your own Facebook page, and encourage others that you know (even if they are not part of the WP Band Program) to share as well!

We will have our kick-off meeting for parents/students on Tuesday, August 21 at 5:00 PM in the Band Room. This meeting will last 30 minutes or less, and Custom Fundraising Solutions will be donating $5 to the Band Program (and ultimately into student accounts) for each parent in attendance!

Look for additional information coming in a specific mattress sale e-mail later this week!

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Even though the holiday season is past us, this is still 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, 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!

If you have any questions, contact Jane Claus at

Color Guard Sectional

Monday, Aug. 27th, 3-5pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Marching Band Rehearsal

Tuesday, Aug. 28th, 2:30-5pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Marching Band Rehearsal

Wednesday, Aug. 29th, 1:45-5pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Home Football Game

Friday, Aug. 31st, 5-10pm

2525 Cady Way

Winter Park, FL