Winter Park High School Band Notes

February 18, 2019

Congratulations on three very nice performances this past Saturday to Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Symphony! Dr. Brock had very nice things to say about all three groups, and we agreed that though there were some bumps and hiccups in the performances we are in a good place to keep pushing and improving before Concert MPA.


I'd also like to thank the students for how well they represented the Band program over the past few days. Having a guest with us for an extended period like last week is very different from the normal day-to-day, and our students impressed Dr. Brock with their maturity in rehearsals and at the concert. Keep it up!


COLOR GUARD: Please note that this week's Tuesday rehearsal has been moved to Wednesday due to the multiple conflicts with the Choir Pre-MPA concert. Wednesday rehearsal will be held at the 9th Grade Center.


I hope everyone has enjoyed some extra rest on this 3 day weekend. We'll be hitting the ground running on Tuesday!

THIS WEEK

This week is fairly light as far as after-school events, but students should be working diligently as we approach Concert MPA at the end of next week!


Please also keep your attention to the "Upcoming" section of the newsletter and Band calendar.

UPCOMING

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.

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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 third payment for the LA Tour was due on Thursday, January 10. The contributions and sponsorships that we've had will now be applied to the February payment. The February payment is currently being calculated - please watch your email for an updated payment amount. Thank you for your patience on this, an update should be out this week!

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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

Winter Guard Rehearsal

Wednesday, Feb. 20th, 5-9pm

528 Huntington Avenue

Winter Park, FL

WIND SYMPHONY REHEARSAL

Wednesday, Feb. 20th, 1:30-3pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

WINTER GUARD REHEARSAL

Thursday, Feb. 21st, 5-9pm

1500 Falcon Drive

Orlando, FL