WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

August 9, 2021



Tuesday, Aug. 10th, 12am

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Marching Band Rehearsal

Tuesday, Aug. 10th, 6-8:30pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

ALL "Sound of the Wildcats" (SOTW) students.

Marching Band Rehearsal

Thursday, Aug. 12th, 2:45-5pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

All "Sound of the Wildcats" (SOTW) students.


From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,

I hope everyone had a nice last week of summer! I'm excited to see everyone again Tuesday morning for the first day of the 2021-2022 school year. Remember, we begin our regular Tuesday evening and Thursday afternoon marching band rehearsals this week. Rehearsal Tuesdays takes place from 6 - 8:30 PM, and Thursday from 2:45 - 5 PM.

Students: Remember to charge your device fully each night, but especially Monday night, so that you have a full battery for the following school day. In your Band or Jazz class, we won't use the devices as often as in your other classes, so if you bring your charger with you you can take advantage of the extra charging time while you are in the Band room.

Natalie Storch's Band Booster President update contains lots of information this week, and also this week Julie Capps has provided lots of information concerning our Program Ads and Sponsors fundraiser. This fundraiser is the biggest "bang for your buck" that we do each year, it's easy and not time consuming, and it's a great opportunity to raise enough Band credit to completely cover your student's Fair Share. I encourage ALL of our Band families to take full advantage of this opportunity!

Let's make it a great week!

Mr. Clemente


From the Band Booster President, Natalie Storch

Week of August 8, 2021

Hi everyone.

We hope you had a great last week of summer. Thank you SO much to all of the folks (including those who no longer have students in the program) who helped fit uniforms last week. It was an amazing team effort, and most students were sized, etc. We might need more volunteers for a couple of times during the school day, so stay tuned for details. We will also be looking for help with uniforms on game nights, so please contact Robyn Fodor at or me at to help.

Coming up:

August 14, 2021 (THIS Saturday) at 8:30 am in the parking lot by the band trailer (close to the band room door/bus loop). Operations and any volunteers who wish to help will be washing the trailer. Please come out and help even if for a little while. We would LOVE your help. Please contact Keith Gavin for additional information and to be added to the Group Me for Operations.

August 20, 2021 (two weeks from this Friday)-First game of the year. There are still spots left for chaperones for this and all of the other games of the year. We would love it if each family could sign up to help with at least one game this year. It is not difficult, and it is a lot of fun to meet the students and the other parents. Please see the CutTime Calendar for volunteer spots for every game.

If you do not know what volunteer chaperones and operations volunteers actually do each week for the games, please see the information below.

Chaperones-arrive approximately 5pm depending on the game (itinerary will specify), meet with other chaperones/coordinator, decide game duties and which bus to ride, ensure attendance is taken by section leaders, assist students with instruments, uniforms, and anything else needed, arrive at game, walk to stands with band, help with feathers for shakos (uniform hats), rope off band area in stands (home games), watch band warm up/get ready for pregame show, supervise students during game/3rd quarter break, help students clean up stands, walk with students back to the bus, ride on the bus back to school, generally back to school by 10:30 pm. Chaperones have fun!

Operations volunteers-arrive between 4:10-4:30 or so (OPS communication will specify) and coordinate student operations crew loading equipment, water, and other items into the trailer (i.e. percussion equipment, etc.), drive to game in vehicles, meet the trailer and coordinate unloading equipment, water, and other supplies needed for game, assist students transporting equipment to field and stands, ride back to school and coordinate students unloading trailer after the game, ensure trailer is unloaded and ready for the next event, assist with other items needed, generally finished by 10:30-11. The OPS crew has fun!

Please see the message below from Julie Capps, who is in charge of Program Ad sales/sponsorships this year. This is such a great way to engage our community, family, and friends, and support your student and the band program.



Ad space and sponsorships are now available for purchase in the 2021-22 Band Program. This program is distributed free at all concerts during the school year and includes a mix of advertising that ranges from local business ads, student dedications and sponsorships from local business or families.

60% of any ads sold by your student will be credited to their account, helping to defray financial obligation to the Band. Parents can also purchase an ad to celebrate their student, with 60% of the purchase price coming back to you as a fundraising credit.

Ad pricing ranges as low as $65 (business card size) and runs all the way up to $325 (full-page ad). Information packets were distributed at band camp. Additional information can be accessed on the Band website by clicking on the “About” link and then selecting Band Boosters. Here you can access both the instructions and order form as well as examples of previously run ads.

Ad purchases close September 30, 2021. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to celebrate your student or spotlight your business while earning credit towards your student’s fair share expenses.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email:

-Julie Capps


Band Calendar

  • With our switch to the CutTime data management system, the Charms calendar is no longer being used. Please take a moment to sync the new Band Calendar to your digital devices using the links below:
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    By now, all students and parents/guardians should have received a "You're invited to join Winter Park High School Band's data management system" email from the email address. Another round of these emails was sent Sunday, 7/11 around 1 PM. Please follow the instructions in this email to log into your CutTime account if you have not done so already. If you search your inbox and still have not received or cannot find this email, please email both me and Mr. Smith directly at and

    Once you have logged into your CutTime account I ask that all students and parents please scroll down to the Contact/Demographic Information section. Then, find the dropdown menu next to Mobile Provider and select your mobile provider from the list. This will enable the directors to communicate with parents and students via text message, which is a vital channel throughout the school year. If a service provider is not selected on your profile, text messages sent through CutTime will not be send to your mobile device. Thank you for attending to this!


    Volunteer Opportunities 2021-2022

    Hello Winter Park Band Families!

    Although we are just wrapping up another school year, I am thinking about volunteer needs for this summer and next school year and want to put this information out there for parents to consider.

    Here is a description of needs the band has throughout the year. Opportunities exist at different times of the year, different times of the day and for different time commitments. Stepping up to volunteer even once is a huge help and you don’t have to have any prior knowledge. Please take a moment to consider if you may be able to help with any of the following areas.

    Uniform help:

    Time: late summer and fall football season (until November). Daytime and evenings.

    Areas of need (can help with one or all three areas): 1. Uniform fittings at end of summer (no sewing- uniforms have snaps) 2. Wash and iron a few times during the season (usually each volunteer takes home 10 or fewer uniforms) 3. Help out Jessica Fox (uniform chairperson) in the uniform room before and after games. All areas are organized by Jessica, so all you have to do is show up!


    Chaperone games, MPA’s:

    Time: during football season starting Aug. 20 and most Fridays until the first week in Nov. Evenings.

    Area of need: 7 parent chaperones per game to ride with students to games from approx. 5-10 pm. Volunteer once or several games. It’s a bit of a time commitment, but it goes by fast and is fun! Chaperone MPA’s: these competitions can be on Saturday or during the week and usually happen during the daytime.


    Operations for fall football games: Contact Keith Gavin ( to help with band instruments and equipment for the games, MPA’s and Parades.


    Time: band camp late summer. Daytime and evenings.

    Area of need: help serve meals during camp and clean up after. Meals this year will be lunches one week and dinner one week. It’s possible to help one day or several days.

    Contact: Ellen DeLoach at

    Driving students during the Door-to-Door fundraiser

    Time: a half-day on a Saturday in February.

    Area of need: about 50 parent drivers to take 2-4 students to a designated neighborhood in Winter Park to walk door-to-door to collect money for the band. It’s the most important fund raiser of the year! There will be more information later in the year, but you can also contact Heather with questions:

    Contact: Heather Ribaric

    Thanks for reading and considering helping out! There will be more info posted about these opportunities as the needs arise and you can contact me at anytime for more information:

    Robyn Fodor



    Wednesday, August 18: Meet the Cats Pep Rally, 6 PM


    Friday, August 20: Home Football Game


    Friday, August 27: Away Football Game


    Friday, September 3: Home Football Game


    Monday, September 6: NO SCHOOL/Labor Day Holiday


    Friday, September 10: Away Football Game


    Friday, September 17: Home Football Game


    Saturday, September 18: All-State Auditions, Ocoee HS


    Wednesday, September 22: Homecoming Parade and "Pep Rally"


    Friday, September 24: Homecoming Football Game


    Wednesday, September 29: FALL CONCERT, 7 PM


    Friday, October 1: Away Football Game


    Saturday, October 2: Fall Mini-Camp, 9 AM - 5 PM



    Past Due Band Payments:

    • Band Registration Fair Share - $25.00 Due 5/4
    • Fair Share Payment 1 - $100.00 Due 7/28
    • Marching Band Uniform Shoes (if needed) - $35.00 Due 7/28

    Viewing your Student's Financial Account in CutTime:

    There is a direct link to CutTime in "Quick Links" on the band website.

    To access Cut Time, follow these steps.

    • Go to and click “SIGN IN” in the top right-hand corner.
    • Enter your Username or Email and Password You are now on your profile, where you can access our calendar and handouts and files. Click “Update Info” tab to input or update contact information. Don’t forget to click “Update” when you are finished.
    • Click the “Finances” tab to view financial statements.

    For questions concerning general Band inquiries, Band financial obligations, or to request a payment plan, contact Mr. Clemente, at For questions regarding your CutTime account or statement, contact the Band Booster Treasurer, Lori Gavin, at






    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!

    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



    Help the Band with Amazon Smile!

    Make a difference for Band students with every day purchases! Shop at to generate donations for Winter Park High School Band Alumni Association Inc. Once this charity is selected, always type in to place orders.

    **NEW THIS YEAR!...To enable AmazonSmile on the Amazon mobile app:

    • Open the app (sign in) and touch the three horizontal lines in the top left corner. Select "See All Programs" , then select "AmazonSmile".


    WPHS Band Social Media

    We've been posting lots of photos our social media platforms, and we will continue to post updates, photos, video, and other media to those pages throughout the year. Follow the Band!

    • Facebook: @winterparkhsband
    • Instagram: @winterparkhsband
    • Twitter: @wphs_bands