WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

April 11, 2021

THIS WEEK

2021-2022 Wind Symphony Auditions

Monday, April 12th, 2:45-4pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

F2F students sign up for a time outside the Band office. LaunchED students sign up for virtual auditions here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12UAtcRYDix1cw6e_Uz-xDeyH69IyIP1iu9rOrpZghEk/edit?usp=sharing

2021-2022 Wind Symphony Auditions

Tuesday, April 13th, 2:45-4pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

F2F students sign up for a time outside the Band office. LaunchED students sign up for virtual auditions here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12UAtcRYDix1cw6e_Uz-xDeyH69IyIP1iu9rOrpZghEk/edit?usp=sharing

Color Guard Rehearsal

Tuesday, April 13th, 3-6pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Percussion Help Clinic

Tuesday, April 13th, 6-8pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Interested in playing percussion in the 2021 "Sound of the Wildcats" Marching Band? Help prepare for the upcoming Marching Percussion Placement Auditions by attending our Help Clinics! Open to all students current grade 8 - 11 interested in playing percussion, and current percussionists grade 9 - 11 are expected to attend.


Link to join virtually:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87563152182?pwd=QVdvUG85ME5WSzZGSDRnR1I5Z1N0dz09

2021-2022 Wind Symphony Auditions

Wednesday, April 14th, 1:30-4pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

F2F students sign up for a time outside the Band office. LaunchED students sign up for virtual auditions here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12UAtcRYDix1cw6e_Uz-xDeyH69IyIP1iu9rOrpZghEk/edit?usp=sharing

2021-2022 Wind Symphony Auditions

Thursday, April 15th, 2:45-4pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

F2F students sign up for a time outside the Band office. LaunchED students sign up for virtual auditions here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12UAtcRYDix1cw6e_Uz-xDeyH69IyIP1iu9rOrpZghEk/edit?usp=sharing

Color Guard Rehearsal

Friday, April 16th, 3-6pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

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From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,


What a thrill it was to get back onto the stage and perform for live audiences again last week! It was great to see the students get to do what they work so hard for day in and day out both in and out of rehearsal. Congratulations to all our our ensembles for putting together such well-prepared programs with all of the challenges, hurdles, and minimized rehearsal time caused by the ongoing pandemic.


A sincere THANK YOU to our volunteer/chaperone coordinator Robyn Fodor and the team of parents who helped check in and usher our in-person audiences Tuesday and Thursday evening. With so much to be done to keep our students and audience members safe, her help and planning was invaluable. In a few short weeks we will have our final performances of the school year, and we welcome all the help!


Yesterday, 13 of our Winter Park Band students performed 11 events at this year's State Solo & Ensemble MPA and earned some fantastic results! 9 events received a Superior rating and 2 received an Excellent rating. Those students are Gabrielle Batas (marimba solo, Superior), Kaia Leavitt (alto sax solo, Excellent), Taylor Ribaric (tuba solo, Superior), Charlie Schmitt (trumpet solo, Superior), Gabrielle Batas (snare drum solo, Superior), Dominiq Valentin, Kaia Leavitt, Mac Collins, and Hannah Arnold (sax quartet, Superior), Bradley Ribaric (tuba solo, Superior), Nicholas Speir (bass trombone solo, Superior), Ben Johnston (trombone solo, Superior), Kang Muscatello (trombone solo, Superior), Kaia Leavitt and Dominiq Valentin (alto sax duet, Excellent). Outstanding work by all - way to go above and beyond!



This week, auditions for the 2021-2022 Wind Symphony will take place after school. For students who are planning to audition, please make sure you've completed the following:


  1. Checked the audition requirements to ensure you have prepared all parts of the audition thoroughly.
  2. Signed up for an audition time slot. F2F students should sign up outside the Band office. LaunchED students not coming to campus to audition should signup here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12UAtcRYDix1cw6e_Uz-xDeyH69IyIP1iu9rOrpZghEk/edit?usp=sharing


Next week, auditions for the 2021-2022 Jazz Ensemble I will occur after school Tuesday - Thursday. F2F signup sheets are posted outside the Band office on campus. LaunchED students who are not able to come to campus to audition can signup for an audition time here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Kzzw9st4q3RutCwZ3cJiQsmVrNapAp5crtJwdlZMacs/edit?usp=sharing


2021-2022 Band Registration is now open! Please see below for the step-by-step registration process, and spread the work to any incoming Band families you are in contact with. Registration is due on Band Registration Night on Tuesday, May 4.


Finally for this week, I'm excited to announce our 2021-2022 Student Leadership Team! Congratulations to all the students who interviewed for a position, and I look forward to seeing what this group can achieve together in the coming year!


Let's have a great week!

Mr. Clemente

ANNOUNCING THE 2021-2022 STUDENT LEADERSHIP TEAM

Listed in alphabetical order.


DRUM MAJOR

Sam Becker

Lily Ioffredo

Maddie Visconti


FLUTE

Noah Fodor

Madelyn Kerst

Ellie Meyer


CLARINET

Colin Anderson

Olivia Benesch

Curtis Culhane


ALTO SAXOPHONE

Mac Collins

Kaia Leavitt

Jacob Thigpen


TENOR SAXOPHONE

Danny Colon


TRUMPET

Dylan O’Shea

Bronson Sadowski


MELLOPHONE

Cole Spencer


TROMBONE

Kang Muscatello

Keirren Lawson


BARITONE

Zachary Asarnow


SOUSAPHONE

Charlie Storch

Taylor Ribaric


PERCUSSION

Gabrielle Batas


COLOR GUARD

Katina Ebalo



denotes section captain

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From the Band Booster President

Week of April 11, 2021


Hello wonderful band parents. What a great week of concerts! We appreciate all of the parents who helped screen and usher audience members, so we were able to hold the concert in person. We will need the same number of volunteers for the concerts at the end of April (April 28 and April 29), so please sign up on the Charms calendar to help (volunteer needs are already posted). It is a lot of fun, you can still watch your student perform, and it makes the concerts possible! A special thanks to Robyn Fodor for helping coordinate the volunteers and marking off the seats, and the volunteers who helped (some even though they did not have a child performing that night). We appreciate all of you!




All senior parents/students, please email senior baby pictures to Band President Charlie Schmitt at the following email address: c_schmitt1@me.com


PLEASE HAVE ALL PICTURES TO CHARLIE NO LATER THAN THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 16, OR THEY MIGHT NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE SLIDE SHOW.




Please spread the word about our Ice Breaker and Incoming Parent Information Meeting on April 21 6pm-8pm. If you know families who are considering band, please encourage them to come to meet some band students and ask any questions they have about band in general.


Also, if you are interested in getting more involved in band, we are going to have some open band booster board positions available next year (uniform helpers, provisions, secretary, communications, and program ads and sponsors). All of the positions involve varying talents and commitments, so please let us know if you would like further information. If you know incoming parents who would like to be involved from the beginning, please have them contact me!


Band registration night is May 4, so please keep an eye on your emails for additional information (registration link is now on the band website).


May 12 and May 13 are Color Guard try-outs. Encourage those with an interest (no experience required!) to come. Any questions can be directed to Mr. Smith or color guard liaison Kim Mueller.


Please look at the band calendar for the tentative spring/summer schedule for marching band and keep in mind things can change, but dates/times are populated for several months for purposes of planning.


Thank you everyone. Have a great week!


Natalie Storch

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Attention Seniors!

Hello Winter Park Band Seniors!


This is Charlie Schmitt, band president, and I wanted to first congratulate y’all on closing in on the final weeks of school! It has been a truly transformative four years, and I’ve really enjoyed embarking on it with all of you! Please take note to fill out the form below, as it is absolutely crucial in order for the Band Council to include your information in the Spring Program. We will also be celebrating each Senior with an individualized instagram post, so we’ll need some information for that, too. Thanks for filling out the form, and I look forward to celebrating this monumental achievement in any way we can!


https://forms.gle/Yt7eSd51VHEahCar9


As you all know, we have a tradition in the band that involves showing baby pictures of all the Seniors during the Spring banquet. Since we are going to be giving out awards during the Spring concert this year, the slideshow will also become a part of that event. I would like all seniors to send either me or Mrs. Storch a baby picture, an in-between picture (perhaps something from grades 1-5), AND a current picture. My email is <charles.schmitt2021@gmail.com> and Mrs. Storch’s email is <njstorch@yahoo.com>. So far we only have a few pictures, but we want every Senior involved in this process! Please try and get the pictures in by April 17-18 so that we have time to get the slideshow together. Thank you all, and I look forward to celebrating the end of the year with yet another exciting performance!


All the Best,

Charlie Schmitt

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Wind Symphony 2021-2022 Auditions

Audition requirements and materials for the 2021-2022 Winter Park Wind Symphony are now available on the Band website. Please click on the link below for more information.


http://www.winterparkhsband.com/auditions.html


I look forward to hearing lots of well-prepared auditions. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the directors if you need help preparing any part of the audition. Happy practicing!

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Jazz Ensemble I 2021-2022 Audiitons

Audition requirements and materials for the 2021-2022 Winter Park Jazz Ensemble I are now available. Please click on the link below for more information.


https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ZlDfF65C_dvYLqD4Sgj1v9mkI02e0S2e?usp=sharing


I look forward to hearing lots of well-prepared auditions. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the directors if you need help preparing any part of the audition. Happy practicing!

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2021-2022 Band Registration

We're excited for you to join the Winter Park High School Band Program! Bring the completed forms below to the Band room on Tuesday, May 4, 2020 to register for the Winter Park Band Program for the 2021-2022 school year.

Registration Step 1
Registration Step 2
Registration Step 3
Have questions? Contact Mr. Clemente at michael.clemente@ocps.net.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Tuesday, April 20 - Thursday, April 22 - Jazz Ensemble I Auditions, after school

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Tuesday, April 20 - Percussion Help Clinic, 6 - 8 PM

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Wednesday, April 21 - Incoming Freshman Ice-Breakers/Parent Information Meeting, 6 - 8 PM

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Tuesday, April 27 - Percussion Help Clinic, 6 - 8 PM

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Wednesday, April 28 - SPRING JAZZ CONCERT, 7 PM

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Thursday, April 29 - SPRING BAND CONCERT, 7 PM

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Tuesday, May 4 - 2021-2022 Band Registration Night, 6 - 9 PM

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Thursday, May 6 - Percussion Help Clinic, 6 - 8 PM

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Saturday, May 8 - 2021-2022 Student Leadership Retreat, 9 AM - 1 PM

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Tuesday, May 11 - 2021-2022 Marching Percussion Placement Auditions. 6 - 8 PM

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Wednesday, May 12 - Spring Color Guard Showcase, 7 PM

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Thursday, May 13 - Color Guard Try-outs

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Tuesday, May 18 - 2021-2022 Marching Percussion Rehearsal, 6 - 8 PM

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Saturday, May 22 - 2021-2022 Marching Band Mini-Camp, New Marchers, Student Leadership, Percussion, and Color Guard, 12 - 6 PM

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Sunday, May 23 - 2021-2022 Marching Band Mini-Camp, All Students, 2 - 8 PM

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Tuesday, May 25 - Last Day of School

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PRIVATE LESSONS

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 michael.clemente@ocps.net.


PRIVATE TEACHER LIST

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FINANCES & CHARMS

At this point in the year, all past due student balances should be brought up to date. Please see below for a "how-to" to check your student's account in Charms.



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
  • Jazz Fair Share Payment 2 (if applies) - $15.00 Due 1/6/21
  • School Instrument Semester 2 Maintenance (if applies) - $60.00 Due 1/6/21
  • Fair Share Payment 3 - $75.00 Due 3/3



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.



2020-2021 FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS SCHEDULE

WOODWIND/BRASS/PERCUSSION

COLOR GUARD

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TECHNOLOGY/COMPUTER ISSUES

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 Donald.Steffey@ocps.net 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!

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Help the Band with Amazon Smile!

Make a difference for Band students with every day purchases! Shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/27-0964817 to generate donations for Winter Park High School Band Alumni Association Inc. Once this charity is selected, always type in Smile.Amazon.com 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".

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