WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

May 16, 2021


2021-2022 Drumline, Front Ensemble, and Color Guard Rehearsal

Tuesday, May 18th, 6-8pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Rehearsal for all 2021-2022 Drumline, Front Ensemble, and Color Guard students. Our first rehearsal together!

Mini-Camp Day 1: New Marchers, Student Leadership, Percussion, and Color Guard

Saturday, May 22nd, 12-6pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Mini-Camp Day 1 is for all New Marchers, Student Leadership, Percussionists, and Color Guard students of next year's "Sound of the Wildcats" Marching Band.

We will have a meal break during the rehearsal time. Students must provide their own food.

Mini-Camp Day 2: All 2021-2022 Students

Sunday, May 23rd, 2-8pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Mini-Camp Day 2 is for all students of next year's "Sound of the Wildcats" Marching Band. This is our first official rehearsal for next year's Band!

We will have a meal break during the rehearsal time. Students must provide their own food.


From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,

First, I'd like to extend a warm welcome to our new, incoming Winter Park Band families! This is the first Newsletter I have sent to the new communication lists for next year's Band.

Congratulations to our 2021-2022 Senior Class Band Council Representative: Zachary Asarnow! The voting for Junior and Sophomore Representatives both ended in a tie, so we will have run-off elections tomorrow between:

  • Sophomore: Taylor Ribaric and Jason Stephenson
  • Junior: Noah Fodor and Madelyn Kerst

Incoming Freshmen will vote on their representative to the Band Council when we are a couple months into the new school year and everyone has gotten a chance to know each other.

This week is a busy and exciting week of new beginnings for next year's Winter Park Band! Tuesday evening, the 2021-2022 Marching Percussion - Drumline and Front Ensemble - and Color Guard hold their first official rehearsal of the coming year from 6 - 8 PM. On Saturday and Sunday, our Marching Band Mini-Camp to continue to welcome in our new Band students and families, as well as provide music for the students to work on and prepare over the summer. Saturday, May 22 from 12 - 6 PM New Marchers/Incoming Freshmen, Student Leadership, Percussion, and Color Guard will begin the new year working on our Les Miserables show. Then on Sunday, May 23 from 2 - 8 PM ALL of the students of the Winter Park Band will come together to rehearse and mark the first time the 2021 "Sound of the Wildcats" Marching Band will meet and create as a group!

By now, everyone should have gotten an email from our new communications system Cut Time to register for your account. Please take the time to sign in to this account and familiarize yourself with the system. For those familiar, it is similar to the old Charms data management system, but this one promises to be much more user friendly.

2021-2022 Band Registration

If you missed Band registration night at the beginning of May, not to worry! Please find instructions below and register your student for next year's band as soon as you are able.

Please see our Band Promo for the coming 2021-2022 school year below. A big thank you to Maddie Visconti for putting together the video! We would appreciate it if you share the video wherever you can on social media.

Let's have a great week!

Mr. Clemente

Band Promo 2021 - Please Share!

Winter Park Band Promo 2021


From the Band Booster President

Please keep an eye on the calendar for upcoming events. If you are interested in helping out next year, we will need help in uniforms, provisions (meals), and communications. Please contact me for more information at ( We appreciate all of you!!

Have a great week everyone. Best of luck as we approach the end of the year.

Natalie Storch


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If you missed our Band Registration Night at the beginning of May, don't worry! It is not too late to register your student for next year's Band. Please follow the steps outlined below as soon as you you are able.

Please note that Band Registration Night is different than the “course registration” done by guidance counselors in the winter, and it is for all new and returning Band students.

The following forms are included below in Step 3 and should be signed and turned in at the May 4 Registration Night:

  • WPHS Bands Financial Obligations 2021/2022 (specific for “Woodwind/Brass/Percussion,” and “Color Guard/Winter Guard”)
  • Emergency Treatment Authorization Card
  • OCPS Model Release Form

The following forms are for informational purposes only (nothing to be turned in):

  • Communication
  • Uniform Information 2021/2022
  • Essential Equipment for the High School Musician
  • What Do I Need for Marching Band?

Registration Step 1
Registration Step 2
Registration Step 3
Have questions? Contact Mr. Clemente at



Tuesday, May 25 - Last Day of School


Monday, July 19 - Thursday, July 22 - Band Camp Week 1


Monday, July 26 - Friday, July 30 - Band Camp Week 2



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




At this point in the year, all past due student balances for the 2020-2021 school year 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.






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!


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**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".