WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

September 18, 2022


Marching Band Rehearsal

Tuesday, Sep. 20th, 6-8:30pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

On D Lot to start (weather permitting). If we have weather we will start in the Auditorium/Band room. Remember to bring everything you need for a marching rehearsal - instrument, music, dot cards, water jug, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, etc.

Marching Band Rehearsal

Thursday, Sep. 22nd, 2:45-5pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

In twos at 2:45 PM to start (weather permitting). If we have weather we will start in the Auditorium/Band room. Remember to bring everything you need for a marching rehearsal - instrument, music, dot cards, water jug, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, etc.

Away Football Game

Friday, Sep. 23rd, 5-10:30pm

4949 Silver Star Road

Orlando, FL


From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,

Great job to the SOTW on their performance Friday evening despite the drizzle! This week's performance was much stronger than the previous week thanks to the student's hard work and some quality outside rehearsal time last week. Hopefully we will have another dry week this week to keep adding to our show! Thank you as always to our amazing Band Booster parent volunteers and especially our Chaperone Coordinator Robyn Fodor for chaperoning on Friday evening and helping keep our students safe and Ellen Deloach for keeping our students fed and hydrated.

Congratulations to the 24 Winter Park Band students who auditioned for this year's FBA All-State ensembles on Saturday at Ocoee HS! We are so proud of your hard work, dedication, and drive to go above and beyond in your musical journey. Peyton Adkinson (percussion), Gabrielle Batas (percussion), Charlotte Batten (alto sax, soprano sax), Jacob Blaney (oboe), Antonio Brown (alto sax), Matt Cambridge (trombone), Curtis Culhane (clarinet), Charlie Davey (trombone, jazz trombone), Ben DeLoach (alto sax, tenor sax, bari sax), Henry Fu (clarinet), Massimo Grace (trumpet), Colin Hetz (alto sax, jazz alto sax), Jacob Hodges (tenor sax), Keirren Lawson (trombone), Alexander Maloof (clarinet), Zachary Rediske (clarinet), Taylor Ribaric (tuba), Jacob Scanlon (jazz bass trombone), Vignesh Somasekar (percussion), Jason Stephenson (clarinet), Lilah Storch (oboe), Emily Strickland (flute), Nina Vassos (oboe), Emily Yeh, (flute), Andrew Yuska (percussion, jazz piano).

Nomination requests are now being taken for this year's Tri-State Band Festival (hosted by FSU) and Festival of Winds (hosted by USF). Students interested in more information and who may wish to be nominated may find more information below.

Individual photos taken the other week for our annual collage photo are now available to order. Please see the image below for both the link and gallery code to view and order your student's photos.

Concert Uniform Accessories will be available for order beginning this week. See below for item details and prices.

Finally, we will be making one more order for Extra 2022 Show Shirts. The item will also come available on SchoolPay Monday, 9/19 and be available until Wednesday, 9/28.

Looking forward to dry rehearsals and another away football game this week. Let's make it a great week everyone!

Mr. Clemente


From the Band Booster President, Mrs. Dana Adkinson

Happy Sunday, Band People!

Great job Friday night, Band Kids (and chaperones and directors!) .. despite the soggy weather, you all looked and sounded great .. and looked like you had a great time! Thanks, chaperones, for being there .. and if you missed the Concessions Meals Hat Moms, look for the pictures on the Winter Park Band facebook page later today! ;) And look for game pics each week on the band facebook page!

Congratulations to all the students who auditioned for All State concert and jazz bands yesterday .. just preparing an audition certainly represents a lot of work .. good job on the preparation and good job on representing WPHS with dignity and class at Ocoee High School yesterday.

Lots of things coming up in the next few weeks! Homecoming Week is not this week, but next, which brings an extra SOTW performance during the middle of the week. The band will be marching in the Homecoming Parade and performing in the subsequent Pep Rally in the Park on Wednesday, the 28th. We still need a few more chaperones for the parade .. so please check your calendars and see if you can help us out. Chaperone sign up is here: You'll definitely get your steps in that day, but it IS a good dose of WPHS tradition and vintage school spirit! So help out if you can.

And we still need to fill a handful more of chaperone slots for football games as well .. super easy tasks .. just ride the bus, watch the kids, enjoy the game and ride the bus back. These band students are really good kids and they make chaperoning super easy:

Senior Night is the last home game of the football season (Friday, November 4th). It's the game where all of the senior students who participate in Friday Night Lights are honored .. and it will be here in just a few weeks. Of course, we'll be honoring our Band Seniors and their families as well with several traditional milestone markers. In order to plan and coordinate the activities for the night, we'll need a group of senior parents who can help us with the preparation for Senior Night. Please email me at if you will be able to help us get things ready to make the evening special for our Seniors.

Reach out to any of the board members with any other questions or concerns: ( or directors.

Have a great week, Wildcats!

Dana Adkinson

Band Booster President


Tri-State (FSU) and Festival of Winds (USF) Nominations

Tri-State (Florida State University)

On behalf of the Florida State University Band Department, I would like to formally outstanding Junior and Senior band students to the 41st annual Tri-State Band Festival. This year's festival will take place on the beautiful campus of FSU from Thursday, December 1st through Sunday, December 4th. We are pleased to welcome the following distinguished guest wind ensemble clinicians:

Diane Soelberg, Director of Bands, Brigham Young University, Idaho

Thomas Singletary, Director of Instrumental Music, North Central Texas College

Additionally, we are excited to announce that Florida State University's own Associate Professor of Jazz Trombone, Dr. Kevin Jones will serve as the clinician for this year's Honor's Jazz Ensemble.

For additional information, please reference the attached 2022 Tri-State Band Festival brochure, including important dates, pricing, and conductor biographies. Additional information and nomination links can be found on the festival website here.

If you wish to be nominated for this year's Tri-State festival, please complete the Google form linked below by Monday, September 26.

Tri-State Nomination Request Form

Festival of Winds (University of South Florida)

The University of South Florida’s School of Music is proud to host the 47th Festival of Winds on December 1-4, 2022. FOW was founded by Jim Croft in 1974 and has grown to become one of the finest events of its type in the southeast. In addition to playing in one of three large concert bands conducted by outstanding clinicians, students will participate in master classes, attend multiple concerts, play in a chamber ensemble or jazz band, and experience the thrill of being on a college campus for four days. Participants are nominated by their band directors based on their musical and leadership excellence, and must be high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors in order to be eligible.

The 2022 Clinicians are Dr. Amy Acklin (University of Louisville), Dr. Terry Austin (ret. Virginia Commonwealth University), and Professor Ray Cramer (ret. Indiana University). We are confident that there are no finer clinicians in the country, and that these three exceptional musicians will provide deeply enriching experiences for the participating students. In addition, students will interact with and learn from USF's outstanding School of Music faculty.

If you wish to be nominated for Festival of Winds, complete the Google form below before Monday, September 26.

Festival of Winds Nomination Request Form


Photo Ordering

Individual photos that were taken on September 7 & 8 are available for purchase from our photographer. Follow the directions on the image below to view your student's photos. Ordering in available for the next two weeks until 10/2/22.
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Concert Uniform Accessories Order - Available 9/19 - 9/28

With our Fall Concert approaching on October, the Band will be placing a bulk order of Concert Uniform Accessories. As explained on the Uniform Accessory Information sheet from registration night, students are responsible for providing all parts of the concert uniform that are not either the tuxedo jacket and pants or concert dress, which are owned by the school and lent to students each year. To make obtaining those accessories easy for our families, the Band program will make a bulk order next week through our supplier. You are not required to use our supplier; however, they will most likely give you the best deal and there are no shipping costs.

To complete the Concert Tuxedo:

  • Black tuxedo shirt - $15.00
  • Black bow tie - $4.00
  • Black cummerbund - $8.00
  • Package of all three (shirt, tie, cummerbund) - $25.00

You will also need black dress shoes (completely black dress shoes, not your marching band shoes) and black dress socks. Shoes and socks are provided by the student.

To complete the Concert Dress:

  • Faux pearl earrings – pierced ears - $6.00
  • Faux pearl earrings – non-pierced ears - $7.00
  • Faux pearl necklace - $10.00

You will also need closed-toe black dress shoes. Most choose to wear a simple black flat with the dress, but you may also choose to wear a short heel.

Items will appear on SchoolPay Monday, 9/19 and be available until Wednesday, 9/28. The order must be placed by 9/29 in order to be here in time for our performance. Keep in mind, students who are wearing a tuxedo have already been sized for their black tuxedo shirt when they were fitted earlier in the school year. With the switch to wearing black tuxedo shirts this year, all returning students wearing tuxedos must purchase a shirt for this school year.

If you have any questions, please email Mr. Clemente and our Uniform Chair, Amanda Schaefer.



Friday, September 23: Away Football Game, 5 - 10 PM


Wednesday, September 28: Homecoming Parade, 4 - 7 PM, Downtown WP


Friday, September 30: Home Football Game - Homecoming, 5 - 10 PM


Thursday, October 6: Away Football Game, 5 - 10 PM


Saturday, October 8: Jazz Ensemble I at Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, 9 - 11 AM


Thursday, October 13 - Saturday, October 15: Fall musical performances, Pit Orchestra


Monday, October 17: Marching Band Rehearsal, 6 - 8:30 PM


Tuesday, October 18: FALL BAND CONCERT, 7 PM


Thursday, October 20: Fall Orchestra Concert, 7 PM, Orchestra Winds & Perc.


Friday, October 21: Away Football Game, 5 - 10 PM


Saturday, October 22: West Side Classic (Marching Band Pre-MPA), West Orange HS


Thursday, October 27: Middle School Night Home Football Game, 5 - 10 PM


Friday, November 4: Senior Night Home Football Game, 5 - 10 PM


Saturday, November 5: MARCHING BAND MPA, Boone HS


Wednesday, November 9: FALL FESTIVAL OF BANDS, 7 PM


Wednesday, November 16: NIGHT OF JAZZ, 7 PM


Monday, November 21 - Friday, November 25: Thanksgiving Break


Saturday, December 3: Winter Park Christmas Parade & Baldwins Park Christmas Parade


Thursday, December 8: BAND WINTER CONCERT


Tuesday, December 13: Winterfest (Orchestra Winds & Percussion)


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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    PAST DUE Band & Color Guard Payments

    • May 3: Band Registration Fair Share: $25


    • July 27: Full Fair Share Payment OR Fair Share Payment 1: $225 OR $100
    • July 27: Marching Band Shoes (new/replacement): $38 fundraising credit cannot be used for this item
    • July 27: Extra Show Shirts (optional): $10/shirt fundraising credit cannot be used for this item
    • August 31: Fair Share Payment 2 - $50

    Color Guard

    • July 27: Full Fall Fair Share Payment OR Fall Fair Share Payment 1: $325 OR $100
    • July 27: Marching Band Shoes (new/replacement): $38 fundraising credit cannot be used for this item
    • July 27: Extra Show Shirts (optional): $10/shirt fundraising credit cannot be used for this item
    • August 31: Fall Fair Share Payment 2 - $125

    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, Kim Somers, at


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    Pride of the Wildcats - Winter Park Band Fleet Vehicle Support and Improvement

    We are very proud of our Operations side of the Winter Park Band. We have a dedicated group of parents that take the Winter Park Band & Color Guard to all their events. However, without the use of the large tractor trailer that transports our equipment to and from each marching band event and the small trailer for color guard the task would be next to impossible.

    Through the years, the operations group has made many changes to the trailers to improve the functionality for the Winter Park Band. Historically, all of the monies have been raised through private contributions of a select groups of parents and through the Alumni Foundation. Because of this the need of a full fundraiser event to deflect the cost of the band operations was never really until now.

    In effort to maintain our large trailer’s top-notch condition, we are planning to do some MAJOR repairs and improvements to the trailer that is now in its 15th year of service for WPHS band. Additionally, we need to either replace (preferable) the small trailer or make it road worthy again.

    Some of the items on our list of improvements are costly, including:

    • Repairing some minor damage to larger trailer
    • Repainting the lower section of the large trailer
    • Rewrapping the upper section of the large trailer
    • Replace wheel bearings on front axle
    • Moving the back stairway to the back of the trailer
    • Replacing or repairing the small trailer
    • And other improvements to keep our kids and volunteers safe.

    Since we are re-wrapping the large trailer, we will be selling sponsor spots on the larger trailer to defray the cost. There are 10 spots that are available for $1,000 each and the entire front of the trailer for $5,000. These opportunities are a great way to support the Winter Park Band and they are also tax deductible.

    Please contact Keith Gavin at for further information on donations or to provide the goods or services to the improvements that are so desperately needed.


    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.

    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 @wphs_flutes @wphsclarinets @wpsaxes @wphs_trumpets @wphs.trombones @wphstubas @winterparkhspercussion @winterparkcolorguard @wphs.drumajors
    • Twitter: @wphs_bands
    • Tik Tok: @winterparkhsband