WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

May 10, 2020



Tuesday, May 12th, 1:30pm

This is an online event.

Attendance will be taken and students will receive a participation grade.


Tuesday, May 12th, 2pm

This is an online event.

Attendance will be taken and students will receive a participation grade.


Tuesday, May 12th, 2:30pm

This is an online event.

Attendance will be taken and students will receive a participation grade.

Virtual Office Hours

Wednesday, May 13th, 11am-1pm

This is an online event.

Marching Percussion Placement Auditions

Wednesday, May 13th, 5pm

This is an online event.

Audition Sign-up Sheet:

2020 Marching Percussion Placement Audition

Time: Apr 22, 2020 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 991 2816 5549

Password: 2pYJ6v

Virtual Office Hours

Thursday, May 7th, 11am-1pm

This is an online event.


From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,

Welcome to all of our incoming 9th grade students and parents receiving the Band Weekly Newsletter for the first time! We are so glad to have you as a part of the Winter Park Band!

Thank you all very much for tuning in to the first (and hopefully only) ever virtual Band Banquet! Though we weren't able to do it in person, I'm happy we still had the chance to recognize the accomplishments of all of our Winter Park Band students from this past school year, and honor those who have and continue to go above an beyond both in their musicianship and service. Congratulations again to all on a successful 2019-2020 school year, and best of luck to the class of 2020 in your future pursuits. I encourage you to keep in touch however you are able - email, visits at concerts, social media, etc.

Thank you to everyone who completed the Band Registration Form this week! We will be working this week to upload and edit everyone's information in Charms. As always, you can access your profile on Charms 24/7 and edit any information that may change like email addresses, phone numbers, street addresses, etc. Also, it is not too late to register for Band for next school year! Please check with your fellow students and families who are planning to be a part of the Band program next year to see if they have already registered or may need assistance with the registration form.


Every current student in the Winter Park Band must sign up for a time to return school-owned items this coming Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. Please see below for more detailed information.


Please see the event above for the link to the sign-up sheet and information on how to join for your audition. If any students are interested in auditioning but haven't made it to any of the help sessions, please contact Mr. Clemente as soon as you can!


We again will be hosting Zoom meetings for all students this week on Tuesday, May 12. Students - If this time conflicts with another class that has previously scheduled a meeting, please let Mr. Clemente and Mr. Smith know ASAP. Otherwise, we will expect to see you on Tuesday afternoon.

Band Zoom Meetings, Tuesday 5/12:

Symphonic Band: 1:30 PM (Attendance will be taken, participation grade given)

Wind Symphony: 2 PM (Attendance will be taken, participation grade given)

Concert Band: 2:30 PM (Attendance will be taken, participation grade given)

Instructions on how to join the meetings will be posted to Google Classroom. Looking forward to seeing you all!

This year, more than other years, it is crucial that our Band families don't completely "tune out" to communication both from the Directors and the Band Booster Board. Our situation is constantly evolving and changing, and we all need to stay adequately connected so together we can plan for the school year to come.

I hope you continue to stay healthy and safe,

Mr. Clemente


From the Band Booster President

Week of May 10, 2020

Hello band families. Thank you to everyone who attended, planned, and participated in the first virtual band banquet ever! Congratulations to our wonderful seniors and all of the fantastic and dedicated band students. It was fun to celebrate a wonderful year virtually if we could not be together in person.

A special word of thanks this year to the Band Booster Board, which has been so supportive of all things bandJ It takes a dedicated team, so a very special thanks to Mary Bernard, Stacey Cox, Lori Gavin, Keith Gavin, Mary Beth Johnston, Melanie Maulfair, Jay McPherson, Kimberly Mueller, Ana Nazarian, Heather Ribaric, Sara Robinson, Kim Schmitt, and Beth Visconti for all of their hard work and tireless support this year!! Thank you also to all of the other extremely dedicated parent volunteers, who have given their time, positivity, and energy to the band program. We could not do it without you, and you are all appreciated! Please be on the lookout for next year’s Band Booster Board information/election form (we usually do that at registration night) or email. There will also be information about vacancies if you are interested in filling a role next year.

It’s hard to believe the year is almost over, but please stay tuned for information on next year’s calendar. Don’t forget to check the Charms calendar regularly and subscribe to that calendar so it updates automatically on your calendar (directions on the website) if you are interested. Have a great week everyone. Happy Mother’s Day!



Please use the link below to sign up for a time to return uniforms and equipment to the main campus Band room.

Uniform and Equipment Return Signup Sheet

This week, the Band room will be open at select times for all students to return school-owned uniforms, music folders, and equipment. Students will also have the ability to access their Band lockers to retrieve any item left before the Stay At Home order. The dates and times the Band room will be open are as follows:

Monday, May 11: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Tuesday, May 12: 6:00 – 8 :00 PM

Wednesday, May 13: 11:00 AM – 2 :00 PM

Please only enter onto campus through the Bellwood Dr. gate, adjacent to A lot on the southwest corner of campus. We ask that all who come onto campus be prepared with a face covering and practice social distancing when not inside your vehicle. If a student needs to access their Band locker, please also wear gloves when opening the locker. Also, please wait in your vehicle until either Mr. Clemente or Mr. Smith let you know it is OK to come into the Band room.

The following items are to be returned by ALL grade levels:

  • CONCERT UNIFORM (does not need to be dry-cleaned)
    • Tuxedo Jacket
    • Tuxedo Pants
    • Concert Dress
    • Concert Folder (Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony)
    • Jazz Folder (Freshman Jazz Band, Jazz Ens. II, Jazz Ens. I)
    • Seniors: All instruments/equipment checked out to current 12th grade students must be returned to the Band room in good working order. Take everything out of your case except for the instrument and any school-issued mouthpiece.
    • Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen: All instruments/equipment must be returned to school for inspection by the directors. If you then wish to check-out the instrument/equipment for summer practice, the directors will give you an Instrument Check-Out Form that must be filled out and then signed by a parent/guardian. If you are not checking out the instrument for the summer, your instrument will remain at school.

The current situation we are living with brings many individual challenges to each family in our Band program. Please know that we understand everyone’s situation is different and can be constantly changing. If you are unable to make it to campus on any of the three dates listed above, please contact both Mr. Clemente and Mr. Smith immediately to open up a channel of communication. We are willing to work with individual families if there is a need to set up a different time for uniforms, folders, and equipment to be dropped off.

I look forward to seeing you all!!



Registration for the Winter Park Band for the 2020-2021 school year is now available! To register for Band for next year, please click on the link below:

Register for the 2020-2021 Winter Park Band

A link to the Band Registration form is also located on the Band Website at

It is not too late to register for the 2020-2021 Winter Park Band! Please complete the above form at your earliest convenience so Mr. Clemente and Mr. Smith can plan on having you with us. Thank you!


2020-2021 Operations Team

Please join me in congratulating the following students on their willingness to step up and serve the Winter Park Band program on our 2020-2021 Operations Team!

Physical Operations Crew

  • Samantha Becker
  • Mac Collins
  • Ruben Dennis
  • Keirren Lawson
  • Kaia Leavitt
  • Charlie Schmitt
  • Jacob Thigpen

Band Secretary

  • Charlie Schmitt

Band Librarian

  • Angelina Handal
  • Maddie Visconti

Woodwind Quartermaster

  • Maddie Visconti

Brass Quartermaster

  • TBD

Percussion Quartermaster

  • Adam Maulfair

Currently, we are still in need of a Brass Quartermaster and at least one more Band Secretary. Please click the link below to fill out the application if you are interested in stepping into and available role.

Band Operations Team Application



Color Guard Open Recruitment is happening NOW for the 2020-2021 school year. The Color Guard is the visual ensemble of the Winter Park Band. In the fall, the Color Guard performs with the “Sound of the Wildcats” Marching Band, adding visual flair and impact to the marching band show. In the winter and spring, the Color Guard performs on the FFCC competitive circuit, competing with other color guards in the Central Florida region. Interested in performing, traveling, and competing? The Color Guard may be the place for you!


Please fill out this Google form to receive more information about the upcoming season. You can also email Mrs. Johnson, the Color Guard Sponsor, at

Color Guard Information Google Form



Thank you to all of the students who have been diligent in keeping up with the weekly assignments. Mr. Smith and I know that there are many new challenges and seemingly constant changes that come with being at home and completing your classwork for all 7 classes each week. Now especially with all of your classes being held digitally for the remainder of the school year, it is even more important that you do not procrastinate and allow late work to build up. Students should be reading the newsletter weekly, as well as checking Google Classroom at least once per day.

If you are struggling to complete your work when assignments are due, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are here to help you! An issue with internet connectivity or other emergencies at home do not affect your grade, so long as there is communication with the Directors.

This is all very much different than "normal school," and especially for us in Band class when we can't all get together and be an ensemble as our class is meant to operate. In the meantime, the skills you are individually building through the digital assignments will become incredibly useful to you as a musician and help the Band as a whole. Always keep in mind, "a rising tide raises all boats".


Google Classroom Codes

At this time, there remains a small number of students who have not joined the Google Classroom for their respective Band class(es). Currently, you are missing at least 2 assignments that were due Wednesday and Friday of last week, respectively. Please see below and enter the code to join your Google Classroom ASAP so that you do not fall behind on your work!

The procedure to join the class is the same as before, but in case you are not in the appropriate classes or need a refresher:

1.) Sign into Google using your OCPS student email

2.) Click on the apps icon

3.) Select Classroom

4.) Click on the "+" in the upper right hand corner

5.) Enter the code for the class:

Class Codes:

Symphonic Band: ikqsgbj

Jazz Ensemble II: 2u32u3n

Jazz Ensemble I: otmxdo7

Freshman Jazz Band: soj7ebe

Wind Symphony: zgshiz6

Concert Band: triopqc


SmartMusic Classroom Resource - Codes to Join

We will begin using SmartMusic in our Band classes this week as a resource. Mr Clemente sent out these codes to the individual classes on Monday, April 6, but in case you cannot find that email please see the codes and instructions below.

1. Open a Chrome browser and visit:
2. When prompted for a class code, please enter:

Symphonic Band - Period 2:G2NKV-KDENE

Wind Symphony - Period 6: 33NCP-X3ZNA

Concert Band - Period 7: 7ZZW4-PAPXX

Please create your account no later than this Wednesday, April 8.




All percussionists and students interested in playing percussion for marching band. Students will audition to be placed on either the drum line (percussion that marches with the winds) or the front ensemble (stationary percussion in the front of the field).


LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - Wednesday, May 27


OCPS Meals Distribution

OCPS families, The district’s FREE Grab-n-Go meal distribution for children begins tomorrow, Monday, March 23.

Fifty schools across the district will be handing out breakfast, lunch and a breakfast for the next day. Any child aged 18 and under will receive the meals with no questions asked. Children must be present to receive the meals, they can be in a vehicle, walking or riding a bike, no identification is needed. The family does not need to qualify for free and reduced meals and the child does not have to be enrolled at our school to receive food. Also, please consider any food allergies if your child is consuming the meals.

Distribution begins tomorrow at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Families can go to any of the 50 school sites. You can find the list of locations on the front page of and on the district’s Facebook page.