WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

February 7, 2021

THIS WEEK

Solo & Ensemble Help Sessions

Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 2:30-3:30pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Sign up for a time for Mr. Clemente or Mr. Smith to hear your Solo and Ensemble event: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1URX_2e0x9RDlYV2MGxFzWUSq6wAMjAlxKs8HJhaHoXM/edit?usp=sharing

Drum Major Audition Clinic

Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 2:45-3:45pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

For all Band students interested in auditioning to become a Drum Major of the "Sound of the Wildcats" Marching Band. Clinics occur weekly.

Winter Guard Rehearsal

Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 3-6pm

528 Huntington Avenue

Winter Park, FL

Wind Symphony Sectionals - Brass and Percussion

Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 1:45-3pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Brass and Percussion sectionals will take place both F2F and virtually on Microsoft Teams.

Solo & Ensemble Help Sessions

Thursday, Feb. 11th, 2:30-3:30pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Sign up for a time for Mr. Clemente or Mr. Smith to hear your Solo and Ensemble event: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1URX_2e0x9RDlYV2MGxFzWUSq6wAMjAlxKs8HJhaHoXM/edit?usp=sharing

Winter Guard Rehearsal

Friday, Feb. 12th, 3-6pm

528 Huntington Avenue

Winter Park, FL

Winter Guard Performance - FFCC Premiere

Saturday, Feb. 13th, 10am-4pm

1101 Bear Crossing Drive

Orlando, FL

WPHS Winter Guard performs at 2:33 PM. Ticket and spectator information at https://ffcc.org/2021/01/2021-covid-safety-protocols/


ITINERARY

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From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,


A hearty congratulations and thank you to everyone who made yesterday's Virtual Door-2-Door a success! A special thank you to the Band Council of Charlie Schmitt, Emma Spencer, Maddie Visconti, Benjamin Johnson, Madelyn Kerst, Zachary Asarnow, and Blake Cox for setting up, hosting, and managing the Live Stream on Youtube which you can re-watch by clicking here. Thank you especially to Mac Collins for lending his live streaming expertise and equipment to help make transitions run smoothly! Thank you to Heather Ribaric for putting together a very informative step-by-step process for posting and sharing a call for donations on social media. Thank you to all of our Band families and anyone else who posted, shared, and spread the word and help make this fundraiser as successful as it could be!


Especially well done to the students who provided live performances for the stream, including Emma Spencer, Megan Bradley, Lily Ioffredo, and Emily Strickland (flute quartet), Kaia Leavitt, Dominiq Valentin, Hannah Arnold, and Mac Collins (saxophone quartet), Kaia Leavitt and Dominiq Valentin (alto saxophone duet), and Charlie Schmitt, Charlie Storch, Kaia Leavitt, Dominiq Valentin, and Adam Maulfair (jazz combo).


I should have a total from this weekend's fundraising efforts at some time tomorrow morning. A separate email will be sent through Charms as soon as I receive the report from SchoolPay. Keep in mind that the link will be open until February 19. There is still plenty of time for donations to be made!



This week is an exciting week for the Winter Guard as they prepare for their first performance of the year at FFCC premiere! The winter show from the Guard is really something to watch each year, and I hope you get a chance to see the show at some point this year either virtually or in person.



I would like to direct everyone's attention to the week of April 5 - 9 on the Band Calendar. To help give our students another opportunity for performance this Spring, since we have missed out on so many, Mr. Smith and I have decided on holding Guest Conductor Workshops for all 3 jazz ensembles and concert bands. Please add these dates onto your family's calendar and check to see if there are any unavoidable conflicts. If conflicts exist, please contact both directors immediately.



You should continue to hear lots of practicing this week from your students while they are at home with Solo & Ensemble performances upcoming at the end of the month! Please encourage them to sign up for extra help, or if only to get another run through in front of people under their belt.



Have a great week!

Mr. Clemente

Door-2-Door Live Stream Behind the Scenes

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From the Band Booster President

Week of February 7, 2021


Hello everyone. What a great virtual door 2 door event yesterday! Thank you to all of the students who participated, generated excitement, and planned the live stream. The music and pictures were so much fun to hear/see. Thank you to everyone who spread the word on social media and via email, too! Please continue to do so, as the link will remain open for a bit. We appreciate all of your excitement and help.


Thank you to the parents who came to the booster meeting last week. Stay tuned for a date after spring break for our next meeting. There will be positions open on the Band Booster Board (including provisions, a uniform helper, program ads and sales, and communications), so if you would like be a bit more involved, please reach out to any booster board member to find out more about what each position entails.


As always, please keep an eye on the Charms calendar for updates. Thank you everyone for all you do. Have a great week.


Natalie Storch

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SOLO & ENSEMBLE MPA - VIRTUAL/PRE-RECORDED - 3rd Quarter Project

The schedule for Solo & Ensemble event recordings is now available. All students should write down their recording date and time on their solo and/or ensemble sheet music as a reminder, and enter their time into both their personal and their family's calendar.


Solo & Ensemble Performance Recording Schedule


This year, FBA Solo and Ensemble MPA will be moving to a digital format. All Winter Park Band students participate in at minimum 1 event, maximum 4 events, for either Solo and Ensemble MPA or for our Recital Option at WPHS. Each student's performance for Solo & Ensemble will be for a Performance grade in the 3rd marking period.


  • All events will be pre-recorded.
  • Students will then meet their adjudicator via video chat at a scheduled time on either Friday February 26 or Saturday, February 27 to receive feedback on their performance.
  • If students wish to receive a rating for their performance(s), all rules printed in the FBA Handbook. For example, solos performed for a rating must have a piano accompanist.
  • All students will still need to have an original copy of the work they are performing. Details on how to show proof of an original copy will be forthcoming from FBA.


Please click the link below for links to the FBA Solo & Ensemble Music List, sign up sheets, music purchase requests, etc.


http://www.winterparkhsband.com/solo--ensemble.html

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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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UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, February 15 - No School/President's Day

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Wednesday, February 17 - Wind Symphony Rehearsal, 1:45 - 3 PM

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Saturday, February 20 - Winter Guard Performance @ Lake Howell HS

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Monday, February 22 - Wednesday, February 24 - Solo and Ensemble Recording Sessions

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Friday, February 26 - Saturday, February 27 - SOLO & ENSEMBLE MPA

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Saturday, February 27 - Winter Guard Performance @ University HS (Orlando)

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FINANCES & 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



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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