WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

December 15, 2019


Jazz Ensemble I at Rising Freshman Information Night

Monday, Dec. 16th, 5:15-6pm

528 Huntington Avenue

Winter Park, FL

Winter Guard Rehearsal

Wednesday, Dec. 18th, 5:30-7:30pm

1500 Falcon Drive

Orlando, FL


From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,

What a busy week! Congratulations to all of our Winter Park Band students on their performances at Winterfest, the Band Winter Concert, and the Baldwin Park Winter Spark parade over the past few days. It was a successful week to wrap up the end of our performances for the 2019 calendar year!

Thank you so very much to all the families who contributed to the generous gift that Mr. Smith and I both received. We are both very appreciative, and especially thankful to work with such outstanding students and families every day!

Winter break is a great time of year to make sure your student's instrument is in great performance condition and also is stocked up with the necessities for Band class. Long-needed cleaning and repairs for your horn? Repair shops would be happy for your business over break. Still playing on a beginner model instrument from 6th grade? It's time to look into an instrument that is a step up in quality to help your student's tone. Many of the best instrument brands - Yamaha, Bach, Conn-Selmer, Buffet, Schilke, etc. - produce an "intermediate" level of instruments that are quite an increase in quality from beginner instruments without the price tag of a "professional" model. If you are thinking about finding a better quality instrument, both Mr. Smith and myself would be happy to offer suggestions or models to look into. Mouthpieces, reeds, valve oil, slide grease, mutes, sticks, mallets, stick bags, and so much more are essential equipment that students need to setup for success. I'll be sending out a document tomorrow with lots of suggestions for accessories to look into, and they all make great gifts!

If your student is not currently studying privately, I encourage all our Band students and their families to look into beginning private study with a private lesson teacher. Wether a student is learning a musical instrument to pursue a career in music, or simply for musical fulfillment and recreation, private lessons are one of the best investments that parents can make for their musical child. We are very lucky to have many skilled private lesson teachers in the Winter Park/Orlando area. I encourage you to take in our Private Teacher page on the Band website and contact one of the teachers on the list to begin the process.

I hope you all have a very Happy Holiday season, a Merry Christmas, Happy Haunukkah, Happy New Year, and joyous time together with family and friends. Thank you for a successful semester, and looking forward to the spring!



December 15, 2019

Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way to help with the concert and parade this week. It has been a great year for band so far, and I am looking forward to a wonderful spring semester! Have a restful break, and I am excited to see everyone next year. Thank you for your dedication to the band students and Winter Park’s amazing band program. Happy Holidays!

Natalie Storch



What's next:

Now that students are signed up for the performance option of their choosing for S&E, now the real work begins. Preparation of a solo piece or chamber work is a very individual task, but no one should be preparing their music alone. Seek out help from anyone you can - Mr. Clemente, Mr. Smith, your private lesson teacher, a section leader, your middle school band director, etc. Feedback from someone you trust to be honest with you is invaluable in preparation for S&E.

For those students performing a piece for S&E that requires a piano accompanist, you need to have an accompanist secured before we leave for winter break at the very latest. Your accompanist needs just as much time to prepare their part as you do to prepare yours. Also, you need to schedule at least 2 rehearsals with you accompanist before your performance at S&E. If you are still searching for an accompanist, please consult the Recommended Accompanist List on our Band website for contact information for a small selection of local accompanists.



To all families who placed an order for Spirit Wear last week - all orders will be passed out to students or available for pickup beginning on Tuesday, 12/17. Orders will only be available for pickup if all items have been paid in full, so please ensure that payment has been made by tomorrow, 12/16 if it has not been made yet. Payments can be made by check made payable to WPHS Bands.

Prices per item:

Short Sleeve T-shirt - $10.00

Long Sleeve T-shirt - $12.00

Hooded Sweatshirt - $20.00



December 23 - January 6: Winter Break

January 9-11: FMEA/All-State

January 14: Incoming Freshman Parent and Student Information Meeting, 7 - 8 PM

January 15: Wind Symphony Rehearsal, 1:30 -3 PM



Upcoming Payments Due:

1/8/20 School Instrument Maintenance Due - $60

1/8/20 Color Guard Fair Share 6 Due - $150

1/8/20 Color Guard Winter Uniform Accessories Package - $60

Payments Past Due:

10/2 Fair Share Payment #3 - $50 (All Students) PAST DUE

10/2 School Instrument Semester 1 Maintenance (Some Students) PAST DUE

11/6 Color Guard Fair Share 4 - PAST DUE

12/4 Color Guard Fair Share 5 Due - $150 - PAST DUE

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.