WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

April 25, 2021

THIS WEEK

Color Guard Rehearsal

Tuesday, April 27th, 3-6pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Percussion Help Clinic

Tuesday, April 27th, 6-8pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Interested in playing percussion in the 2021 "Sound of the Wildcats" Marching Band? Help prepare for the upcoming Marching Percussion Placement Auditions by attending our Help Clinics! Open to all students current grade 8 - 11 interested in playing percussion, and current percussionists grade 9 - 11 are expected to attend.


Link to join virtually:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87563152182?pwd=QVdvUG85ME5WSzZGSDRnR1I5Z1N0dz09

ORCHESTRA SPRING CONCERT - Orchestra Winds and Percussion

Tuesday, April 27th, 6:45-8pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Orchestra Winds and Percussion students performing with the Park Philharmonic. Call Time 6:45 PM in the Band Room, ready to walk on stage.

JAZZ SPRING CONCERT

Wednesday, April 28th, 7-9pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Pre-concert Sound Checks for all F2F and LaunchED students performing on the concert:


4:30 - 5 PM: Jazz Ensemble I


5:15 - 5:45 PM: Jazz Ensemble II


6 - 6:30: Freshman Jazz Band


6:30 PM Call Time in the Band Room

BAND SPRING CONCERT

Thursday, April 29th, 7-9pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Pre-concert Sound Checks for all F2F and LaunchED students performing on the concert:


4:30 - 5 PM: Wind Symphony


5:15 - 5:45 PM: Symphonic Band


6 - 6:30: Concert Band


6:30 PM Call Time in the Band Room

Color Guard Rehearsal

Friday, April 30th, 3-6pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

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From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,


Thank you to everyone who helped with our Incoming Freshman Ice-Breakers/Parent Information Meeting this past week. Please help spread the word for how to register for Band for next year to any incoming families you know, and then be sure to complete the registration yourself before next Tuesday, May 4!


We have a very busy and exciting week of performances this week, with some of our students performing Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday! For both the Jazz and Band concerts on Wednesday and Thursday, we are holding Sound Check rehearsals for that our LaunchED students coming onto campus will have the chance to adjust to performing with the group before the concert itself. As a reminder, that schedule is:


Jazz Wednesday, April 28


  • Jazz Ensemble I: 4:30 – 5 PM
  • Jazz Ensemble II: 5:15 – 5:45 PM
  • Freshman Jazz Band: 6 – 6:30 PM



Band Thursday, April 29


  • Wind Symphony: 4:30 – 5 PM
  • Symphonic Band: 5:15 – 5:45 PM
  • Concert Band: 6 – 6:30 PM



The student dress for the Spring Concerts will be slightly different than the dress for the Guest Conductor concerts a few weeks ago. All students should be in slightly dressy or “business casual” dress for this performance. For example, gentlemen should wear a button up shirt with a collar, tie, dress pants, and dress shoes with socks – no sneakers, sandals, or boat shoes. You may also choose to wear a jacket. Ladies could wear a nice blouse/top, dress pants/knee-length or longer skirt, and closed toe shoes, or a dress with similar footwear – no sandals. Color of clothing is up to you, but I ask that everyone please avoid bright and distracting colors. If you have any questions or concerns with your student being in dress for the performance(s), please do not hesitate to reach out to me before the day of the concert.


We will still have the same audience procedures in place for next week’s performances as we did for the performances at the beginning of the month. Masks, wellness checks, etc. Each student may have 4 persons in attendance for the Jazz concert and 2 persons in attendance for the Band concert. Audience members who would like to attend the concert must pre-register through the links below:







I would like to take a moment to ask every Band family to look at their financial statement on Charms as you read this Newsletter. After sending out multiple account statements and reminders over the past semester. the Band program still currently has $8,350.50 in Past Due Band Payments. All Band payments came due back on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, and the Financial Obligations schedule has been sent out at the end of every Newsletter. All student accounts must be brought to date immediately. Students with Past Due Payments will be placed on the school's Obligations List. For Seniors especially, the Graduation tickets will be withheld and the Student Services office will not release student diplomas until a student's Past Due Obligations have been paid.


2021-2022 Band Registration is now open! Please see below for the step-by-step registration process, and spread the work to any incoming Band families you are in contact with. Registration is due on Band Registration Night on Tuesday, May 4.


Please see our Band Promo for the coming 2021-2022 school year. 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, especially with our incoming Band families.


Let's have a great - and again performance-filled - week!

Mr. Clemente

Band Promo 2021 - Please Share!

Winter Park Band Promo 2021

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From the Band Booster President

Week of April 25, 2021


Hello wonderful band parents. We will need volunteers for the concerts THIS WEEK, so please sign up on the Charms calendar to help (volunteer needs are already posted). It is a lot of fun, you can still watch your student perform, and it makes the concerts possible! A special thanks to Robyn Fodor for helping coordinate the volunteers and marking off the seats, and the volunteers who helped (some even though they did not have a child performing that night). We appreciate all of you!


If you have a senior, please bring the poster from senior night, so they can be placed in the lobby pre-concert. Also, if you have a sash, those can be placed on the poster as well. Please arrive about 30 minutes before the concert so the posters can be in place before the concert.


The ice breaker and parent information night went well, and we think we have lots of excited students and parents coming to WPHS Band next year. If you know anyone who is on the fence or would like additional information, please have the contact the directors or me.


Also, if you are interested in getting more involved in band, we are going to have some open band booster board positions available next year (uniform helpers, provisions, communications). All of the positions involve varying talents and commitments, so please let us know if you would like further information. If you know incoming parents who would like to be involved from the beginning, please have them contact me!


Band registration night is May 4, so please keep an eye on your emails for additional information (registration link is now on the band website).


May 13 is Color Guard try outs. Encourage those with an interest (no experience required!) to come. Any questions can be directed to Mr. Smith or color guard liaison Kim Mueller.


Please look at the band calendar for the tentative spring/summer schedule for marching band and keep in mind things can change, but dates/times are populated for several months for purposes of planning.


Thank you everyone. Have a great week!


Natalie Storch

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Attention Seniors!

Hello Winter Park Band Seniors!


This is Charlie Schmitt, band president, and I wanted to first congratulate y’all on closing in on the final weeks of school! It has been a truly transformative four years, and I’ve really enjoyed embarking on it with all of you! Please take note to fill out the form below, as it is absolutely crucial in order for the Band Council to include your information in the Spring Program. We will also be celebrating each Senior with an individualized instagram post, so we’ll need some information for that, too. Thanks for filling out the form, and I look forward to celebrating this monumental achievement in any way we can!


https://forms.gle/Yt7eSd51VHEahCar9


As you all know, we have a tradition in the band that involves showing baby pictures of all the Seniors during the Spring banquet. Since we are going to be giving out awards during the Spring concert this year, the slideshow will also become a part of that event. I would like all seniors to send either me or Mrs. Storch a baby picture, an in-between picture (perhaps something from grades 1-5), AND a current picture. My email is <charles.schmitt2021@gmail.com> and Mrs. Storch’s email is <njstorch@yahoo.com>. So far we only have a few pictures, but we want every Senior involved in this process! Please try and get the pictures in by April 17-18 so that we have time to get the slideshow together. Thank you all, and I look forward to celebrating the end of the year with yet another exciting performance!


All the Best,

Charlie Schmitt

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2021-2022 Band Registration

We're excited for you to join the Winter Park High School Band Program! Bring the completed forms below to the Band room on Tuesday, May 4, 2020 to register for the Winter Park Band Program for the 2021-2022 school year.

Registration Step 1
Registration Step 2
Registration Step 3
Have questions? Contact Mr. Clemente at michael.clemente@ocps.net.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Tuesday, May 4 - 2021-2022 Band Registration Night, 6 - 9 PM

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Thursday, May 6 - Percussion Help Clinic, 6 - 8 PM

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Saturday, May 8 - 2021-2022 Student Leadership Retreat, 9 AM - 1 PM

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Tuesday, May 11 - 2021-2022 Marching Percussion Placement Auditions. 6 - 8 PM

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Wednesday, May 12 - Spring Color Guard Showcase, 7 PM

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Thursday, May 13 - Color Guard Try-outs, 5 - 7 PM

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Tuesday, May 18 - 2021-2022 Marching Percussion & Color Guard Rehearsal, 6 - 8 PM

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Saturday, May 22 - 2021-2022 Marching Band Mini-Camp, New Marchers, Student Leadership, Percussion, and Color Guard, 12 - 6 PM

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Sunday, May 23 - 2021-2022 Marching Band Mini-Camp, All Students, 2 - 8 PM

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Tuesday, May 25 - Last Day of School

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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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FINANCES & CHARMS

At this point in the year, all past due student balances 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.



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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Help the Band with Amazon Smile!

Make a difference for Band students with every day purchases! Shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/27-0964817 to generate donations for Winter Park High School Band Alumni Association Inc. Once this charity is selected, always type in Smile.Amazon.com to place orders.


**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".

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