WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

January 9, 2022

THIS WEEK

Spirit Day at Outback Steakhouse

Tuesday, Jan. 11th, 11am-10pm

1927 Aloma Avenue

Winter Park, FL

Don't forget to plan for lunch or dinner from Outback Steakhouse this Tuesday, 1/11! Tell your friends and family to as well! Remember to mention the Band to your server or with your take out order, and the Band program will receive a portion of the proceeds from your meal. Thank you again for supporting the Band program!

Winter Guard Rehearsal

Tuesday, Jan. 11th, 3-6pm

528 Huntington Avenue

Winter Park, FL

VIRTUAL Incoming Freshman Parent/Student Informational Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 11th, 7-8pm

This is an online event.

Please encourage families you know that have incoming 9th graders for the 2022-2023 school year to attend! We are very excited to begin to welcome those families into our Winter Park Band family!


A link to the ZOOM meeting will be sent out via email by their directors tomorrow, Monday 1/10.

FMEA/All-State Conference

Wednesday, Jan. 12th, 5pm to Saturday, Jan. 15th, 7pm

333 South Franklin Street

Tampa, FL

Best of luck to our students who were selected to perform with this year's All-State ensembles!

Winter Guard Rehearsal

Friday, Jan. 14th, 3-6pm

528 Huntington Avenue

Winter Park, FL

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From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,


Best of luck to our students rehearsing and performing with this year's All-State ensembles this coming week in Tampa! Have lots of fun and learn a lot Curtis, Taylor, Jason, and Lilah!


Thank you to everyone who so generously donated to the directors gift at this past semester's Winter Concert. Both Mr. Smith and I are so thankful to be a part of the Winter Park Band family, and so thankful for all of you!


Thank you also to everyone who again gave so generously to the gift my wife Sarah and I received for Connor. It has already be an enormous help to keep us going through the first weeks of having him as a part of our family. We both can't thank you enough!


Tuesday, 1/11, we will hold a virtual Incoming Freshman Parent/Student Informational Meeting from 7:00 - 8:00 PM. This informational meeting will focus on the Winter Park Band and preview the coming school year for our rising 9th graders and their parents. Please spread the word to families who you know that are currently in 8th grade Band at our feeder middle schools! They will be receiving a link to the Zoom meeting from their school's band director via email tomorrow, Monday 1/10.


Our Band families should be hearing lots of Solo & Ensemble practice at home over the coming weeks. See some extra reminders for S&E below.


Next week, we are excited to welcome Prof. Jeff Rupert onto campus for our Jazz Guest Artist Workshop. More info on that below.


Don't forget to plan for lunch or dinner from Outback Steakhouse this Tuesday, 1/11! Tell your friends and family to as well! Remember to mention the Band to your server or with your take out order, and the Band program will receive a portion of the proceeds from your meal. Thank you again for supporting the Band program!


Let's make it a great week!

Mr. Clemente

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From the Band Booster President, Natalie Storch

Week of January 9, 2022


Hello everyone. Thank you so much to those who have signed up for Door-2-Door. Please sign up to drive if you have not, and if you have questions, please contact Heather Ribaric. It is a very fun day and looking forward to it!


If you know any families who have incoming freshmen for next year who have any interest in band, please encourage them to come to the meeting (VIRTUAL/IN PERSON?) on Tuesday night at 7pm.


Please keep an eye on the calendar for upcoming volunteer needs (chaperoning for MPAs etc.).


Enjoy the week and the long weekend.


Thank you for your support of the WPHS Band!!!


Natalie Storch

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Band Spirit Day - Outback Steakhouse - Tuesday, 1/11

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Jazz Guest Artist Workshop with Jeff Rupert

Next week, we have the exciting opportunity to welcome Prof. Jeff Rupert from the University of Central Florida for our Jazz Guest Artist Workshop! Prof. Rupert will work in class with our three jazz bands both Tuesday, 1/18 and Wednesday, 1/19, along with one after school rehearsal for each group. The event will culminate with the Jazz Guest Artist Workshop Concert on Wednesday evening at 7 PM where the jazz ensembles will preview their Jazz MPA programs and showcase their extra work.



Tuesday, January 18: Jazz Ensemble II Rehearsal, 2:45 - 4:45 PM


Tuesday, January 18: Jazz Ensemble I Rehearsal, 7 - 9 PM


Wednesday, January 19: Freshman Jazz Band Rehearsal, 1:30 - 3:30 PM


Wednesday, January 19: JAZZ GUEST ARTIST WORKSHOP CONCERT, 7 PM

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SOLO & ENSEMBLE

WHAT'S NEXT:


From now until S&E in early February, students should have a copy of their solo and/or ensemble music in their folder for class each day. Students performing a solo for S&E MPA should already have their first rehearsal with their accompanist scheduled, or have already rehearsed once. Students who are performing in a chamber ensemble should have settled on a schedule of rehearsals for that ensemble already. Most importantly in either case, once that schedule is set, everyone must do their best and stick to the schedule. Last minute deviations and schedule changes will not set you up for success at Solo & Ensemble.


Students now have selected their pieces, formed their ensembles, and should be setting about preparing for February's performance at Solo & Ensemble. If a student chooses to play a solo, they are responsible for providing a piano accompanist. If you are in search of an accompanist, please consult this list of piano accompanists on the Band website. Students should already have their accompanist secured at this time. If not, students should have contacted Mr. Clemente and Mr. Smith last week.


Music orders were placed last Wednesday, 12/1, and Thursday, 12/2. Music has begun to arrive at school and will be passed out to the students once as soon as possible. So long as nothing is backordered, all students should have their music before leaving for Winter Break.



Links to all forms/lists below can be found at: http://www.winterparkhsband.com/solo--ensemble.html


Band students have two performance options to complete the Solo and Ensemble project:


  • Option 1: Solo and Ensemble MPA. Solo and Ensemble MPA takes place each year at the beginning of February and is hosted by a school in our district, this year University HS on February 11 and 12. This event is put on by the Florida Bandmasters Association(FBA), and allows students to perform for an adjudicator for a rating. Adjudicators for this event are professors, teachers, and performers from across the state of Florida, and students have the opportunity to receive feedback on their performance from someone who is an expert on their instrument. Students perform either a solo or chamber ensemble piece from the FBA Solo and Ensemble Required Music List, and may perform in up to 4 different events. There is a small assessment fee per event, typically $5.00 - 7.00.


  • Option 2: Solo and Ensemble Recital Option. For students who choose not to perform at the Solo and Ensemble MPA put on by FBA, those students will perform as part of our Solo and Ensemble Recital at school. This year, that recital will take place in the Band Room on Wednesday, February 5, beginning at 1:30 PM. Students must select a piece from the FBA Solo and Ensemble Required Music List, and the performances will be adjudicated by both Mr. Smith and Mr. Clemente.

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DOOR-2-DOOR FUNDRAISER - Saturday, 2/5

DOOR-2-DOOR - our biggest and most important fundraiser of the year is coming in early February and the day will arrive faster than we’d all like to think. In short, our Winter Park Band students will go door-to-door asking our Winter Park HS community for donations on Saturday, February 5. As a mandatory fundraiser, each student receives a "share" of the funds raised that day. Shares typically fall somewhere between $70.00 - $90.00.



PARENTS - We need you! Our parents literally make this fundraiser work by transporting groups of students around our WPHS attendance zone. Parents who volunteer to drive for DOOR-@-DOOR will earn their student another "share" to use toward band fees. If you haven’t signed up to drive, please do so this week, if possible. For every driver that signs up I need 3 things:


  1. Copy of drivers license
  2. Copy of insurance card that will be valid at time of D2D. If it’s renewing between now and February, wait to send me the updated info.
  3. A screenshot of your active and approved Additions status.


If you’re not Additions approved yet, but would like to drive, go ahead and get that approval right away at: https://www.ocps.net/departments/community_resources_/a_d_ditions_school_volunteers


It may seem like there’s plenty of time, but I need to have this information collected over Winter Break and we will all be so busy with the holidays, it’s helpful if you can sign up and send me the info as soon as possible.


Thank you for all you do!


Robyn Fodor

Robynfodor@gmail.com

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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 kgavin@sscands.com for further information on donations or to provide the goods or services to the improvements that are so desperately needed.


We will be also seeking volunteers to help at a Trailer Work- Days throughout the month of January. We will be repairing minor body damage, painting the trailer and removing the old logos. Please contact Keith Gavin @ kgavin@sscands.com if you can assist.

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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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    UPCOMING EVENTS

    Tuesday, January 18 - Wednesday, January 19: Jazz Guest Artist Workshop with Prof. Jeff Rupert

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    Tuesday, January 18: Jazz Ensemble II Rehearsal, 2:45 - 4:45 PM

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    Tuesday, January 18: Jazz Ensemble I Rehearsal, 7 - 9 PM

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    Wednesday, January 19: Freshman Jazz Band Rehearsal, 1:30 - 3:30 PM

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    Wednesday, January 19: JAZZ GUEST ARTIST WORKSHOP CONCERT, 7 PM

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    Tuesday, January 25: All-County Band Rehearsal, 6 - 9 PM

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    Thursday, January 27: All-County Band Rehearsal, 6 - 9 PM

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    Friday, January 28: All-County Band Rehearsal, 8:30 - 4 PM

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    Saturday, January 29: All-County Band Sound Checks and Concert

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    Saturday, February 5: DOOR-2-DOOR FUNDRAISER, 8 AM - 4 PM, mandatory for all Band students

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    Thursday, February 10: District Jazz MPA

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    Friday, February 11 - Saturday, February 12: District Solo & Ensemble MPA

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    Wednesday, February 16: Wind Symphony Rehearsal, 1:30 - 3 PM

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    Thursday, February 17 - Saturday, February 19: Guest Conductor Workshop

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    Thursday, February 17: Symphonic Band Rehearsal, 2:45 - 4:45 PM

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    Thursday, February 17: Wind Symphony Rehearsal, 7 - 9 PM

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    Friday, February 18: Concert Band Rehearsal, 2:30 - 3:30 PM

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    Saturday, February 19: Wind Symphony Sound Check, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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    Saturday, February 19: Symphonic Band Sound Check, 1 - 2 PM

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    Saturday, February 19: Concert Band Sound Check, 2:30 - 3:30 PM

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    Saturday, February 19: GUEST CONDUCTOR WORKSHOP CONCERT, 3:30 pm call time

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    Wednesday, February 23: Wind Symphony Rehearsal, 1:30 - 3 PM

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    Wednesday, March 2: Wind Symphony Rehearsal, 1:30 - 3 PM

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    Thursday, March 3 - Saturday, March 5: DISTRICT CONCERT MPA, Cypress Creek HS

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    Wednesday, March 9: Senior Concerto Competition Auditions, 1:30 - 3 PM

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    Friday, March 11 - Friday, March 18: Spring Break

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    FINANCES AND CUTTIME

    Upcoming Band Payments:

    • Jazz Fair Share Payment 2 - $20.00 Due 1/12/2022
    • School Instrument Semester 2 Maintenance - $60.00 Due 1/12/2022


    Past Due Band Payments:

    • Band Registration Fair Share - $25.00 Due 5/4
    • Fair Share Payment 1 - $100.00 Due 7/28
    • Marching Band Uniform Shoes (if needed) - $35.00 Due 7/28
    • Fair Share Payment 2 - $50.00 Due this Wednesday, 9/1
    • Jazz Fair Share - $20.00 Due 10/6 (if applies)
    • Semester 1 School Instrument Maintenance - $60.00 Due 10/6 (if applies)



    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 CutTime.net 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 Michael.Clemente@ocps.net. For questions regarding your CutTime account or statement, contact the Band Booster Treasurer, Lori Gavin, at lgavin0623@icloud.com.


    2021-2022 FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS SCHEDULE

    WOODWIND/BRASS/PERCUSSION

    COLOR GUARD

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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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    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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    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
    • Twitter: @wphs_bands
    • Tik Tok: @winterparkhsband

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