WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

March 7, 2021


Drum Major Auditions

Tuesday, March 9th, 2:30-4pm

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. Required paperwork due to Mr. Clemente by Monday, March 8.

Winter Guard Rehearsal

Tuesday, March 9th, 3-6pm

528 Huntington Avenue

Winter Park, FL

Carry Out Spirit Night at Rosati's Pizza

Tuesday, March 9th, 4-9pm

7756 University Boulevard

Winter Park, FL

Help support the Band program and have a delicious dinner! Mention the fundraiser and the Band receives 15% of your order.

Rescheduled PARK PHILHARMONIC CONCERT - Orchestra Winds and Percussion

Tuesday, March 9th, 6:30-8:30pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Students in the Orchestra Winds and Percussion that will be performing with Park Philharmonic.

Senior Concerto Competition Auditions

Wednesday, March 10th, 1:30-3pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

SENIORS: Be sure you have signed up for your audition spot by Tuesday, March 9.

End of 3rd Marking Period

Thursday, March 11th, 12am

This is an online event.

NO SCHOOL/Teacher Workday

Friday, March 12th, 12am

This is an online event.

Winter Guard Rehearsal

Friday, March 12th, 10am-3pm

528 Huntington Avenue

Winter Park, FL

Winter Guard Performance - University HS (Orlando)

Saturday, March 13th, 11am-3pm

2450 Cougar Way

Orlando, FL

Winter Park performs at 1:45 PM. Ticket and spectator information at



From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,

We had a very exciting and performance-filled weekend for many students in the Band!

Congratulations to the F2F All-County students for their performances Friday and Saturday at Cypress Creek HS! It was great to see all the students from across the county get the chance to come together again and make music in spite of all of all we are dealing with.

Congratulations to the Winter Guard for a great performance at Oviedo HS this past Saturday! This year's show has really begun to come together, and it's so fun to watch the students grow each week.

A reminder that the Orchestra concert that was scheduled for last Thursday has been rescheduled to this Tuesday, March 9. Orchestra Winds and Percussion students call time is 6:30 PM in the Band room.

This week is the last week of the third marking period. Please remember late work will be accepted up until 11:59 PM on Thursday, March 11.

Looking forward to a strong last week of the quarter, and a much deserved upcoming Spring Break!

Mr. Clemente


From the Band Booster President

Hello band parents. It's almost spring break! After spring break, we will have a band booster meeting to discuss upcoming events. The meeting will be Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at 7pm. Please plan to attend. All parents are welcome and encouraged to come. Keep an eye on the Charms calendar for updates etc. Spirit Night (Carryout only) 4pm-9pm at Rosati's Pizza on University Tuesday March 9, 2021. Please mention WPHS Band when you order. Thank you for your support. Have a great week!



Hello Band Family!

We have an exciting and yummy opportunity to help out the band coming up! Join us for WPHS Band night at Rosati's Pizza!

  • Who: Everyone who eats food!
  • When: THIS TUESDAY, March 9 from 4-9pm
  • Where: Rosati's Pizza in Winter Park - 7756 University Blvd #104, Winter Park, FL 32792
  • How: Place a takeout order from them, mention the WPHS Band and the band program will receive 15% of total sales for the night!

See the flier below for their location and information. Have some delicious food and help the band at the same time!

Heather RIbaric

Fundraising Chair

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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




Monday, March 15 - Friday, March 19 - SPRING BREAK


Tuesday, March 23 - Percussion Help Clinic, 6 - 8 PM


Thursday, March 25 - All-County Jazz Rehearsal, 6 - 9 PM, West Orange HS


Friday, March 26 - All-County Jazz Rehearsal, 6 - 9 PM, West Orange HS


Saturday, March 27 - All County Jazz Sound Checks and Performance, 1 - 4 PM, West Orange HS


Saturday, March 27 - FFCC Championships, Daytona Beach Ocean Center



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.






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 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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Make a difference for Band students with every day purchases! Shop at to generate donations for Winter Park High School Band Alumni Association Inc. Once this charity is selected, always type in 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".