WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

July 18, 2021

THIS WEEK

Band Camp Day 1 - Percussion and Color Guard

Monday, July 19th, 9am-5pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Band Camp 2021 Day 1. The only students reporting for rehearsal are percussionists (both Drumline and Front Ensemble) and the Color Guard.


If you are neither a percussionist nor in the Color Guard, please make sure you report to camp on the appropriate day.

Band Camp Day 2 - New Marchers, Leadership, Percussion, and Color Guard

Tuesday, July 20th, 9am-5pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Band Camp 2021 Day 2. Today students reporting include New Marchers (all incoming 9th graders required, rising 10th graders welcome) and Leadership in addition to Percussion, and Color Guard.


If you are not a new student, student leader, percussionist, or color guard, you will report on Wednesday, 7/21.

Band Camp Day 3 - All Students

Wednesday, July 21st, 9am-5pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Band Camp 2021 Day 3. Our first day with all students on the 2021 "Sound of the Wildcats" Marching Band!


All students report all remaining days of Band Camp.

Band Camp Day 4 - All Students

Thursday, July 22nd, 9am-5pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Band Camp 2021 Day 4.

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From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,


The week has finally arrived! Band Camp 2021 kicks off tomorrow morning as our percussionists and color guard report for rehearsal. All new marchers and student leadership report on Tuesday, followed closely by all students reporting on Wednesday so we will all be together for the remainder of camp.


Please read all information in this newsletter carefully and thoroughly. If you have any questions, please reach out to both Mr. Smith and myself and we will get back with you as quickly as we are able.


As we enter into Band Camp over the coming weeks, all students need to be prepared with the following to set themselves up for successful rehearsals:

  • Drink lots of water and be active prior to marching band camp – don’t wait until the first day of camp to hydrate and to be exerting yourself!
  • Get a gallon water cooler/jug with your name clearly printed on the outside in permanent marker. You will need this every day for band camp, as well as throughout the marching season. Fill it with iced water at home prior to leaving for school. There will be some water available to re-fill water jugs at the practice field, but there is a limited amount, and it will eventually cause a line-up if too many try to re-fill all at the same time! During the school year, consider filling your water jug with ice in the morning or the night before. By the time you reach rehearsal after school, most of the ice will have melted, and you’ll have cold water to drink!
  • You will need comfortable athletic shoes and socks at every rehearsal. Sandals/Flip-flops/Slip-ons are not allowed during a marching band rehearsal. You must also have shoes on your feet at all times when outside.
  • Sunscreen. You will need it for just about every rehearsal.
  • A brimmed hat and sunglasses. This will provide extra protection from the sun, and sunglasses will allow you to see the drum majors and where you’re going while you march.
  • Light colored clothing. Avoid dark colors when rehearsing outside in the sun!
  • A personal instrument that is in good working order. Also, double check your supply of reeds, valve oil, etc. Clarinets and saxophones should always have a box of reeds at all times – not just “one good reed.”
  • A flip folder with at least 10 sleeves, and a lyre. This is an essential piece of equipment for marching band, and will be required at rehearsals and performances. Any music store that handles band instruments will have these on hand, but it would be a good idea to call ahead of time. Also, it is best to take the instrument into the store to have the correct lyre fitted to your specific instrument (different instrument manufacturers have different lyre connections).
  • A half-inch, 3-ring binder with plastic sheet protectors. This will keep your sheet music safe and all in one place for rehearsals. You will need it at every rehearsal.
  • For full-uniform performances, everyone will need a pair of compression shorts (knee-length recommended) and black knee-high socks.


If you are unsure about any of these items, please check with your Section Leader or a Drum Major for help and assistance!


Below is the general schedule for the "Sound of the Wildcats"(SOTW) Band Camp. Week 1 is next week, Monday 7/19 - Thursday, 7/22. Week two is the following Monday, 7/26 - Friday 7/30. A more detailed schedule will be posted in the 600 building throughout Camp for students to reference.


SOTW BAND CAMP WEEK 1

  • Monday, 7/19: Percussion and Color Guard, 9 AM - 5 PM (students bring lunch/school lunch available)
  • Tuesday, 7/20: New Marchers, Leadership, Percussion, and Color Guard, 9 AM - 5 PM (students bring lunch/school lunch available)
  • Wednesday, 7/21 - Thursday, 7/22: ALL Students, 9 AM - 5 PM (lunch provided for those who purchased Band Camp Meals, all other students bring lunch/school lunch available)


SOTW BAND CAMP WEEK 2

  • Monday, 7/26 - Friday, 7/30: ALL Students, 9 AM - 9 PM (All students bring lunch/school lunch available. Dinner provided for those who purchased Band Camp Meals, other students bring dinner.)
  • Friday, 7/30: Mandatory Band Booster Meeting, 6 - 7 PM, Band Room
  • Friday, 7/30: Preview Performance, 7:15 PM, D-Lot or Auditorium



By now, all students and parents/guardians should have received a "You're invited to join Winter Park High School Band's data management system" email from the noreply@cuttime.net email address. Another round of these emails was sent Sunday, 7/11 around 1 PM. Please follow the instructions in this email to log into your CutTime account if you have not done so already. If you search your inbox and still have not received or cannot find this email, please email both me and Mr. Smith directly at michael.clemente@ocps.net and daniel.smith2@ocps.net.


Once you have logged into your CutTime account I ask that all students and parents please scroll down to the Contact/Demographic Information section. Then, find the dropdown menu next to Mobile Provider and select your mobile provider from the list. This will enable the directors to communicate with parents and students via text message, which is a vital channel throughout the school year. If a service provider is not selected on your profile, text messages sent through CutTime will not be send to your mobile device. Thank you for attending to this!


Required Forms: A record of required forms that have been turned in to the Band office is available to each student and parent through CutTime. This record is currently being updated with forms recently turned in, and is completely up to date as of this past Wednesday, 7/14. To view the status of your forms, log into CutTime.net and scroll down to the section titled "Required Forms." If a form shows as "not submitted," you can click on the "Review" button and upload a scan of the completed form there.


If you need to find a copy of the forms in Cut Time, click:

1.) Files/Docs (upper right corner)

2.) Registration Forms

3.) WPHS Band Forms

4.) Find whichever form you need



Parent Volunteers: Our Band program does not run without our awesome parent volunteers! After August 2, we will again have the ability and the need to have lots of parent volunteers and chaperones at our Band events throughout the year. Once we have instructions from the district on how parents can signup to become chaperones and volunteers, you will receive communication from our chaperone coordinator Robyn Fodor.



Mr. Clemente

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From the Band Booster President, Natalie Storch

Hello wonderful band parents. Please keep an eye on the volunteer needs in the newsletter and on the calendar. We are so excited to see everyone back. Volunteer needs and requirements will likely be evolving, so please keep your eyes and ears open for some wonderful opportunities to help during band camp and once school and football games begin. There is a band booster meeting for all band parents, grandparents, and those who care for band students on July 30. Please see the calendar for times etc. We can’t wait to see everyone. We hope everyone has a great week at band camp! Thank you for all you do.

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Band Camp Schedule - July 2021

WEEK 1


Monday, 7/19, 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Percussion (Drumline & Front Ensemble) and Color Guard


Tuesday, 7/20, 9 AM - 5 PM

  • New Marchers, Student Leadership, Percussion, and Color Guard


Wednesday & Thursday, 7/21-7/22, 9 AM - 5 PM

  • All students in the "Sound of the Wildcats" Marching Band



WEEK 2


Monday, 7/26 - Friday, 7/30, 9 AM - 9 PM

  • All students in the "Sound of the Wildcats" Marching Band


Friday, 7/30

  • Mandatory Band Booster Meeting, 6 PM, Band Room


Friday, 7/30

  • Preview Show, 7:15 PM, D-Lot (Auditorium, weather backup)

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Band Camp Meals and District Provided Cafeteria Food

A huge thank you to Ellen Deloach for all of her work planning our upcoming Band Camp Meals. Also, due to current restrictions on parent volunteers on campus, thank you to Heather Ribaric for helping to coordinate some of our OCPS employee Band parents to help serve the meals over the next two weeks of camp. If you are a Band parent who also is an OCPS employee, have not yet heard from either Ellen or Heather, and are willing to help, please reach out to them at ellen.deloach@live.com and ribaric.family@gmail.com.


OCPS is also providing our Band students the opportunity for select free meals while they are on campus for Band Camp in the coming weeks. Our cafeteria will be open and serving breakfast before and lunch during each day of Band Camp.


Breakfast will be available in the cafeteria each morning before camp begins from 7:30 – 8:30 AM. Students should arrive with enough time to pick up and eat breakfast before they need to report to the Band room for camp at 9 AM. Lunch will be served during our lunch breaks of camp at 12 PM.


Please note, these meals are separate and not part of the Band Camp Meals plan that families have already purchased. Remember, Band Camp Meals only provide food for some meal breaks during Band Camp – not all. Please see the meal schedule below for a detailed listing of what is available at each meal break. Students are responsible for providing their own food for meals if they choose not to eat the cafeteria food and/or did not purchase Band Camp Meals.


WEEK 1

Monday, 7/19 (Percussion and Guard)

  • Cafeteria Breakfast available 7:30 – 8:30 AM
  • Cafeteria Lunch available 12 PM


Tuesday, 7/20 (New Marchers, Leadership, Percussion, and Guard)

  • Cafeteria Breakfast available 7:30 – 8:30 AM

  • Cafeteria Lunch available 12 PM


Wednesday, 7/21 (All students)

  • Cafeteria Breakfast available 7:30 – 8:30 AM

  • Cafeteria Lunch available 12 PM

  • Lunch provided as part of Band Camp Meals for those who purchased


Thursday, 7/22 (All students)

  • Cafeteria Breakfast available 7:30 – 8:30 AM

  • Cafeteria Lunch available 12 PM

  • Lunch provided as part of Band Camp Meals for those who purchased


WEEK 2

Monday, 7/26 – Thursday, 7/29 (All students)

  • Cafeteria Breakfast available 7:30 – 8:30 AM

  • Cafeteria Lunch available 12 PM

  • Dinner provided as part of Band Camp Meals for those who purchased


Friday, 7/30 (All students)

  • Cafeteria Breakfast available 7:30 – 8:30 AM

  • Cafeteria Lunch available 12 PM

  • Lunch provided as part of Band Camp Meals for those who purchased

  • Dinner provided for all students

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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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    Volunteer Opportunities 2021-2022

    Hello Winter Park Band Families!


    Although we are just wrapping up another school year, I am thinking about volunteer needs for this summer and next school year and want to put this information out there for parents to consider.


    Here is a description of needs the band has throughout the year. Opportunities exist at different times of the year, different times of the day and for different time commitments. Stepping up to volunteer even once is a huge help and you don’t have to have any prior knowledge. Please take a moment to consider if you may be able to help with any of the following areas.


    Uniform help:

    Time: late summer and fall football season (until November). Daytime and evenings.

    Areas of need (can help with one or all three areas): 1. Uniform fittings at end of summer (no sewing- uniforms have snaps) 2. Wash and iron a few times during the season (usually each volunteer takes home 10 or fewer uniforms) 3. Help out Jessica Fox (uniform chairperson) in the uniform room before and after games. All areas are organized by Jessica, so all you have to do is show up!

    Contact: jhautzy@gmail.com


    Chaperone games, MPA’s:

    Time: during football season starting Aug. 20 and most Fridays until the first week in Nov. Evenings.

    Area of need: 7 parent chaperones per game to ride with students to games from approx. 5-10 pm. Volunteer once or several games. It’s a bit of a time commitment, but it goes by fast and is fun! Chaperone MPA’s: these competitions can be on Saturday or during the week and usually happen during the daytime.

    Contact: robynfodor@yahoo.com


    Operations for fall football games: Contact Keith Gavin (kgavin@sscands.com) to help with band instruments and equipment for the games, MPA’s and Parades.


    Provisions:

    Time: band camp late summer. Daytime and evenings.

    Area of need: help serve meals during camp and clean up after. Meals this year will be lunches one week and dinner one week. It’s possible to help one day or several days.

    Contact: Ellen DeLoach at ellen.deloach@live.com


    Driving students during the Door-to-Door fundraiser

    Time: a half-day on a Saturday in February.

    Area of need: about 50 parent drivers to take 2-4 students to a designated neighborhood in Winter Park to walk door-to-door to collect money for the band. It’s the most important fund raiser of the year! There will be more information later in the year, but you can also contact Heather with questions:

    Contact: Heather Ribaric ribaric.family@gmail.com


    Thanks for reading and considering helping out! There will be more info posted about these opportunities as the needs arise and you can contact me at anytime for more information: robynfodor@gmail.com


    Robyn Fodor

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    UPCOMING EVENTS

    Monday, July 26 - Friday, July 30: Band Camp Week 2

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    Friday, July 30: Mandatory Band Booster Meeting, 6 PM

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    Friday, July 30: Preview Show, 7:15 PM

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    Tuesday, August 3: Marching Band Rehearsal, 6 - 8:30 PM

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    Tuesday, August 10: First Day of School

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    Tuesday, August 10: First regular Tuesday Marching Band rehearsal, 6 - 8:30 PM

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    Thursday, August 12: First regular Thursday Marching Band rehearsal, 2:45 - 5 PM

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    Wednesday, August 18: Meet the Cats Pep Rally, 6 PM

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    Friday, August 20: Home Football Game

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    2021 "Sound of the Wildcats" Show - Les Miserables

    Big picture

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    2021-2022 BAND REGISTRATION

    If you know of anyone who is planning to be in Band this coming school year but hasn't registered, it is not too late! Please ask them to follow the steps outlined below as soon as you you are able.



    Please note that our Band Registration Night that occurred back in May is different than the “course registration” done by guidance counselors in the winter, and it is for all new and returning Band students.




    The following forms are included below in Step 3 and should be signed and turned in at the May 4 Registration Night:


    • WPHS Bands Financial Obligations 2021/2022 (specific for “Woodwind/Brass/Percussion,” and “Color Guard/Winter Guard”)
    • Emergency Treatment Authorization Card
    • OCPS Model Release Form




    The following forms are for informational purposes only (nothing to be turned in):


    • Communication
    • Uniform Information 2021/2022
    • Essential Equipment for the High School Musician
    • What Do I Need for Marching Band?



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

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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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