WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

February 21, 2021

THIS WEEK

Solo & Ensemble Recording Sessions

Monday, Feb. 22nd, 2:30-5pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Solo & Ensemble Recording Sessions

Tuesday, Feb. 23rd, 2:30-5pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Drum Major Audition Clinic

Tuesday, Feb. 23rd, 2:45-3:45pm

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. Clinics occur weekly.

Winter Guard Rehearsal

Tuesday, Feb. 23rd, 3-6pm

528 Huntington Avenue

Winter Park, FL

Solo & Ensemble Recording Sessions

Wednesday, Feb. 24th, 1:30-5pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Winter Guard Rehearsal

Friday, Feb. 26th, 3-6pm

528 Huntington Avenue

Winter Park, FL

SOLO & ENSEMBLE MPA

Friday, Feb. 26th, 5:30-8pm

This is an online event.

SOLO & ENSEMBLE MPA

Saturday, Feb. 27th, 9am-4:45pm

This is an online event.

Winter Guard Performance - University HS (Orlando)

Saturday, Feb. 27th, 10am-3pm

4200 Dike Road

Winter Park, FL

Winter Park performs at 1:54 PM. Ticket and spectator information at https://ffcc.org/2021/01/2021-covid-safety-protocols/


ITINERARY

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From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,


Congratulations to all of our students who put the work in and auditioned for this year's All-County Bands! We heard a lot of wonderful auditions over the course of recording, and I was very impressed by the overall effort by our students. I strongly encourage everyone who did not take the opportunity to prepare an audition this year to go for it next year!


This year, 35 of our Winter Park Band students completed an audition for the All-County Concert Band and Symphonic Band. 20 of those students' auditions successfully earned them acceptance into the All-County Band ensembles. Those students are:


9/10 F2F Concert Band

Emily Strickland (flute, 2nd chair), Lilah Storch (oboe, 2nd chair), Curtis Culhane (Bb clarinet, 3rd chair), Jason Stephenson (Bb clarinet, 6th chair), Colin Anderson (Bb clarinet, 11th chair), Nathan Smith (Bb bass clarinet, 2nd chair), Taylor Ribaric (tuba, 1st chair), and Gabrielle Batas (percussion, 4th chair).


9/10 Virtual Band

Noah Fodor (bassoon)


11/12 F2F Symphonic Band

Mya Bell (Bb clarinet, 9th chair), Kaia Leavitt (alto sax, 1st chair), Charlie Schmitt (trumpet, 2nd chair), Cole Spencer (F horn, 2nd chair), Benjamin Johnston (trombone, 5th chair), Kang Muscatello (trombone, 6th chair), Nicholas Speir (bass trombone, 1st chair), Alexander Rodriguez (euphonium, 6th chair), Bradley Ribaric (tuba, 1st chair), and Charlie Storch (tuba, 4th chair).


11/12 Virtual Band

Madison Visconti (bassoon)


CONGRATULATIONS ALL!!


Participating in the All-County ensembles is a goal many, and perhaps all, of our Winter Park Band students should be striving toward. Audition materials for the All-County ensembles are taken each year from the FBA All-State audition materials. Even if you are not intending to audition for All-State, when materials for that audition are released in May of each year students should begin work on the material to prepare for the eventual All-County audition.



Solo & Ensemble performance week has arrived. I am very proud of the practice and preparation our students have put in towards preparing their individual performances. You should continue to hear lots of practicing, and most importantly final polishing, this week from your students while they are at home. Please encourage them to reach out for extra help if needed, or if only to get another run through in front of people under their belt before their performance is recorded.


As of writing this newsletter, the schedule for Solo & Ensemble MPA has still not yet been released. I will be sending out the schedule as soon as it becomes available from our FBA district.


Let's have a great week!

Mr. Clemente

Winter Guard at Lake Howell HS 2.20.21

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From the Band Booster President

Week of February 21, 2021

Hello everyone. It’s hard to believe it is almost March! Please keep any eye on your email/newsletter/Charms calendar for updates. We will have a general booster meeting after spring break to talk about the remainder of the year, positions on the Band Booster Board that will be open for next year, and other important items, so please stay tuned. Good luck to all of the students with solo/ensemble this week. Have a great week ahead!

Natalie Storch

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SOLO & ENSEMBLE MPA - VIRTUAL/PRE-RECORDED - 3rd Quarter Project

The schedule for Solo & Ensemble event recordings is now available. All students should write down their recording date and time on their solo and/or ensemble sheet music as a reminder, and enter their time into both their personal and their family's calendar. If you do not see your name on this recording schedule, we are expecting that you are recording your event individually and will send it in no later than Wednesday, February 24 on Canvas.


Solo & Ensemble Performance Recording Schedule


Solo & Ensemble MPA Schedule (Schedule for 2/26-2/27 will be linked here when available)



This year, FBA Solo and Ensemble MPA will be moving to a digital format. All Winter Park Band students participate in at minimum 1 event, maximum 4 events, for either Solo and Ensemble MPA or for our Recital Option at WPHS. Each student's performance for Solo & Ensemble will be for a Performance grade in the 3rd marking period.


  • All events will be pre-recorded.
  • Students will then meet their adjudicator via video chat at a scheduled time on either Friday February 26 or Saturday, February 27 to receive feedback on their performance.
  • If students wish to receive a rating for their performance(s), all rules printed in the FBA Handbook. For example, solos performed for a rating must have a piano accompanist.
  • All students will still need to have an original copy of the work they are performing. Details on how to show proof of an original copy will be forthcoming from FBA.


Please click the link below for links to the FBA Solo & Ensemble Music List, sign up sheets, music purchase requests, etc.


http://www.winterparkhsband.com/solo--ensemble.html

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SPIRIT NIGHT AT ROSATI'S PIZZA

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: March 9 from 4-9pm
  • Where: Rosati's Pizza in Winter Park
  • 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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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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UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, March 3 - Wind Symphony Rehearsal, 1:45 - 3 PM

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Thursday, March 4 - Park Philharmonic Concert, Orchestra Winds, 7 PM

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Friday, March 5 - 9/10 All-County Concert Band Rehearsal and Performance, 8 AM - 7 PM


  • For 9th and 10th grade students who successfully audition into the ensemble.
  • Rehearsal and Performance will be held at Cypress Creek HS in the gymnasium.

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Saturday, March 6 - 11/12 All-County Symphonic Band Rehearsal and Performance, 8 AM - 7 PM


  • For 11th and 12th grade students who successfully audition into the ensemble.
  • Rehearsal and Performance will be held at Cypress Creek HS in the gymnasium.

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Saturday, March 6 - Winter Guard Performance, Oviedo HS

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Tuesday, March 9 - 2021 Drum Major Auditions, 2:30 - 4 PM

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Tuesday, March 9 - Carry Out Spirit Night at Rosati's Pizza, 4 - 9 PM

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Wednesday, March 10 - Senior Concerto Competition Auditions

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Thursday, March 11 - End of 3rd Marking Period

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Friday, March 12 - Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

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Saturday, March 13 - Winter Guard Performance, University HS (Orlando)

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

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FINANCES & CHARMS

Upcoming Payments:


  • Fair Share Payment 3 - $75.00 Due 3/3


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



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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