WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

July 25, 2021


Band Camp Day 5

Monday, July 26th, 9am-9pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

ALL "Sound of the Wildcats" (SOTW) students.

Band Camp Day 6

Tuesday, July 27th, 9am-9pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

ALL "Sound of the Wildcats" (SOTW) students.

Band Camp Day 7

Wednesday, July 28th, 9am-7:30pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

ALL "Sound of the Wildcats" (SOTW) students.

Family Fun Night

Wednesday, July 28th, 7:30-9pm

D Lot, Winter Park, FL, USA

Winter Park, FL

All Band families are welcome!

Band Camp Day 8

Thursday, July 29th, 9am-9pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

ALL "Sound of the Wildcats" (SOTW) students.

Band Camp Day 9

Friday, July 30th, 9-9pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

ALL "Sound of the Wildcats" (SOTW) students.

Band Booster Meeting

Friday, July 30th, 6-7pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Minimum of 1 parent/guardian per student must attend. Face masks are required inside OCPS buildings.

Preview Show

Friday, July 30th, 7:15-8:30pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Band Camp Preview Show.

UNIFORM: 2021 Show Shirt, tan/khaki shorts, belt, socks, athletic shoes.


From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,

Well done to our students on a successful first week of Band Camp 2021! We are proud of their hard work, and they are putting in great effort to start to make our Les Misérables show come to life. I hope that right now they are resting, recuperating, and ready to tackle the week ahead.

To be prepared for each marching band rehearsal, students must have the following:

  • A personal instrument or rented school-owned instrument that is in good working order
  • A gallon or half-gallon water cooler/jug with your name clearly printed on the outside in permanent marker
  • Sunscreen
  • Athletic shoes and socks
  • A flip folder with at least 10 sleeves, and a lyre
  • A half-inch, 3-ring binder with plastic sheet protectors
  • A brimmed hat and sunglasses
  • Light colored clothing

Please let the directors know if your student is having trouble obtaining any of these items.

Looking forward to this week, we have our first family activity of the school year. Wednesday, 7/28, we will hold our Family Fun Night at D-Lot, weather permitting. Rehearsal will end at 7:30 PM and we will transition into the event. We will have Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, games, and community. I even hear whispers of a Parents vs. Students Kickball game! We hope you can join us for the fun, and hope the weather cooperates.

Friday next week is our first performance of the year with our annual Preview Show. The Band’s performance will take place at 7:15 PM on our D-Lot rehearsal field or will be inside the Auditorium if weather prevents us from being outdoors. For this performance, our students will be wearing their summer uniform. That uniform is our 2021 Show Shirt, tan/khaki shorts, a belt, athletic shoes, and socks. The 2021 Show Shirt will be provided to students at dinner on Friday, 7/30. Students must provide all other parts of the uniform and bring those parts with them to camp on Friday. This weekend would be a perfect time to ensure that your student has all parts of the uniform and is ready for the performance.

Also taking place next Friday is our first Band Booster Meeting of the school year. This meeting is mandatory for at least one parent/guardian of each student in the Band and will take place in the Band room (room 630) beginning at 6 PM. Please remember, face masks are still required in OCPS buildings through 7/31 regardless of vaccination status.

A reminder that this Wednesday, 7/28, our first Fair Share payment of the school year is due. Also due Wednesday are payments for Marching Band Uniform Shoes and Extra Show Shirts. Another email concerning uniform shoes and show shirts will follow this one. For a schedule of “what is due when” throughout the school year, please visit the following link that describes your student and scroll to the Financial Obligations form:

For our new and incoming freshman families, the SchoolPay "flip" from 8th to 9th grade may not have happened yet. To pay on SchoolPay for the first Fair Share, Marching Band Uniform Shoes, and optional Extra Show Shirts, please use this link to SchoolPay below:

Band Camp Meals this week will be served to students who purchased during dinner Monday – Thursday and lunch on Friday. Students either can take advantage of the free cafeteria meals or must provide their own food during lunches. Students who did not purchase Band Camp meals must provide their own food at dinner except for Friday. All students will be served dinner on Friday before our preview show. A complete meal schedule can be found below.

Finally, Spirit Week is this week! Monday is tacky tourist day, so let’s see some great get ups. We will recognize the “most spirited” at the end of rehearsal each day.

Looking forward to a great second week of camp! As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Mr. Clemente


From the Band Booster President, Natalie Storch

Week of July 25

Parents of new and returning students, please update your Additions approval. It doesn’t take long, you must be approved each year, and you MUST be Additions approved to chaperone for all band functions. Please plan to attend the band booster meeting on Friday, July 30 at 6:00 pm in the band room (for ALL parents, grandparents, adults interested in helping the band this year)- it is right before the preview show (which starts at 7:15 p.m.) We look forward to seeing you there and sharing a lot of important information about the upcoming year. Please bring your calendars, to sign up for game volunteer spots (which means you get free admission to the football games), and if you are thinking of driving for the Door-to-Door Fundraiser on February 5, please bring copies of your drivers' license and current insurance to the meeting. Drivers are assigned on a first-come first-served basis.

VOLUNTEERS-Thank you for all of the help this week at band camp lunch!! The only folks who have been permitted on campus are OCPS employees, so if you are an OCPS employee and can help with dinner any night this week during camp, please contact Heather Ribaric at to help—thank you, Heather, for coordinating all of the volunteers and Ellen Deloach, who has been arranging all of the meals behind the scenes. Parents who do not have children in band have also been helping, so a huge thank you to all of those feeding the hungry students, directors, and helpers!

UNIFORM FITTING HELP: If you are able to help with uniform fittings the week of August 2, we have a need for volunteers, and we will need uniform volunteers on a continuing basis throughout the fall. NO SEWING IS NECESSARY, as uniforms are fitted with snaps. Please contact Robyn Fodor ( or me at if you can help, and we will get you plugged in.

We can’t wait to see you! It is going to be a fantastic year for WPHS Band!

Natalie Storch



Band Camp Schedule - July 2021


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)


Band Camp Meals and District Provided Cafeteria Food - Week 2


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

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

  • Cafeteria Lunch available 12 PM OR students bring lunch

  • Dinner provided as part of Band Camp Meals for those who purchased OR students bring dinner

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

A huge thank you to Ellen Deloach for all of her work planning our 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 and

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.


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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    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 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 and

    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!


    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!


    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.


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


    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

    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

    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:

    Robyn Fodor



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


    Tuesday, August 10: First Day of School


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


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


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


    Friday, August 20: Home Football Game


    Friday, August 27: Away Football Game


    Friday, September 3: Home Football Game


    Monday, September 6: NO SCHOOL/Labor Day Holiday


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    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



    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



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