WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

January 8, 2023

THIS WEEK

Pit Orchestra Rehearsal - Sitzprobe

Monday, Jan. 9th, 3-6pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

For students performing with the Pit Orchestra for this year's production of Sweeney Todd.

Incoming Freshman Student & Parent Information Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 10th, 7-8pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Welcome to the Class of 2027! This meeting will contain a broad overview of the Winter Park Band Program, what events are coming up for incoming freshman Band students, and allow opportunity for students and parents to meet the directors and ask questions.

FMEA/All-State

Wednesday, Jan. 11th, 8pm to Saturday, Jan. 14th, 8pm

333 South Franklin Street

Tampa, FL

Winter Guard Rehearsal

Wednesday, Jan. 11th, 6:45-9:30pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Winter Guard Rehearsal

Friday, Jan. 13th, 7-10pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

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From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,


We had a very productive week back from Winter Break last week. Kudos to the students for their excitement and willingness to jump right back into the material we started working on at the end of December.


Monday, January 9 is the jazz field trip to see the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors at Dr. Phillips HS. Please see emails from Mr. Smith for all information. It will be a memorable performance!


Good luck to Charlotte Batten, Henry Fu, Zachary Rediske, and Lilah Storch at All-State Thursday, Friday, and Saturday this week in Tampa! We hope you have lots of fun, learn lots, and bring some cool experiences back to share with your peers. Above all, have a great time making music!


Calling all current 8th grade band students attending Winter Park HS next school year: The Winter Park Band program invites you to join us the evening of Tuesday, January 10, for an Incoming Student & Parent Information Meeting at 7 PM in the Band room. During the meeting, you will have the opportunity to meet the directors, current students, and current parents, as well as getting an overview of the opportunities available as part of the Band program. There will also be time at the end of the meeting for Q&A. The meeting will conclude at 8 PM. Current Parents: Spread the word to our community! Reach out to neighbors, colleagues, post on NextDoor, etc. so we can pack the Band room. You can feel free to copy the paragraph above up until “current parents” and use that as your post.


All students should be squared away with an accompanist for Solo & Ensemble if you are performing a solo that requires accompaniment. Anyone who is performing in an ensemble should have a schedule of rehearsals set with your fellow ensemble members to be sure you are prepared to perform in early February. We will be discussing S&E frequently in class over the coming weeks, and everyone must have a copy of their S&E music with them daily in their Band folder. Please do not hesitate to ask Mr. Smith and me questions concerning preparation for S&E - the earlier you ask, the more we can help! Later this week, we will release the schedule for students to sign up for one of their hearings with either Mr. Clemente or Mr. Smith. Remember, part of the assignment is that we need to hear you twice before S&E!


The Pit Orchestra for Sweeney Todd will have our Sitzprobe with the full cast on Monday from 3 - 6 PM. It’s the first time the entire musical ensemble will be together to rehearse the music! Following Monday, we next have Tech Week rehearsals Monday, 1/16 - Wednesday, 1/18. Since there are no classes Monday, Ms. Hughes and I scheduled the rehearsal from 9 AM - 1 PM. Tuesday and Wednesday evening’s rehearsals will be from 5:30 - 10 PM (we will leave earlier if finish early). For Tech Week rehearsals, students in the Pit Orchestra may bring homework or other work to do with them during rehearsal since there is potential for longer periods of time when some students are not playing as we rehearse the entire production. To end next week, it’s time for the show! We will have performances Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening along with a matinee performance Saturday afternoon. If you’d like to purchase tickets to any of the 4 shows, please visit teachtix.com/wphs.


Seniors: Senior Concerto Competition Auditions are coming up before Spring Break! If you are planning to audition, remember that your piece can not be longer than 10 minutes and must already have a published band/wind ensemble accompaniment. If you have questions, please see me either Monday or Tuesday this week before FMEA.


Let’s make it a great week!

Mr. Clemente

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From the Band Booster President, Mrs. Dana Adkinson


  • Now begins the crunch to prep for Door-to-Door, the year’s biggest fundraiser for the band! Please see Robyn Fodor's message below in this newsletter for specific info on that. We do need 5 (yes, 5) more volunteers for our February 4th day of door to door-ing. Even if your child insists that you don’t enter his or her world, this is the ONE time to ignore that plea. The success of our Door to Door fundraiser is directly proportionate to the number of bodies that work that fundraiser on that day .. the more feet we have walking door to door (driven in cars by fabulous parents!), the greater the funds raised. You just have to drive a car full of sweet band kids around .. super easy! Contact Heather to submit copies of your driver’s license and car insurance info and with any questions (ribaric.family@gmail.com).


  • If you have contacts with large-scale donors, corporations or foundations that may be able to assist with underwriting even a small portion of our Carnegie Hall trip, please contact Heather Ribaric, me or the directors with that information.


Dana Adkinson
Band Booster President

dana@keepakefloral.com

cel: 321.217.3243

DOOR-2-DOOR DRIVER SIGN UP AVAILABLE

Door 2 Door - our biggest and most important fundraiser of the year is coming Saturday, February 4th, and the day will arrive faster than we’d all like to think! To make this fundraiser possible, we need parent drivers!


How does it work?

Each parent is given a carefully crafted map to drive, based on previous years results. We try to keep you close to your home, if possible. Each driver takes 4 kiddos in their uniforms to walk the part of the neighborhood on your map and collect money door-to-door. The students split up into groups of two and each group takes a side of the street. You are able to stay in your car and move along with them or get out and walk. You and your group return for lunch and to change groups with a new map for the afternoon.

This is a tradition for the Sound of the Wildcats and many neighbors expect our arrival, as we do it the same Saturday every year. We also have special permission from the City of Winter Park, so our kids are safe.

For all students, the fundraiser puts money directly into their band accounts! For any parents that sign up to drive, your child will receive an additional portion of the proceeds that will go directly into their account.


What you need to do:

For every driver that signs up I need 3 things:
1. Copy of driver's 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, but send me an email letting me know that.
3. A screenshot of your active/approved Additions status.

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 now and send me the info as soon as possible. Heather Ribaric, our map organizer extraordinaire, will begin doing her magic with all those maps by the first week of January.


The links for Additions and Sign-up Genius are below:


Here is the link for Additions approval:

https://www.ocps.net/departments/community_resources_/a_d_ditions_school_volunteers


Here is the Sign-Up Genius Link:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4FADAB22AA8-doortodoor


If you're signed up on Additions, but not finding that Additions page you need for your screenshot, here is the link and instructions to find your status:

https://ocps.samaritan.com/custom/503/volunteer_home

1. sign in (yep- you've got to remember that login info!)

2. If you do this on your computer, your picture and active status will pop right up. Take a picture and send that to me.

3. If you do this on your phone: once you sign In, it will say, "Welcome (your name)", scroll down to the bottom of the page where it says "more" and click on that. The next screen should show your picture and say "active". That's the page I need a screenshot of.


And I also need the driver's license and insurance card showing a date that's valid at the time of D2D in February


Remember, please only sign up if you are able to drive, however, we certainly understand sometimes there are unforeseen circumstances. We will be driving four kids for each car.


Please note that the sign ups are from 8-5. The sign ups are created like that because accommodating 1/2 day is very challenging to schedule. If you are unable to do all day, but can do 1/2 day, please let us know. We will put you on hold and see what our need is closer to February.


Warm regards,

Robyn Fodor

robynfodor@gmail.com

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SOLO & ENSEMBLE MPA - Moving Toward Performance Quality!

WHAT'S NEXT

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 who have not secured an accompanist need to see Mr. Clemente and Mr. Smith immediately.


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 Horizon HS on February 10 and 11. 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. The Band program pays for the event registration for all participating students.


  • 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. Ms. Young would adjudicate color guard solos.


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

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, January 9: Pit Orchestra Sitzprobe, 3 - 6 PM, Band room

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Tuesday, January 10: Incoming Student & Parent Information Meeting, 7 - 8 PM, Band room

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Wednesday, January 11 - Saturday, January 14: All-State/FMEA Conference, Tampa

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Monday, January 16: Pit Orchestra Rehearsal, 9 AM - 1 PM, WPHS Auditorium

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Monday, January 16: No School/Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday

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Tuesday, January 17: Pit Orchestra Rehearsal, 5:30 - 10 PM, WPHS Auditorium

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Wednesday, January 18: Pit Orchestra Rehearsal, 5:30 - 10 PM, APHS Auditorium

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Thursday, January 19: Pit Orchestra Performance, 6 PM Call Time

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Friday, January 20: Pit Orchestra Performance, 6 PM Call Time

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Saturday, January 21: Pit Orchestra Performance, 1 PM Call Time

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Saturday, January 21: Pit Orchestra Performance, 6 PM Call Time

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Saturday, January 21: FFCC Premiere, Winter Guard, DeLand HS

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Tuesday, January 24: All-County Band Rehearsal, 6 - 9 PM, WPHS

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Thursday, January 26: All-County Band Rehearsal, 6:30 - 9 PM, WPHS

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Friday, January 27: All-County Band Rehearsal, 8:30 AM - 4 PM, WPHS

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Saturday, January 28: All-County Band Sound Checks & Concert

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Monday, January 30 - Tuesday, January 31: Jazz Guest Conductor Workshop

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Monday, January 30: Jazz Ensemble II Rehearsal, 2:45 - 4:45 PM

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Monday, January 30: Jazz Ensemble I Rehearsal, 7 - 9 PM

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Tuesday, January 31: Freshman Jazz Band Rehearsal, 2:45 - 4:45 PM

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Tuesday, January 31: Jazz Guest Conductor Workshop Concert, 6:30 PM Call Time

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Saturday, February 4: ANNUAL DOOR-2-DOOR FUNDRAISER, participation required for all WPHS Band students

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Thursday, February 9 - Friday, February 10: DISTRICT JAZZ MPA, Horizon HS

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Friday, February 10 - Saturday, February 11: DISTRICT SOLO & ENSEMBLE MPA, Horizon HS

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Saturday, February 11: FFCC University HS (Orange City), Winter Guard

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Monday, February 13 - Wednesday, February 15: GUEST CONDUCTOR WORKSHOP

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Monday, February 13: Symphonic Band Rehearsal, 2:45 - 4:45 PM

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Monday, February 13: Wind Symphony Rehearsal, 7 - 9 PM

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Tuesday, February 14: Concert Band Rehearsal, 2:20 - 3:30 PM

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Wednesday, February 15: GUEST CONDUCTOR WORKSHOP / Pre-MPA CONCERT, 7 PM

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Saturday, February 18: FFCC Oviedo HS, Winter Guard

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Thursday, February 23: Orchestra Pre-MPA Concert, 7 PM, Orch. Winds & Perc.

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Saturday, February 25: FFCC Freedom HS, Winter Guard

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Thursday, March 2 - Friday, March 3: DISTRICT CONCERT MPA, East River HS

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Wednesday, March 8: Orchestra MPA, Orch. Winds & Perc.

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Friday, March 10: Band Potluck & Game Night, 5:30 - 8:30 PM

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Saturday, March 11: FFCC University HS (Orlando), Winter Guard

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Monday, March 13 - Friday, March 17: Spring Break

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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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    New York Tour Payment Schedule

    New York Tour Payment Schedule - subject to change
    • September 9 - $380 ($380 Chaperone) - Initial Deposit
    • November 11 - $610 ($560 Chaperone)
    • December 9 - $610 ($560 Chaperone)
    • February 10 - $550 ($500 Chaperone)
    • March 31 - $515 or balance ($465 or balance Chaperone)

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    FINANCES AND CUTTIME

    PAST DUE Band & Color Guard Payments

    • May 3: Band Registration Fair Share: $25


    Band

    • July 27: Full Fair Share Payment OR Fair Share Payment 1: $225 OR $100
    • July 27: Marching Band Shoes (new/replacement): $38 fundraising credit cannot be used for this item
    • July 27: Extra Show Shirts (optional): $10/shirt fundraising credit cannot be used for this item
    • August 31: Fair Share Payment 2 - $50
    • October 5: Jazz Fair Share Payment 1 - $20.00 (Jazz Students Only)
    • October 5: Semester 1 Instrument Maintenance - $60.00 (if applies)


    Color Guard

    • July 27: Full Fall Fair Share Payment OR Fall Fair Share Payment 1: $325 OR $100
    • July 27: Marching Band Shoes (new/replacement): $38 fundraising credit cannot be used for this item
    • July 27: Extra Show Shirts (optional): $10/shirt fundraising credit cannot be used for this item
    • August 31: Fall Fair Share Payment 2 - $125
    • October 5: Fall Color Guard Fair Share Payment 3 - $100.00
    • October 5: Semester 1 Instrument Maintenance - $60.00


    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, Kim Somers, at kimrosesomers@gmail.com.

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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.


    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 @wphs_flutes @wphsclarinets @wpsaxes @wphs_trumpets @wphs.trombones @wphstubas @winterparkhspercussion @winterparkcolorguard @wphs.drumajors
    • Twitter: @wphs_bands
    • Tik Tok: @winterparkhsband

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