WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

November 27, 2022


Pit Orchestra Rehearsal

Tuesday, Nov. 29th, 2:45-5pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Only for those students performing in the pit orchestra for this year's production of Sweeney Todd.

Winter Guard Rehearsal

Tuesday, Nov. 29th, 3:30-6:30pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Winter Guard Rehearsal

Friday, Dec. 2nd, 3:30-6:30pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Winter Park "Ye Olde Hometown" Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 3rd, 7:15-10am

110 North Park Avenue

Winter Park, FL

Baldwin Park Winter Wonderland Extravaganza Parade

Saturday, Dec. 3rd, 5:30-8:45pm

Baldwin Park, Orlando, FL, USA

Orlando, FL


From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a chance to rest and relax over the past week, and I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We have a fun three weeks left filled with great events before the first semester comes to a close.

Congratulations to our 25 students who successfully auditioned into this year's All-County Bands and Jazz Ensembles! The following students made the ensembles:

9/10 Concert Band

  • Keira Mackinnon, flute
  • Emily Yeh, flute
  • Jacob Blaney, oboe
  • Nina Vassos, oboe
  • Henry Fu, clarinet
  • Zachary Rediske, clarinet
  • Miguel Martinez, clarinet
  • Gabriella Paradiso, clarinet
  • Santiago Rojas, bass clarinet
  • Benjamin DeLoach, alto saxophone
  • Charlotte Batten, alto saxophone
  • Vignesh Somasekar, percussion

11/12 Symphonic Band

  • Emily Strickland, flute
  • Lilah Storch, oboe
  • Curtis Culhane, clarinet
  • Colin Anderson, clarinet
  • Kyle Schaefer, bass clarinet
  • Antonio Brown, alto saxophone
  • Colin Hetz, alto saxophone
  • Hannah Arnold, alto saxophone
  • Charlie Davey, trombone
  • Taylor Ribaric, tuba

Jazz Ensemble I

  • Jason Stephenson, tenor saxophone
  • Charlie Davey, trombone
  • Andrew Yuska, piano

The Winter Guard season begins in earnest this week with rehearsals on Tuesday and Friday. We can't wait to see the show begin to come together for their first performance in January!

Pit Orchestra for the theatre department's production of Sweeney Todd will rehearse again this week on Tuesday from 2:45 - 5 PM in the Band room.

Saturday, 12/3, the SOTW will put on the marching band uniforms one last time this school year and will get the chance to perform in two parades for our community! In the morning, we will march in the Winter Park "Ye Olde Hometown" Christmas Parade down Park Ave., and in the evening we will march in the Baldwin Park Winter Wonderland Extravaganza Parade on New Broad St. For both of these parades, the students will wear "festive headgear" of their choice - Santa hats, elf hats, yarmulke, etc. Students are also encouraged to wear festive necklaces, battery operated lights, and decorate their instruments (without damaging them, of course) for both parades. If you have questions, ask a section leader. Mr. Clemente has final approval on all headgear and decorations.

Best of luck to our students traveling to FSU and USF this weekend to perform at their honor band festivals!

Tri-State (FSU)

  • Curtis Culhane

Festival of Winds (USF)

  • Gabrielle Batas
  • Henry Fu
  • Madelyn Kerst
  • Jason Stephenson
  • Lilah Storch
  • Emily Strickland

We're all excited to get our community back together next Thursday, December 8 for the annual Winter Band Concert at 7 PM. Please see Mrs. Adkinson's section below for details about our cookie reception in the lobby after the performance.

It's Solo & Ensemble MPA Registration Time! Please see the S&E MPA Section below for details. Registrations are due no later than Monday, 12/5.

One last note directed at the Orchestra Winds & Percussion. Mrs. Bitters and Mr. Parrish have added a Park Philharmonic rehearsal after school on Tuesday, December 6 from 2:30 - 4 PM in the Band room. Please adjust your schedules accordingly.

Looking forward to finishing out the semester strong!

Mr. Clemente


From the Band Booster President, Mrs. Dana Adkinson

Happy Belated Thanksgiving, Band Families!

Hope you’ve had a great week, complete with a whole week of “school vacation” … much needed at our house, for sure.

Congratulations to our band students for performing just one. Last. Time. At the Wildcats’ last playoff game of the season! Great job on a great season, SOTW!

Although Football season and Stand Tune Season is officially over, we have one more uniformed day of band THIS SATURDAY .. with two holiday parades. Thanks a million, to the parents who have signed up to chaperone for these two events. Looks like our chaperone roster is about full! A Holiday Hooray!!

As holiday season begins, we celebrate with the band’s Winter Concert on Thursday, Dec. 8th. This year, we’re bringing back our post-concert reception in the lobby… a wonderful way to celebrate the season and mark the halfway point of the school year. We’ll serve cookies and punch, and you guessed it .. we’ll need cookies for the “cookie” part! We’re asking each family to bring a plate of cookies, brownies or whatever your favorite holiday dessert is (as long as it doesn’t require a fork to eat it!) when you arrive for the concert that evening.

One last thing, we’re putting together a committee of parents to solicit major donors for the band’s trip to New York and its performance at Carnegie Hall. That meeting will be on Monday, December 5 at 7 pm in the band room .. if your child is going on the June trip and you are able to help with this herculean effort, please plan to attend … watch your email for more details this week.

So thankful this Thanksgiving for this fabulous group of parents, students and teachers and all the adventures experienced and lessons learned through the band program. Have a great week as we prep for the holidays!

Dana Adkinson
Band Booster President

cel: 321.217.3243

Butter Braid Fundraiser Wrap-up

Hello all! Thank you so much for your efficiency with the Butter Braid orders. It was so smooth and easy for Kim and I to compile the orders this time. We exceeded our order from last year, which was 326. This year was 511! Awesome work! Credits will be applied to your account within the week. Next week, we will go over delivery day which is Dec 14th. Have a great week!

Heather Ribaric

Fundraising Chair



As we continue into the 2nd marking period of the school year, it's time to begin finalizing selections for the annual Solo and Ensemble MPA. As a reminder from our Band Handbook, Solo and Ensemble is a part of our 2nd - 3rd quarter project for all students in the Winter Park Band - wind players, percussionists, and color guard. This project allows our students to have a performance opportunity where they are able to showcase their individual musicianship and take what they are learning in their Band classes and apply it toward a piece of music of their own choosing. It is my firm belief that preparing a piece for performance either individually or in a small group is one of the most effective ways for our students to add to their musicianship. Students' work performing solos and multiple events for Solo & Ensemble MPA is also taken into consideration with ensemble auditions for the upcoming school year. As the saying goes, a rising tide raises all boats, and when all students work to improve their individual musicianship, the Band program benefits as a whole.

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.


The next step is choosing which option you prefer and what piece(s) you will perform. Start looking at solo literature, consult your private lesson teacher, and/or get your chamber ensemble together and committed to performing as a group. Once you are prepared to register for either Solo and Ensemble MPA or the Solo and Ensemble Recital Option, follow the links below. 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.

Links to all forms/lists below can be found at:

Winter Park Solo and Ensemble Library

Solo and Ensemble Music Purchase Request

  • Due no later than Monday, 12/5/22

Solo and Ensemble MPA Registration

  • Due no later than Monday, 12/5/22

Solo and Ensemble Recital Option Sign-up

  • Due no later than Monday 12/5/22

Students should have a close, if not final idea of what they would like to perform at Solo & Ensemble now after the Thanksgiving break. If a student plans on performing a solo that has piano accompaniment, that student should secure an accompanist before we leave for Winter Break.



Saturday, December 3: Winter Park Christmas Parade & Baldwin Park Christmas Parade


Thursday, December 8: BAND WINTER CONCERT


Tuesday, December 13: Winterfest (Orchestra Winds & Percussion)


Monday, December 19 - Tuesday, January 3, 2023: Winter Break


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)



    PAST DUE Band & Color Guard Payments

    • May 3: Band Registration Fair Share: $25


    • 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 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 For questions regarding your CutTime account or statement, contact the Band Booster Treasurer, Kim Somers, at


    Help the Band with Amazon Smile!

    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.

    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".


    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
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