WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

January 18, 2021


Winter Guard Rehearsal

Tuesday, Jan. 19th, 3-6pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Incoming Freshman Student/Parent Information Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 21st, 7-8pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Topic: Winter Park Band Incoming Freshman Parent/Student Information Meeting

Time: Jan 21, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Winter Guard Rehearsal

Friday, Jan. 22nd, 3-6pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL


From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,

I hope you all are enjoying the beautiful weather we are having this long weekend.

This week, students should be beginning work in earnest on their selected piece for Solo and Ensemble MPA or the Recital Option. Remember that all registrations for Solo and Ensemble are due this coming Wednesday, January 20. If any student is still either undecided on a piece or needs help looking for something, please reach out to both Mr. Smith and me before Wednesday so we can help you find an appropriate piece to perform. We are just under 2 months away from performance time!

Due to current health and safety protocols, we will not be able to hold our annual Door-2-Door fundraiser it its normal form. In place of Door-2-Door, we will be holding a 100% virtual Donation Campaign through SchoolPay. Our Band Council will be working hard to create content for the campaign, which will include live streamed small group performances by our students, videos of past performances, video messages, and much more. In order to help out from home, we'll need everyone to help us promote the campaign on social media and neighborhood apps to spread the word!

Have a great week!

Mr. Clemente


From the Band Booster President

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a nice, relaxing break. Please keep an eye on the calendar and your email for changes/additions to the schedule.

This year, Door 2 Door (our biggest fundraiser of the year, where students visit houses in marching band uniforms and ask for donations) will be all virtual. It will look very different than in past years, so if you have any suggestions to help make this event effective in light of the change in format, please contact Heather RIbaric, Mr. Clemente, Mr. Smith, or me ( We would love your ideas!

Also, the meeting for incoming Freshman is scheduled for 1/21/21, at 7:00 pm. If you know any families with children new to WPHS who are planning to be in band, have questions about the band, or who are remotely interested in band next year, please encourage them to attend, as a lot of helpful information will be available, and there will be opportunities to ask questions. As of now, both in person and virtual options to attend will be available, but that could change, so please keep an eye on your email. If the in-person option goes forward. the meeting will be in the auditorium to allow for maximum distancing, and all safety protocols will be followed.

Have a wonderful week everyone! Thank you for all you do to support the band.

Natalie Storch


BAND DONATION CAMPAIGN - Saturday, February 6

Due to the current health and safety guidelines in place, we are moving our annual DOOR-2-DOOR fundraiser to a completely virtual DONATION CAMPAIGN this school year. The Band Council is working hard to prepare for our donation campaign which will include live streamed student performances, a social media campaign, and more! Although we are not able to have our students go out into the WPHS community this year, let's still make as big of an impact as we are able!



Registration for Solo and Ensemble is due this coming Wednesday, January 20.

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.

Students must be signed up for their event(s) by Wednesday, January 20.



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!

Private Lessons make a great gift!

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







Upcoming Band Payments

  • 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

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

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.






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 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!