WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

May 2, 2021


Color Guard Rehearsal

Tuesday, May 4th, 3-6pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL


Tuesday, May 4th, 6-9pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

To keep everything moving smoothly, the schedule for Registration Night is arranged by grade (2021-2022 grade level). If at all possible, please attend during your scheduled time. If you are unable during the designated time, please attend at a time that fits your schedule. This is a drop-in registration process and generally only takes a few minutes to complete. It will be helpful to have all registration paperwork completed before arriving to register.

Freshman: 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM

Sophomore: 6:45 PM – 7:30 PM

Junior: 7:30 PM – 8:15 PM

Senior: 8:15 PM – 9:00 PM

Percussion Help Clinic

Thursday, May 6th, 6-8pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Interested in playing percussion in the 2021 "Sound of the Wildcats" Marching Band? Help prepare for the upcoming Marching Percussion Placement Auditions by attending our Help Clinics! Open to all students current grade 8 - 11 interested in playing percussion, and current percussionists grade 9 - 11 are expected to attend.

Link to join virtually:

Color Guard Spring Showcase Dress Rehearsal

Friday, May 7th, 3-6pm

528 Huntington Avenue

Winter Park, FL

2021-2022 Student Leadership Retreat

Saturday, May 8th, 9am-1pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Required retreat for all students selected for the 2021-2022 Student Leadership Team. Remember to wear comfortable, light, athletic clothing as we will spend some time outside.


From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,

What a week! Congratulations to all of our Band students who performed this week with concerts given by the Orchestra Winds and Percussion as part of the Park Philharmonic Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Ensemble II, and Freshman Jazz Band as part of our Spring Jazz Concert, and Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band as part of our Spring Band Concert. It was a wonderful feeling to get back to performing live for our Band families and the Winter Park community as a whole. I know I share the feeling of many that we are approaching the precipice of regular performances and rehearsals again, and what a relief it will be once we are able to go about our schedule in a normal way and not just with a "sense of normality."

Another enormous thank you to Robyn Fodor for coordinating volunteers for the concerts all throughout this month, and to the parents and guardians who volunteered their time to help ensure our audience safety. As always, the parent volunteers really make the Band program run, and I am ever grateful to all of our parents for giving their time to help our students.

2021-2022 Band Registration Night is this coming Tuesday, May 4! This night is crucial in the planning for all aspects of the Band program for next year, and we need all our new and returning Band families to complete the registration process by Tuesday. We, the directors and parent volunteers, rely on the information gathered from Band Registration Night to begin the long process of planning out the next school year from schedule to budget. Please see below for the step-by-step registration process, and spread the word to any incoming Band families you are in contact with. Remember, this is not a long meeting; rather, it is a very brief drop-off of paperwork and a chance to ask questions of our Band Booster Board members. If you are not able to make it to school during your scheduled window, it is fine to come to Registration Night at any time during the 6 - 9 PM window. I'm looking forward to welcoming all our returning and new students and their families!

Thank you to our Band families who heeded my message last week to look at their financial statement on Charms as you read this Newsletter. We have had a number of payments made, but the Band program still currently has $7,936.50 in Past Due Band Payments. All Band payments came due back on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, and the Financial Obligations schedule has been sent out at the end of every Newsletter. All student accounts must be brought to date immediately. Students with Past Due Payments will be placed on the school's Obligations List. For Seniors especially, the Graduation tickets will be withheld and the Student Services office will not release student diplomas until a student's Past Due Obligations have been paid.

Please see our Band Promo for the coming 2021-2022 school year. A big thank you to Maddie Visconti for putting together the video! We would appreciate it if you share the video wherever you can on social media, especially with our incoming Band families.

Let's have a great week!

Mr. Clemente

Band Promo 2021 - Please Share!

Winter Park Band Promo 2021


From the Band Booster President

Week of May 2

Hello everyone. Congratulations to all of the students for wonderful concerts this week! Thank you also to all of the parents who helped to make the concert possible and to all of our wonderful seniors and senior families, who we will miss so much! Thank you to all of the band booster board, who have been instrumental this year and in past years in helping with all things band! A special and huge thank you to the band parents of graduating seniors who have helped throughout their years with the band program and to band booster board members who have graduating seniors (and who will no longer have students in the band program)—Stacey Cox, Mary Beth Johnston, Melanie Maulfair, Kim Mueller, Ana Nazarian, Sara Robinson, and Kim Schmitt. Your help and commitment to the program has been invaluable, and we will miss having you!

If you are interested in being more involved, we are in need of help with some booster board/volunteer positions for next year—please email me at to learn more, and thank you to those who have already expressed interest. We can’t wait for next year!

Please make sure to pass along the band registration information to incoming families you know are considering the band program for next year. Band registration night is THIS Tuesday, so please plan on stopping by to drop of paperwork if you need to. We will look forward to seeing everyone.

Keep an eye on the calendar for upcoming events, rehearsals, and volunteer opportunities. Best of luck to the students and directors as the testing schedule begins.

Have a good week everyone!



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Registration for the Winter Park High School Band’s 2021 - 2022 school year will take place in the WPHS Main Campus Band Room THIS COMING Tuesday, May 4 between 6 PM and 9 PM. Please note that Band Registration Night 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?

To keep everything moving smoothly, the schedule for Registration Night is arranged by grade (2021-2022 grade level). If at all possible, please attend during your scheduled time. If you are unable during the designated time, please attend at a time that fits your schedule. This is a drop-in registration process and generally only takes a few minutes to complete. It will be helpful to have all registration paperwork completed before arriving to register.

  • Freshman: 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM
  • Sophomore: 6:45 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Junior: 7:30 PM – 8:15 PM
  • Senior: 8:15 PM – 9:00 PM

Registration Step 1
Registration Step 2
Registration Step 3
Have questions? Contact Mr. Clemente at


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Tuesday, May 11 - 2021-2022 Marching Percussion Placement Auditions. 6 - 8 PM


Wednesday, May 12 - Spring Color Guard Showcase, 7 PM


Thursday, May 13 - Color Guard Try-outs, 5 - 7 PM


Tuesday, May 18 - 2021-2022 Marching Percussion & Color Guard Rehearsal, 6 - 8 PM


Saturday, May 22 - 2021-2022 Marching Band Mini-Camp, New Marchers, Student Leadership, Percussion, and Color Guard, 12 - 6 PM


Sunday, May 23 - 2021-2022 Marching Band Mini-Camp, All Students, 2 - 8 PM


Tuesday, May 25 - Last Day of School



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




At this point in the year, all past due student balances should be brought up to date. Please see below for a "how-to" to check your student's account in Charms.

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

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!


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**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".