Winter Park High School Band Notes

October 7, 2018

FROM MR. BLACKMER

Congratulations to Evant Bletz, Patrick DeLoach, Jeremy Fielder, Samantha Matter, and Maia Ruiz on being selected to be a part of the 2018 OCPS All-County Orchestra! Their selection was based on their All-County Band audition from last year. And that reminds me....All-County Band auditions for this year are quickly approaching - Monday, November 12!


Many thanks to our terrific parent volunteers on another successful Marching Band performance this past Friday night! I'd also like to thank the Band Alumni who joined us for our Homecoming performance - it was great to see so many returning faces! Please know that you always have a space next to the Band!


For the football game at Boone on Friday, October 19, the Marching Band will not perform a halftime show. The reason for this is the WPHS Performing Arts Department's presentation of "Crazy For You," also taking place that night, with a significant number of Band students performing in the pit orchestra. It is also Boone High School's Homecoming that evening, so halftime will be limited.


Speaking of which, performances of the Gershwin musical, "Crazy For You," will be on Thursday, October 18, 19 and 20 at 7:00 PM, and a matinee performance on Saturday, October 20 at 2:00 PM.


All the Best!


Mr. Blackmer

THIS WEEK

AWAY FOOTBALL GAME - OCTOBER 12

The Marching Band will be traveling to University High School for our performance on Friday, October 12. See the itinerary below.


BUTTER BRAID PASTRY FUNDRAISER

Back by popular demand! We will be starting our Butter Braid Pastry fundraiser this Monday, October 8. Students and parents will be able to take orders for two weeks, and the delivery of the frozen pastries will take place on Wednesday, November 14 (between 4:30 PM and 7:00 PM) - just in time for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas! This will be our last major fundraiser of the school year (other than the Door-2-Door event in February).

UPCOMING

FALL ORCHESTRA CONCERT - OCTOBER 29

Due to the double-booking the Auditorium on top of the Fall Orchestra Concert, originally scheduled for Tuesday, October 30, it has now been moved to Monday, October 29 at 7:00 PM.


TRUNK R' TREAT - OCTOBER 30

The Marching Band's annual "Trunk R' Treat" will be held after rehearsal on Tuesday, October 30 at 5:00 PM in D-Lot. Students are able to wear costumes to the rehearsal (rehearsal-appropriate), and parents are encouraged to line-up their cars, decorate your car trunks, and pass out candy after rehearsal. More information to come!


MARCHING BAND MPA - NOVEMBER 3

The Marching Band will be performing at Marching MPA on Saturday, November 3. MPA is hosted at University High School, and the Marching Band's performance time is 4:30 PM. There will be a rehearsal at the school before departing for University HS. Look for an itinerary in the next few days.


POTENTIAL PLAY-OFF GAME

It is looking more and more likely that the Marching Band will have at least one play-off football game added to the schedule - Friday, November 9. There is no way to determine yet if this will be a home or away game, but please add this to your calendars. If you have a pre-existing conflict with that evening, please e-mail both Mr. Blackmer and Mr. Clemente this week.


ALL-COUNTY BAND AUDITIONS

Auditions for the 2019 OCPS All-County Band are on Monday, November 12. Click HERE to register for an audition. The registration deadline is Monday, October 16!


SOLO & ENSEMBLE REGISTRATION

Registration for Solo & Ensemble MPA is now up and available through the Band website. It is never too early to begin forming ensembles and selecting music for S&E MPA. Also, if you are going to prepare a solo for S&E MPA, be sure to lock-down your accompanist immediately! The deadline for S&E MPA registration is Friday, November 9 at 2:30 PM. Also, if you want the Band Program to purchase music for your event, those orders are due no later than Monday, December 3 at 2:30 PM.

LOS ANGELES TOUR 2019

Information about the 2019 LA Tour came out this week! Information about the Tour can be found on our Band website at http://www.winterparkhsband.com/los-angeles-tour-2019.html. The deadline for sign-up is Thursday, November 1!

FINANCIALS

FAIR SHARE #3

Our third Band Fair Share payment was due this past Wednesday, October 3. This is the final Fair Share payment (for winds & percussion) until March 2019. Always try to make Fair Share payments through SchoolPay.com. Fair Share #4 (for Guard only) is due on Wednesday, November 7.


SCHOOL INSTRUMENT MAINTENANCE PAYMENT #1

For those students using a school-owned instrument in the First Semester, this $60 fee was also due this Wednesday, October 3.


BAND FEES

Please make sure that we are paying Band Fees in a timely manner! If you have financial constraints that are preventing you from making your Band fee schedule, please contact Mr. Blackmer directly so that arrangements and/or a payment plan can be made. In addition to this, make sure that you are actively participating in our fundraisers. These are specifically created to alleviate our fees, but you need to take advantage of them! If you have questions regarding which fees are due and when, please go to our website for the Financial Obligations PDFs.

MISCELLANEOUS

ONGOING AMAZON FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY

With the holiday season quickly approaching, this is an excellent tool to raise money for the Band every time you shop at Amazon. The Winter Park High School Alumni Band Association is a registered charity on Smile.Amazon.com, so please remember to use this unique link to shop at Amazon every time, and a small percentage of the sale (at no cost to you) will automatically be sent quarterly to the WPHSABAA account and then donated to the Winter Park Band Program. If we all use this link every time, we can raise funds on an ongoing basis to help the band! https://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-0964817


If you have any questions, contact Jane Claus at janeclaus@live.com.

CALENDAR

Winter Guard Spin Clinic

Monday, Oct. 8th, 3-5pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Marching Band Rehearsal

Tuesday, Oct. 9th, 2:45-5pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Marching Band Rehearsal

Wednesday, Oct. 10th, 2:45-5pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Away Football Game

Friday, Oct. 12th, 5-10:30pm

2450 Cougar Way

Orlando, FL

JAZZ ENSEMBLE 1 @ WINTER PARK AUTUMN ART FESTIVAL

Saturday, Oct. 13th, 9:30-11am

150 West Morse Boulevard

Winter Park, FL