WINTER PARK BAND Weekly Newsletter

February 28, 2021


Drum Major Audition Clinic

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2:45-3:45pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

For all Band students interested in auditioning to become a Drum Major of the "Sound of the Wildcats" Marching Band. Clinics occur weekly.

Winter Guard Rehearsal

Tuesday, March 2nd, 3-6pm

528 Huntington Avenue

Winter Park, FL


Wednesday, March 3rd, 12am

This is an online event.

PARK PHILHARMONIC CONCERT - Orchestra Winds and Percussion

Thursday, March 4th, 6:30-8:30pm

2100 Summerfield Road

Winter Park, FL

Students in the Orchestra Winds and Percussion that will be performing with Park Philharmonic.


Friday, March 5th, 8am-6:45pm

1101 Bear Crossing Drive

Orlando, FL

Students who auditioned into the 9/10 All-County Concert Band. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Cypress Creek HS.

Winter Guard Rehearsal

Friday, March 5th, 3-6pm

528 Huntington Avenue

Winter Park, FL


Saturday, March 6th, 8am-6:45pm

1101 Bear Crossing Drive

Orlando, FL

Students who auditioned into the 11/12 All-County Symphonic Band. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Cypress Creek HS.

Winter Guard Performance - Oviedo HS

Saturday, March 6th, 10am-3pm

601 King Street

Oviedo, FL

Winter Park performs at 1:40 PM. Ticket and spectator information at



From Mr. Clemente

Dear Winter Park Band families,

Our students have had a very successful weekend at this year's Solo & Ensemble MPA! Congratulations to everyone who successfully performed and I hope that you learned a lot and gained great feedback from your adjudicator Friday or Saturday. Mr Smith and I were impressed by the hard work and musicianship put into these performances.

SUPERIOR Rating (45 events) - Underlined events have qualified for State S&E MPA

Hannah Arnold, Mac Collins, Kaia Leavitt, and Dominiq Valentin (sax quartet), Aydan Bailey (clarinet solo), Tyler Bartell (horn solo), Gabrielle Batas (snare drum solo), Gabrielle Batas (marimba solo), Mya Bell and Jason Stephenson (clarinet duet), Mya Bell (clarinet solo), Danny Colon, Joshua Creeks, Carter Hetz, and Jason Stephenson (sax quartet), Blake Cox (horn solo), Curtis Culhane (clarinet solo), Charlie Davey (trombone solo), Jaden Daviero (alto sax solo), Issac Faggen (snare drum solo), Audrea Gimino (flute solo), Miles Griffin (tuba solo), Colin Hetz (alto sax solo), Sophia Hilmer (clarinet solo), Jacob Hodges (alto sax solo), Ben Johnston (trombone solo), Kaia Leavitt (alto sax solo), Kaia Leavitt and Dominiq Valentin (alto sax duet), Samantha Matter (mallet solo), Adam Maulfair (timpani solo), Ellie Meyer (flute solo), Kang Muscatello (trombone solo), Benjamin Neff (tenor sax solo), Anna Nguyen (alto sax solo), Nicholas Nguyen (tuba solo), Harrison Paster (trumpet solo), Bradley Ribaric (tuba solo), Taylor Ribaric (tuba solo), Jack Robinson (trumpet solo), Alyson Rodriguez-Vargas (clarinet solo), Charlie Schmitt (trumpet solo), Aidan Sheppard (trumpet solo), Nicholas Speir (bass trombone solo), Emma Spencer (flute solo), Cole Spencer (horn solo), Haley Stanton (tenor sax solo), Emily Strickland (flute solo), Shay Stulman (flute solo), Jacob Thigpen (alto sax solo), Ian Villalba (snare drum solo), Maddie Visconti (bassoon solo).

EXCELLENT Rating (7 events)

Colin Anderson (clarinet solo), Zachary Asarnow (euphonium solo), Olivia Benesch (bass clarinet solo), Antonio Brown (alto sax solo), Justin DeLoach (horn solo), Kathleen Soares (trumpet solo), Benjamin Visconti (trombone solo)

GOOD Rating (1 event)

Jackson Nadler (euphonium solo)

COMMENTS ONLY (student election, 46 events)

Hannah Arnold (alto sax solo), Samantha Becker (alto sax solo), Matthew Brietz (euphonium solo), Arahay Cabanas Colon (flute solo), Jaden Cavazos (trumpet solo), Isabelle Cole (euphonium solo), Deanna Davis (clarinet solo), Leonor Decoster (trumpet solo), Francisco Diaz (tuba solo), Dominic Ellis (clarinet solo), Issac Flores and Benjamin Hall (snare drum duet), Landon Genovese (flute solo), Melody Gimino (euphonium solo), Morgan Gravett (tuba solo), Ayden Gutierrez (bass clarinet solo), Peyton Hagerty and Dayton Johnson (flute duet), Brogan Hughes (tuba solo), Lily Ioffredo (flute solo), Leah-Rose Ireland (flute solo), Brooke Kaye (flute solo), Madelyn Kerst (flute solo), Nicole Klein (alto sax solo), Keirren Lawson (trombone solo), Brody Mackinnon (trumpet solo), Asa Madan (trombone solo), Patrick Merrity (trumpet solo), Rodolfo Minaya (clarinet solo), Keshan Nanlall (clarinet solo), Mary Nazarian (clarinet solo), William Paredes (trumpet solo), Aidan Parker (trumpet solo), Antonio Pugliese (alto sax solo), Kelvin Ramirez (euphonium solo), Daniel Rivera (euphonium solo), Joseph Roif (alto sax solo), Bronson Sadowski (trumpet solo), Sameer Salmani (flute solo), Marco Salva (trumpet solo), Nathan Smith (bass clarinet solo), Charlie and Lilah Storch (oboe and tuba duet), Trevor Taylor-Foley (trumpet solo), Nathan Vassos (clarinet solo), Sebastian Veras (horn solo) Brennan Winkler (alto sax solo).

I'm also happy to announce that each student in the Band will be receiving a $30.00 share of Fundraising Credit from this year's Virtual Door-2-Door Fundraiser. Those shares will be applied to your student's Charms account this week. Also, our final Fair Share Payment comes due this week on Wednesday, March 3. This is the final Fair Share installment of the year, and all student accounts should be up to date and at $0.00 as of Wednesday. If you have any questions or any concerns about your student's account in Charms, please contact both our Band Treasurer Lori Gavin at and me at

This week is exciting and will be filled with performances for some of our students. The Orchestra Winds and Percussion will be performing with the Park Philharmonic Orchestra this Thursday evening in our WPHS Auditorium. On Friday and Saturday, respectfully, the 9/10 and 11/12 All-County Bands will include 20 of our Winter Park Band students in their performances. Both of those performances will take place at Cypress Creek HS in the gymnasium.

Congratulations to 4 of our students who were selected to perform with this year's All-County Jazz ensembles! Those students are:

All-County Jazz Ensemble I

Charlie Schmitt (trumpet, 1st chair), and Kang Muscatello (trombone, 3rd chair)

All-County Jazz Ensemble II

Ben Johnston (trombone, 1st chair), and Adam Maulfair (drums, 2nd chair)

Exciting things are happening around the Winter Park Band!

Let's have a great week!

Mr. Clemente


From the Band Booster President

Hello band parents. It's almost spring break! After spring break, we will have a band booster meeting to discuss upcoming events. The meeting will be Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at 7pm. Please plan to attend. All parents are welcome and encouraged to come. Keep an eye on the Charms calendar for updates etc. Spirit Night (Carryout only) 4pm-9pm at Rosati's Pizza on University Tuesday March 9, 2021. Please mention WPHS Band when you order. Thank you for your support. Have a great week!



9/10 Concert Band

WHERE: Cypress Creek HS

WHEN: 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM this Friday, March 5, 2021

11/12 Symphonic Band

WHERE: Cypress Creek HS

WHEN: 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM this Saturday, March 6, 2021


  • Make sure you have your mask with a slit and instrument bell cover.
  • Bring your instrument and anything needed for your instrument (extra reeds, valve oil, mutes, etc.).
  • Bring a wire music stand.
  • Bring a pencil.
  • Make sure you have your bagged lunch AND dinner.
  • Wear your black pants to the start of rehearsal, you will receive your All-County t shirt upon arrival.


  • When dropping your child off in the morning please wait until they have been through all of check-in and are in the gym.
  • Please remember in order to attend the concert you must go to this link and reserve your seat:
  • 9/10 Friday -
  • 11/12 Saturday -
  • Masks will be required while on campus, this includes attendance at the concert.



Hello Band Family!

We have an exciting and yummy opportunity to help out the band coming up! Join us for WPHS Band night at Rosati's Pizza!

  • Who: Everyone who eats food!
  • When: March 9 from 4-9pm
  • Where: Rosati's Pizza in Winter Park
  • How: Place a takeout order from them, mention the WPHS Band and the band program will receive 15% of total sales for the night!

See the flier below for their location and information. Have some delicious food and help the band at the same time!

Heather RIbaric

Fundraising Chair

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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




Tuesday, March 9 - 2021 Drum Major Auditions, 2:30 - 4 PM


Tuesday, March 9 - Carry Out Spirit Night at Rosati's Pizza, 4 - 9 PM


Wednesday, March 10 - Senior Concerto Competition Auditions, 1:30 - 4 PM


Thursday, March 11 - End of 3rd Marking Period


Friday, March 12 - Teacher Workday/Student Holiday


Saturday, March 13 - Winter Guard Performance, University HS (Orlando)


Monday, March 15 - Friday, March 19 - SPRING BREAK


Tuesday, March 23 - Percussion Help Clinic, 6 - 8 PM


Thursday, March 25 - All-County Jazz Rehearsal, 6 - 9 PM, West Orange HS


Friday, March 26 - All-County Jazz Rehearsal, 6 - 9 PM, West Orange HS


Saturday, MArch 27 - All County Jazz Sound Checks and Performance, 1 - 4 PM, West Orange HS



Upcoming Payments:

  • Fair Share Payment 3 - $75.00 Due This Wednesday, 3/3

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

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!


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.

**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".