Weekly Update: December 10th through December 14th ~ Holidays Are Getting Close!

Weekly Course Layout 

  • Coming Soon! 

This Week

  • Monday
    • No Scheduled Events 
  • Tuesday
    • 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Mandatory “All State” Wind Symphony Rehearsal
    • 6:30 PM Darter Sound @ APK Basketball 
  • Wednesday
    • No Scheduled Events 
  • Thursday
    • No Scheduled Events 
  • Friday 
    • 6:30 PM Darter Sound @ APK Basketball

Looking Ahead

  • FMEA/All State Performance Rehearsal Schedule (Plan Ahead!) 
    • Tuesday, December 18th: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Mandatory Wind SymphonyRehearsal w/ Percussion (For FMEA All State Performance in January) 
    • Saturday, January 5th: 9 AM – 2 PM (Includes Lunch) Mandatory Wind Symphony Full Day rehearsal with FMEA/All State Clinician
    • FMEA/All State Conference January 9th – 12th Thursday, January 10th 3 PM – 5 PM Wind Symphony Performance Tampa Convention Center

Great Performance Week! 

Thank you to ALL of our Blue Darter Band performers for an exciting week of Holiday performances! It was great watching our members come together to entertain our audiences both Thursday and Friday nights and also showing our Blue Darter pride “Caroling Down Main Street” together on Saturday! 

As we wrap up our week of Holiday performances we not only say thank you to our performers, but also to each of our audience members that took the time to come out and support our Blue Darter Band! We ope that you have an incredible time with family and friends during this season of the year! 


Solo & Ensemble Sign Ups Coming Soon! 

Sign ups for our annual S&E event will occur the week after our Prism concert. Begin looking now and finding music that you would like to perform! To visit the Florida Bandmasters Association Music List Page, click HERE. Scroll down to S&E Music list and look for your instrument tab. All approved music is listed within this file. 

Looking forward to hearing some incredible chamber music this year! IEGYB! 

Weekly Update: December 3rd through December 8th ~ It’s Winter Prism Week!

Weekly Course Layout 

  • All classes in auditorium this week in preparation for the Winter Prism event. 

This Week 

  • Monday
    • Mr. Wansley is in w/ Clarinets All Day 
    • WINTER PRISM TECH REHEARSAL 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM 
    • NYC TRIP CHIK-FIL-A SPIRIT NIGHT! 5 PM – 8 PM
  • Tuesday
    • WINTER PRISM DRESS REHEARSAL  2:30 PM – 4:30 PM 
  • Wednesday
    • WINTER PRISM FINAL REHEARSAL 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM 
  • Thursday
    • Band Picture Preview Night! Auditorium Lobby! 
    • WINTER PRISM OPENING NIGHT! 7 PM. Downbeat! 
      • Performer Call Time = 6 PM/Black Tux 
  • Friday
    • WINTER PRISM FINAL NIGHT! 7 PM. Downbeat! 
      • Performer Call Time = 6 PM/Black Tux  
  • Saturday 
    • Apopka Christmas Parade Meet at 8 AM
      • Meet Behind McDonald’s on 441 (Do not park there) 
      • Parade ends at Dream Lake Elementary
      • Parade is completed by 12 PM (Probably earlier) 

Looking Ahead

  • FMEA/All State Performance Rehearsal Schedule (Plan Ahead!) Tuesday, December 11th: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Mandatory Wind SymphonyRehearsal w/ Percussion (For FMEA/All State Performance in January) 
  • Tuesday, December 18th: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Mandatory Wind SymphonyRehearsal w/ Percussion (For FMEA All State Performance in January) 
  • Saturday, January 5th: 9 AM – 2 PM (Includes Lunch) Mandatory Wind Symphony Full Day rehearsal with FMEA/All State Clinician
  • FMEA/All State Conference January 9th – 12th Thursday, January 10th 3 PM – 5 PM Wind Symphony Performance Tampa Convention Center

Prism Week

It’s Prism Week! This will be an exciting time of having our full program come together to “ring in” the Holiday season! We look forward to two nights of exciting performances! 

In looking ahead, please review the rehearsal schedules for Monday through Wednesday as well as the performance nights on both Thursday and Friday evenings. A new twist for us this year is that our Prism Week also coincides with our Apopka Christmas Parade on Saturday! 

Looking forward to an incredible week with the Blue Darter Band! 

CONCERT UNIFORM UPDATE: They are in and will be distributed on Monday. Please ensure that you child’s uniform has been paid for prior to this time. You can complete this by clicking on the SchoolPay link on the right hand column of the website and look for Uniform Payments. The uniforms DO NOT come hemmed. You will need to get this taken care of prior to the concerts.

Band Picture Preview Night! One Night Only! 

Our annual Band Picture Preview Night will take place BEFORE & AFTER our concert on Thursday evening. Our photographers, CG Photos, will be in house prior to and after the Prism event for your to preview and purchase photos. Pictures are delivered to us prior to the Holiday break and are GREAT sticking stuffers for friends and families! 

Honor Band Performers

Congratulations to the following Juniors and Seniors on fantastic Honor Band performance experiences this weekend! We are proud of you! 

  • Seminole State Honor Band
    • Darrell Stephens, Iam Wesa 
  • Festival of Winds @ University of South Florida
    • Samantha Paylor 
  • Tri-State Honor Band @ Florida State University 
    • Lauren Sanchez, Jacob Bercegeay

NYC TRIP CHIK FIL A SPIRIT NIGHT

Join us from 5 PM – 8 PM on MONDAY EVENING for our Spirit Night to support our trip to NYC! See you there! 

Solo & Ensemble Sign Ups Coming Soon! 

Sign ups for our annual S&E event will occur the week after our Prism concert. Begin looking now and finding music that you would like to perform! To visit the Florida Bandmasters Association Music List Page, click HERE. Scroll down to S&E Music list and look for your instrument tab. All approved music is listed within this file. 

Looking forward to hearing some incredible chamber music this year! IEGYB! 

Weekly Update: November 26th through November 30th ~ Pushing To The Holidays!

Weekly Course Outlook 

This Week 

Monday

  • No Scheduled Events 

Tuesday

  • Winter Prism Solo & Small Group Audition Sign Ups 
    • Sign Up In Band Room BEFORE School 
  • Darter Sound Rehearsal w/ Mr. Smith 
    • 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM 

Wednesday

  • Winter Prism Solo & Small Group Auditions 
    • 1:30 PM until Completed 
    • 5 Minute Time Slots
    • Performances should be 2 – 4 Minutes MAXIMUM

Thursday

  • No Scheduled Events 

Friday 

  • New York City Payment #3 Due Date! 

Looking Ahead 

  • Winter Prism Week Activities! December 3rd – December 7th Each day will require participation of each member, however, it may not be the same amount of time based on the individual’s performance needs/ensemble needs. Check the daily rehearsal calendar to see what your rehearal needs will be. 
    • Monday – Tech Rehearsal 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM 
    • Tuesday – Dry Run/Full Run #1 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM 
    • Wednesday – Dress Rehearsal 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM 
    • Thursday – Performance #1! 7 PM Downbeat 6 PM Performer Call Time 
    • Friday – Performance #2! 7 PM Downbeat 6 PM Performer Call Time 
    • Performer Notes (And Parents!) Each member will need to arrive  early for performance nights to ensure their performance materials are set in the place for the night’s show. Post show, each performer will need to clean up their areas and either reset, or tear down items as needed to clean up our event. Thank you for your attention to this need for our program. 
  • Saturday, December 8th: Apopka Holiday Christmas Parade 
    • Morning Call Time – TBA
    • Meet behind McDonald’s located on 441 in Apopka
    • Parade ends at Dream Lake Elementary School 
  • FMEA/All State Performance Rehearsal Schedule (Plan Ahead!) 
    • Tuesday, December 11th: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Mandatory Wind SymphonyRehearsal w/ Percussion (For FMEA/All State Performance in January) 
    • Tuesday, December 18th: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Mandatory Wind SymphonyRehearsal w/ Percussion (For FMEA All State Performance in January) 
    • Saturday, January 5th: 9 AM – 2 PM (Includes Lunch) Mandatory Wind Symphony Full Day rehearsal with FMEA/All State Clinicians
    • FMEA/All State Conference January 9th – 12th Thursday, January 10th 3 PM – 5 PM Wind Symphony Performance Tampa Convention Center

Weekly Update: November 19th through November 25th ~ Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a blessed and wonderful time with family and friends! 

Looking Ahead

  • Wednesday, November 28th: Winter Prism Solo & Small Group Auditions 1:30 PM – Completed (Sign Up by Tuesday, 11.27.18) 
  • Winter Prism Week Activities! December 3rd – December 7th 
    • Each day will require participation of each member, however, it may not be the same amount of time based on the individual’s performance needs/ensemble needs. Check the daily rehearsal calendar to see what your rehearal needs will be. 
    • Monday – Tech Rehearsal 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM 
    • Tuesday – Dry Run/Full Run #1 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM 
    • Wednesday – Dress Rehearsal 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM 
    • Thursday – Performance #1! 7 PM Downbeat 
      • 6 PM Performer Call Time 
    • Friday – Performance #2! 7 PM Downbeat 
      • 6 PM Performer Call Time 
    • Performer Notes (And Parents!) Each member will need to arrive  early for performance nights to ensure their performance materials are set in the place for the night’s show. Post show, each performer will need to clean up their areas and either reset, or tear down items as needed to clean up our event. Thank you for your attention to this need for our program. 
  • Saturday, December 8th: Apopka Holiday Christmas Parade 
    • Morning Call Time – TBA
    • Meet behind McDonald’s located on 441 in Apopka
    • Parade ends at Dream Lake Elementary School 
  • FMEA/All State Performance Rehearsal Schedule (Plan Ahead!) 
    • Tuesday, December 11th: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Mandatory Wind Symphony Rehearsal w/ Percussion (For FMEA/All State Performance in January) 
    • Tuesday, December 18th: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Mandatory Wind Symphony Rehearsal w/ Percussion (For FMEA All State Performance in January) 
    • Saturday, January 5th: 9 AM – 2 PM (Includes Lunch) Mandatory Wind Symphony Full Day rehearsal with FMEA/All State Clinicians
  • FMEA/All State Conference January 9th – 12th 
    • Thursday, January 10th 3 PM – 5 PM Wind Symphony Performance 
      • Tampa Convention Center

Weekly Update: November 12th through November 16th ~ All County Auditions! Playoffs Round 2 @ Wekiva!

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This Week

Course Layout

Sunday

  • Veterans Day
    • Thank you to ALL who have touched our lives through your service to our Great Nation! We are grateful for all that you have given on behalf of our Freedom! We honor you on this day!

Monday

  • Playoff Football @ Wekiva Pep Band Sign Up (MONDAY ONLY!)
  • All County Auditions @ Lake Nona HS (See Below For Schedules)

Tuesday

  • 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM Darter Sound (Basketball Pep Band) Rehearsal

Wednesday

  • JE1/JE2 Recording Session @ WKMG Channel 6
    • Depart @ 8:30 AM
    • Sessions at 9:30 AM and 10:45 AM
    • Bring $$$ For Lunch

Thursday

  • Concert Uniform Sizing (All New Members & Vets Needing New Uniform)

Friday

  • Concert Uniform Sizing (All New Members & Vets Needing New Uniform)
  • Playoff Football @ Wekiva High School
    • 5:45 PM Call Time
    • 6:15 PM Departure
    • 7:30 PM Kick Off
    • Concessions: We will address this in class this week to best plan ahead for our game experience.

Looking Ahead 

  • 11.19.18 – 11.23.18 Thanksgiving Holidays
  • 11.23.18 Possible Playoff Game (If We Win/Volunteer Pep Band Only)
  • 12.3.18 – 12.7.18 Winter Prism Week – Rehearsal Schedule Coming This Week!
  • 12.8.18 Apopka Christmas Parade (Morning TBA)
  • TBA Wind Symphony & Percussion All State Clinic Rehearsals (Before Winter Break)

Blue Darters Win! 

Congratulations to our Blue Darter Football Team on a hard fought TEAM WIN on Friday vs. Oviedo HS! With a score of 35-28, the Blue Darters advance to a Round 2 re-match with Wekiva High! We can’t wait to get out and support our team on Friday!

All County Update 

Please plan ahead for the time needed to travel to LNHS as well as time to warm up and locate your performance room. If you have any questions please see Mr. Langford or Mr. Ellis.

Concert Audition Schedule

All County Concert Audition Times

Jazz Audition Schedule

All County Jazz Times

Concert Tux Uniforms 

This week, Ms. Janice will come in on Thursday and Friday to measure any students that have not yet been sized for this uniform. Our Concert Tux will be used for our upcoming Winter Prism performances. Any veteran members that need a new size for this uniform should also see Ms. Janice to ensure they receive this with our upcoming order.

Wekiva Bus Sign Up

Our trip on Friday to Wekiva will be a Pep Band sign up experience. Due to busses needing to be ordered by Monday we will have a sign up in class on Monday. Kick Off will be at 7:30 PM and we will meet at 5:45 PM. We will depart by 6:15 PM to arrive and set up. As a reminder, students must ATTEND school to attend after school functions.

Weekly Update: November 5th through 9th ~ CONGRATULATIONS BDMB! Fall Concert & FB Playoffs!

CONGRATULATIONS BLUE DARTER MARCHING BAND! 

SUPERIOR RATING AT MARCHING MPA ON SATURDAY! 

We are proud of your accomplishments and determination this season! You have continued to raise the bar within the program and have learned to work as a family throughout the season. Our hearts are full of pride and excitement as we announce that the BDMB is once again a SUPERIOR BAND! IEGYB! 

Weekly Outlook

This Week

  • Monday
    • No Scheduled Events 
  • Tuesday
    • No Scheduled Events 
  • Wednesday
    • 1:30 PM – 2 PM Fall Concert Run Through w/ Percussion
    • 4:45 PM Meet at Kit Land Nelson Park/Set Up/Warm Up5:30 PM Fall Concert Downbeat
  • Thursday
    • No Scheduled Events 
  • Friday 
    • Football @ Oviedo 
    • 6:30 AM Pep Rally Doors Open TBA on Call Time – Will release time by Tuesday. 

Looking Ahead 

  • November 12 All County Auditions @ Lake Nona HS (Schedule will be released soon.) 
  • November 16th – TBA Playoffs (If we win vs. Oviedo!) 

Fall Concert – WEDNESDAY! 

Join us at Kit Land Nelson Park as the AHS Wind Symphony kicks off the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall and Fall Family Festival experience on Wednesday afternoon at 5:30 PM! We are excited to be part of this unique setting for our community and encourage you to arrive EARLY (By 5 PM!) as there will be a military flyover for the event! Bring your lawn chair and come enjoy a great day of Patriotism! 

Congratulations! 2018-2019 All State Participants! 

Congratulations to Matt Murphy (Bari Sax) and Daniel Harshman (Tenor Sax) on earning their chairs in the 2018-2019 All State Symphonic Band! We are proud of you and all that auditioned for this incredible experience! IEGYB! 

Weekly Update: October 29th through November 3rd ~ It’s MPA SPIRIT Week! & Senior Night!

Dress Up Every Day To Show Your BDMB SPIRIT! Pics taken daily in each class to to post! 

This Week

Monday

  • No Scheduled Events   

Tuesday

  • Tuesday Evening BDMB 6 PM – 8:30 PM 

Wednesday 

  • 2:20 PM – 3 PM Brass Sectionals (In Courtyard Areas)
  • NO EVENING SECTIONALS

Thursday

  • Thursday AFTER SCHOOL BDMB
    • 3 PM – 5:30 PM Per Normal Schedule

Friday

  • Morning Pep Rally (Last School Day For Week) 
    • 6:30 AM Doors Open 6:50 AM Warm Up 7 AM Pep Rally 
  • Football Game vs. Oak Ridge (Senior Night!) 
    • 4:45 PM Doors Open 
    • 5:15 PM Courtyard Warm Up 5:45 PM Senior Night Line Up (May Change) 

Saturday

  • Marching MPA @ University High School
  • BDMB Itinerary
    • 2 PM Doors Open 
    • 2:45 PM BDMB Reports to Field/Warm Up & Run Through 
    • 3:30 PM PM Load Trucks
    • 4 PM Senior Video 
    • 4:30 PM Depart for University 
    • 5:30 PM Eat @ University Concessions 
    • 5:45 PM Performances Begin 
    • 8 PM BDMB Performance
    • 8:15 PM Watch Remaining Performances 
    • 9:30 PM Depart UHS
    • 10:30 PM Arrive AHS 

Looking Ahead

  • November 7th – Wind Symphony Fall Concert Performance @ Kit Land Nelson Park 5:30 PM – 7 PM (In support of Vietnam Memorial Wall event.) 
  • November 12th – All County Auditions @ Lake Nona HS

Senior Night

SENIORS! YOUR NIGHT IS HERE! For our parents, your call time will be updated first of the week. Seniors – please make sure you have filled out the Google Form Below! 

Seniors: Please fill out the following information no later than Friday, October 26th. Click HERE for the Senior Night Form. You must be signed in to your OCPS account in order to fill it out.

Pretzel Sale Wrap Up

Please ensure you have turned in ALL FUNDS AND/OR PRODUCT to wrap up your pretzel sales! Any outstanding items will be added to the AHS Monies Owed list after this week. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter! 

IT’S SPIRIT WEEK FOLKS! LET’S HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEK OF PUSHING TOWARDS THE FINISH! IEGYB!