Weekly Update: March 5th through March 9th ~ Congratulations!

This Week

  • Monday
    • No Scheduled Events
  • Tuesday
    • No Scheduled Events
  • Wednesday
    • No Scheduled Events
  • Thursday
    • No Scheduled Events
  • Friday
    • 4 PM – 5 PM JE1 & JE2 @ Apopka Fair (Kit Land Nelson Park)
      • 3:30 PM Call Time
      • Annual performance at the Fall Apopka Fair for both of our Jazz Ensembles. This will occur between the 4 PM – 5 PM performance slot and will be split by both ensembles. We invite all to come and attend this free event in our downtown park!

Congratulations Symphonic Band & Wind Symphony!

Congratulations to each of our concert ensembles on fine performances this week in our annual District Concert Music Performance Assessments! Each of these ensembles have grown immensely and continued to raise the bar in this performance setting. Our Symphonic Band earned an Excellent rating to increase their performance level this year and our Wind Symphony earned a Superior rating increasing their performance level as well. We are proud of each of our members and their musical efforts to give memorable performances in this event. Click below to watch each of our ensembles and their musical work this Spring semester!

Symphonic Band, Saturday, March 3rd 

Performance Time!


Wind Symphony, Thursday, March 1st 

Performance Time!


Spring Prism Update/Reminder

The Apopka Bands Google Calendar has been updated to reflect the following changes that were made two weeks ago regarding our upcoming Prism event.

  • Wednesday, May 2nd: FINAL Dress Rehearsal 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Thursday, May 3rd: Prism Performance #1 7:30 PM
  • Friday, May 4th: Prism Performance #2 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, May 5th is now the official date for the AHS Prom event.

Weekly Update: February 26th through March 3rd ~ It’s MPA Week!

This Week

  • Monday
    • 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Symphonic Band & Percussion
  • Tuesday
    • 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Wind Symphony & Percussion
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
    • Wind Symphony MPA Performance (11 AM)
      • See below for Itinerary
  • Friday
  • Saturday
    • Symphonic Band MPA Performance (3 PM) 
      • See below for Itinerary

Concert MPA Week Is Here! IEGYB! 

Below are our itineraries for both groups this week. Please look ahead to schedule your performance day accordingly.

Wind Symphony

Thursday, March 1st

  • 8 AM Meet in Band Room/Dressed
    • Black Tux, Cummerbund and Bowtie to be handed out.
  • 8:15 AM Warm Up in Band Room
  • 9 AM Load Bus/Depart
  • 9:45 AM Arrive Olympia HS/Proceed to Stage
  • 10 AM Warm Up on Stage
  • 11 AM Performance 
  • 11:30 AM Sight Reading
  • 12 PM Retrieve cases, etc./Load Bus
  • 12:30 PM Eat at Wendy’s, Apopka, FL
  • 1:30 PM Return to Apopka High School

Symphonic Band 

Saturday, March 3rd

  • 11:30 AM Arrival Time/Dressed
    • Black Tux, Cummerbund, Bowtie
  • 11:45 AM Warm Up in Band Room
  • 12:15 PM Load Busses
  • 12:30 PM Depart
  • 1:15 PM Arrive Olympia HS/Store Cases/Listen to Bands
  • 2:30 PM Warm Up
  • 3 PM Performance 
  • 3:30 PM  Warm Up
  • 4 PM Depart for Apopka HS
  • 4:45 PM Arrive Apopka HS

Weekly Update: February 20th through February 23rd ~ MPA Showcase Week!

This Week

  • Monday
    • Student Holiday/President’s Day
  • Tuesday
    • Family & Friends MPA Showcase
      • Student Call Time: 6 PM
      • 6:30 PM Downbeat
      • Uniform: Tuxedo
      • Features: Freshmen Woodwinds, Freshmen Brass, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
    • 2:15 PM – 3 PM S&E Ice Cream Social Event
      • If you received a ticket, be sure RSVP by Wednesday.
      • RSVP form can be found on your Google Classroom page.
    • 4 PM Jazz Ensemble 1 to Orlando Eye Performance

Calendar Update! 

Concert MPA Dates/Times:

  • Wind Symphony: Thursday, March 1st, 11:00 AM
  • Symphonic Band: Saturday, March 3rd, 3:00 PM
  • Detailed Trip Itineraries will come later this week.

Our upcoming Spring Prism Concert has been moved to Thursday, May 3rd and Friday, May 4th. The event was originally scheduled for Friday/Saturday, however, due an unfortunate scheduling situation with our Prom committee and we have been asked to move our event earlier. Please make this change to your calendar accordingly. All rehearsal dates are still a “go”.

Family & Friends MPA Showcase 

Come and hear the growth of our student musicians as we showcase their musicianship in our annual Family and Friends MPA Showcase. During this event you will hear from our two primary concert ensembles as well as our Freshmen Brass and Woodwinds ensembles. The event will begin at 6:30 PM in our auditorium. There is no admission for this event. Bring all that you can to support our musicians!

Weekly Update: February 12th through February 16th ~ Congrats on a great S&E Weekend!

This Week

  • Monday
    • 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Symphonic Band & Percussion
  • Tuesday
    • No Wolf Lake Mentoring This Week! They are playing with their accompanist on Tuesday! Thank you all for your dedicated work with these student musicians! IEGYB!
    • 6 PM – 8 PM Wind Symphony & Percussion w/ Mr. Fielder
      • NEW TIME! 
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Monday (February 19th)
  • Tuesday (February 20th)
    • 2:15 PM – 3 PM Wind Symphony Run Through
    • 6:30 PM Family & Friends MPA Showcase Performances
      • Featuring Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Freshmen Woodwind Ensemble, Freshmen Brass Ensemble
      • Event is designed to showcase the musical growth and development during our MPA season of the year.

Jazz/S&E Wrap Up! 

Wow! It has come and gone! Jazz, S&E, Auxiliary MPA is now in the books! Congratulations to our many student performers for their commitment to excellence and growth as musicians! Our program had great representation from our members during this event both musically and in service to our peers across Orange County.

Many thanks go to our student workers and our Booster workers for the incredible job they did in preparing an awesome site for our student musicians in District 8! Our parents and students worked tirelessly to help us achieve our success over the course of Thursday through Saturday as we welcomed over 2000 parents and performers across our campus. It takes a village to achieve the success we experienced this weekend and I am grateful to all who made this a reality! IEGYB!

MPA Family & Friends Showcase 

Next Tuesday, February 20th, we will host our first annual “Family and Friends Showcase” to provide an opportunity for our supporters to hear our musical growth and development during this time of our performance season. While many of our performances are being prepared with great attention to detail, we want to use this forum to share the music with each of you! Join us for an experience that you will surely enjoy! We look forward to having you in the audience to support some amazing students that have been working hard and digging in each and every day!

Weekly Update: February 5th through February 10th ~ It’s Solo & Ensemble Week!

This Week

  • Monday
    • All Wind Class: Mr. Wansley – Guest Clinician
    • 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM: Symphonic Band & Percussion Rehearsal
  • Tuesday
    • 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM: Wind Symphony & Percussion Rehearsal 
    • 4 PM – 4:45 PM: Wolf Lake MS S&E Mentoring Session
  • Wednesday
    • 1:15 PM – 2 PM Band Room Clean Up/S&E Prep
      • Sign Up on Monday
  • Thursday
    • District Jazz MPA @ Apopka High (Day 1) Event Running Time: 9:30 AM – 9 PM
      • 9:30 AM Jazz Ensemble 2 Performance 
      • 10 AM Jazz Ensemble 1 Performance 
  • Friday
    • District Jazz MPA @ Apopka High (Day 2)Event Running Time: 10 AM – 2:30 PM
    • District Solo & Ensemble/Auxiliary MPA @ Apopka High (Day 1) Event Running Time: 4 PM – 9 PM
  • Saturday
    • District Solo & Ensemble/Auxiliary MPA @ Apopka High (Continued) Event Running Time: 8 AM – 5 PM
      • See below for Shift Worker times/info.
  • Next Week… Tuesday, February 13th
    • Wind Symphony & Percussion EVENING Rehearsal 6 PM – 8 PM
      • Guest Clinician Mr. Gabriel Fielder

Solo & Ensemble Is Here! Read THOROUGHLY To Ensure You Are Up To Speed! 

Welcome to S&E Week! This week means a lot for our program! We have many great performances and opportunities to showcase our learning as well as a great opportunity to serve our peers in FBA District 8 at SITE HOST for our annual Jazz/S&E/Auxiliary MPA performances!

The performance schedule should be released at some point today (yes, this is late…. still waiting to receive this from the District folks) AND our shift worker sign up will be posted first thing Monday morning for students to begin choosing their times to come and assist for this event. It is an expectation that EACH OF OUR MEMBERS within the program work one shift throughout the festival. This unique opportunity also will provide a great opportunity to earn much needed volunteer hours. You may earn as many as you can work throughout the weekend. Shift times are as follows:

  • Friday S&E/Auxiliary
    • Set Up Crew: 2:30 PM – 4 PM
    • Shift 1: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
    • Shift 2: 5:15 PM – 7:15 PM
    • Shift 3: 7 PM – 9 PM
  • Saturday S&E/Auxiliary
    • Shift 1: 8 AM – 10 AM
    • Shift 2: 9:45 AM – 11:45 AM
    • Shift 3: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
    • Shift 4: 1:15 PM – 3:15 PM
    • Shift 5: 3 PM – 5 PM
    • Tear Down Crew: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Jobs that you can sign up for include: Judge Runner, Help Desk, Office Help, Campus/Parking, Auxiliary Assistant.
  • For your shift, members should wear an APK BAND T-Shirt to ensure you are a visible, available, customer service representative for Apopka High. Jeans or shorts are appropriate.
  • For our Brass, Woodwind, and Percussion performances, members should wear their Tuxedo uniforms. For all other S&E events, you are to dress NICELY and appropriately for this performance environment. Jeans or shorts are not an appropriate option.

In addition to our student support element to S&E, we have a great opportunity to earn funds through concessions offered by our Booster organization. We will need parent support on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to make this a reality for our organization. These is one of our best methods to earn much needed funds for our program!

This coming week represents the culmination of many incredible things for our program! Great performances! Hard work! Commitment! Effort! Service! and More! I am looking forward to seeing and hearing our program make incredible music and provide wonderful, welcoming space for others to do the same!

Great Job Jazz Ensemble 1 @ Epcot! 

Saturday, our JE1 gave their final Epcot performance for the International Festival of the Arts! They were fantastic and had great audiences that bounced around and danced throughout! Mission Accomplished! Congratulations to both of our Jazz Ensembles on a great start to the Spring Semester!

Our Parent and Sibling groupies joining in on the fun!

Wrapping up another great set with JE1!

Winterguard @ Oveido Show! 

Congratulations to our Winterguard on a great run at their show on Saturday! 2nd place finish!

Weekly Update: January 29th – February 3rd ~ Congrats to our All County Participants!

This Week

  • Monday
    • 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Symphonic Band & Percussion
  • Tuesday
    • 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Wind Symphony & Percussion
    • 4 PM – 4:45 PM Wolf Lake S&E Mentoring
  • Wednesday
    • JE2 Performance @ Epcot 7:20 AM Meet in Band Room
      • 8 AM Depart for Epcot
      • 9:50 AM/10:55 AM Performances
      • 11:30 AM Return to AHS
    • 1:20 PM – 1:50 PM S&E Student Leadership Meeting
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
    • JE1 Performance @ Epcot 7:20 AM Meet in Band Room
      • 8 AM Depart for Epcot
      • 9:50 AM/10:55 AM Performances
      • 11:30 AM Return to AHS

Congrats All County Participants!

Congratulations to the following on an outstanding performance experience in this weekend’s All County Band!

  • 9/10 Band
    • Jessica Mazarro, Daniel Harshman, Matt Murphy, & Luis Tomar
  • 11/12 Band
    • Victoria Vanness, Brannon Talley, & Justin Talley

The performances were an incredible culmination of the process that it takes to make it into this elite group. From the auditions in November to the rehearsals and performance in January, this process is an unbelievable experience for all of our OCPS students as they get to make music in ensembles that range from 90 – 100 performers, playing literature that is at a high level and yet they achieve their success in just 12 hours of full group rehearsal. Our members that represented APK are to be commended on a job well done this weekend. IEGYB!

Solo & Ensemble Is Almost Here! 

We are two weeks away from hosting our annual FBA District 8 S&E event at Apopka High School! In addition to the many wonderful performances that our students will take part in, our members and our Parent/Boosters will also be part of the machine that prepares, serves, and secures our campus upon completion of the event. Service is a huge part of our program and we have a fantastic opportunity to serve our Orange County peers in the coming weeks!

We will have a Student Leadership meeting on WEDNESDAY, January 31st from 1:20 PM – 1:50 PM to go over our plan of action and lay out the sign ups for the weekend’s event.

S&E Performance schedules will be posted this week. At this point, only our jazz ensemble schedule has been released and is as follows:

  • Jazz Ensemble 2 will perform at 9:30 AM on Thursday, February 8th
  • Jazz Ensemble 1 will perform at 10 AM on Thursday, February 8th

The Woodwind/Brass portion of our S&E schedule will be released later this week.

Weekly Update: January 22nd through January 27th ~ All County Week

This Week

  • Monday
    • 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Symphonic Band and Percussion @ Band Room
  • Tuesday
    • 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Wind Symphony and Percussion @ Band Room
    • 4 PM – 4:45 PM WLMS S&E Mentoring
    • All County Band Rehearsal 6:30 PM – 9 PM (@WPHS)
    • Basketball Pep Band Call Time 6:15 PM 
      • Boys vs. Lake Minneola HS
  • Wednesday
    • JE1 Performance @ Epcot (9:50 AM & 10:55 AM) 
  • Thursday
    • All County Band Rehearsal 7 PM – 9 PM (@WPHS)
  • Friday
    • All County Band Rehearsal 8:30 AM – 4 PM (@WPHS)
  • Saturday
    • 9/10 All County Band Dress Rehearsal 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
    • 11/12 All County Band Dress Rehearsal 2 PM – 4 PM
    • All County Band Concert 6 PM @ Winter Park High School Auditorium 

JE2 @ Epcot!

JE2 @ Epcot International Performance Festival

Congratulations to JE2 on two fantastic performances this week at Epcot’s International Performance Festival! JE1 will be showcased this Wednesday morning at Epcot!

Winterguard @ Premier

Winterguard @ Premier Show!

Congratulations to our Winterguard on their performance this weekend at the FFCC Premier show held at Lyman High School! We are proud of you!