Weekly Update: January 14th through 18th ~ Gettin’ Back To Work!

Wind Symphony, and Matt Murphy/Daniel Harshmen represent Apopka @ All State Convention!

We are proud of our All State Participants, Matt Murphy and Daniel Harshman for your perseverance, dedication, and commitment to pursuing music at the highest level! You have gone ABOVE AND BEYOND in order to achieve this honor and we salute you on a wonderful weekend of growth and performance! Congratulations gentlemen! We are PROUD OF YOU!

To our Wind Symphony, you accepted a challenging task of taking part in a two-plus hour clinic session to help Band Directors from across the state of Florida learn and grow to better develop their own performers. I am so humbled by your discipline and attentiveness to work with each of the five clinicians and your willingness to be part of this process. The day was a tremendous success for Music Education.

Many thanks to Mrs. Kim Bercegeay, Mr. Cody Smith, Mrs. Marcy Warren, Mrs. Teresa Paylor, Mrs. Janice Pedroza and Mrs. Annie Coffee for being there with us and supporting our members as chaperones for the day! It was also awesome to have Mrs. Tracy Murphy and Mrs. Kim Harshman join us! We are grateful to our incredible Army of Parents for taking great care of our members each and every opportunity we have to travel and perform!

IEGYB!

Spring 2019, APK Wind Symphony @ All State Convention

This Week

  • Monday
    • 6 PM Band Parent Meeting (Band Room)
  • Tuesday
    • 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Wind Symphony (MPA Prep)
    • 4 PM Wolf Lake S&E Help Sessions
  • Wednesday
    • No Scheduled Events
  • Thursday
    • No Scheduled Events
  • Friday
    • 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM Darter Sound Pep Band
  • Saturday
    • 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM Darter Sound Pep Band

Looking Ahead 

  • Wind Symphony After School Rehearsal Schedule
    • Tuesdays from 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM 
      • 1.22, 1.29, 2.5, 2.12, 2.19*, 2.26 (* 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM for Clinician) 
  • Wolf Lake Middle School Help Sessions
    • 4 PM – 4:45 PM
    • (1.15) 1.22, 1.29, 2.5, 2.12 (Tuesday’s through S&E)
  • OCPS All County Week January 21st – 26th (Tuesday, Thursday – Saturday) 
  • Epcot Performance Schedules! 
    • Freshmen Jazz Ensemble: February 12th (1 Date) 
    • Jazz Ensemble 2: January 26th, February 2nd, February 20th (3 Dates) 
    • Jazz Ensemble 1: January 23rd, January 30th, February 25th (3 Dates) 
    • All performances are at 9:50 AM and 10:55 AM (30 minute sets) 
  • FBA District Jazz/S&E/Auxiliary Performances @ University HS February 7th – 9th  
  • Concert Ensemble PRE-MPA Performance February 12th, 7 PM (Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony)  
  • FBA District Concert MPA @ Cypress Creek HS February 28th – March 2nd 

Chaperone Opportunity – Epcot’s “International Festival Of The Arts”

We are in need of chaperones to accompany each of our Jazz Ensembles for our Epcot performances. If interested, please contact Mrs. Ledford at tmrdled@gmail.com to let her know of your availability. The dates are listed above in the “Looking Ahead” section. Chaperones will each receive 2 free Disney passes for attending a day with us. The average schedule is departing at approximately 7:45 AM – 8 AM and returning around 12:30 PM. Please sign up for a time when your child will be performing with their Jazz Ensemble. (JE1, JE2, FJE)

NYC TRIP UPDATE!

Account statements were distributed on TUESDAY for all that signed up for the NYC Trip. Each member should have made THREE PAYMENTS at this point. Reminders: Fair Share MUST be paid off in order to attend. Please visit charms office.com to check on your account status. 

We still have several outstanding members who have not turned in their Pretzel Rod sales. Account balance slips will be given to those members as well.

All questions for our NYC trip should be directed to Kim.Bercegeay@ocps.net.

Big Apple, HERE WE COME!

Weekly Update: January 7th through January 12th ~ It’s All State Week!

Weekly Course Schedule: Coming Later Today!

This Week

  • Monday
    • No Scheduled Events
  • Tuesday
    • Wind Symphony 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Wednesday
    • No Scheduled Events
  • Thursday
    • Wind Symphony @ All State ConventionSee Schedule Below.
  • Friday
    • No Scheduled Events

Looking Ahead

  • Wind Symphony After School Rehearsal Schedule
    • Tuesdays from 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM 
      • 1.15, 1.22, 1.29, 2.5, 2.12, 2.19*, 2.26 (* 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM for Clinician) 
  • OCPS All County Week January 21st – 26th (Tuesday, Thursday – Saturday) 
  • Epcot Performance Schedules! 
    • Freshmen Jazz Ensemble: February 12th (1 Date) 
    • Jazz Ensemble 2: January 26th, February 2nd, February 20th (3 Dates) 
    • Jazz Ensemble 1: January 23rd, January 30th, February 25th (3 Dates) 
    • All performances are at 9:50 AM and 10:55 AM (30 minute sets) 
  • FBA District Jazz/S&E/Auxiliary Performances @ University HS February 7th – 9th  
  • Concert Ensemble PRE-MPA Performance February 12th, 7 PM (Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony)  
  • FBA District Concert MPA @ Cypress Creek HS February 28th – March 2nd

Solo & Ensemble Sign Up

Sign ups for our annual S&E performances are occurring NOW! 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. Be sure to get the FBA CODE for your selection and add it to the Google Form below. 

(MUST BE LOGGED IN TO YOUR OCPS STUDENT ID TO ACCESS THIS FORM.) 

CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT THE GOOGLE FORM FOR YOUR S&E ENTRIES. 

THIS MUST BE COMPLETED BY FRIDAY, JANUARY 11th.

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

Each member will need to pay $5 per performer for each event. (Solo = $5, Duet = $10, etc.) Also, you will need to secure an accompanist if your piece requires it. See Mr. Langford if you need contact information for an accompanist. 

NYC TRIP UPDATE!


We will distribute account updates to each member that signed up for the NYC Trip. Each member should have made THREE PAYMENTS at this point. Reminders: Fair Share MUST be paid off in order to attend. Please visit charms office.com to check on your account status.

We still have several outstanding members who have not turned in their Pretzel Rod sales. Account balance slips will be given to those members as well.

Congratulations Daniel and Matt! Represent APK Well At All State This Week!

Wind Symphony Schedule – Thursday, January 10th

  • 9 AM (3rd Period) Report to Band Room (Fully Dressed)
  • 9:30 AM Depart for Tampa
  • 11:30 AM Arrive Tampa Convention Center/Meet Mr. Langford – NO BAGS.
    • Take any needed money in pockets.
  • 12 PM Load In Instruments/Exhibition Hall/Eat (In Exh. Hall)
  • 1:15 PM Watch Ensemble Rehearsals
  • 2:00 PM Warm Up (Ball Room A/B/C)
  • 3:00 PM Clinic Session 1 “How To Fix It”
    • Mr. Fielder, Mr. McConn, Mr. Wansley
  • 4:15 PM Clinic Session 2 “How To Fix It”
    • Mr. Wansley, Mrs. Dorsey (Small Group), Mr. Kaminsky
  • 5:30 PM Load Busses
  • 6:00 PM Depart for APK
  • 7:30 PM Arrive APK (Approximate Time)

Chaperone Opportunity – Epcot’s “International Festival Of The Arts”

We are in need of chaperones to accompany each of our Jazz Ensembles for our Epcot performances. If interested, please contact Mrs. Ledford at tmrdled@gmail.com to let her know of your availability. The dates are listed above in the “Looking Ahead” section. Chaperones will each receive 2 free Disney passes for attending a day with us. The average schedule is departing at approximately 7:45 AM – 8 AM and returning around 12:30 PM. Please sign up for a time when your child will be performing with their Jazz Ensemble. (JE1, JE2, FJE)

Weekly Update: December 31st – January 5th ~ Happy New Year! Wind Symphony All State Rehearsal Week!

This Week

  • Monday
    • New Year’s Eve
  • Tuesday
    • Happy New Year!
  • Wednesday
    • No Scheduled Events  
  • Thursday
    • No Scheduled Events 
  • Friday
    • 10 AM Band Room Set Up/Spring Semester Prep 
  • Saturday
    • 9 AM – 2 PM Wind Symphony All State Clinic Rehearsal
      • Members of the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Percussion Ensembles are encouraged to attend and sit in the rear of the room to gain invaluable knowledge if you are able to attend. Be reminded that this will be an active rehearsal setting from 9 AM – 2 PM. If you are with us and would like to partake in the pizza deal for lunch, read below and ensure you have your money ready.
    • See below for rehearsal details.

Looking Ahead 

  • Wind Symphony After School Rehearsal Schedule
    • Tuesdays from 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM 
      • 1.8, 1.15, 1.22, 1.29, 2.5, 2.12, 2.19*, 2.26 (* 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM for Clinician) 
  • FMEA/All State Performance Rehearsal Schedule (Plan Ahead!) 
    • Tuesday, January 8th 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
    • FMEA/All State Conference January 9th – 12th 
    • Thursday, January 10th 3 PM – 5 PM Wind Symphony Performance Tampa Convention Center
    • Please ensure that your ACCURATE and CORRECT Black Tux Shirt & Pants are ready for this performance. Must be IRONED and pressed out. 
  • OCPS All County Week January 21st – 26th (Tuesday, Thursday – Saturday) 
  • Epcot Performance Schedules! 
    • Freshmen Jazz Ensemble: February 12th (1 Date) 
    • Jazz Ensemble 2: January 26th, February 2nd, February 20th (3 Dates) 
    • Jazz Ensemble 1: January 23rd, January 30th, February 25th (3 Dates) 
    • All performances are at 9:50 AM and 10:55 AM (30 minute sets) 
  • FBA District Jazz/S&E/Auxiliary Performances @ University HS February 7th – 9th  
  • Concert Ensemble PRE-MPA Performance February 12th, 7 PM (Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony)

Wind Symphony Saturday Rehearsal

Wind Symphony members should arrive between 8:30 AM – 8:45 AM to get set up and seated for the rehearsal block. Please bring your sheet music and pencil for the day. Rehearsal blocks will go as follows:

  • 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM Mr. Fielder “Warm Up”
  • 9:50 AM – 10:35 AM Mr. McConn “Quintus”
  • 10:40 AM – 11:25 AM Mr. Wansley “Kentucky 1800”
  • 11:30 AM – 11:55 AM LUNCH BREAK*
  • 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM Mrs. Dorsey “Sonatina For Band” (Small Group)
  • 12:50 PM – 1:35 PM Mr. Kaminsky “American Riversongs”

*Wind Symphony Members should bring $3 each for pizza/water during lunch break OR bring their own snack. Please bring a bottle of water with you to have throughout the day. Money will be collected early in the rehearsal for those wishing to do pizza.

Solo & Ensemble Sign Up

Sign ups for our annual S&E performances are occurring NOW! 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. Be sure to get the FBA CODE for your selection and add it to the Google Form below.

(MUST BE LOGGED IN TO YOUR OCPS STUDENT ID TO ACCESS THIS FORM.)

CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT THE GOOGLE FORM FOR YOUR S&E ENTRIES.

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

Each member will need to pay $5 per performer for each event. (Solo = $5, Duet = $10, etc.) Also, you will need to secure an accompanist if your piece requires it. See Mr. Langford if you need contact information for an accompanist. 

Weekly Update: December 17th through December 21st ~ Winter Break Is Upon Us!

Congratulations! Jazz Ensemble 1, Jazz Ensemble 2, & Freshmen Jazz Ensemble have been selected to perform at Disney’s Epcot “International Festival of the Arts!”

See below for their performance schedule! 

This Week

  • Monday
    • No Scheduled Events 
  • Tuesday
    • 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Wind Symphony ALL STATE Rehearsal 
  • Wednesday
    • SMALL GROUP Performances at WBZW 1540 AM Radio Station – See Mr. L if interested! 
  • Thursday
    • No Scheduled Events 
  • Friday
    • 9 AM – 1 PM Leadership Final Fall Clean Up & Lunch Party! 

Semester CFE Daily Class/Bell Schedule 

NO 4th OR 5th PERIODS
NO 7th PERIOD
NO 6th OR 7th PERIODS

Looking Ahead 

  • Wind Symphony After School Rehearsal Schedule
    • Tuesdays from 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
      • 1.8, 1.15, 1.22, 1.29, 2.5, 2.12, 2.19*, 2.26 (* 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM for Clinician) 
  • FMEA/All State Performance Rehearsal Schedule (Plan Ahead!) 
    • 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
    • Please ensure that your ACCURATE and CORRECT Black Tux Shirt & Pants are ready for this performance. Must be IRONED and pressed out. 
  • OCPS All County Week January 21st – 26th (Tuesday, Thursday – Saturday) 
  • Epcot Performance Schedules! 
    • Freshmen Jazz Ensemble: February 12th (1 Date) 
    • Jazz Ensemble 2: January 26th, February 2nd, February 20th (3 Dates) 
    • Jazz Ensemble 1: January 23rd, January 30th, February 25th (3 Dates) 
    • All performances are at 9:50 AM and 10:55 AM (30 minute sets) 
  • FBA District Jazz/S&E/Auxiliary Performances @ University HS February 7th – 9th  
  • Concert Ensemble PRE-MPA Performance February 12th, 7 PM (Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony)  

Solo & Ensemble Sign Ups This Week! 

Sign ups for our annual S&E event will occur this week. 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! 

Each member will need to pay $5 per performer for each event. (Solo = $5, Duet = $10, etc.) Also, you will need to secure an accompanist if your piece requires it. See Mr. Langford if you need contact information for an accompanist. 

WLMS/AMMS S&E Mentoring 

We will sign up in class this week to gauge interest in those who would like to become musical mentors to our neighboring members at BOTH WLMS and AMMS band programs. This will be our fourth year at WLMS and our first year at AMMS. All sessions will begin the week we return to school (Tuesday, January 8th) and will occur from 4 PM – 4:45 PM each week through their S&E performance week. (Ends February 12th) This will last for 6 total weeks. You will receive 2 volunteer hours for each week that is completed. (12 total)

This is an incredible opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of this musicians! It is also a great way to earn Volunteer Hours! 

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