Weekly Update: October 22nd through October 26th ~ FB @ Wekiva Week!

This Week

Monday

  • All County Forms DUE 
  • 2:40 PM – 3 PM Student Leadership Meeting
  • 6 PM Fall Band Parent Meeting #2    

Tuesday

  • Tuesday Evening BDMB 6 PM – 8:30 PM 

Wednesday 

  • 2:20 PM – 3 PM Woodwind Sectionals (In Courtyard Areas)
  • 6 PM – 8 PM Front Ensemble 
  • 6 PM – 8 PM Color Guard  
  • SPIRIT NIGHT @ TIJUANA FLATS for our trip to NYC! Show the flyer below to help us receive credit for this incredible experience!

Thursday

  • Morning Pep Rally (Last School Day For Week) 
    • 6:30 AM Doors Open 
    • 6:50 AM Warm Up 7 AM Pep Rally 
  • AFTER SCHOOL BDMB 3 PM – 5:30 PM Per Normal Schedule
  • PRETZEL SALES ARE FINAL! ALL PRETZEL $$$ DUE TO MS. BERCEGEAY! 

Friday (NO SCHOOL) 

  • NYC Trip Payment #2 DUE
  • Full BDMB Rehearsal 
    • 9 AM – 12 PM
  • FB @ Wekiva (See Concessions Info Below)
    • 5 PM Doors Open  
    • 5:30 PM Seated w/ Uniform, Shako, Etc. 
    • 5:45 PM Depart 
    • 6 PM Arrive Wekiva/Warm Up
    • 7 PM Kick Off 

Looking Ahead

  • November 2nd – Football vs. Oak Ridge SENIOR NIGHT
  • November 3rd – Marching MPA @ University High School (All Day) GO BAND! 
    • See Itinerary Below
  • 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

Friday, November 2nd – Senior Parent Call Time TBA (Based on Start time – will be updated soon!) 

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. 

Wekiva Football Game Concessions 

For those who wish to purchase concessions for Friday @ Wekiva, we will offer Pizza/Drink combo for $5 as a PRESALE before departure. Money can be paid in our band room. There will be NO OPPORTUNITY to purchase this once we depart AHS. 

BDMB Trip Itineraries

The following itinerary represents our CAPSTONE performance for our program as we enter the end of our season. This is an event that allows us to showcase our growth as well as watch other performances in a true “audience” fashion which always inspires further growth and development. Attendance at this event is mandatory as they have been listed on our calendar since it was established in May. Please use the below itinerary to best plan for these exciting upcoming events for our program.

BDMB Marching MPA @ University High School, Saturday, November 3rd 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 

Weekly Update: October 15th through October 20th ~ It’s University Classic Week! Let’s Go! #iegyb

This Week

Monday

  • NO SCHOOL – Student Holiday (End of 1st 9 Weeks)  

Tuesday

  • Tuesday Evening BDMB 6 PM – 8:30 PM 

Wednesday (Normal Wednesday Schedule) 

  • 2:20 PM – 3 PM Woodwind & Brass Sectionals (In Courtyard Areas)
  • 6 PM – 8 PM Front Ensemble 
  • 6 PM – 8 PM Color Guard  

Thursday

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

Friday

  • Morning Pep Rally
    • NO PEP RALLY – NO FOOTBALL GAME
  • 2:30 PM – 4 PM Tuba Sectional w/ Mr. L – GOOD TIMES!

Saturday

  • UNIVERSITY CLASSIC COMPETITION! 
    • See Schedule Below! 

Looking Ahead

  • October 26th
    • STUDENT HOLIDAY
    • BDMB MORNING REHEARSAL (No School) 9 AM – 12 PM
    • FB @ Wekiva 5 PM Call Time
  • November 2nd – Football vs. Oak Ridge SENIOR NIGHT
  • November 3rd – Marching MPA @ University High School (All Day) GO BAND! 
    • See Itinerary Below
  • 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

OCPS All County Band & Jazz Ensemble Auditions

Visit the All County Band audition page (tab located above) to get the music for this year’s auditions! See Mr. Langford if you would like assistance with printing music, audition help, etc. The audition date is MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12th! This is just enough time to really get to work and put in some incredible effort to earning a chair in this awesome performance experience. Begin working now to earn this opportunity! 

BDMB Trip Itineraries

The following two itineraries represent CAPSTONE performances for our program as we enter the heart of our season. They are events that allow us to showcase our growth as well as watch other performances in a true “audience” fashion which always inspires further growth and development. Attendance at these events is mandatory as they have been listed on our calendar since it was established in May. Please use the below itineraries to best plan for these exciting upcoming events for our program. 

University Classic Marching Competition (Saturday, October 20th)

  • 11:30 AM BDMB Reports to Parking Lot/Warm Up & Run Through 
  • 12:15 PM Load Trucks
  • 12:45 PM Depart for University 
  • 2 PM Performances Begin 
  • 4:40 PM BDMB Performance
  • 5 PM Dinner Break
  • 6 PM Performances Resume 
  • 8 PM Awards Ceremony  
  • 9:30 PM Return to AHS 

University Classic Ticket Information For Families

  • $10.00 General Admission per person
  • $6.00 Students with a valid ID
  • $6.00 Children age 4 – 13
  • FREE Children age 3 and under
  • $30.00 Families of more than four

Concessions Menu for University Classic! 

BDMB Marching MPA @ University High School (Saturday, November 3rd)

  • 2 PM BDMB Reports to Parking Lot/Warm Up & Run Through 
  • 2:45 PM PM Load Trucks
  • 3:15 PM Senior Video 
  • 3:45 PM Depart for University 
  • 5 PM Eat @ University Concessions 
  • 6 PM Performances Begin 
  • 8 PM BDMB Performance
  • 8:15 PM Watch Remaining Performances 
  • 9:30 PM Depart UHS
  • 10:30 PM Arrive AHS 

Weekly Update: October 8th through October 12th ~ West Orange Game Week!

Our Game Sponsor Of The Week! 
Thank you to Maltby’s Tree Service & Landscaping for your support of the Blue Darter Marching Band! Contact Maltby’s for all of your outdoor service needs! 
IEGYB! 
Visit http://www.maltbystreeservice.com today!

Want to become a Game Sponsor? Contact Bill Spiegel today at apopkarvp@gmail.com to learn more about this incredible opportunity! 
IEGYB!  
Mr. Bill Bradshaw, AHS Director of Bands from 1966-1986, directs the 2018 Blue Darter Alumni Band!

This Week

10.8.18 – 10.12.18 Weekly Course Layout – UPDATED! 

Monday

  • Student Leadership Meeting 2:40 PM – 3:15 PM 

Tuesday

  • Tuesday Evening BDMB 6 PM – 8:30 PM Per Normal Schedule 

Wednesday 

  • FULL SCHOOL DAY UNTIL 2:20 PM 
    • PSAT/SAT TESTING DAY
    • No Wind Sectionals
  • 6 PM – 8 PM Front Ensemble 
  • 6 PM – 8 PM Color Guard  

Thursday

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

Friday

  • Morning Pep Rally
    • 6:30 AM Doors Open 
    • 6:50 AM Warm Up 
    • 7 AM Pep Rally 
  • GAME  
    • 4:30 PM Doors Open 
    • 5:00 PM Seated/Ready to Depart (Jacket/Hanger/Hat Box/Case In Hand)  
    • 5:15 PM Depart AHS 
    • 5:45 PM Arrive WOHS 
    • 6:15 PM Warm Up/Get Seated 
    • 7 PM Kick Off 

Looking Ahead

  • October 19th – Football BYE Week/No Game…. But…. (See next entry!)
  • October 20th – Competition at University High School (All Day) GO BAND! 
    • See Itinerary Below…
  • October 26th
    • BDMB MORNING REHEARSAL (No School) 9 AM – 12 PM
    • FB @ Wekiva 5 PM Call Time
  • November 2nd – Football vs. Oak Ridge SENIOR NIGHT
  • November 3rd – Marching MPA @ University High School (All Day) GO BAND! 
    • See Itinerary Below
  • November 7th – Wind Symphony Fall Concert Performance @ Kit Land Nelson Park 5:30 PM – 7 PM (In support of Vietnam Memorial Wall event.) 

OCPS All County Band & Jazz Ensemble Auditions

Visit the All County Band audition page (tab located above) to get the music for this year’s auditions! See Mr. Langford if you would like assistance with printing music, audition help, etc. The audition date is MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12th! This is just enough time to really get to work and put in some incredible effort to earning a chair in this awesome performance experience. Begin working now to earn this opportunity! 

BDMB Trip Itineraries

The following two itineraries represent CAPSTONE performances for our program as we enter the heart of our season. They are events that allow us to showcase our growth as well as watch other performances in a true “audience” fashion which always inspires further growth and development. Attendance at these events is mandatory as they have been listed on our calendar since it was established in May. Please use the below itineraries to best plan for these exciting upcoming events for our program. 

University Classic Marching Competition (Saturday, October 20th)

  • 11:30 AM BDMB Reports to Parking Lot/Warm Up & Run Through 
  • 12:15 PM Load Trucks
  • 12:45 PM Depart for University 
  • 2 PM Performances Begin 
  • 4:40 PM BDMB Performance
  • 5 PM Dinner Break
  • 6 PM Performances Resume 
  • 8 PM Awards Ceremony  
  • 9:30 PM Return to AHS 

University Classic Ticket Information For Families

  • $10.00 General Admission per person
  • $6.00 Students with a valid ID
  • $6.00 Children age 4 – 13
  • FREE Children age 3 and under
  • $30.00 Families of more than four

Concessions Menu for University Classic! 

BDMB Marching MPA @ University High School (Saturday, November 3rd)

  • 2 PM BDMB Reports to Parking Lot/Warm Up & Run Through 
  • 2:45 PM PM Load Trucks
  • 3:15 PM Senior Video 
  • 3:45 PM Depart for University 
  • 5 PM Eat @ University Concessions 
  • 6 PM Performances Begin 
  • 8 PM BDMB Performance
  • 8:15 PM Watch Remaining Performances 
  • 9:30 PM Depart UHS
  • 10:30 PM Arrive AHS 

Weekly Update: October 1st through October 6th ~ It’s Homecoming Week!

Our Game Sponsor Of The Week! 
Thank you to Maltby’s Tree Service & Landscaping for your support of the Blue Darter Marching Band! Contact Maltby’s for all of your outdoor service needs! 
IEGYB! 
Visit http://www.maltbystreeservice.com today!

Want to become a Game Sponsor? Contact Bill Spiegel today at apopkarvp@gmail.com to learn more about this incredible opportunity! 
IEGYB!  

This Week

  • 10.1.18-10.5.18 Weekly Course Layout 
  • Monday
    • No Scheduled Events 
  • Tuesday
    • CHANGE: AFTER SCHOOL BDMB 3 PM – 5:30 PM (Due to Powder Puff Game)
    • Homecoming Powder Puff Pep Band 6:30 PM  Call Time 
      • This is a fun pep band opportunity for all who wish to come out and support our annual Homecoming Powder Puff game. Report time in band room is 6:30 PM. The group will move to the field together. Those in attendance at this time will enter the game for free with the pep band. All others will have to pay to enter. 
  • Wednesday 
    • Sectionals
      • 1:20 PM – 2 PM Woodwinds
      • 6 PM – 8 PM Front Ensemble 
      • 6 PM – 8 PM Color Guard  
  • Thursday
    • AFTER SCHOOL BDMB 3 PM – 5:30 PM Per Normal Schedule
  • Friday 
    • Morning Pep Rally
      • 6:30 AM Doors Open 
      • 6:50 AM Warm Up 
      • 7 AM Pep Rally 
    • Afternoon HOMECOMING Pep Rally 
      • End Of The School Day 
    • HOMECOMING GAME/ALUMNI BAND OPPORTUNITY!  
      • 5 PM Doors Open 
      • 5:30 PM Gear To Stadium 
      • 6 PM Courtyard Call Time (Alumni Join Us At This Time!) 
      • 6:15 PM Arcs 
      • 6:30 PM March to Stadium
      • 6:50 PM PreGame 
      • 7 PM Kick Off 
  • Saturday
    • Homecoming Dance @ Hard Rock Live!!!

Looking Ahead 

  • October 12th – FB @ West Orange (Away)
  • October 19th – Football BYE Week/No Game…. But…. (See next entry!)
  • October 20th – Competition at University High School (All Day) GO BAND! 
    • See Itinerary Below…
  • October 26th – BDMB MORNING REHEARSAL (No School) 9 AM – 12 PM
    • FB @ Wekiva 5 PM Call Time
  • November 2nd – Football vs. Oak Ridge SENIOR NIGHT
  • November 3rd – Marching MPA @ University High School (All Day) GO BAND! 
    • See Itinerary Below 

Middle School Night/Rookie Marching Day Follow Up

Thank you to all who made these two events incredible successes! We are grateful to each our Future Darters and Rookies that participated in these events! We had nearly 400 students in the stands on Friday evening as we welcomed the Class of 2023 (Wow!) to Roger Williams Field! There was a great feeling of energy and excitement throughout our time together and the Future Darters jumped right in to help us cheer our Darter on to Victory! 

To our Rookies that joined us on Saturday morning for Rookie Day, you were awesome! There were many incredible things taking place and learning opportunities that would not normally occur during a regular work week for the BDMB. The best part of the day was watching our Rookies become the POD leaders and leading their peers to success! Congratulations on a great day of learning! IEGYB! 

Be sure to visit our FaceBook Page (Link on Right Hand side!) to see more pictures of our season! Thank you to Mr. Osegueda, Mr. Frazier, and Mr. Sargent for all of your help in posting great pics and videos of the band! 

NYC Trip Extension

We have been given a few extra days to get our initial payment in to our travel company. All payments received by WEDNESDAY, October 3rd (Cash/Check/SchoolPay) will be credited towards the trip and included in our initial payment. Please reach out to Ms. Bercegeay if you have questions about the new update. We will post a trip roster by mid-week to ensure your payment has been recorded before we submit the payment. (kimmarie.bercegeay@ocps.net) 

OCPS All County Band & Jazz Ensemble Auditions

Visit the All County Band audition page (tab located above) to get the music for this year’s auditions! See Mr. Langford if you would like assistance with printing music, audition help, etc. The audition date is MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12th! This is just enough time to really get to work and put in some incredible effort to earning a chair in this awesome performance experience. Begin working now to earn this opportunity! 

Alumni Band

Come and join us for our annual Homecoming Festivities on Friday, October 5th! We look forward to having our alumni perform with us at our PreGame festivities! This year, we will perform Land Of A 1000 Dances together during the PreGame celebration! You can download the music below and prepare now for an awesome night. For the evening, we ask that you join us in the courtyard at 6 PM so we can get you set up with the sections and have a run through. The performing alums will march into Roger Williams Field with us to perform. Any guests accompanying the alums will need to enter through the ticketing area.

Click HERE to download your music!

BAND HOODIES!

Order goes in this week! Be sure to order via SchoolPay OR Cash/Check in deposited in safe by Thursday. Order will be placed on Friday. Email Mrs. Janice if you are placing an order this week to ensure your order is not overlooked. (janice.pedroza@gmail.com) 

BDMB Trip Itineraries

The following two itineraries represent CAPSTONE performances for our program as we enter the heart of our season. They are events that allow us to showcase our growth as well as watch other performances in a true “audience” fashion which always inspires further growth and development. Attendance at these events is mandatory as they have been listed on our calendar since it was established in May. Please use the below itineraries to best plan for these exciting upcoming events for our program. 

University Classic Marching Competition (Saturday, October 20th)

  • 11:30 AM BDMB Reports to Parking Lot/Warm Up & Run Through 
  • 12:15 PM Load Trucks
  • 12:45 PM Depart for University 
  • 2 PM Performances Begin 
  • 4:40 PM BDMB Performance
  • 5 PM Dinner Break
  • 6 PM Performances Resume 
  • 8 PM Awards Ceremony  
  • 9:30 PM Return to AHS 

University Classic Ticket Information For Families

  • $10.00 General Admission per person
  • $6.00 Students with a valid ID
  • $6.00 Children age 4 – 13
  • FREE Children age 3 and under
  • $30.00 Families of more than four

Concessions Menu for University Classic! 

BDMB Marching MPA @ University High School (Saturday, November 3rd)

WE ARE AWAITING THE OFFICIAL SCHEDULE TO POST ACTUAL TIMES. HOWEVER, WE ANTICIPATE AN EVENING PERFORMANCE SLOT. THIS WOULD CREATE AN EARLY AFTERNOON ARRIVAL TIME FOR WARM UP/RUN THROUGH. 

  • TBA BDMB Reports to Parking Lot/Warm Up & Run Through 
  • TBA PM Load Trucks
  • TBA Depart for University 
  • TBA Performances Begin 
  • TBA BDMB Performance (Anticipate EVENING Performance Time)
  • TBA Watch Remaining Performances 
  • TBA Return to AHS 

Weekly Update: September 24th through September 29th ~ Middle School Night! Rookie Marching Day!

This Week

  • 9.24.18 – 9.28.18 Weekly Course Layout
  • Trombone Clean Up Week! 
  • Monday
    • 2:40 PM – 3:15 PM Student Leadership Meeting
  • Tuesday
    • SCHOOL OWNED INSTRUMENT INVENTORY DAY
      • We need ALL School Owned Instruments to be brought in on MONDAY for a FULL PROGRAM INVENTORY ON TUESDAY. 
    • 6 PM – 8:30 PM BDMB Tuesday Evening
      • Mvt. 2 Focus
    • GET YOUR CLEAR STADIUM BAG! Open to all BDMB Families after rehearsal! SEE PURCHASE DETAILS BELOW! 
  • Wednesday
    • BDMB Pictures – EVERY CLASS
    • 1:20 PM – 2 PM Brass Sectionals
    • 1:30 PM – 3 PM Bass Line Sectional
    • 6 PM – 8 PM Percussion/Color Guard Sectional
  • Thursday
    • BDMB Pictures – EVERY CLASS
    • 3 PM – 5:30 PM BDMB Thursday Afternoon
  • Friday
    • INITIAL NYC TRIP PAYMENT DUE! PAY VIA SCHOOLPAY OR CASH/CHECK!
    • Football vs. Evans (Home) MIDDLE SCHOOL NIGHT! 
      • Pep Rally
        • 6:30 AM Doors Open
        • 6:50 AM Warm Up
        • 7 AM Pep Rally!
      • Game
        • Halftime Performance: Mvt. 1 & 2 + Fight Song Off Field
        • Uniform: Full BDMB Uniform (Under Uni, Jacket, Bibbers, Shako, Plume)
        • 5:30 PM Gear To Field
        • 6 PM Courtyard Call Time/Sectionals (Welcome MS Members!)
        • 6:15 PM Arcs
        • 6:30 PM March To Stadium
        • 6:50 PM PreGame
        • 7 PM Kick Off

Looking Ahead 

  • October 5th – FB vs. Mandarin (Homecoming! Alumni Band!)
  • October 12th – FB @ West Orange (Away)
  • October 19th – Football BYE Week/No Game…. But…. (See next entry!)
  • October 20th – Competition at University High School (All Day) GO BAND! 
  • October 26th – BDMB MORNING REHEARSAL (No School) 9 AM – 12 PM
    • FB @ Wekiva 5 PM Call Time

NYC! Spring 2019!

It’s here! Commitment Week! Friday is the day to finalize your seat plans for our incredible SPRING 2019 TRIP TO NYC! Be sure to get your payment in via SchoolPay (Click LINK on right side of this page!) or Cash/Check!

Look for VERY IMPORTANT UPDATES this week regarding fundraising, sponsorships, and more to help you earn the money necessary to bring this trip to life!

Visit the Trip Page to see payment details!

Boone Follow Up! Middle School Night! 

Great night for the Blue Darter Band & Blue Darter Football! Go Big Blue! This will a fast-paced game! Enjoyed getting to hear Mvt. 2 in performance for the first time! MANY THANKS to all of our parents for taking care of us on this night! And a HUGE THANKS to the Boone Admin for feeding us pizza after halftime! That was a most generous gesture!

This Friday we host our rising 8th Grade Members from Wolf Lake Middle, Apopka Memorial Middle, and Trinity Christian Schools! We look forward to an incredible night of welcoming nearly 150 FUTURE DARTER MARCHERS into our band on the night! The Class of 2023! IEGYB!

Honor Bands 

See last week’s post for the Honor Band opportunities at both FSU and USF – See Mr. L if you are interested!

OCPS ALL COUNTY BAND INFORMATION will be posted this week. The live audition is Monday, November 12th. (7+ Weeks Away.) There is no cost associated with this audition, however, you MUST sign up with Mr. Langford no later than Wednesday, October 17th.

Program Inventory 

It is time for a full inventory of our program’s assets for OCPS. If you perform on a school-owned instrument, please drop it off on Monday so that it can be inventoried and returned to you by Wednesday. TUESDAY IS OUR INVENTORY DAY. 

Band Pictures 

On Wednesday and Thursday we will hold our annual Band Picture Days. Our photographer, CG Photo, will be in house to capture all of the photos during each of our classes. Please ensure your student is present during this time to be included in our yearly composite photo.

Picture previews and sales will occur on Thursday, December 6th prior to our opening night of Winter Prism 2018. There will be no online previews this year. Pictures that are purchased should be returned prior to the Holiday Break.

CLEAR APK Stadium Bags! 

$10 while supplies last! BDMB Families can purchase their APK Stadium Bag AFTER REHEARSAL on Tuesday! General sales will begin Friday! Get them soon! They will sell out fast!

These bags meet all general stadium guidelines for new security measures in most stadiums, regardless of sport and/or level of the sport.

Weekly Update: September 17th through September 21st ~ FB @ Boone!

This Week 

  • 9.17.18 – 9.21.18 Weekly Course Layout
  • Mellophone Clean Up Week! 
  • Monday
    • 6 PM Full Program Fall 2018 Parent Meeting/New York Trip Meeting 
    • 7 PM SGA Talent Show
  • Tuesday
    • 6 PM – 8:30 PM BDMB Tuesday Evening
  • Wednesday
    • 1:20 PM – 2 PM Woodwind Sectionals
    • 1:30 PM – 3 PM Bass Line Sectional
    • 6 PM – 8 PM Percussion/Color Guard Sectional
  • Thursday
    • 3 PM – 5:30 PM BDMB Thursday Afternoon
  • Friday
    • Football @ Boone (Away) 
      • Pep Rally
        • 6:30 AM Doors Open
        • 6:50 AM Warm Up
        • 7 AM Pep Rally!
      • Game
        • Halftime Performance: Mvt. 1 & 2 + Fight Song Off Field
        • Uniform: Full BDMB Uniform (Under Uni, Jacket, Bibbers, Shako, Plume)
        • 5 PM Call Time
        • 5:15 PM Seated by Sections (In Bibbers w/ Case & Hat Box)
        • 5:30 PM Depart for Boone
        • 6:15 PM Arrive Boone
        • 7 PM Kick Off
        • TBA Return to AHS

Looking Ahead 

  • September 26th/27th – BDMB PICTURE DAYS! (In Classes)
  • September 28th – FB vs. Evans HS (Middle School Night!)
  • September 29th – Rookie Marching Day w/ Leadership! 8 AM – 11 AM
  • October 5th – FB vs. Mandarin (Homecoming!)
  • October 12th – FB @ West Orange (Away)

FB vs. DP Wrap Up! 

Go Big Blue!

Victory!

We had a great night with Blue Darter football and enjoyed an exciting victory over DP! The energy for the evening was high and brought an electric feeling to the stadium. Be sure to check out our FB Page (Click on right hand side of webpage) to see photos that are uploaded from Friday’s game as well as other contests this season! Thank you to Mr. Osegueda for your time and talents in showcasing our program on Friday!

Click HERE to watch the halftime performance video!

Fall 2018 Parent Meeting

Yay parents!

Please join us for a Fall 2018 Welcome meeting that will also include New York Trip information for those who would like to attend. This session will begin a 6 PM on Monday evening in the band room! Come to learn more about the layout of the program, opportunities and ways to serve our program, and important details about our trip to New York City! See you there!

Rookie Marching Day! 

This is the day we have all been waiting for…!!! The day that the Rookies get to follow up and gain invaluable experience in mastering the concepts they have been working on since camp. Lead by our Leadership team, this time of peer mentoring and learning has proven to be a true difference maker in the performance ability of each of our members. Veteran members that would like to further enhance their marching ability as well are encouraged to attend. The session will last from 8 AM until 11 AM. Plan ahead now for this incredible experience!

Alumni Band! 

Come and join us for our annual Homecoming Festivities on Friday, October 5th! We look forward to having our alumni perform with us at our PreGame festivities! This year, we will perform Land Of A 1000 Dances together during the PreGame celebration! You can download the music below and prepare now for an awesome night. For the evening, we ask that you join us in the courtyard at 6 PM so we can get you set up with the sections and have a run through. The performing alums will march into Roger Williams Field with us to perform. Any guests accompanying the alums will need to enter through the ticketing area.

Click HERE to download your music!

Once PreGame is complete, you can enjoy the game from anywhere in the stands! The BDMB will give a Post Game performance for this game as the Homecoming King & Queen festivities will occur during halftime. Looking forward to seeing you there! Be sure to join us at the end, “around the bird”, as we sing our alma mater together!

A “New Opportunity” for Concessions! 

We have begun a NEW CAMPAIGN to support our program through Concessions Donation opportunities! Through making a donation towards our sales efforts, you can watch your donation double, triple, even quadruple in value by supporting this effort!

For example, in donating $30 towards our concessions operation, you are helping us to purchase an 80-pack of hot dogs and 80 buns. At $3 per dog, this $30 donation now becomes $240 and actually multiplies your original donation by 800%! Yes, you read that right, 800%! We will continue to offer similar comparisons and how you can help us – now for the part that makes it easier!

All of this can be done VIA SCHOOLPAY! Click on the SchoolPay logo on the right hand side of this page and scroll to the bottom to see the New DirectConnect Button for Concessions Donations! We take care of all of the purchases! No need to shop!

We thank you for your support of our efforts to raise funds for our members and look forward to watching your donations grow exponentially as we continue to build an incredible program through which our members can grow and learn!

IEGYB!

 

Weekly Update: September 10th through September 15th ~ FB vs. DP! All State Auditions!

This Week

  • Trumpets Clean Up Week!
  • Blue Darter Bands Weekly Class Layout (Lesson Plans)
  • Monday
    • 2:40 PM – 3:15 PM Leadership Meeting
  • Tuesday
    • 6 PM – 8:30 PM BDMB Evening Rehearsal
  • Wednesday
    • 1:20 PM – 2 PM Brass Sectional
    • Percussion Sectional Times
      • 1:30 PM – 3 PM Front Ensemble/Basses
      • 6 PM – 8 PM Snares/Tenors
    • 6 PM – 8 PM Color Guard
  • Thursday
    • 3 PM – 5:30 PM BDMB Afternoon Rehearsal
    • 6 PM – 8 PM APOPKA HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE! 
      • 3rd Quarter Pep Band Performance in Courtyard throughout!
  • Friday
    • FB vs. Dr. Phillips HS (Home)
      • Pep Rally
        • 6:30 AM Doors Open
        • 6:50 AM Warm Up
        • 7 AM Pep Rally
      • Game
        • Uniform: Full Uniform + Shako
        • 5:15 PM Doors Open
        • 5:30 PM Stadium Set Up (Shakos & Cases To Stadium – NEW this week!)
          • Each member presets these items to ensure they are ready for game time. Cases will be set in normal place. Shakos will be set in stands, on your dot.
        • 6:10 PM Courtyard Call Time
        • 6:20 PM Arcs
        • 6:30 PM March to Stadium
        • 6:50 PM PreGame
        • 7 PM Kick Off
  • Saturday
    • All State Auditions (@ Ocoee HS)
      • See below for audition times.

Looking Ahead 

  • 9.21.18 FB @ Boone (Away)
  • 9.28.18 FB vs. Evans – Middle School Night!
  • 10.5.18 FB vs. Jacksonville Mandarin – Homecoming! Alumni Band Night!

FSU Band Day Wrap Up! 

WHAT! A! DAY! WOW! Loooooooooong but incredible day! THANK YOU to all who came and made this an incredible day of fun and excitement!

Click HERE to visit the Facebook Page and see photos and video!

Go Band!

Upcoming Honor Band Experience Opportunities 

Are you a junior or senior and interested in a a tradition-rich, incredible “Honor Band”  experience? Look no further than the long-running Tri-State Band Festival at Florida State University or the Festival of Winds at the University of South Florida held November 29th – December 2nd. Both of these festivals have unbelievable track records for providing unique opportunities to interact within the campus environment as well as make music with students and conductors from throughout the Country. Visit their respective websites to learn more about this awesome experience and what you need to do to sign up!

If either of these schools are a possibility for your next level of studies, these are wonderful opportunities to get on campus and learn more about the respective Universities!

Click HERE to visit the Tri-State Band Festival website! (Current info for 2018!)

Click HERE to visit the Festival of Winds website! (Material is from 2017 but is reflective of the expected experience – should be updated soon!)

See Mr. Langford ASAP if you are interested! October 1 is the deadline for nominations for Tri-State!

All State Auditions 

The All State audition schedule has now been posted. Please review below to ensure you are prepared for the event. It is suggested that you arrive at Ocoee High least one hour prior to your scheduled time(s) to warm up, find your locations, and prepare for the experience.

In Everything, Give Your Best! We are proud of each of you!

The schedule for this week’s All State audition are as follows:

Gabriel Acker Double Bass 4:10 PM Room 13
Kelsey Castillo Flute 1:10 PM Room 1
Daniel Harshman Tenor Saxophone 3:40 PM Room 6
Daniel Harshman Tenor Saxophone 1:20 PM Room 11
Matthew Murphy Bari Saxophone 11:20 AM Room 7
Matthew Murphy Bari Saxophone 3:40 PM Room 11
Matthew Murphy Alto Saxophone 2:40 PM Room 5
Matthew Murphy Alto Saxophone 11:40 AM Room 11
Matthew Murphy Tenor Saxophone 3:30 PM Room 6
Matthew Murphy Tenor Saxophone 1:00 PM Room 11
Victoria Vanness Flute 1:20 PM Room 1
Victoria Vanness Piccolo 12:30 PM Room 1