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!


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!



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
      • 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


Weekly Update: September 4th – 8th ~ FB vs. Lakeland & FSU Band Day!

This Week

  • Saxophone Clean Up Week! 
  •  Monday
    • NO SCHOOL! Labor Day!
  • Tuesday
    • 6 PM – 8:30 PM BDMB Evening Rehearsal
  • Wednesday
    • 1:20 PM – 2 PM Woodwind Sectional
    • Percussion Sectionals
  • Thursday
    • 3 PM – 5:30 PM BDMB Afternoon Rehearsal
  • Friday
    • Friday Pep Rally
      • 6:30 AM Doors Open
      • 6:50 AM Warm Up
      • 6:55 AM To Courtyard
    • Football vs. Lakeland HS (Home) (Game time move up to 7 PM)
      • 5:30 PM Doors Open/Get Dressed
      • 6:00 PM Courtyard Call Time (Warming Up)
      • 6:10 PM Arcs
      • 6:30 PM March Out
      • 7:00 PM Kick Off
  • Saturday
    • FSU Band Day!
      • 10:15 AM Doors Open
      • 10:45 AM Load Charter Busses
      • 11 AM Depart AHS
      • 3 PM Arrive Governors Square Mall/Eat
      • 3:45 PM Load/Depart for Tallahassee Civic Center
      • 4 PM Arrive Civic Center/Walk to Baseball Stadium
      • 5 PM Skull Session (FSU Marching Chiefs Warm Up)
      • 7:20 PM Kick Off
      • After Halftime – Departure for Apopka (Trip is approximately 3.5.hours home)

Looking Ahead 

  • September 14th: Football vs. Dr. Phillips (Home)
  • September 15th: All State Auditions (Ocoee HS)
  • September 21st: Football @ Boone (Away)
  • September 28th: Football vs. Evans (Home)

Bartram Trip Wrap Up



Great Leaders Doing Great Things!

Great job to our BDMB Pep Band for keeping the excitement going in our 33-28 win over Bartram Trail! We had a great trip in support of our Darters! Many thanks to all of our parents that traveled with us to made this trip possible for us! Go Big Blue!

FSU Band Day 

Sign Ups for busses will occur on Thursday/Friday of this week to expedite the loading process on Saturday morning. If your parent(s) are going, please check with them and be prepared to sign them up as well. All seats are full at this time. Looking forward to an outstanding trip!


Weekly Update: August 27th through August 31st ~ Bartram Trail Pep Band Week!

This Week

  • CLARINETS Clean Up Week!
  • Weekly Class Layout To Plan For The Week Ahead! 
  •  Monday
    • No Scheduled Events
  • Tuesday
    • Rehearse A Thon Funds/Forms DUE! 
    • Full BDMB Rehearsal 6 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday
    • 1:20 PM – 2 PM Full BDMB BRASS Sectional
      • 1st, 2nd, and 5th Period Brass Players
    • 1:30 PM – 4 PM Percussion Sectional
  • Thursday
    • Full BDMB Rehearsal 3 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Friday
    • Friday Pep Rally
      • 6:30 AM Doors Open
      • 6:50 AM Warm Up
      • 6:55 AM To Courtyard
    • Football @ Bartram Trail (See Below For Pep Band SIgn Up Details)
      • 3 PM Departure
      • 5:30 PM Arrival BTHS
        • We will eat at their concessions area, then warm up
      • 7 PM Kick Off
      • 9:30 PM Departure
      • 12 AM Arrival AHS

Looking Ahead 

  • September 7th: Football vs. Lakeland (Home)
  • September 8th: FSU Band Day
  • September 14th: Football vs. Dr. Phillips (Home)
  • September 15th: All State Auditions (Ocoee HS)
  • September 21st: Football @ Boone (Away)

Home Opener Wrap Up! 

Friday Morning Pep Rally! Go Big Blue!

Been a great week for the BDMB! Home Opener! Got some rehearsal time without rain! Had a fantastic Rehearse-A-Thon and got further ahead than we have ever been within the BDMB at this point in the season! It has been a great week and we are grateful to all who made this success possible! Students, parents, staff, admin/faculty, etc…. There are MANY who made this week a truly exciting time!

Be sure to check out the FaceBook page on the right hand side for some great photos and videos from the week!

Students Of The Week!

Congratulations to our students of the week that have been recognized for excellence in their endeavors each week!

Week 1

Week 2

FSU Band Day

We have FIVE remaining seats for Band Day @ FSU. The first five who come with $25 for the bus seat will be signed up to fill our bus roster for this event. SchoolPay is no longer available. Cash or Check will be accepted.

We are departing at 11 AM on Saturday, September 8th and will return around 1 AM. Game tickets are free for this event.

Bartram Trail Pep Band Sign Up

Our trip to Jacksonville on Friday will be a “Pep Band” style trip in which we take 95 members of the BDMB to the game. A set instrumentation list will be posted on Monday morning and then we will allow students to sign up by seniority to attend this event. The following schedule will be used:

  • Seniors: Monday Morning
  • Juniors: Monday After School
  • Sophomores: Tuesday Morning
  • Freshmen: Tuesday After School

Please see Mr. Langford at the appropriate time if you would like to sign up.

Homework Updates 

  • Mvt. 2 Drill Charting: Should be turned in via Charms by Friday, August 31st.
  • 168: Should be turned in via Charms by Tuesday, August 28th.
  • Binder Check: Will be checked in classes on Monday. The follow items should be within the binder:
    • Fingering Chart, Hornline Warm Ups, The Standards, Orange Blossom Song, Can’t Stop The Feeling, Volume 6 Stadium Jams, Sail, America, The Beautiful, Hey Baby, The Machine Mvt. 1, Mvt. 2
    • You can find copies of all of this music on the table in the front of the room.
  • Syllabus/Handbook: Should have been turned in on Friday, August 17th.
  • Charms Update: Should have been turned in on Friday, August 17th.


Weekly Update: August 20th through August 25th ~ Home Opener vs. Ocoee! 1st Annual Rehearse-A-Thon!

This Week

  • Flutes Clean Up Week!
  • Monday
    • 2:40 PM – 3:15 PM Leadership Meeting
  • Tuesday
    • 6 PM – 8:30 PM Full BDMB Rehearsal
  • Wednesday
    • Sectionals:
      • Percussion 1:30 PM – 4 PM
      • TBA
    • All State Forms Are DUE! 
  • Thursday
    • 3 PM – 5:30 PM Full BDMB Rehearsal
  • Friday
    • Pep Rally
      • 6:30 AM Doors Open for Pep Rally
      • 6:50 AM Warm Up
      • 7 AM Pep Rally
    • Game vs. Ocoee
      • 5:15 PM Doors Open
      • 6 PM Courtyard Call Time
      • 6:15 Courtyard Arcs
      • 6:30 PM Block
      • 6:50 PreGame
      • 7 PM Kick Off
    • Under Uniform (Including T-Shirt, Shorts, Hat, BackPack, Marching Shoes, Black Socks)
    • Performances:
      • 1) PreGame (Full PreGame)
      • 2) Halftime (Marching Mvt. 1, Fight Song Off The Field)
  • Saturday
    • Rehearse-A-Thon!
      • 8 AM – 12 PM Full BDMB Rehearse-A-Thon (Focus = Mvt. 2 Drill)

Looking Ahead

  • August 28th: Rehearse-A-Thon Forms/Funds DUE!
  • August 31st: Football @ Bartram Trail (Pep Band Only – See Below)
  • September 7th: Football vs. Lakeland (Home)
  • September 8th: FSU Band Day
  • September 14th: Football vs. Dr. Phillips (Home)
  • September 15th: All State Auditions (Ocoee HS)

Week 1 Wrap Up! 

Wow! What an incredible week for our BDMB family! Busy, long, full of “stuff”, but absolutely incredible! No matter the forces in the universe working against us – nothing was gonna stop us from getting to the game on Friday and cheering on our Blue Darters! Late busses, smoking busses, missing exits…. nothing…. NOTHING!!! would hold us back from having a wonderful start to our Fall 2018 Season! Great job BDMB! Many thanks to our Chaperone crew for all of your expert efforts to ensure our kiddos had a great experience – and – many thanks to our Student Leadership team for your awesome start this week to our season! Be sure to check out FB for the Pep Rally video and more pictures that will come from across the program!

All of our classes have had a tremendous start. We are grateful to our Guidance department for their commitment to getting our campus schedules working in an expedient fashion – they are awesome! Each of our ensembles have settled in well and are ready to “dig in” this week as we continue to develop each player into the best version of themself that they are capable of becoming. I can’t wait to get back in Monday morning and “get after it” with each of our ensembles! The only thing I dread each class is my “Five Minute Warning” student’s signal during each class period that I only have five minutes left! THE CLASS TIME FLIES BY!

Let’s have a great week ahead band! Review the calendar for the week and prepare for an awesome time together with the family! IEGYB!

BDMB Rehearse-A-Thon! 

This Saturday! 8 AM – 12 PM! This is an AWESOME OPPORTUNITY to earn much needed $$$$$$ towards your Fair Share, NYC Trip Experience, etc. as we kick off Fall 2019! Download the form and sign up any and everyone to support you through these efforts! The funds can be donated “per hour” ($5 per hour/$20 total) or just given as a donation. Cash, Check, or SchoolPay are accepted. A SchoolPay option will be available Monday morning at our Blue Darter Marching Band SchoolPay link.

Visually, our goal is to learn Movement 2. All NEW members will have a DRILL SLOT for this portion of the show. We will look forward to getting ahead more than we have ever been within the BDMB! And, you can EARN SOME $$$ at the same time! IEGYB!

Click here for the Rehearse A Thon Form!

Forms and funds should be turned in no later than TUESDAY, August 28th! 

Canvas Update

  • Two homework items were DUE this week:
    • Handbook/Syllabus Signature Page
    • Charms Info Update
    • Please check with your student to ensure they have completed these very important items!
  • Check Charms Monday morning for our Weekly Class Layout. This will help you plan ahead for each day’s rehearsal experience.
  • We will begin our 168 Assignment this week! Can’t wait to see the learning occur!

FSU Trip Roster 

The official roster will be posted this week once all payments have been credited via cash/check and SchoolPay. If there are remaining bus seats that are not already spoken for, they will be opened on a first-come, first-served basis to ensure we are traveling with a full bus if possible. We will make this information available later this week.


If you are missing uniform items, or are having issues with your gear, please reach out to Ms. Janice ASAP! Email her at janice.pedroza@gmail.com to ensure you get the help needed to ensure you are “IN UNIFORM”!

Bartram Trail Trip

Our upcoming to Bartram Trail will be a “Pep Band” only experience. This game is in the Jacksonville region and for this we use Charter busses. We will take two busses and have a fixed instrumentation which means not everyone will travel with us. For those  who would like to attend, the sing up will occur later this week. Sign ups will occur by seniority. We will travel with approximately 100 students for this performance experience.

One Mill Tax Vote

One Mill Header

Click HERE to read the full article at ocps.net.


The renewal of a one-mill property tax will be on the ballot to:

  • Retain highly qualified teachers

  • Protect arts and athletics programs in schools

  • Maintain academic programs and student activities

This renewal is of a tax in place since 2010. Without it, OCPS will lack funding to continue fully supporting teachers and students. On Aug. 28, Orange County voters will decide if the one-mill property tax should be renewed for an additional four years.

The Big Picture

Without an extension of the one mill, OCPS will have $1,437 less in per-student funding than what 2007 funding would provide today, adjusted for inflation.

Without an extension of the one mill, OCPS anticipates a 2019 budget reduction of $143 million which will impact many hundreds of teachers, academic programs, arts and athletics. 


Weekly Update: August 13th – August 17th ~ Welcome Back! FB @ Mainland!



This Week

  • Monday
    • First Day of School! IEGYB!
  • Tuesday
    • BDMB 6 PM – 8:30 PM
    • Concessions Team Meeting 6:30 PM (Band Room) 
  • Wednesday
    • Percussion Sectional 2:30 PM – 5 PM
  • Thursday
    • BDMB 3 PM – 5:30 PM
    • New York City Trip Interest Meeting! 6:00 PM (In Auditorium) 
  • Friday
    • FSU Band Day Sign Up/Payment DUE $25.00 (Students & Chaperones)
      • SchoolPay is an option.
      • Cash or Check is an option. (Turn in to safe.)
    • All State Contracts/Sign Up DUESee Mr. L for Contract
    • ALL STATE CONTRACTS CHANGED: Due Wednesday, August 22nd
    • Morning Pep Rally! 7 AMDoors Open @ 6:30 AM
    • Football @ Daytona Beach Mainland HSUniform: Under Uniform (Band T-Shirt, Band Shorts, Band Shoes, Back Pack, Hat)4:15 PM Call Time
      • 4:00 PM Doors Open
      • 4:20 PM Seated/Dressed.
      • 4:30 PM Depart
      • 5:15 PM Arrive Seminole Towne Center (Dinner Stop @ Food Court)
      • 6:00 PM Depart for Daytona Stadium
      • 6:30 PM Arrive Daytona Stadium
      • 7:00 PM Kick Off!
      • Return Info TBA
        • Return estimates/Info will come via Remind Text at conclusion of game. (Join by texting @apkbdmb to 81010!)

Looking Ahead 

  • Monday, August 20th – Student Leadership Meeting 2:40 PM – 3:15 PM
  • Week 2: Winds (Woodwinds/Brass) Full Group Sectionals will commence on Wednesday’s from 1:20 PM – 2 PM every other week and last through MPA week. A detailed schedule will come out later this week.
  • Saturday, August 25th – BDMB Rehearse-A-Thon 8 AM – 12 PM (Mandatory)
    • EARN FUNDS! Use this REHEARSE-A-THON FORM to solicit your donations today! SchoolPay can be used for those who wish to make a donation on your behalf!
  • Saturday, September 15th – FBA All State Auditions @ Ocoee HS
    • Student/Parent Contracts DUE Friday, August 17th!

***Medical Forms*** 

Visit our FORMS page to download, fill out, and turn in your Medical Form for the 2018-2019 season. You WILL NOT be allowed on the bus to travel with us to Daytona this Friday without this form. Paper copies are available in the band room.

Band Calendar

Please check the following locations for our Band Calendar and updates to our schedule:

Rehearsals and Performances begin this week and are considered mandatory for all performers. 

  • Google Calendar found at apopkabands.com/calendar
  • Printable Wall/Refrigerator Calendar found at apopkabands.com/calendar
  • Wall Calendars in Band Room
  • White Board Calendar in Band Room

New York City Trip INTEREST Meeting! 

Join us on Thursday evening for our initial NYC TRIP INTEREST meeting where we will lay out the Itinerary/dates, approximate costs, payment schedules, and possible fundraising initiatives. This meeting will occur in our Auditorium at 6 PM following BDMB Band Practice! Band members AND Parents should attend to learn more about this exciting opportunity!

All State  

Students auditioning for All State should turn in their contracts by Friday. If you are unaware of this process, please see Mr. L well in advance of Friday. If you have considered auditioning for All State but have not yet looked the music, please consider All County as it is too late to begin working on music for this audition. (All County prep is already underway! OCPS uses shortened versions of the All State excerpts!)

Volunteer Forms

Please visit the FORMS page to download, fill out, and turn in your Volunteer Form for 2018-2019! Our parents are the backbone of our success! Paper copies are available in the Band Room.

Band Uniforms 

Please see Ms. Janice ASAP if you have not yet ordered any necessary shoes, uniform items, etc. as related to the BDMB. Concert Uniforms will be ordered later in the Fall semester.

AHS Campus/First Day Updates 

  • Schedule Change requests will not be open until WEDNESDAY. A Google Form link will be offered via the apopkahs.ocps.net website for you to fill out. The window will close on Sunday at 11:59 PM.
  • Students in the 1600 will have a NEW pathway in 18-19. In an effort to maximize student safety, ALL STUDENTS will be directed into the courtyard nearest the football stadium and will have to enter the 800 building via the Student Services entrance. We will no longer use the EXTERIOR BAND ROOM DOORS during school. Only BEFORE and AFTER school.
  • Band Room will open at 7 AM each morning. Students should be departing at 7:10 AM for class. 1st Period Concert Band Members should begin preparing for the rehearsal by warming up/following daily plan that is posted.
  • ProgressBook is your location for your schedule. No more paper schedules. Follow most up-to-date version on Monday.
  • Tardies will be tracked starting on Wednesday. Teachers will lock doors and you will have to receive a Hero note to enter the door. This will also be in effect for those in North Campus and 1600 Building. Move with a purpose!
  • MASTERY LEARNING is the goal of our campus. For all students, in all facets. We, as a faculty, have been challenged to focus on students developing a mastery level of learning in all that we do. These are exciting times to be a Student and Teacher at AHS and we look forward to seeing each of our members become MASTER LEARNERS!
  • The Apopka Band will utilize Canvas for the coming year! Have your laptops charged and ready to roll in class on Day 1! INSTRUMENTS on Day 2!

From AHS:

One Mill Tax Vote

One Mill Header

Click HERE to read the full article at ocps.net.


The renewal of a one-mill property tax will be on the ballot to:

  • Retain highly qualified teachers

  • Protect arts and athletics programs in schools

  • Maintain academic programs and student activities

This renewal is of a tax in place since 2010. Without it, OCPS will lack funding to continue fully supporting teachers and students. On Aug. 28, Orange County voters will decide if the one-mill property tax should be renewed for an additional four years.

The Big Picture

Without an extension of the one mill, OCPS will have $1,437 less in per-student funding than what 2007 funding would provide today, adjusted for inflation.

Without an extension of the one mill, OCPS anticipates a 2019 budget reduction of $143 million which will impact many hundreds of teachers, academic programs, arts and athletics. 


Who’s Ready For A Great Year? #iegyb

End of Camp Performance!

Visit our Apopka Bands Facebook page to see the FB Live clips of Friday’s Performance! (Click link on right hand side of this page!) Enjoy!


Congratulations to our new 2018 BDMB on an incredible Summer Band Camp Experience! We are continuing to grow and explore new dimensions of the marching realm that will undoubtedly take us to new heights in our ability to excite and entertain the Apopka faithful as well as each and every audience we are able to pump up through performance! We are proud of you!

Alumni: It was an absolute joy to see many of you return throughout the weeks of camp to say hi and see what is going on in your BDMB. It is a true testament to the impact this program has had on all of our lives. In the future, as we sing the alma mater to close out rehearsals and performances, please know you are ALWAYS welcomed to jump in, grab a shoulder, and sing along with your family. My apologies for not announcing this on Friday at our end of camp performance! It was great to see you! Go forth and have a great Fall Semester! We look forward to seeing you each Friday that you can make it out to Blue Darter Football! #IEGYB!

As we look ahead, regular season begins Monday, August 13th, or first day of school. While you will be meeting new teachers, reconnecting with friends, etc., we are in “full steam ahead” mode. We will cover our official rules and expectations within each class on Monday, and begin rehearsals on Tuesday. Tuesday evening begins our first evening rehearsal of the season from 6 pm to 8:30 pm. And with that…. off we go! Football Friday will take us to Daytona Beach Mainland in our first contest on August 17th.

Remember: This is our first travel experience. Those without medical forms on file will not travel with the program. This is a mandatory trip. Get the form completed and turned in to Mr. L as soon as possible. You may also scan and email the form if you wis to do so.

Here is our Week 1 “Weekly Schedule”:

Weekly Schedule

  • Monday: OCPS First Day
  • Tuesday: BDMB Evening Rehearsal 6 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Wednesday: Percussion After School (TBA)
  • Thursday: BDMB After School 3 PM – 5:30 PM (Change from 17-18 due to 2:20 end time.)
  • Friday: Football @ Mainland (Call Time TBA)
  • Planning ahead is a CRITICAL component of our success. Our first week we will complete our annual 168 assignment to help our members understand their schedule tendencies and how they align/do not align with their goals and responsibilities. We will continue to refine and reinforce these principles throughout the year to ensure they understand the importance of planning and preparing for success in each phase of their lives. Take time to go over this with your member to reinforce how essential this within or daily approach to life.
  • Noteworthy Tidbits
    • Thank you to ALL that helped in or concessions clean up! APK football is just around the corner and the burgers will be flowing and smelling up the stadium!
      Charms Info Update! Haven’t filled it out yet? Do it now so we can connect you within the program!
      Committee Interest Questionnaire! Parents, have you filled out our booster questionnaire yet? If not, consider being a part of the organization that makes all of this possible! Click today to see how you can best your You time, talents, and treasures to serve our greatest resources (our kiddos!) alongside some incredible parents in APK!
      Forms! Visit our Forms page to get any missing forms!
      Sign Ups: FSU Band Day Sign Ups will occur through the first week of school. They will be finalized Friday, August 17th. Payment must be made for both students/parents to hold your seat for this year’s event. Each seat is $25 per person. Game Tickets are free.
      Sign Ups: Freshmen Jazz! Email Mr. L this week if you did not get a chance to sign up so he can add yo name to the list! (jeremy.langford@ocps.net)

    And Finally… Thank You!

    To every person who made our Summer Band Camp a tremendous success. We are grateful for the efforts that were given to learn, to grow, to support, to serve, and to build or program by our Members, Student Leaders, Parents, and Staff these last two weeks! Our Fall 2018 Campaign will be an incredible experience together and we grow and learn more about coming together through performance!

    Congratulations to our ROOKIE CLASS on a great start to your BDMB career! You did an outstanding job!

    We hope you have an incredibly restful week and get ready for your best school year yet….. This is your year! Strive for the highest…. and, as always, never forget, IN EVERYTHING, GIVE YOUR BEST! NOW, GO TAKE A BATH! #iegyb #themachine #2018bdmb

    Get it Mr. Ellis! Go Big Blue!!!