Weekly Update: November 11th through November 15th ~ Fall Concert Week!

Football @ Bartram Trail Pep Band Sign Ups will occur on Wednesday with Mr. Langford. A select instrumentation will be posted and members will be able to show interest in attending at that time. Your selection will be confirmed on Thursday. 

We are proud of you and all of our members that auditioned for this prestigious honor! Represent AHS at the highest level in January 2020! #iegyb

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  • JE1/JE2 11.18 Jazz Ensemble 1 & 2 Recording @ WKMG Channel 6 Studios
    • Schedule TBA (JE1 = AM/JE2 = PM)
  • All Members: 11.18 All County Band Auditions (Held @ Apopka HS)
    • Members that signed up will audition.
    • All Members will sign up to serve and assist throughout the evening for the event.
    • Volunteer Hours will be given/signed off on for this event.
  • All Classes 11.25-11.29 Thanksgiving Break
  • All Classes 12.2-12.6 Prism Week (12.5-12.6 Performance Nights)
    • Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday Rehearsals
      • Times TBA (After School)
    • Thursday/Friday Performances
      • Thursday = Band Picture Preview Night (All Members)
      • 7 PM Nightly
  • BDMB 12.14 Apopka Christmas Parade (Morning)
    • Details TBA

All County Sign Ups & Audition Schedules 

Will occur on Wednesday, November 13th. Please use the list posted on the white board to sign up for a time slot to come in and assist with our event of hosting the OCPS All County High School Band auditions! All hours served are good for volunteer hours – have your form on hand to be signed once completed!

Audition times for both concert and jazz can be found by clicking below. All auditions are at Apopka High and are on Monday, November 18th.

FHSAA Playoffs 8A Bracket 

Jackets & Hoodies! 

This is the LAST WEEK to order a Lightweight Letterman Jackets or Hoodies for the 2019-2020 Year! Email Janice Pedroza (Janice.Pedroza@gmail.com) to lock in your order today!

Weekly Update: November 4th through 8th ~ BDMB EARNS SUPERIOR! PLAYOFFS BEGIN! #IEGYB!

  • All Classes 11.12 Fall Concert (Courtyard)
    • THE DRESS REHEARSAL FOR THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CHANGED TO MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11th from 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM FOR SYMPHONIC BAND, WIND SYMPHONY, PERCUSSION, and JAZZ ENSEMBLE 1. PLEASE UPDATE YOUR CALENDARS! 
    • Wind Symphony/Symphonic Band/Percussion/JE1 Performance
    • Concert Band/Darter Winds in Audience to Watch and Learn about performance level and expectations.
  • All Classes 11.13 S&E Music Night (Beethoven & Co.) 2 PM – 6 PM
    • In Band Room
  • NOVEMBER 14th – WINTER PRISM SMALL GROUP/SOLO AUDITIONS! 
    • 2:30 PM – Until Completed. Signed up beginning on Monday, November 11th. 
  • JE1/JE2 11.18 Jazz Ensemble 1 & 2 Recording @ WKMG Channel 6 Studios
    • Schedule TBA (JE1 = AM/JE2 = PM)
  • All Members: 11.18 All County Band Auditions (Held @ Apopka HS)
    • Members that signed up will audition.
    • All Members will sign up to serve and assist throughout the evening for the event.
    • Volunteer Hours will be given/signed off on for this event.
  • All Classes 11.25-11.29 Thanksgiving Break
  • All Classes 12.2-12.6 Prism Week (12.5-12.6 Performance Nights)
    • Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday Rehearsals
      • Times TBA (After School)
    • Thursday/Friday Performances
      • Thursday = Band Picture Preview Night (All Members)
      • 7 PM Nightly
  • BDMB 12.14 Apopka Christmas Parade (Morning)
    • Details TBA

It was a beautiful day in APK. The plot thickened at every turn and yet this band kept on going. I could not be any more proud of a group than I am right now. Watching our parents, our student leaders, our staff, and our members, all come together to “make it happen” through the excitement of a bus break down was incredible! The ensuing hour or arriving, getting dressed, only making it to warm up 20 minutes late, and playing their absolute BEST RUN OF THE YEAR was a thing of beauty. Wow. So incredibly proud of this band.

And this… ALL AFTER A NIGHT OF CHEERING ON OUR BOYS IN BLUE to an awesome 34-0 drubbing on Wekiva High! The BDMB rocked the house and created an environment fit for championship football!

And this… ALL AFTER HONORING OUR SENIOR 2019 MEMBERS prior to the game! We are proud of each of you and are grateful for all that you have brought to our band family over the past four years!

This has been an incredible week for our band family! So much fun! And, so many memories being made! #iegyb

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Playoff football is here! And, our Fall Concert is in the air! Literally! We are excited about the upcoming game vs. Flagler Palm Coast High! They will be bringing their band and it should prove to be yet another wonderful Friday Night Light’s experience for Roger Williams Field!

Our Fall Concert, being held on Tuesday, November 12th, will be held in our COURTYARD! We are excited to present our Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Ensemble 1 for our audience to enjoy some great music! Concert downbeat is 7 PM! BRING A LAWN CHAIR AND ENJOY THE NIGHT! #iegyb

SEE ROCK CITY! Blue Darter Bands Fall Concert! 

Spread the word and share it via all of your portals of communication! This ONE NIGHT event will be great for the spirit as you enjoy music from some incredible musicians! We are excited to feature our Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Ensemble 1 on this night! Use the attached graphic to grab the attention of everyone you can to come out and haver a wonderful evening under the stars with the Blue Darter Band! #iegyb

All County Auditions! 

Monday, November 18th is ALL COUNTY AUDITION NIGHT – being held HERE at AHS! Super excited for this night as we have over 40 students registered to audition for this incredible band experience! #iegyb

Winter Prism Schedule Posted This Week! 

Check back to get your schedule updated with the Monday – Friday schedule for our upcoming Winter Prism Event being held the week of December 2nd – 6th! Thursday and Friday, December 5 and 6 are the PERFORMANCE NIGHTS!

Those wishing to audition for a solo and/or small group performance, the date for auditions will be Thursday, November 14th at 2:3 PM. #iegyb

Weekly Update: October 21st through October 25th ~ Middle School Night Week!

BDMB Middle School Night/Friday Schedule

  • 4:45 PM Doors Open/Take Gear to Stadium
  • 5 PM Full Uniform for Band Pictures (Location TBA)
    • Full Band, Sections, Etc.
  • 6 PM Courtyard Warm Up (Middle School Students Join Us!)
  • 6:30 PM Arcs
  • 6:40 PM To Stadium
  • 6:50 PM PreGame
  • 7 PM Kick Off

All County Documents 

  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Ensemble
    • Click HERE to access All County Jazz Ensemble docs. (Must be logged in to OCPS Email in order to access docs via Google Drive.)

  • BDMB 11.1 FB vs. Wekiva Senior Night
  • BDMB 11.2 Marching MPA @ University HS
  • BDMB 11.4 Fall BDMB Recording Session
  • WS/SB/Perc 11.5 Fall Concert Rehearsal (Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, All Percussion)
  • All Classes 11.12 Fall Concert (Courtyard)
    • Wind Symphony/Symphonic Band/Percussion/JE1 Performance
    • Concert Band/Darter Winds in Audience to Watch and Learn about performance level and expectations.
  • All Classes 11.13 S&E Music Night (Beethoven & Co.) 2 PM – 6 PM
    • In Band Room
  • JE1/JE2 11.18 Jazz Ensemble 1 & 2 Recording @ WKMG Channel 6 Studios
  • All Members: 11.18 All County Band Auditions (Held @ Apopka HS)
    • Members that signed up will audition.
    • All Members will sign up to serve and assist throughout the evening for the event.
    • Volunteer Hours will be given/signed off on for this event.
  • All Classes 11.25-11.29 Thanksgiving Break
  • All Classes 12.2-12.6 Prism Week (12.5-12.6 Performance Nights)
    • Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday Rehearsals
      • Times TBA (After School)
    • Thursday/Friday Performances
      • Thursday = Band Picture Preview Night (All Members)
      • 7 PM Nightly
  • BDMB 12.14 Apopka Christmas Parade (Morning)

 

Weekly Update: October 14th through October 19th ~ It’s Tarpon Springs Show Week!

BDMB Schedule Changes/Updates For This Week 

Thursday, October 17th 

  • 4:15 PM Doors Open/Load Truck
  • 4:30 PM Move To Field
  • 4:45 PM Meet on Football Field in UNDER UNIFORM – FOOTBALL GAME RUN THROUGH (No Instruments/Gear)
  • 5:30 PM Load/Depart for Evans

Friday, October 18th 

  • 8:30 AM Doors Open/Move to Field
  • 9 AM Full BDMB Rehearsal – Focus based on Thursday’s Show/Immediate needs in prep for Saturday’s show at Tarpon. This is a mandatory rehearsal for our BDMB.

Saturday, October 19th 

  • 12 PM Meet on Football Field in UNDER UNIFORM – Tarpon Springs Show RUN THROUGH
  • 1 PM Load/Depart
  • 3:30 PM Arrive @ Tarpon Springs HS
  • 4 PM Watch Bands
  • 6:30 PM Dress/Prep
  • 7:15 PM Warm Up
  • 8:30 PM Performance
  • 10 PM Awards
  • 11 PM Depart for Apopka
  • 1:30 AM (Est) Arrive at AHS

  • 10.24 Jazz Combo @ John Land Community Trust Gala
  • 10.25 FB vs. Lake Mary Middle School Night
  • 11.1 FB vs. Wekiva Senior Night
  • 11.2 Marching MPA @ University HS
  • 11.4 Fall BDMB Recording Session
  • 11.5 Fall Concert Rehearsal (Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, All Percussion)
  • 11.12 Fall Concert (Courtyard)
  • 11.13 S&E Music Night (Beethoven & Co.) 2 PM – 6 PM
  • 11.18 Jazz Ensemble 1 & 2 Recording @ WKMG Channel 6 Studios
  • 11.18 All County Band Auditions (Held @ Apopka HS)
  • 11.25-11.29 Thanksgiving Break
  • 12.2-12.6 Prism Week (12.5-12.6 Performance Nights)
  • 12.14 Apopka Christmas Parade (Morning)

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Our week kicked off with a new opportunity for our Student Leadership team to have a mid-season review session with our clinician, Mr. Wansley! During this time, they were able to reflect on all that has transpired in the past two-plus months and how we can continue to grow as a group. This was an outstanding opportunity for our leadership members to challenge each other as well as themselves to better understand the needs that we have moving forward to achieve our goals. Very proud of this session and the positive outcome!

We had a great week in the BDMB that included learning the last few pages of our show and being able to perform the music from the full show this week! The kids pushed and persevered. This was a huge success for us! Looking forward to adding some nuance and direction within the show to begin bringing it home for our audiences! #iegyb

Big week for the BDMB! We are excited about putting our full show on display this week! We have a great week planned to build up our performers and prep them for the task ahead! Very excited to see this all come to life! It is important that we all know and understand the schedule this week – it is going to be incredible! Can’t wait to see Big Blue in action on Thursday and the BDMB live in performance on Saturday at Tarpon! See you there! #iegyb

 

 

Weekly Update: October 7th through October 11th ~ Football vs. West Orange!

Football vs. West Orange Details 

  • 5:15 PM Doors Open (Take Gear to Stadium)
  • 5:45 PM Call Time (Get Dressed)
    • Full Uniform
    • You should be wearing your BALL CAP in PreGame
  • 6 PM Courtyard Warm Up
  • 6:30 PM Block Up/March to Stadium
  • 6:50 PM PreGame
  • 7 PM Kick Off

Tampa Week Update

The BDMB will only travel on Saturday to the Tampa area for our performance at Tarpon Springs High. There is no longer an overnight trip connected with this experience as updated several weeks ago. All OCPS rules apply regarding being checked out from the performance, etc., to include, signed notes by parents, seeing Mr. L before departing, etc. We look forward to an incredible weekend with our BDMB family! #iegyb

PMA Schedule Update! 

Each PMA Rehearsal Block will be maximized for the given ensemble. Attendance is expected and is not a time to slack off – rather – it is a gift of extended time to dig in as we continue to read and prepare for upcoming concert experiences, etc. Ensure that you are on time and ready each day, just as we expect each and every day. #iegyb

  • Tampa Week (Next Week!)
    • 10.17 FB @ Evans (Thursday)
    • 10.18 No School (FULL BDMB Rehearsal 9 AM – 12 PM)
    • 10.19 Tarpon Springs Show Day (Call Time 10 AM)
  • 10.25 FB vs. Lake Mary (Middle School Night)
  • 11.1 FB vs. Wekiva (Senior Night)
  • 11.2 FBA Marching MPA @ University High School
  • 11.4 BDMB Recording Session 2:45 PM – 4:30 PM (Monday)
  • 11:5 Wind Symphony/Symphonic Band Joint Fall Concert Reh w/ Percussion (2:30 PM – 3:30 PM)
  • 11.12 PM Fall Concert (Courtyard)
    • Evening – Time TBA
    • Featuring: Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, 7th Period Jazz Ensemble
  • 11.13 Solo & Ensemble Music Night @ Band Room (Beethoven & Company)
  • 11.25-11.29 Thanksgiving Break
  • 12.2-12.6 Winter Prism Week
    • 12.2-4 Rehearsals
    • 12.5-6 Performances
  • 12.14 APK Christmas Parade

Been a great 1st half of our BDMB season! Super excited about the month ahead, but in looking back, we have had some incredible time in supporting Blue Darter Football and the Apopka Community! Very proud of our growth and commitment to excellence this season! Enjoy some of the following pics from Homecoming week! It was a blast! #iegyb

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Now is our time! We finish up our show this week and prepare for two fantastic performances that showcase the BLUE DARTER MARCHING BAND! On Saturday, October 19th and on Saturday, November 2nd, we perform for Marching Shows where the patrons are there just for YOU! (Strange, I know!) But, these are great opportunities to not only entertain our crowd, but, also to gain valuable feedback from notable panels of adjudicators to help us continue being he best performance ensemble we can be, week in and week out. Much to be excited for in the month ahead! Cannot wait to see just how far we soar with our show! #iegyb