Weekly Update: August 9th through August 14th ~ OCPS School Begins!

It’s Time! School Is In Session And The Blue Darter Band Is Ready! #iegyb

This Week

  • Monday
    • Teacher Planning Day
  • Tuesday
    • First Day Of School! 
    • BDMB Rehearsal 2:45 PM – 5:30 PM
      • Meeting In Courtyard @ 2:45 PM To March Out (In Rehearsal Attire w/ Instrument)
    • 7:30 PM Band Parent Concessions Kick Off Meeting (Band Room) 
  • Wednesday
    • No After School Events
  • Thursday
    • No After School Events
  • Friday
    • No After School EVents
  • Saturday
    • 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM Concessions Clean Out Day!

Looking Ahead 

  • August 17th Full BDMB Rehearsal 2:45 PM – 5:30 PM
  • August 17th Band Parent Mixer
  • August 20th Football vs. Deland (Home Game/Full Band) [Morning Pep Rally!]
  • August 24th Full BDMB Rehearsal 2:45 PM – 5:30 PM
  • August 27th Football @ Colonial (Away Game/Pep Band) [Morning Pep Rally!]
  • August 31st Full BDMB Rehearsal 2:45 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Apopka Bands Google Calendar

We Need You To Be An Apopka Bands Volunteer!

Please visit the OCPS Additions/Volunteer Apopka High Page to sign up as an Apopka Bands volunteer! Be sure to attach your name to Apopka High! #iegyb

Uniform Info

Uniform items should be purchased prior to our first game. All items can be purchased via SchoolPay or via cash/check. Click on the Student Finance Form below if you would like to use this to make a cash or check payment. Turn this in to the safe in Mr. Langford’s office.

The following items are needed by each member:

  • Needed for 8.27.21 (Football vs. Deland)
    • T-Shirt (First shirt provided via Fair Share/2nd Can Be Ordered)
    • Under Uniform Shirts
    • Back Pack
    • Marching Band Shoes (Also used with Concert Tux)
    • Ball Cap
  • Needed For Fall Concert (October 2021)
    • Black Tuxedo Shirt/Pants (Ordered in September)
  • Parent Gear is available as well.
    • Show TShirt Can Be Ordered For Parents
    • Band Parent Polo Shirt

Please email janice.pedroza@gmail.com if you have any uniform related questions. 


Weekly Update: August 2nd through August 6th ~ Band Camp Week 2! #iegyb

Been an incredible first week of camp! Proud of our BDMB and the excitement that is being generated within our family for the season ahead! Week 2 is just around the corner! Can’t wait to see our continued growth throughout the time ahead!

If you missed out on Week 1, come and join us for Week 2! We want to see each and every member be part of this year’s show… “Open Arms”! We would love to have you come and be part of our family! #iegyb

This Week

  • Monday:
  • 3:30 PM – 8:30 PM Band Camp
  • Tuesday:
    • 3:30 PM – 8:30 PM Band Camp
  • Wednesday
  • 3:30 PM – 8:30 PM Band Camp
    • Thursday
    • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Rehearsal/Performance Prep
    • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Meet Your Teachers
    • 5:30 PM Warm Up (Auditorium)
    • 6 PM Courtyard Pep Rally!
    • Friday
    • 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM Premier Show Rehearsal
    • 6:30 PM Fall 2021 BDMB Premier Show (Location TBA Based On Weather)

Looking Ahead

  • Tuesday, August 10th OCPS School Begins/First Tuesday BDMB Rehearsal 2:45 PM – 5:30 PM

2021-2022 Blue Darter Band Registration Form

Whether you are a new or returning member, click HERE to register for an incredible year ahead! We want to ensure we have the most up-to-date info! #iegyb

We look forward to seeing you soon! Visit our Summer/Fall Calendar below to check out our upcoming schedule and all of the excitement that will occur soon!

Have a restful summer! Looking forward to bringing the band back together very soon!

Check back this weekend for our Fall 2021 Show Reveal! IT’S GOING TO ROCK OUT! #iegyb

Hey Blue Darter Marching Band! Here Are Our Summer & Fall 2021 Updates! #iegyb


It is finally here! Our Summer and Fall 2021 Calendar! And we cannot wait to get started on “BRINGING THE BAND BACK TOGETHER” in Fall 2021! It is time to dust off the marching uniforms, shoes, and shakos and get back on the dance floor known as Roger Williams Stadium as we LIGHT UP the field with MUSIC AND EXCITEMENT! ALL NIGHT LONG! IT CANNOT GET HERE SOON ENOUGH! #iegyb

Click HERE for our Summer/Fall 2021 Calendar! We have an unbelievable Fall Season ahead!

Here are some basics to get you started on our Fall 2021 Journey…. whether you are old, new, or somewhere in between…. just read on and get ready for an incredible experience ahead! #iegyb

How to stay in touch over the summer?… Check back on our website each week to get updates and little snippets of what is to come. Old folks are used to “Weekly Updates” via the website…. now they are back! Also, we will be using Teams for our upcoming “chat” needs – so – you will be added to our BDMB Team and sub-channels for sections, etc. via Microsoft Teams. You can login to Launch AND/OR download the Teams app to stay up to date. #iegyb

What should I do to prepare for the upcoming band camp? REST! Take a break! You need a breather! We are not doing anything as a full group until July 8th! And that is going to be a GIANT FAMILY REUNION! A TIME TO GET TOGETHER AND HAVE FUN! In the meantime… RELAX AND UNWIND from this crazy year! We will get back together refreshed and stronger than ever, for an incredible time in the year ahead. #iegyb

Ok, I can do that, but what should I really do to prepare? Well, since you asked, keep checking the Apopka Bands Website and Teams. If for some reason you are not added via Teams, email Mr. Langford (Jeremy.Langford@ocps.net) to get connected! Music will be updated to check out, schedules will be updated, maybe play a scale or two along the way, and just stay connected with us! We are easing back into the Marching Band experience in July. We are going to have some F-U-N as a F-A-M-I-L-Y and you will be A-O-K! #iegyb

So… what will be different this year? GREAT QUESTION! If you are as returning veteran, you will see a few shifts in our weekly approach to the BDMB starting with Band Camp! Camp will occur July 26th – August 6th which is two weeks prior to school – not three weeks. In addition, camp will run from 3:30 PM – 8:30 PM each day! Afternoon/Evening camp! In addition, each week we will hold one BDMB rehearsal on Tuesday afternoons rehearsal from 3 PM – 5:30 PM. Friday’s will have a “Game Day Run Through” as well. There will be no Thursday rehearsals this year. Our show will focus on music that our crowds will enjoy singing along to and will give us a tremendous feeling of excitement each and every week that we get to perform. Also, when looking at our calendar, you can plan now for weeks that do not have a Full BDMB performance. You will have some holes in the Fall weekend schedule to unwind and recenter yourself that we have not normally had in previous schedules. Again, our goal this year is F-U-N…. through INCREDIBLE PERFORMANCE with our BDMB F-A-M-I-L-Y! These are just a few of the changes for Fall ’21…. we have an exciting year planned and are ready to get going in July after we have some great R&R in June! #iegyb

There are more details to come, however, this is a start to allow you to begin planning now. We are super excited to have you as part of our family and looking forward to an incredible year ahead. YOU are what makes the difference. We look forward to YOU being here with us! Coming soon….. the FALL 2021 BDMB!!!! It’s going to be a ROCKING EXPERIENCE! Check back soon for our Fall ’21 Show Reveal Trailer! #iegyb

Got Questions? Email Mr. L! (Jeremy.Langford@ocps.net)