Weekly Update: April 10th – 14th ~ Congratulations Are In Order!

This Week

  • No Scheduled Events This Week
  • Wait, what? ūüôā That’s right! No scheduled events this week!

Looking Ahead

  • Friday, April 21st: Lakeside Jazz!
  • Friday/Saturday, May 5th/6th: Spring Prism Concert!
  • Saturday, May 20th: Band Banquet!
  • Wednesday, May 24th: AHS Graduation! (Amway Center)


>To our DC Band for a fantastic trip experience and performance! See the write up below!

>To our Winterugard on a great run to Dayton!

>To our All County Jazz Participants Justin Talley and Matthew Murphy! Fantastic concert gentlemen!



Weekly Update: March 27th – April 1st ~ President’s Cup Week!

This Week

  • Color Guard Schedule: http://www.apopkaguard.com
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
    • 6:30 AM – BRING LUGGAGE FOR TRIP/Will be tagged and stored until afternoon for luggage check.
      • Can be brought in throughout the day as needed.
    • 3 PM President’s Cup Rehearsal
    • 4:30 PM Pack Gear/Luggage
    • 5:00 PM Eat Dinner
    • 6 PM Depart for DC!!!!!
  • Wednesday
    • President’s Cup Trip
  • Thursday
    • President’s Cup Trip
  • Friday
    • President’s Cup Performance
  • Saturday
    • Apopka Arts & Jazz Festival!
    • DC Trip Group Returns Home (Late)

DC Trip Details

    • Prescription meds MUST be signed by a Doctor.¬†
    • NON-PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS must be brand new and in unopened box.
  • TUESDAY IS THE DAY! Be prepared for the above itinerary so that we can have one final rehearsal, eat, load, and depart from this incredible experience!
  • Parking: Students that are driving to school and leaving a car should keep their car in the student parking area for the duration of our trip.
  • Luggage: We all can bring one piece of luggage to pack beneath bus for our clothing, etc; plus you are allowed one personal item for the bus. Please be prepared for all luggage and bags to be inspected before departure.
    • Packing considerations as follows:
    • Tuesday evening:
      • Overnight travel attire, must be school appropriate
    • Wednesday Weather: High 68/Low 41
      • Comfortable walking attire – No specific clothing requested. APK Gear Encouraged.
    • Thursday Weather: High 60/Low 44
      • WE WILL WEAR OUR TRIP LONG-SLEEVED SHIRT ON THIS DAY. You can wear jeans or khakis with this shirt. This will also be a walking day. (Afternoon & Evening) Shorts are ok if you choose to wear them in weather with a high of 60.
    • Friday Weather: High 54/Low 45 (60% Chance of Rain)¬†
      • Morning Attire: CONCERT BLACK TUX & MARCHING SHOES w/ Long Black Socks.
      • Afternoon Attire: NICE CASUAL DRESS CLOTHING.
        • Church-Like Dress
          • Khaki pants/polo, long-sleeves for men
          • Pants/dress skirt, blouse, etc. for women
        • This is for the Pershing’s Concert that evening.
        • We will CHANGE during/after lunch on Friday.
    • Saturday Weather: High 60/Low 40 (60 % Chance of Rain)¬†
      • School appropriate travel attire.


I cannot thank our parents and members enough that came together to support this event. Those who made the sacrifice and provided a venue worthy of this level of performance were incredible hosts to our visitors from across the state. “This was the best experience we have ever had at this event” was the comment that came from the Florida Bandmasters Association’s Executive Director at the conclusion of Saturday’s festivities. That folks, is what it is all about. Providing a venue that is well set up, well staffed, and sets the tone for performers to come in and give their best. I am so grateful to all who made this sacrifice. The manpower hours given were astounding.

There will be more information shared about the volume of students that we served, and the details that transpired, but, needless to say, our membership of students and parents made a TREMENDOUS difference in the lives of those who traveled to Apopka this weekend!

Lastly, HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to our State Level performers this weekend! We had 9 Superior & 1 Excellent S&E Events! THIS IS HUGE! And, for the first time ever, AHS took TWO Jazz Ensembles to State Jazz MPA! Jazz Ensemble II earned an Excellent Rating (With A’s on the Page!!!) and Jazz Ensemble I earned a Superior rating! We are so proud of each of our performers and their efforts this weekend! IEGYB!

Winterguard WGI Regional! 

Congrats to our Varsity Winterguard for their 1st Place finish in their “Pre-Lims” round at the Saturday event held at UCF! Sunday “Finals” results will be posted soon! IEGYB!

Apopka Arts & Jazz Festival Assistance! 

Please look for communications this week for help with our Apopka Arts & Jazz festival concessions operation this weekend. IEGYB!

Weekly Update: March 20th – 25th ~ State S&E Hosting Week! DC Is Almost Here!!!!!

This Week

  • Monday
    • No Scheduled Events
  • Tuesday
    • No Scheduled Events
  • Wednesday¬†*** SEE BELOW ***
    • 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM Campus Set Up
      • Auxiliary, Jazz, S&E Areas
    • 3:00 PM Jazz I/II Rehearsals
  • Thursday¬†*** SEE BELOW ***
    • State MPA Hosting
      • Full Performance Day: 8 AM – 6 PM
  • Friday¬†*** SEE BELOW ***
    • State MPA Hosting¬†
      • Full Performance Day: 8 AM – 8 PM
  • Saturday¬†*** SEE BELOW ***
    • State MPA Hosting/Clean Up Day ¬†
      • Full Performance Day: 8 AM – 8 PM

Next Week

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
    • 6:30 AM Load In Luggage (Parents May Drop It Off)
    • 3:00 PM DC Band Rehearsal
    • 3:30 PM Chaperones Meet
    • 4:30 PM Pack/Load Band Equipment
    • 5:00 PM Group Dinner
    • 6:00 PM Depart for DC!¬†
  • Wednesday
    • All Day DC Touring!
  • Thursday
    • Morning Master Class with Pershing’s Own!
    • Afternoon Touring!
  • Friday
    • Performance Day!
    • Pershing’s Own Concert!
  • Saturday
    • Return to APK!
      • Itinerary Coming This Week!
      • We need Volunteers for Concessions!
      • Joint Jazz Band will perform in the afternoon!

State MPA Volunteer Sign Up

We still need your help! Please click the link below to add your name to the growing number of volunteers that are needed to make this event a success. You will be prompted to list all days/shifts that you are available to help. We will connect you with your shift leader for more information. THIS WILL BE A FUN TIME OF SERVICE TO OUR STATE FBA ORGANIZATION!

For those who wish to earn volunteer hours – there are MANY to go around!


DC Updates

  • DC Trip Group via Remind App
    • Text “@h9f4k9” (Group Code) to “81010” (Receiver) and you will be added to the text group for DC.
    • All traveling members should have this access for trip updates.
    • Parents of students attending the trip are encouraged to sign up so you can stay up to date with our communications.
  • Self-Carry Medical Form
    • (Non-Prescription Meds need the same form with Parent Signature/No Dr. Signature.)
  • Updated DC Trip Itinerary

Next Tuesday is departure day! See the itinerary below to being making plans for luggage, etc.!

  • Tuesday, March 28th
    • 3:00 PM DC Band Rehearsal
    • 4:30 PM Pack Up Gear/Instruments
    • 5:00 PM Group Dinner
    • 6:00 PM Depart for DC

Parent are encouraged to join us for departure time and send us off! All luggage will need to be brought in Tuesday morning or immediately after school so that our chaperone team will be able to inspect it before loading. Luggage can be brought in to the band room and will be locked in our girls dressing room until it is time to inspect/load/depart.

Weekly Update: March 13th – March 18th ~ It’s Almost Spring Break! & State S&E & DC & Dayton & Oh My! These Are Exciting Times To Be A Blue Darter!

This Week

  • Guard Schedule: http://www.apopkaguard.com
  • Weekly Clean Up: PERCUSSION!¬†
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
    • DC Woodwind Sectional 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
    • (Brief) Band Booster Meeting 6:30 PM
      • Immediately Following:
        • Banquet Planning
        • DC Chaperone Meeting
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
    • DC Brass Sectional 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Friday
    • No School/Teacher Work Day
    • DC Band Rehearsal 9 AM – 12 PM

Spring Break Week Schedule 

  • Monday (March 20th)
    • DC Band Rehearsal 9 AM – 12 PM
  • Wednesday
    • State S&E Set Up Day
      • Times TBA (Morning/Early Afternoon)
    • Jazz I & II State S&E Rehearsals
      • Times TBA (Early Afternoon)
  • Thursday
    • State S&E! @ AHS!
    • Jazz II Performance @ 9 AM
    • Jazz I Performance @ 3 PM¬†
    • AHS S&E Schedule Coming Soon!
  • Friday
    • State S&E! @ AHS!
  • Saturday
    • State S&E! @ AHS!


To all who supported our Fair Parking Experience on Saturday! THANK YOU for your service!

HUGE THANKS to Mr. Bill Spiegel for your work in setting this up for our organization!

Student Prescriptions/DC Trip

Parents, please see the form below for students to be able to “Self-Carry” their medicine while in DC. It needs to be sent to Ms. Hanlon, our AHS School Nurse. There is also a portion to be signed by your physician.

State S&E Sign Up! 

We need your assistance is hosting State! It is going to be a power-packed three days of serving performers from literally across our State! We are excited about this opportunity and GRATEFUL to be asked to host!

Schedules will be available as follows, however, we can use ANY and ALL help! $$$ Credit will be given to those who still owe for fair share and volunteer hours will be available as always!

  • Wednesday Set Up: 12 PM – 2 PM Set up AHS Campus & Clean Up Band Facility
  • Thursday: 7 AM – 1 PM Shift 1/12 PM – 6 PM Shift 2
  • Friday:¬†7 AM – 1 PM Shift 1/12 PM – 6 PM Shift 2 (May need some to stay later as Jazz will go until 9 pm on this day)
  • Saturday:¬†7 AM – 1 PM Shift 1/12 PM – 6 PM Shift 2 (Until campus is cleaned up and closed.)

Start signing up MONDAY in class! IEGYB! It is going to be a great time!

Weekly Update: March 6th – 11th ~ DC Rehearsal Kick Off!

This Week

  • Color Guard Schedule visit http://www.apopkaguard.com
  • Clean Up Section: TUBA’S!
  • Monday
      • Visit Charms (upper right) to see your remaining balance.¬†
  • Tuesday
    • PERT Testing
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
    • DC BRASS SECTIONAL 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Friday
      • UPDATE:¬†2:30 PM – 4 PM (To avoid conflict with evening Drama Production)
      • See one more change below for Monday, March 27th
  • Saturday
    • Fair Parking Volunteer Opportunity 11 AM – 5 PM
      • Two – 3 hour shifts will be available.
      • 11 AM – 2 PM/2 PM – 5 PM
    • Guard Competition @ Lyman High School

Looking Ahead

  • March 14th Band Booster Meeting (& Band Banquet Meeting)
  • March 23rd – 25th State Solo & Ensemble Hosting (7 AM – 6 PM Daily)
  • March 28th – April 1st DC TRIP! President’s Cup!
  • April 1st Apopka Arts & Jazz Fesitval
    • Jazz Ensemble Performance
    • Concessions Opportunity
      • Work Shifts: 8 AM – 1 PM/12 PM – 6 PM

DC Rehearsal Schedule 


Our DC trip will be here before you know it! In preparation for our performance experience we need to have a series of rehearsals to prepare our DC performers for the opportunity ahead. DC participants, please work with your schedules now to ensure you can make these important sessions. Thank you for your assistance with getting our schedules to work! 

Each performer will have two sectionals and four full ensemble rehearsals leading up to our trip experience. We will also spend some class time going through the literature to prepare for this performance.

  • Wednesday, March 8th Woodwind Sectional 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Thursday, March 9th Brass Sectional 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Friday, March 10th Full Band 6 PM – 9 PM
    • Update: 2:30 PM – 4 PM¬†
  • Tuesday, March 14th Woodwind Sectional 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Thursday, March 16th Brass Sectional 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Friday, March 17th (No School) Full Band 9 AM – 12 PM Rehearsal/Camp
  • Monday, March 20th (During Spring Break) Full Band 9 AM – 12 PM Rehearsal/Camp
  • Monday, March 27th Final Rehearsal Full Band 6 PM – 9 PM
    • Update: 2:30 PM – 5 PM

Our performance literature for this event will include:

  • Orange Bowl
  • Mandalen Landscapes
  • Shaz’matazz (Written specifically for the 2017 President’s Cup Experience!)

Student music folders will be available for distribution on Monday afternoon! See Mr. L for your music! Included in this folder will also be a trip letter from Mr. L and your field trip permission slip! 


To ALL of our three concert ensembles on great performances this week at MPA. We are continually growing and learning more about success both in performance and in life and this week brought a lot of LIFE to our program! ūüôā Those who know…. well, you know! I cannot thank everyone enough for working together towards this experience and pushing towards continued excellence in all that we set forth to do! Time to roll up our sleeves and keep gettin’ better! I love each and every one of you and am proud of our accomplishments! IEGYB!


To all who supported our Pasta with a Purpose Spaghetti Dinner! We are grateful to Mrs. Karen Wilson and team for putting this together and making this experience a reality for our students! #DCBOUND!!!!!!! IEGYB!

Fair Parking

Please see Mr. L to sign up for this coming Saturday’s Fair Parking opportunity. Specific times will be available on the sheet to choose from. First come/first served for this fundraiser opportunity. THANK YOU to Mr. Spiegel for setting this opportunity for us sponsored by the Apopka Rotary!

State Solo & Ensemble

We will have sign up’s for shifts later this week for our upcoming State Solo & Ensemble event being held on March 23rd – 25th. Each day will last approximately from 8 AM – 5 PM and will need about 15-20 students per shift. This event will be very similar to our District S&E hosting experience. Looking forward to serving as the “Central” Site Host for FBA State S&E!

Shifts will run from 7 AM – 1 PM/12 PM – 6 PM each day. (Thursday – Saturday) Sign ups will be available this week in the band room.

Weekly Update: February 27th – March 4th ~ Concert MPA Week!

This Week

  • Guard Schedule: Visit http://www.apopkaguard.com
  • Tuba Clean Up Week!
  • Monday
    • Pasta With a Purpose Dinner Pre-Sales DUE!
    • Click HERE for the flyer!
  • Tuesday
    • No events scheduled.
  • Wednesday
    • Junior Class SAT Day.
    • No events scheduled.
  • Thursday
  • Friday
    • No events scheduled.
  • Saturday
    • Pasta with a Purpose Dinner! 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
      • Benefiting our DC Trip Experience!
    • Click HERE for Poster and Flyer
    • Pre-Sales DUE on Monday!


We are excited to feature our three Concert Ensembles this week in our annual Florida Bandmasters Association Concert MPA! The Trip Itinerary/Performance Schedule is attached for your perusal! We ask that you plan ahead now to ensure you have your uniform parts in order and ready for Thursday! IEGYB! It is going to be an exciting day!

Click HERE for our Concert MPA Itinerary

MPA Performance Times

  • Trip #1
    • Concert (Freshmen) Band 12:30 PM
    • Symphonic Band 2:10 PM
  • Trip #2
    • Wind Symphony 7:10 PM

FFCC Show Wrap Up….

Wow. Just wow. So proud of our performers, volunteers, parents, alumni, boosters, etc., etc., etc. for the incredible things that took place on Saturday. We had over FIFTY, yes, FIFTY Winterguard units converge on Apopka High and perform in our FFCC Regional event. There were over 100 people that gave of their time and talents to ensure the success of the event! There were many complimentary remarks on the day from the patrons and we could not be more proud of the effort of our “TEAM AHS” that came together to make this event a reality!

Congratulations to both our JV and Varsity Winterguards on a FANTASTIC PERFORMANCE! We are continually amazed at your dedication to the artistry of performance!

To the many folks who came in to make this a reality, on behalf of Mrs. Fields, myself, and the entire Blue Darter Band & Guard, we say a huge THANK YOU for all that you did and the sacrifice you made. The day was a success because of you! IEGYB!

Pasta With A Purpose! 


Click HERE for the flyer!

Calling all performers! We will post sign ups in class this week for those who wish to perform their S&E solo/ensembles at this event. There will not be a structured performance time, rather, there will be intermittent musical performances throughout the duration of the event. Please see Mr. L if you are interested in performing. If your solo requires and accompanist, please do not worry if you cannot get them with you to perform. We would love to have you play by yourself!

Looking Ahead 

  • March 20th ‚Äď March 25th: Spring Break
  • March 23rd ‚Äď 25th: State S&E Hosted @ Apopka High School
    • Details TBA
    • Student Shift Sign Up TBA
  • March 28th ‚Äď April 1st ‚Äď PRESIDENT‚ÄôS CUP TRIP TO WASHINGTON DC!


Weekly Update: February 20th – February 25th ~ Apopka FFCC Show Week!

This Week

  • Guard Schedule: http://www.apopkaguard.com
  • Monday
    • President’s Day!
  • Tuesday
    • CONCERT BAND REHEARSAL (1st/3rd Period + Percussion)
    • 6 pm – 8 pm w/ Mr. Porter
  • Wednesday
    • Future Darter Night – Annual WLMS vs. AMMS Basketball Game
    • 3:30 pm – 7 pm
  • Thursday
    • SYMPHONIC BAND REHEARSAL¬†(2nd Period + Percussion)
    • 6 pm -8 pm w/ Mrs. Langford
  • Friday
    • FFCC Set Up – TBA
  • Saturday
    • Click¬†Here¬†for the SignUp Genius Link – We need ALL HANDS ON DECK THIS SATURDAY!

Looking Ahead 

  • Percussion Rehearsals in class this week:¬†
    • Concert Band = Thursday (3rd)
    • Symphonic Band = Thursday (2nd)
    • Wind Sympohony = Thursday (4th)
    • During these rehearsals our percussionist assigned to these ensembles will report to this class period and trade with their normal 2nd/3rd/4th period ¬†teachers on this day. (Report to that class during 7th)
  • March 2nd (Thursday) District Concert MPA @ Edgewater HS (Trip Itinerary Coming Soon!)¬†
    • Concert Band: 12:30 PM Performance Time
    • Symphonic Band: 2:10 PM Performance Time
    • Wind Symphony: 7:10 PM Performance Time
  • March 4th – 5 pm – 8 pm PASTA WITH A PURPOSE!
    • All details remain the same, however, the date has been moved back one week to better acomcodate our program schedule and ticket sales. Please communicate with any and all who have purchased tickets about this change. THANK YOU!
  • Washington DC Music Rehearsals¬†
    • Schedule coming this week.¬†
    • We need to have at least 6 rehearsals together to prepare for our event in DC as we will be performing three selections, much like MPA, for a panel to adjdudicate. Since we are not in one class period, we will need to have these sessions to ensure we are prepared for the performance experience.
  • March 20th ‚Äď March 25th: Spring Break
  • March 23rd ‚Äď 25th: State S&E Hosted @ Apopka High School
    • Details TBA
    • Student Shift Sign Up TBA
  • March 28th – April 1st – PRESIDENT’S CUP TRIP TO WASHINGTON DC!

Pasta With A Purpose 

We have postponed this event one week to accommodate our schedule this week. It is a busy time of year and we were most fortunate to be able to utilize the venue for the same times one week later. PLEASE PASS THIS WORD ALONG TO ANY FOLKS WHO HAVE ALREADY PURCHASED TICKETS РTHEY WILL BE HONORED ON THIS DAY. 

Thank You! 

To all who came out and worked/supported our Chik Fil A Car Wash! Will post pictures soon! Looks like it was a GREAT TIME!


To our Varsity Winterguard on two great performances at the WGI Tampa Regional!

Click HERE to enjoy a FANTASTIC Finals Performance video!