Weekly Update: November 13 through November 18 ~ Playoffs @ Winter Park/Band Day @ FSU

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This Week

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
    • JE1/JE2 Recording Session @ WKMG Channel 6
    • Winter Prism Concert Auditions (After School/Sign Up on Monday)
      • Field Trip Form Due Tuesday
  • Thursday
    • 2 PM – 3:45 PM Full Leadership Fall Band Room Clean Up
  • Friday
    • 6:30 AM Pep Rally
    • 5:15 PM Pep Band Call Time (Jeans/T-Shirts)
    • 7:30 PM Football @Winter Park
  • Saturday
    • FSU Band Day
      • 5:30 AM Call Time
      • 5:45 AM Depart for Tallahassee
      • 10 AM Marching Chiefs Skull Session
      • 12 PM FSU Kick Off(We will eat at stadium)
      • 3:30 PM Depart for Apopka
      • 7:30 PM Arrive Apopka (Approximate)

Looking Ahead

  • November 20: Hurricane Make Up Day
  • November 24: Potential Playoff Football Game
  • November 27: S&E Music Night 2 PM – 5 PM (Beethoven & Company)
  • December 1: Potential Playoff Football Game
  • December 9: Apopka Christmas Parade (Morning)
  • December 9: Potential State Championship (Evening)
  • December 14-15: Winter Prism Concert Event!
  • December 17: BDMB Booster/Volunteer Holiday Gathering

Friday Pep Band to Winter Park

Sign ups will be posted on Monday. We need to let transportation know what our bus needs are no later than Tuesday morning. This is not a required performance. The uniform for the night is Jeans/T-Shirt and Jackets. We will depart earlier than normal to allow for extra time due to rush hour traffic and construction in our path. Looking forward to a GREAT NIGHT of Blue Darter a Football!!!

Weekly Grade Report 

The week 4 grade report is due on Monday. Please place it in the appropriate folder located on the black podium by the hall way doors. The Week 5 Grade Report can be picked up at the same time.

FSU Band Day

We are excited to take our members to enjoy a great day of band at FSU next Saturday! Our travel time is approximately four hours to Tally and we plan to arrive at 10 am to take in the Marching Chiefs “Skull Session”.

The UNIFORM for the day is a Band T-Shirt and Jeans or Shorts.

Kick Off is set for 12 noon. We will eat while at the game then depart for Apopka at the conclusion of the event. Can’t wait to go enjoy a great day of band and college football!

Winter Prism Auditions 

Sign ups will be located on the board on Monday morning before school. Please select a time that you or your ensemble would like to audition for our annual Winter Prism event. Successful events to be selected will have a coherent presentation and as requested, can offer explanation and understanding of the full scope of your performance. Performance groups will have a 7 minute slot in which to enter, set up, perform, and exit the area. Please plan accordingly.

All County Audition Details 

Weekly Update: November 6th through 10th ~ STRAIGHT SUPERIORS! CONGRATULATIONS BDMB!

This Week

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
    • BDMB Recording Session 2:30 PM – 4 PM
  • Wednesday
    • Percussion 7th – 3 PM
  • Thursday
    • Our Fall Concert originally scheduled for this date has been cancelled. Our next scheduled concert will be our Winter Prism Events on December 14th and 15th! See you there!
  • Friday
    • UPDATED SCHEDULE (Updated Friday 3:15 pm)
      • 6:30 AM Pep Rally 
      • 5:15 PM Call Time
      • 5:30 PM Loading
      • 5:45 PM Departure 
      • 7:30 PM Kick Off @ Seminole 
    • Playoff Football Game @ Seminole High (Sanford)
    • Full BDMB Gym Picture before departure
    • Times TBA until Monday – will update after details are shared.

Looking Ahead 

  • November 15: JE1/JE2 WKMG Channel 6 Recording Day
  • November 15: Winter Prism Auditions (After School)
    • Sign Ups Posted This Week!
  • November 18: Band Day @ FSU!
  • November 20: Hurricane Make Up Day
  • November 27: S&E Music Night 2 PM – 5 PM (Beethoven & Company)
  • December 9: Apopka Christmas Parade (Morning)
  • December 14-15: Winter Prism Concert Event!
  • December 17: BDMB Booster/Volunteer Holiday Gathering

MPA Wrap Up

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU…. and THANK YOU!

Our team of parents, students, alums, staff and more came together in incredible fashion on Saturday to serve as excellent ambassadors of our community to host TWENTY-THREE High School Bands from Orange County for our annual Marching Band MPA! I am humbled by the generosity of our village of parents, volunteers, and staff and how giving they have been to ensure that not only our program has the resources needed to perform at the highest level, but so that we can also provide an incredible environment for twenty-two other ensembles to showcase their talents and abilities as well! The commitment to excellence is quite evident in APK!

Our performance was certainly a capstone moment for our season. The students were musical, entertaining, patriotic, and dedicated to the concept that we focused on this year: United We Stand. The memories that are accrued in high school are many, and the memory of this show will be one that they take with them for life. There has been much sacrifice and dedication to see it come to fruition and I am proud of BDMB! THEY GAVE THEIR BEST ON SATURDAY!

As we look forward, we have many incredible things ahead with playoff football, Prism events, and more, but for the moment be proud. Be excited. Enjoy this accomplishment! You are a Straight Superior Band! The joy see on each and every face while circled up on the bird was priceless. You have earned this and are to be commended for a job well done!

I love you all and look forward to many incredible things ahead! But today, celebrate the joys of Saturday’s performance! It was incredible!

Mr. L

IEGYB!

Straight Superiors!


We’re ready! IEGYB!


Ready for an incredible day!


Getting ready!


Warm Up!


Annual Leadership Breakfast!

APK Band Gear! 

Send in with payment to order your gear OR purchase via AHS SchoolPay! Link is available on the right hand side of our site!

Weekly Grade Report 

The week 3 grade report is due on Monday. Please place it in the appropriate folder located on the black podium by the hall way doors. The Week 4 Grade Report can be picked up at the same time.

FSU Band Day 

Final sign ups will occur on Monday and Tuesday of this week for the FSU Band Day event. See the sign ups on the board if you are interested!

Winterguard Auditions 

Any band member who is interested in trying out for the award winning APK Winterguard team is welcome! Auditions are Tuesday, November 7 and Thursday, November 9 from 3:30-7. Come in all black work out attire and be ready to work! Email Mrs. Porsche if you have any questions! (Jennifer.porsche@ocps.net)

 

Weekly Update: October 2nd – October 6th ~ Pep Band to JAX!

Things to check out below…Read all the way!!!

  • Friday Video!
  • This Week!
  • Looking Ahead!
  • Pep Band to Jax Details!
  • End of 9 Weeks BINDER Grade!
  • All County Band Audition Information!
  • Band Day Information!

This Week

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
    • BDMB 6 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday
    • Drumline to Apopka Elementary 7:30 AM (Percussionists See Mr. L BEFORE SCHOOL MONDAY MORNING FOR FIELD TRIP FORM.)
    • Percussion Sectional 12 PM – 3 PM
  • Thursday
    • BDMB 2:30 PM – 5 PM
  • Friday
    • Pep Rally 6:30 AM
    • Pep Band to Jacksonville Mandarin (Click HERE for schedule)
      • See details below for sign ups.

Enjoy! Not an endorsement for this car company but just for GOOD MUSIC! SING ALONG AND ENJOY! 🙂

Looking Ahead

  • October 9: Football (Pep Band) @ Dr. Phillips
  • October 10: BDMB AFTERNOON REHEARSAL 2:30 PM – 5 PM
    • Due to Homecoming Powder Puff game that evening.
  • October 10: Powder Puff Pep Band 7 PM
  • October 13
    • Morning Pep Rally
    • Afternoon Homecoming Parade
    • Afternoon Pep Rally
    • Alumni Band
    • Football vs. West Orange (Post-Game Performance)
  • October 16
    • Teacher Workday
    • BDMB MANDATORY REHEARSAL 9 AM – 12 PM
  • October 20: Bye Week
  • October 27: Football vs. Wekiva
    • Senior Night
    • Middle School Night
  • October 31: BDMB AFTERNOON REHEARSAL 2:30 PM – 5 PM
    • Due to Halloween
  • November 2: BDMB EVENING REHEARSAL 6 PM – 8:30 PM
  • November 3: Football @ Oak Ridge
  • November 4: MARCHING MPA!!!!!
    • Details Coming Soon!
  • November 9: Fall Concert
  • November 13: All County Auditions @ Freedom High School
  • November 18: Band Day @ FSU!

Pep Band to Jacksonville Details

We will use a set instrumentation for our trip on Friday to Jacksonville. Sign ups will occur in the following format:

  • Monday
    • Before School: Student Leadership Sign Up
    • After School: Senior Sign Up
  • Tuesday
    • Before School: Junior Sign Up
    • After School: Sophomore Sign Up
    • Before BDMB Evening Rehearsal: Sophomore/Freshmen Sign Up

We are have slots for 100 students and will take sign ups based on the instrumentation that is established for this trip as follows: 10 Flutes, 10 Clarinets, 10 Altos, 6 Low Reeds, 10 Trumpets, 4 Horns, 8 Bones, 4 Baritones, 8 Tubas, 13 Percussion, 10 Guard. The list will be tweaked as needed by Mr. Langford based on the needs of the ensemble for that evening.

PLEASE NOTE: Students wishing to attend must see Mr. Langford to sign up based on the above timeline. There will NOT be a list posted on the board. Mr. Langford will keep the clipboard in the office. Please check your schedule and availability for this trip as the departure time is less than an hour after the completion of the school day. (3 PM) We will stop en route to Jax at a food court for dinner. 

We are using two Charter busses for this trip due to the fact that we cannot get our normal army of School busses for the necessary departure time for this trip.

End of 9 Weeks Binder Project

This week criteria will be posted for each class regarding the end of 9 weeks Binder Check. This will serve as a capstone grade for our first quarter to ensure each member has the right music, pedagogy documents, pencil, etc. to effectively navigate our daily rehearsal routine. Most of our members exhibit our expectation every day and have the necessary materials, however, this will serve as a great chance to ensure they have all of the music that is being performed in their classes. The binder should be a BLACK, THREE RING BINDER, just as requested on our course syllabus so that it can be used in rehearsal and stage performance.

OCPS All County Band Audition Information

This information will be shared in all classes this week as we prepare for the upcoming audition experience on Monday, November 14th at Freedom High School. The audition opportunities include 9/10 Concert Band, 11/12 Symphonic Band, and the High School Jazz Ensemble. Check in classes for this information.

Band Day @ FSU! 

Great news! Our original allotment of tickets (250) was granted for our trip experience on the new date of November 18th. Kick Off for this game is not yet known so we are not able to nail down the exact schedule at this time. We will post a list later this week so we can ensure we know the exact numbers for Charter Bus purposes. If you have already paid your $10, this will be applied forward for this experience.

Weekly Update: September 5th – September 9th ~ UF/FSU Band Day Week!

SPECIAL NOTE: Please be on alert for planning for the impending weather that may come through Florida in the coming days. Visit local news station websites for plans and checklists on how to prepare.

Please know that the BDMB schedule will updated AS SOON AS POSSIBLE when weather updates become available. At this point, all plans are a “go”. We will send Email and Remind texts as needed to update the membership. 

This Week

  • Monday
    • Labor Day/Student Holiday
  • Tuesday
    • BDMB 6 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday
    • AHS Open House 6 PM – 8 PM
  • Thursday
    • BDMB 2:30 PM – 5 PM
    • Concessions Volunteering Opportunity for Students 5:30 PM – 9 PM
  • Friday
  • Saturday
    • Trip to UF/FSU Band Day
      • 6 AM Call Time/6:15 AM Departure
      • Anticipated Return Time: 12:30 AM – 1 AM
      • Official Trip Itinerary Coming This Week!

Looking Ahead 

  • 9.15 FB @ Dr. Phillips (w/ University of Miami)
  • 9.16 All State Auditions @ Ocoee HS
  • 9.22 Homecoming (Parade, Pep Rally, Alumni Band & Game)
  • 9.29 FB @ Evans

Football Recap

THANK YOU to everyone for making our Friday event a smooth process despite Mother Nature’s interference! And, THANK YOU to those who hung out late just to get into the stands at 10:30 PM and find out the game is postponed! We had a great warm up at the half! I know the performance would have been great! 🙂 THANK YOU to all of the Boosters for your tireless support of our students on this most wet evening!

Football @ Lakeland High

Friday is our first night to debut the Full BDMB Uniform for the season! That said, please note that the complete Under Uniform is part of the Full Uniform. All elements should be present to include:

  • BDMB T-Shirt
  • BDMB Shorts
  • BDMB Back Pack
  • Long Black Socks
  • Dinkles Marching Shoes
  • (If Ready) BDMB Ball Cap

We will go over specific protocols in class this week to teach and remind our membership on the expectations of the Full Uniform.

UF/FSU Band Day

Details will emerge this week regarding our specific itinerary. Please visit the Google Calendar Entry for Saturday’s trip to see more on our trip schedule. Members must wear their United We Stand T-Shirt on Saturday with jeans or shorts, and, if possible, should wear an older BDMB T-Shirt for Friday’s trip to Lakeland High.

Podcast Update 

Thank you for the positive feedback about the new Podcast format! We will continue to utilize this feature and find unique ways to showcase our members and staff as well as reach out into our community through this unique setting.

Alumni Band

Visit our Alumni Band page to read more about the details for our upcoming event! Be sure to sign up for this great opportunity to reconnect with the Blue Darter Marching Band!

It’s School Time! Week 1 Weekly Update is here!

This Week (Be sure to scroll to the END of the post to get all of the pertinent info!) 

  • Links to remember!
  • Monday
    • OCPS First Day!
      • See FIRST DAY reminders below… 
  • Tuesday
    • BDMB Evening Rehearsal 6 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday
    • Marching Percussion Rehearsal 7th Period – Ends 3:00 PM
    • 168 Assignment Beings (Parents – ask you kids on Monday afternoon about their 168!)
  • Thursday
    • BDMB After School Rehearsal 2:30 PM – 5 PM
  • Friday
    • Morning Pep Rally!
      • Doors open at 6:30 AM
    • Mandatory Full Leadership Meeting
      • 2:10 PM – 2:45 PM (15 Minutes after school has released)
    • Football vs. Mainland (See schedule via Google Calendar event)
      • Courtyard Call Time 6:15 PM (Doors Open at 5:30 PM)
        • Countdown of events is listed on Google Calendar Event
        • Uniform for evening is listed on Google Calendar Event
        • Other pertinent details are listed on Google Calendar Event

Looking Ahead

  • Visit the Google Calendar page for call times/detailed travel info for each event.
    • The Fall 2017 Tour Calendar AND the refrigerator Fall/Spring calendar are also located on this page! 
  • 8.21 Village (Boosters!) Meeting #1 6:30 PM/Band Room
  • 8.25 FB @ Ocoee HS
  • 9.1 FB vs. Miami Norland
  • 9.8 FB @ Lakeland HS
  • 9.9 Band Day Trip to UF/FSU (Early morning departure!!!)
  • 9.15 FB @ Dr. Phillips HS – Performance with University of Miami Band!
  • 9.16 FBA All State Auditions @ Ocoee HS
  • 9.22 HOMECOMING & ALUMNI BAND
  • 9.29 FB @ Evans HS

First Day Thoughts & Reminders! 

  • Arrival… If you are not dropped off by 6:30 AM please expect delays. Arriving EARLY is not only a good habit to have, but will also serve you well in coming to Apopka High! The traffic patterns will be incredibly busy during the first few weeks and you will want to avoid the hassle of being stuck! Parent drop off is located at Gate C. (Not the band room drop off point.)
    • The Band Room will open at 7:05 AM this year, 15 minutes before the tardy bell. (Exception – Friday Morning Pep Rallies)
    • Leadership members and program members will begin setting up the room for the day and all members may come in to store their instrument for the day.
    • Students in 1st period should begin warming up and all other members should begin moving towards their 1st period to ensure they are on time and prepared for that course’s lesson for the day.
  • School ID – your school id will be used for a TON of things this year. Please ensure you have it with you at all times. Keep it close and accessible!
  • Bring your necessary gear and supplies… however… you will NOT need your instrument until DAY 2! 🙂

Updates Coming During The First Week! 

  • What does a NORMAL week of school/band look like for us?
  • Alumni Band!
  • Boosters 101!
  • Handbook, Updates!
  • New things for the program in 17-18!
  • After School Jazz Ensemble
    • We will have a sign up for those interested in this ensemble. We have many students who would like to take our 4th period jazz ensemble but are unable to schedule it. This course, which will receive credit as an 8th period, will meet weekly to offer the jazz experience and open up the opportunity to perform in this idiom throughout the year.
  • 4th Period Jazz/Freshmen Members
    • If you are a freshmen member and wish to join our 4th period jazz course, please see Mr. Langford or Mr. Ellis this week so we can work with your counselor to have your schedule adjusted.