Weekly Update: September 24th through September 29th ~ Middle School Night! Rookie Marching Day!

This Week

  • 9.24.18 – 9.28.18 Weekly Course Layout
  • Trombone Clean Up Week! 
  • Monday
    • 2:40 PM – 3:15 PM Student Leadership Meeting
  • Tuesday
      • We need ALL School Owned Instruments to be brought in on MONDAY for a FULL PROGRAM INVENTORY ON TUESDAY. 
    • 6 PM – 8:30 PM BDMB Tuesday Evening
      • Mvt. 2 Focus
    • GET YOUR CLEAR STADIUM BAG! Open to all BDMB Families after rehearsal! SEE PURCHASE DETAILS BELOW! 
  • Wednesday
    • BDMB Pictures – EVERY CLASS
    • 1:20 PM – 2 PM Brass Sectionals
    • 1:30 PM – 3 PM Bass Line Sectional
    • 6 PM – 8 PM Percussion/Color Guard Sectional
  • Thursday
    • BDMB Pictures – EVERY CLASS
    • 3 PM – 5:30 PM BDMB Thursday Afternoon
  • Friday
    • Football vs. Evans (Home) MIDDLE SCHOOL NIGHT! 
      • 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)
        • 5:30 PM Gear To Field
        • 6 PM Courtyard Call Time/Sectionals (Welcome MS Members!)
        • 6:15 PM Arcs
        • 6:30 PM March To Stadium
        • 6:50 PM PreGame
        • 7 PM Kick Off

Looking Ahead 

  • October 5th – FB vs. Mandarin (Homecoming! Alumni Band!)
  • October 12th – FB @ West Orange (Away)
  • October 19th – Football BYE Week/No Game…. But…. (See next entry!)
  • October 20th – Competition at University High School (All Day) GO BAND! 
  • October 26th – BDMB MORNING REHEARSAL (No School) 9 AM – 12 PM
    • FB @ Wekiva 5 PM Call Time

NYC! Spring 2019!

It’s here! Commitment Week! Friday is the day to finalize your seat plans for our incredible SPRING 2019 TRIP TO NYC! Be sure to get your payment in via SchoolPay (Click LINK on right side of this page!) or Cash/Check!

Look for VERY IMPORTANT UPDATES this week regarding fundraising, sponsorships, and more to help you earn the money necessary to bring this trip to life!

Visit the Trip Page to see payment details!

Boone Follow Up! Middle School Night! 

Great night for the Blue Darter Band & Blue Darter Football! Go Big Blue! This will a fast-paced game! Enjoyed getting to hear Mvt. 2 in performance for the first time! MANY THANKS to all of our parents for taking care of us on this night! And a HUGE THANKS to the Boone Admin for feeding us pizza after halftime! That was a most generous gesture!

This Friday we host our rising 8th Grade Members from Wolf Lake Middle, Apopka Memorial Middle, and Trinity Christian Schools! We look forward to an incredible night of welcoming nearly 150 FUTURE DARTER MARCHERS into our band on the night! The Class of 2023! IEGYB!

Honor Bands 

See last week’s post for the Honor Band opportunities at both FSU and USF – See Mr. L if you are interested!

OCPS ALL COUNTY BAND INFORMATION will be posted this week. The live audition is Monday, November 12th. (7+ Weeks Away.) There is no cost associated with this audition, however, you MUST sign up with Mr. Langford no later than Wednesday, October 17th.

Program Inventory 

It is time for a full inventory of our program’s assets for OCPS. If you perform on a school-owned instrument, please drop it off on Monday so that it can be inventoried and returned to you by Wednesday. TUESDAY IS OUR INVENTORY DAY. 

Band Pictures 

On Wednesday and Thursday we will hold our annual Band Picture Days. Our photographer, CG Photo, will be in house to capture all of the photos during each of our classes. Please ensure your student is present during this time to be included in our yearly composite photo.

Picture previews and sales will occur on Thursday, December 6th prior to our opening night of Winter Prism 2018. There will be no online previews this year. Pictures that are purchased should be returned prior to the Holiday Break.

CLEAR APK Stadium Bags! 

$10 while supplies last! BDMB Families can purchase their APK Stadium Bag AFTER REHEARSAL on Tuesday! General sales will begin Friday! Get them soon! They will sell out fast!

These bags meet all general stadium guidelines for new security measures in most stadiums, regardless of sport and/or level of the sport.

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: 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.