Weekly Update: May 16th – May 20th ~ Guard Recital & Jazz Under The Stars Week!

This Week

  • Monday
    • Senior Post-Graduation Information Forms DUE
    • 2:20 PM – 3:00 PM – Student Leadership Help Session “Teaching”
    • 7:30 PM Guard Spring Recital (Auditorium) 
  • Tuesday
    • 2:20 PM – 3:00 PM – After School Jazz Ensemble
    • 2:20 PM – 3:00 PM – Student Leadership Help Session “Conducting”
    • 7:00 PM AMMS Spring Band Concert 
      • Leadership Helpers call time @ 6:00 PM for assistance
      • Wear band t-shirt.
  • Wednesday
    • Student Leadership Materials DUE
      • Application, Teacher Recs, Student/Parent Contract, Project
  • Thursday
    • 2:20 PM – 3:00 PM After School Jazz Ensemble
    • 7:30 PM – Jazz Under The Stars
  • Friday

Looking Ahead 

  • Monday, May 23: Student Leadership Interviews (As Needed – Call backs made on Friday, May 20)
  • Wednesday, May 25: BAND BANQUET! 6:30 PM @ Apopka Community Building (VFW)
  • Thursday, May 26: WLMS Spring Band Concert (6:30 PM Downbeat)
  • Friday, May 27: Spring Football @ Kissmmee Osceola – Trip Details TBA (Pep Band Only)
  • Monday, May 30: Memorial Day Holiday
  • Tuesday, May 31: GRADUATION! (Morning – Details TBA)
  • Friday/Saturday June 3/4: Leadership Camp
  • Wednesday, June 8: Fall 2016 Kick Off Party! 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, June 11: Summer Kick Off Rehearsal 2016 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • AND NOW LET’S TAKE A BREAK! 🙂

Band Banquet Tickets

TICKET SALES ARE COMPLETE ON THURSDAY, MAY 19th at 2:30 PM. Our number will be called in at that time. SENIORS – You MUST turn in an envelope to ensure you have a ticket reserved for the event. If you do not TURN IN an envelope YOU WILL NOT have a ticket for the event. This must be done by THURSDAY. $16 each for all other members and guests.

Senior Forms 

The link can be found on EDMODO and here to complete this task. Please have all information turned in NO LATER THAN MONDAY, May 16th. Click https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1PDV-qSh60lE25xvy6ggYyS7qKnvLB17qnNXtGyLFrmE/viewform for the form! (Or copy and paste it into your web browser)

Awards Voting

This week in our classes we will vote on our program awards for the year. Ballots must be completed IN-CLASS as there will be no absentee voting.

This Week’s Performances! 

  • Guard Recital: Monday, May 16! Come and join our Color Guard for a great evening of performances from the entire 15-16 unit! The event begins at 7:30 PM and will be held in our Auditorium!
  • Jazz Under The Stars: Thursday, May 19th! Come and join us for a great evening of Jazz featuring both our After-School Jazz Ensemble and our 7th Period Jazz Ensemble in the courtyard! BRING YOUR LAWN CHAIR AND GET READY TO HAVE A RELAXING EVENING! Downbeat is somewhere around 7:30 PM!

Congrats to our 2016-2017 Color Guard Members! 

Visit http://www.apopkaguard.com to see our 2016-2017 Members! IE, GYB! We are proud of your efforts in auditions and earning your spot on the team!

Student Leadership Materials

All materials are due this week on Wednesday, May 18th. There are two help sessions this week to assist you in preparing your project. Visit the 2016-2017 Student Leadership page for more details and updates on the process.

ALL STATE MATERIALS HAVE BEEN POSTED! 

Begin practicing now for the 2016-2017 All State auditions and experience! Excerpt listings are below – Mr. Langford will check to see which books we currently have in our stock. Scales and sight reading are also part of the audition process.

Weekly Update: May 9th – 13th ~ HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!

Happy Mothers Day

This Week

UPDATE!!! Student Leadership Timeline!!!

  • Student leadership projects will be due on WEDNESDAY, May 18th by midnight. 
  • MONDAY, MAY 16th will be a TEACHING PRACTICE SESSION from 2:20 PM – 3:00 PM. 
  • TUESDAY, MAY 17th will be a CONDUCTING PRACTICE SESSION from 2:20 PM – 3:00 PM. 
  • These sessions will be used to help the individuals who wish to get advice and assistance in prepping their videos for the project. There will be “hands on” time for EACH student who wishes to have assistance. 
  • ALL CANDIDATES: Please come by and see Mr. Langford on Thursday OR Friday of this week for any follow up questions that you may have regarding the application/project process. 
  • IE, GYB! 

UPDATE!!! New Member Meeting Powerpoint Presentation Click HERE! Thank you to all who attended! IE, GYB! 

  • Sunday
    • HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! 
  •  Monday
    • BAND BANQUET TICKET SALES BEGIN! 
    • 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM Color Guard Auditions (Band Room)
  • Tuesday
    • 2:20 PM – 3:00 PM After School Jazz
    • 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM Color Guard Auditions (Band Room)
    • 6:30 PM Booster Meeting (Followed by offsite Banquet Meeting)
    • 7:00 PM NEW MEMBER MEETING (Band Room)
  • Wednesday
    • 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM Color Guard Auditions (Band Room)
  • Thursday
    • 2:20 PM – 3:00 PM After School Jazz
  • Friday

Looking Ahead 

  • Jazz Under The Stars – Thursday, May 19th 7:30 PM
  • Band Banquet – Wednesday, May 25th 6:30 PM Apopka Community Center
  • Spring Football Game – Friday, May 27th @ Kissimme Osceola HS (Pep Band)
  • Graduation – Tuesday, May 31st
  • Leadership Camp – Friday, June 3rd – Saturday, June 4th
  • Kick Off Party – Wednesday, June 8th! 6:30 PM!
  • Summer Kick Off Rehearsal – Saturday, June 11th! 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM!

ALL STATE MATERIALS HAVE BEEN POSTED! 

Begin practicing now for the 2016-2017 All State auditions and experience! Excerpt listings are below – Mr. Langford will check to see which books we currently have in our stock. Scales and sight reading are also part of the audition process.

They Are Here! Color Guard Auditions! 

See you this week!

Color Guard Auditions

Passion Wrap Up!

THANK YOU to all of the incredible things that went in to making our first Prism concert a memorable experience and one to build upon in the coming years. There were many musical moments and exciting events that took place throughout the two night run of performances. I am VERY PROUD of our membership and the display of leadership that took place from many of our members!

Remember, passion is part of our lives. Do not be afraid to show it and always pay forward the energy that you bring along with your passion in all you do!

Band Banquet Ticket Sales 

  • $16.00 per person
  • Checks (payable to Apopka High) or Cash are accepted forms of payment
  • Sales end Thursday, May 19th
  • Senior Member ticket is free, family members are $16.00 per person
  • Includes Dinner, Awards, Dance, Etc.

Senior Plans for Band Banquet Program 

Click HERE to access the Senior Form. Be sure to read each description to provide the best answer for our program.

Student Leadership

Materials and a schedule of events are posted! IE, GYB! Check the page above for details! UPDATED – SEE ABOVE! 

Band Banquet UPDATE! THE DATE HAS BEEN MOVED!

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When: WEDNESDAY, May 25th, 6:30 PM (Moved from Friday, May 27th)

Where: APOPKA COMMUNITY CENTER (VFW)

Cost: $16.00 PER TICKET (SENIOR MEMBER IS FREE, FAMILY MEMBERS ARE REGULAR TICKET PRICE.) TICKET SALES BEGIN MONDAY, MAY 9th! SEE MR. LANGFORD TO PURCHASE TICKETS. Checks should be made out to Apopka High School. TICKET SALES WILL END ON THURSDAY, MAY19th. 

Theme: DISNEY!

Meal: Roasted Chicken, String Beans, Salad, Penne Pasta w/ Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes, Tea/Lemonade. (Soda can be purchased.) & CAKE!

IT IS GOING TO BE A BLAST!

Weekly Update: March 14th – 18th ~ AHS College Week! Spring Break Is In Sight!

This Week – It’s COLLEGE WEEK on the AHS Campus 

College Week

  • Sunday
    • Don’t Forget To SPRING FORWARD!
  •  Monday
    • No After School events scheduled.
  • Tuesday
    • After School Jazz Ensemble 2:20 PM – 3:00 PM
    • Varsity Winterguard 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    • Band Booster Meeting 6:30 PM Band Room
  • Wednesday
    • SPIRIT NIGHT @ Chik Fil A
      • THEY WANT PERFORMANCES! 🙂 We will discuss possibilities in class on MONDAY.  
  • Thursday ST. PATRICK’S DAY! Leprechaun Hat
    • COLLEGE WEEK MORNING PEP RALLY! Details/Music TBA
    • JV Winterguard 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
    • Varsity Winterguard 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Friday
    • STUDENT HOLIDAY! Spring Break Begins!
    • Varsity Winterguard CAMP DAY 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday
    • WGI Southeastern Championships @ UCF (Varsity Only)
  • Sunday
    • WGI Southeastern Championships @ UCF (Varsity Only)

Spring Break

Looking Ahead

  • April 1st – 3rd: Winterguard FFCC Circuit Championships @ Daytona Beach
  • April 2nd: Apopka Arts & Jazz Festival
  • April 15th: Lakeside Jazz Festival
  • April 25th – 29th: PRISM CONCERT WEEK

THANK YOU’s & CONGRATULATIONS! 

Many thanks go out this week to the performances and fundraisers that took place on behalf of our program:

  • Saturday Star Spangled Banner Ensemble for the Area 7 Special Olympics
  • Saturday Apopka Fair Jazz Performances by the After School Jazz Ensemble and 7th Period Jazz Ensemble
  • JV & Varsity Winterguard performances at the Freedom High School Circuit Show
  • Apopka Fair Parking Fundraiser Helpers
  • Mr. Bill Spiegel for setting up the Jazz Bands performance opportunity
  • Mrs. Mari Ledford, Mrs. Judy Terry, Mr. Bill Spiegel, and our team of Volunteer Parents for setting up and working on Fair Parking Fundraiser
  • Mrs. Fields for setting up our Chik Fil A Spirit Night

Congratulations to both JV and Varsity on their 2nd Place finishes in both Scholastic B and Scholastic A Categories. We are PROUD of you!

IMG_4095 For those who know…. This was the outcome. !!! 🙂   IMG_4151 Special Olympics Ensemble!

IMG_4155 After School Jazz!

IMG_4157 7th Period Jazz!

3.12.16 JV Winterguard Congrats JV! 2nd Place!

3.12.16 Varsity WG Congrats Varisty! 2nd Place!

3rd NINE WEEK GRADES 

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Big Red Pass Mark

Grade Discrepancy Forms will be available on MONDAY MORNING. If you have ANY discrepancies with your current grade for the 3rd 9 Weeks, this form MUST BE TURNED IN BY THURSDAY, March 17th, BY 3:00 PM. Grades will be submitted on Friday morning. Check Progress Book for your current status. If you feel there is an incorrect grade, please submit the form. If you missed a rehearsal and it was not excused, there is a possibility of make up points, however, your time to complete these points will be limited through Thursday afternoon. No make up will be accepted past that point.

Fundraising Update 

Mixed Bag items are due in ANY DAY. We will send out an email blast when the items have arrived.

DINING OUT WITH THE DARTERS! 

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Our “Dining out with the Darters” series continues this week with our Chik Fil A @ Hunt Club SPIRIT NIGHT ON WEDNESDAY! TELL YOUR SERVER “I AM WITH THE BAND” TO HELP US EARN FUNDS!

A HUGE THANK YOU TO MRS. FIELDS FOR SETTING UP EACH OPPORTUNITY ON BEHALF OF THE APK BAND! 

Spring 2016 Apopka Bands Spirit Night Flyer

Looking For Help! 

CAN-YOU-HELP

We are looking for either parents or students who have a passion and opportunity to assist with our website maintenance. This useful program resource has provided a great centralized location to house important information for our band and we would like to expand our team who can assist with maintenance, updates, and design. Basic maintenance involves nothing more than simple Word Document skills and the design is based on the WordPress platform. WordPress is web-based and does not require any special programs, etc., beyond a basic web browser. If interested, please contact Mr. Langford (apopkabands@gmail.com) to set up a time to discuss the possibility and availability to assist in this area.

Weekly Update: February 8th – February 13th ~ S&E Week Is Here!

A Preamble To S&E Week…… 

I would like to say THANK YOU in advance to each and every member, staff person, parent, friends, family, alumni, AHS faculty and administration and all who are associated with the AHS Band as we embark upon S&E Week. This week will provide so many opportunities for growth both musically and through service to our district. The is much to do and never enough time, but through teamwork, planning ahead, and keeping your eyes focused on mission accomplishment, we will have an incredible week ahead. The following information is detailed and will apply to each member within our program; check the schedule below for your performances and plan now for your shift times.

Come and take part in an awesome display of musicianship and dedication as we provide the setting for ourselves, our peers and colleagues of FBA District 8 to come and perform. During this week, please do not hesitate to reach out to our parent volunteers, veteran members and the Directors if you have questions. Let’s have a great week! IE, GYB!

Now, here is our plan…..

This Week

  • Monday
    • Darter Winds 2:20 PM – 3:20 PM
    • SmartMusic – DUE Monday, 2.8
      • Darter Winds: (3 Excerpts) Call To Victory, As Summer Was Just Beginning, Nathan Hale
      • Wind Symphony: Pageant
  • Tuesday
    • AS Jazz 2:20 PM – 3:00 PM
    • JV 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
    • Varsity 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    • Wind Symphony 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    • Clean Up Day 1:15-3:00
      • We need approximately 8-10 Students who can assist with cleaning up the Performance Arts Facility and moving gear to the storage area by the SGA Building.
    • S&E Set Up Night 6:30 PM
      • Need 6 Student Helpers to assist parents with set up for Thursday’s Jazz MPA.
  • Thursday
    • MEN’S BASKETBALL PEP RALLY! 7:00 AM
    • Jazz MPA 12:-00 PM – 9:00 PM
    • No AS Jazz
    • JV Winterguard 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
    • Varsity 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Friday
    • Jazz MPA 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM 
    • S&E MPA 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM 
  • Saturday
    • S&E MPA 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM 

AHS Large Ensemble Performance Schedule

  • Thursday
    • 7th Period Jazz Ensemble 8:00 PM (AHS Auditorium)
  • Friday
    • Auxiliary Schedule (It is not provided in PDF form so we will list it here)
      • 4:00 PM Kamia Martin
      • 4:05 PM Makayla Golden-Vassar
      • 4:10 PM Rosa Velazquez
      • 4:15 PM Hannah Leversee
      • 4:20 PM Jelani Shaw
      • 4:25 PM Kiara Rawls
      • 4:30 PM Evelyn Paguada
      • 4:35 PM CG Jackie
      • 4:40 PM JoVaughn Cox
    • 4:45 PM JV Winterguard
    • 5:05 PM Varsity Winterguard
    • 8:58 PM Percussion Ensemble – Blue Rondo A La Turk
  • Saturday
    • 8:22 AM Wind Symphony Woodwind Choir – Finale, Sym. No. 5
    • 8:46 AM Symphonic Band Woodwind Choir – March Past
    • 9:02 AM Percussion Ensemble – Concerto for Marimba
    • 9:10 AM Concert WW Woodwind Choir – Irish Tune
    • 10:02 AM Percussion Quintet – Soliloquy
    • 10:42 AM Wind Symphony Brass Choir – Intrada
    • 1:20 PM Concert BR Brass Choir – Ave Maria/March
    • 1:40 PM Symphonic Band Brass Choir – Intrada
  • Complete S&E Schedule (Winds/Percussion) 
    • 2016 Apopka High School Detailed S and E Schedule PASS THIS INFORMATION TO YOUR ACCOMPANIST!
      • Please review for your individual performance times. If your event is a DNA and you have not yet spoken to Mr. Langford, please email him as soon as possible so that this information can be sent to our event chairmen for schedule adjustments.
    • There are a few events that are missing from the schedule that has been noted and they are being worked on to get them back within the performance schedule.

Student Shift Sign Up

It is located in the BAND ROOM. Each member should sign up for ONE SHIFT by MONDAY to plan ahead for the weekend.

  • Positions that should see Mr. Langford for approval:
    • SHIFT COORDINATOR
    • Color Guard/Gym Coordinator
    • Jazz MPA Announcer(s)
  • Thursday Slots
    • 11:00 AM – 2:15 PM (6 Workers) Jazz MPA
    • 2:00 PM – 5:15 PM (6 Workers)
    • 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM (6 Workers)
  • Friday
    • 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Jazz – 6 Workers)
    • 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM (20 Workers) SET UP CREW
    • 5:45 PM – 9:00 PM (20 Workers)
  • Saturday
    • 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM (20 Workers)
    • 10:45 AM – 2:15 PM (20 Workers)
    • 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM (20 Workers) Break Down Crew (May not last until 6 PM – Work Fast!)
  • Color Guard – We will need

Volunteer Hours

ALL MEMBERS NEED TO KEEP TRACK OF THEIR HOURS THIS WEEK FOR THEIR GREEN VERIFICATION SHEET. EVERY HOUR COUNTS. (Wednesday – Saturday)

Fundraiser Update! 

Be sure to finish up your MIXED BAG Fundraiser sales this week as they are DUE on THURSDAY, February 11th!

We have FIVE, yes, FIVE UPCOMING SPIRIT NIGHTS IN OUR AREA! SEE THE FLYER BELOW AND SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, NEIGHBORS, AND ANYONE YOU COME IN CONTACT WITH! These are great opportunities to support our community businesses and they in turn support our program. A HUGE THANK YOU TO MRS. FIELDS FOR SETTING UP EACH OPPORTUNITY ON BEHALF OF THE APK BAND! 

Spring 2016 Apopka Bands Spirit Night Flyer

Weekly Update: July 28th – July 31st ~ Band Camp Week 1!

This Week: 

  • Monday: Leadership/Percussion/Guard ONLY – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: FULL BAND – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: FULL BAND – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: FULL BAND – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: MANDATORY PARENT MEETING – 7:00 PM (See below to download forms to fill out BEFORE meeting – save some time!)

Band Camp Is Here!  

The Blue Darter Marching Band is ready to kick-off a great season! Be sure you are physically prepared for camp by hydrating and getting plenty of rest! View the BAND CAMP HANDOUT on the page below to ensure you are prepared for all elements of camp.

  • Click HERE to view the Band Camp page.
  • Click HERE to view the schedule for Week 1.

2014-2015 Season Kick-Off Student/Parent Meeting

Join us THURSDAY, July 31st at 7:00 PM for our Kick-Off meeting! In this session we will cover many things about our program as well as collect necessary forms for members. Check back this week to download these forms and have them PRE-FILLED OUT to save time on Thursday evening. Blank forms WILL BE AVAILABLE at the session for those unable to print.

Click below to download the forms! 

Remind101

Click HERE to visit our Communications page and sign up for Remind101, our new text-messaging service for rehearsal, performance and schedule updates. Update will begin coming this week.