Weekly Update: December 4th – December 9th ~ Christmas Parade Week!

This Week

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
    • Apopka Christmas Parade 
      • Call Time 8 AM
        • @ McDonald’s/441 (In Rear)
      • Step Off Time TBA (Should be first band as we were parade Champions in 2016.)
      • Pick Up @ Apopka Middle School/Votaw Road

Looking Ahead 

  • Winter Prism Week (*See below regarding tickets for 2017 event)
    • December 11: Tech Rehearsal 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
    • December 12: Dress Rehearsal #1 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
    • December 13: Final Dress Rehearsal 1:30 PM – 3 PM
    • December 14: Performance #1 7 PM Downbeat 
    • December 15: Performance #2 7 PM Downbeat
  • December 17: Booster/Parent Holiday Gathering @ Sullivan Ranch 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • December 20: SOLO AND ENSEMBLE SIGN UP DEADLINE – THIS INCLUDES TURNING IN MONEY.

Solo & Ensemble Sign Up

 

Students can begin signing up for Solo & Ensemble this week by filling out a slip for each event and turning in the funds for the event(s). Each event costs $5.00 per person. i.e.: If a student is performing a solo, the event will cost $5.00. If there is a group of students performing a trio, the event will cost $15.00. You will need to locate the ID number for the piece from the FBA list which was added to the Google Classroom for each ensemble last Monday.

Events that are assigned as part of a course will have the costs covered up front.

For those who sign up and fulfil the performance obligation by following through with S&E, the up front costs will be applied to any outstanding fees that you owe.

Students that select a piece that requires an accompanist MUST procure an accompanist for your event and submit the name on the slip. You cannot perform your piece without an accompanist if the music has this as part of the performance.

Winter Prism Tickets

We will not use tickets for this year’s Prism event. However, the $5.00 admission can be applied to a student’s account. There will be slips in the lobby that can be used to identify where you would like the admission cost applied.

Children 7 and under will be admitted for free.

Weekly Grade Slips 

As of Monday, December 4th, weekly grade slips should be turned in through Week 6. Each member is responsible for turning in these items to ensure they are up to date with their grades for their primary band course. Extra slips for weeks 1 through 5 are available for those who have failed to turn these in on time. Check the black podium to get the necessary items to complete this task.

Student-Led Performance Opportunities

  • Basketball Pep Band! If you are interested in taking part in this unique ensemble to support Blue Darter Basketball sign up on the board! If you have questions, see Brittany McDaniel!
  • If you are interested in being part of a brass choir for the Spring Prism event please see Joseph Pike to sign up!

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: 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.

Welcome to www.apopkabands.com!

Welcome to the NEW online home of the Apopka Bands!

Our new web home will work in tandem with the Charms Office program to ensure our members and parents are up-to-date with everything they need. Take time to peruse the site and familiarize yourself with the various components for future use. There will be more additions made in the years ahead and your feedback is most welcomed to better enhance the user experience for our site.

It is recommended that you “register” with the site to receive email communication when the site is updated. Bookmark the address and visit often to ensure you know what it going on within the program. Throughout the year, there will be weekly updates, typically on the weekend, for the week ahead and all of the rehearsal items, schedule, etc. for our program.

For your immediate perusal, you can check out the following pages:

  • Charms: Direct link to Student/Parent log in portal
  • Resources: Many resources for enhancing your musical experience
  • Media: Sheet music and recordings for the APK Marching Band
  • Calendar: Link to download “Printable Version” and link to enter “Charms” for online version
  • Communications: Ways to send/receive communications; Remind101 Sign Up info, FaceBook
  • Band Camp: 2014 Band Camp Info Flyer and MORE about our upcoming camp!