Weekly Update: September 17th through September 21st ~ FB @ Boone!

This Week 

  • 9.17.18 – 9.21.18 Weekly Course Layout
  • Mellophone Clean Up Week! 
  • Monday
    • 6 PM Full Program Fall 2018 Parent Meeting/New York Trip Meeting 
    • 7 PM SGA Talent Show
  • Tuesday
    • 6 PM – 8:30 PM BDMB Tuesday Evening
  • Wednesday
    • 1:20 PM – 2 PM Woodwind Sectionals
    • 1:30 PM – 3 PM Bass Line Sectional
    • 6 PM – 8 PM Percussion/Color Guard Sectional
  • Thursday
    • 3 PM – 5:30 PM BDMB Thursday Afternoon
  • Friday
    • Football @ Boone (Away) 
      • 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 PM Call Time
        • 5:15 PM Seated by Sections (In Bibbers w/ Case & Hat Box)
        • 5:30 PM Depart for Boone
        • 6:15 PM Arrive Boone
        • 7 PM Kick Off
        • TBA Return to AHS

Looking Ahead 

  • September 26th/27th – BDMB PICTURE DAYS! (In Classes)
  • September 28th – FB vs. Evans HS (Middle School Night!)
  • September 29th – Rookie Marching Day w/ Leadership! 8 AM – 11 AM
  • October 5th – FB vs. Mandarin (Homecoming!)
  • October 12th – FB @ West Orange (Away)

FB vs. DP Wrap Up! 

Go Big Blue!


We had a great night with Blue Darter football and enjoyed an exciting victory over DP! The energy for the evening was high and brought an electric feeling to the stadium. Be sure to check out our FB Page (Click on right hand side of webpage) to see photos that are uploaded from Friday’s game as well as other contests this season! Thank you to Mr. Osegueda for your time and talents in showcasing our program on Friday!

Click HERE to watch the halftime performance video!

Fall 2018 Parent Meeting

Yay parents!

Please join us for a Fall 2018 Welcome meeting that will also include New York Trip information for those who would like to attend. This session will begin a 6 PM on Monday evening in the band room! Come to learn more about the layout of the program, opportunities and ways to serve our program, and important details about our trip to New York City! See you there!

Rookie Marching Day! 

This is the day we have all been waiting for…!!! The day that the Rookies get to follow up and gain invaluable experience in mastering the concepts they have been working on since camp. Lead by our Leadership team, this time of peer mentoring and learning has proven to be a true difference maker in the performance ability of each of our members. Veteran members that would like to further enhance their marching ability as well are encouraged to attend. The session will last from 8 AM until 11 AM. Plan ahead now for this incredible experience!

Alumni Band! 

Come and join us for our annual Homecoming Festivities on Friday, October 5th! We look forward to having our alumni perform with us at our PreGame festivities! This year, we will perform Land Of A 1000 Dances together during the PreGame celebration! You can download the music below and prepare now for an awesome night. For the evening, we ask that you join us in the courtyard at 6 PM so we can get you set up with the sections and have a run through. The performing alums will march into Roger Williams Field with us to perform. Any guests accompanying the alums will need to enter through the ticketing area.

Click HERE to download your music!

Once PreGame is complete, you can enjoy the game from anywhere in the stands! The BDMB will give a Post Game performance for this game as the Homecoming King & Queen festivities will occur during halftime. Looking forward to seeing you there! Be sure to join us at the end, “around the bird”, as we sing our alma mater together!

A “New Opportunity” for Concessions! 

We have begun a NEW CAMPAIGN to support our program through Concessions Donation opportunities! Through making a donation towards our sales efforts, you can watch your donation double, triple, even quadruple in value by supporting this effort!

For example, in donating $30 towards our concessions operation, you are helping us to purchase an 80-pack of hot dogs and 80 buns. At $3 per dog, this $30 donation now becomes $240 and actually multiplies your original donation by 800%! Yes, you read that right, 800%! We will continue to offer similar comparisons and how you can help us – now for the part that makes it easier!

All of this can be done VIA SCHOOLPAY! Click on the SchoolPay logo on the right hand side of this page and scroll to the bottom to see the New DirectConnect Button for Concessions Donations! We take care of all of the purchases! No need to shop!

We thank you for your support of our efforts to raise funds for our members and look forward to watching your donations grow exponentially as we continue to build an incredible program through which our members can grow and learn!



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: September 4th – 8th ~ FB vs. Lakeland & FSU Band Day!

This Week

  • Saxophone Clean Up Week! 
  •  Monday
    • NO SCHOOL! Labor Day!
  • Tuesday
    • 6 PM – 8:30 PM BDMB Evening Rehearsal
  • Wednesday
    • 1:20 PM – 2 PM Woodwind Sectional
    • Percussion Sectionals
  • Thursday
    • 3 PM – 5:30 PM BDMB Afternoon Rehearsal
  • Friday
    • Friday Pep Rally
      • 6:30 AM Doors Open
      • 6:50 AM Warm Up
      • 6:55 AM To Courtyard
    • Football vs. Lakeland HS (Home) (Game time move up to 7 PM)
      • 5:30 PM Doors Open/Get Dressed
      • 6:00 PM Courtyard Call Time (Warming Up)
      • 6:10 PM Arcs
      • 6:30 PM March Out
      • 7:00 PM Kick Off
  • Saturday
    • FSU Band Day!
      • 10:15 AM Doors Open
      • 10:45 AM Load Charter Busses
      • 11 AM Depart AHS
      • 3 PM Arrive Governors Square Mall/Eat
      • 3:45 PM Load/Depart for Tallahassee Civic Center
      • 4 PM Arrive Civic Center/Walk to Baseball Stadium
      • 5 PM Skull Session (FSU Marching Chiefs Warm Up)
      • 7:20 PM Kick Off
      • After Halftime – Departure for Apopka (Trip is approximately 3.5.hours home)

Looking Ahead 

  • September 14th: Football vs. Dr. Phillips (Home)
  • September 15th: All State Auditions (Ocoee HS)
  • September 21st: Football @ Boone (Away)
  • September 28th: Football vs. Evans (Home)

Bartram Trip Wrap Up



Great Leaders Doing Great Things!

Great job to our BDMB Pep Band for keeping the excitement going in our 33-28 win over Bartram Trail! We had a great trip in support of our Darters! Many thanks to all of our parents that traveled with us to made this trip possible for us! Go Big Blue!

FSU Band Day 

Sign Ups for busses will occur on Thursday/Friday of this week to expedite the loading process on Saturday morning. If your parent(s) are going, please check with them and be prepared to sign them up as well. All seats are full at this time. Looking forward to an outstanding trip!


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.


Weekly Update: August 20th through August 25th ~ Home Opener vs. Ocoee! 1st Annual Rehearse-A-Thon!

This Week

  • Flutes Clean Up Week!
  • Monday
    • 2:40 PM – 3:15 PM Leadership Meeting
  • Tuesday
    • 6 PM – 8:30 PM Full BDMB Rehearsal
  • Wednesday
    • Sectionals:
      • Percussion 1:30 PM – 4 PM
      • TBA
    • All State Forms Are DUE! 
  • Thursday
    • 3 PM – 5:30 PM Full BDMB Rehearsal
  • Friday
    • Pep Rally
      • 6:30 AM Doors Open for Pep Rally
      • 6:50 AM Warm Up
      • 7 AM Pep Rally
    • Game vs. Ocoee
      • 5:15 PM Doors Open
      • 6 PM Courtyard Call Time
      • 6:15 Courtyard Arcs
      • 6:30 PM Block
      • 6:50 PreGame
      • 7 PM Kick Off
    • Under Uniform (Including T-Shirt, Shorts, Hat, BackPack, Marching Shoes, Black Socks)
    • Performances:
      • 1) PreGame (Full PreGame)
      • 2) Halftime (Marching Mvt. 1, Fight Song Off The Field)
  • Saturday
    • Rehearse-A-Thon!
      • 8 AM – 12 PM Full BDMB Rehearse-A-Thon (Focus = Mvt. 2 Drill)

Looking Ahead

  • August 28th: Rehearse-A-Thon Forms/Funds DUE!
  • August 31st: Football @ Bartram Trail (Pep Band Only – See Below)
  • 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)

Week 1 Wrap Up! 

Wow! What an incredible week for our BDMB family! Busy, long, full of “stuff”, but absolutely incredible! No matter the forces in the universe working against us – nothing was gonna stop us from getting to the game on Friday and cheering on our Blue Darters! Late busses, smoking busses, missing exits…. nothing…. NOTHING!!! would hold us back from having a wonderful start to our Fall 2018 Season! Great job BDMB! Many thanks to our Chaperone crew for all of your expert efforts to ensure our kiddos had a great experience – and – many thanks to our Student Leadership team for your awesome start this week to our season! Be sure to check out FB for the Pep Rally video and more pictures that will come from across the program!

All of our classes have had a tremendous start. We are grateful to our Guidance department for their commitment to getting our campus schedules working in an expedient fashion – they are awesome! Each of our ensembles have settled in well and are ready to “dig in” this week as we continue to develop each player into the best version of themself that they are capable of becoming. I can’t wait to get back in Monday morning and “get after it” with each of our ensembles! The only thing I dread each class is my “Five Minute Warning” student’s signal during each class period that I only have five minutes left! THE CLASS TIME FLIES BY!

Let’s have a great week ahead band! Review the calendar for the week and prepare for an awesome time together with the family! IEGYB!

BDMB Rehearse-A-Thon! 

This Saturday! 8 AM – 12 PM! This is an AWESOME OPPORTUNITY to earn much needed $$$$$$ towards your Fair Share, NYC Trip Experience, etc. as we kick off Fall 2019! Download the form and sign up any and everyone to support you through these efforts! The funds can be donated “per hour” ($5 per hour/$20 total) or just given as a donation. Cash, Check, or SchoolPay are accepted. A SchoolPay option will be available Monday morning at our Blue Darter Marching Band SchoolPay link.

Visually, our goal is to learn Movement 2. All NEW members will have a DRILL SLOT for this portion of the show. We will look forward to getting ahead more than we have ever been within the BDMB! And, you can EARN SOME $$$ at the same time! IEGYB!

Click here for the Rehearse A Thon Form!

Forms and funds should be turned in no later than TUESDAY, August 28th! 

Canvas Update

  • Two homework items were DUE this week:
    • Handbook/Syllabus Signature Page
    • Charms Info Update
    • Please check with your student to ensure they have completed these very important items!
  • Check Charms Monday morning for our Weekly Class Layout. This will help you plan ahead for each day’s rehearsal experience.
  • We will begin our 168 Assignment this week! Can’t wait to see the learning occur!

FSU Trip Roster 

The official roster will be posted this week once all payments have been credited via cash/check and SchoolPay. If there are remaining bus seats that are not already spoken for, they will be opened on a first-come, first-served basis to ensure we are traveling with a full bus if possible. We will make this information available later this week.


If you are missing uniform items, or are having issues with your gear, please reach out to Ms. Janice ASAP! Email her at janice.pedroza@gmail.com to ensure you get the help needed to ensure you are “IN UNIFORM”!

Bartram Trail Trip

Our upcoming to Bartram Trail will be a “Pep Band” only experience. This game is in the Jacksonville region and for this we use Charter busses. We will take two busses and have a fixed instrumentation which means not everyone will travel with us. For those  who would like to attend, the sing up will occur later this week. Sign ups will occur by seniority. We will travel with approximately 100 students for this performance experience.

One Mill Tax Vote

One Mill Header

Click HERE to read the full article at ocps.net.


The renewal of a one-mill property tax will be on the ballot to:

  • Retain highly qualified teachers

  • Protect arts and athletics programs in schools

  • Maintain academic programs and student activities

This renewal is of a tax in place since 2010. Without it, OCPS will lack funding to continue fully supporting teachers and students. On Aug. 28, Orange County voters will decide if the one-mill property tax should be renewed for an additional four years.

The Big Picture

Without an extension of the one mill, OCPS will have $1,437 less in per-student funding than what 2007 funding would provide today, adjusted for inflation.

Without an extension of the one mill, OCPS anticipates a 2019 budget reduction of $143 million which will impact many hundreds of teachers, academic programs, arts and athletics. 


Kick Off Week! 2018 Graduation Week! Color Guard Auditions!

  • 5.20.18 Kick Off Party!
    • Thursday, May 24th, 6 PM – 7:30 PM (Meet in Auditorium)
    • All attendees should wear their FUTURE DARTER SHIRT! Even the old folks!
    • There will be fun, food, and games as we KICK OFF an incredible year ahead!
    • Bring your completed 18-19 Intent To March!
    • Visit our 18-19 Membership Page for more information!
  • 5.20.18 Graduation Band 
    • Friday, May 25th, 2018/Call Time 2:30 PM (Dressed in Concert Tux)
    • 3 PM Depart AHS
    • 4 PM Eat at Oviedo Mall
    • 6 PM Arrive at UCF/CFE Arena – Set Up/Warm Up
    • 7 PM Graduation
    • TBA Depart for AHS
  • 5.14.18 Color Guard Auditions
    • Wednesday, May 23rd – Friday, May 25th 5 PM – 7 PM each evening.
    • Wednesday & Thursday will be for learning technique and getting to know the team.
    • Friday will be for final auditions.