Weekly Update: March 5th through March 9th ~ Congratulations!

This Week

  • Monday
    • No Scheduled Events
  • Tuesday
    • No Scheduled Events
  • Wednesday
    • No Scheduled Events
  • Thursday
    • No Scheduled Events
  • Friday
    • 4 PM – 5 PM JE1 & JE2 @ Apopka Fair (Kit Land Nelson Park)
      • 3:30 PM Call Time
      • Annual performance at the Fall Apopka Fair for both of our Jazz Ensembles. This will occur between the 4 PM – 5 PM performance slot and will be split by both ensembles. We invite all to come and attend this free event in our downtown park!

Congratulations Symphonic Band & Wind Symphony!

Congratulations to each of our concert ensembles on fine performances this week in our annual District Concert Music Performance Assessments! Each of these ensembles have grown immensely and continued to raise the bar in this performance setting. Our Symphonic Band earned an Excellent rating to increase their performance level this year and our Wind Symphony earned a Superior rating increasing their performance level as well. We are proud of each of our members and their musical efforts to give memorable performances in this event. Click below to watch each of our ensembles and their musical work this Spring semester!

Symphonic Band, Saturday, March 3rd 

Performance Time!


Wind Symphony, Thursday, March 1st 

Performance Time!


Spring Prism Update/Reminder

The Apopka Bands Google Calendar has been updated to reflect the following changes that were made two weeks ago regarding our upcoming Prism event.

  • Wednesday, May 2nd: FINAL Dress Rehearsal 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Thursday, May 3rd: Prism Performance #1 7:30 PM
  • Friday, May 4th: Prism Performance #2 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, May 5th is now the official date for the AHS Prom event.

Weekly Update: February 26th through March 3rd ~ It’s MPA Week!

This Week

  • Monday
    • 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Symphonic Band & Percussion
  • Tuesday
    • 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Wind Symphony & Percussion
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
    • Wind Symphony MPA Performance (11 AM)
      • See below for Itinerary
  • Friday
  • Saturday
    • Symphonic Band MPA Performance (3 PM) 
      • See below for Itinerary

Concert MPA Week Is Here! IEGYB! 

Below are our itineraries for both groups this week. Please look ahead to schedule your performance day accordingly.

Wind Symphony

Thursday, March 1st

  • 8 AM Meet in Band Room/Dressed
    • Black Tux, Cummerbund and Bowtie to be handed out.
  • 8:15 AM Warm Up in Band Room
  • 9 AM Load Bus/Depart
  • 9:45 AM Arrive Olympia HS/Proceed to Stage
  • 10 AM Warm Up on Stage
  • 11 AM Performance 
  • 11:30 AM Sight Reading
  • 12 PM Retrieve cases, etc./Load Bus
  • 12:30 PM Eat at Wendy’s, Apopka, FL
  • 1:30 PM Return to Apopka High School

Symphonic Band 

Saturday, March 3rd

  • 11:30 AM Arrival Time/Dressed
    • Black Tux, Cummerbund, Bowtie
  • 11:45 AM Warm Up in Band Room
  • 12:15 PM Load Busses
  • 12:30 PM Depart
  • 1:15 PM Arrive Olympia HS/Store Cases/Listen to Bands
  • 2:30 PM Warm Up
  • 3 PM Performance 
  • 3:30 PM  Warm Up
  • 4 PM Depart for Apopka HS
  • 4:45 PM Arrive Apopka HS

Weekly Update: February 12th through February 16th ~ Congrats on a great S&E Weekend!

This Week

  • Monday
    • 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Symphonic Band & Percussion
  • Tuesday
    • No Wolf Lake Mentoring This Week! They are playing with their accompanist on Tuesday! Thank you all for your dedicated work with these student musicians! IEGYB!
    • 6 PM – 8 PM Wind Symphony & Percussion w/ Mr. Fielder
      • NEW TIME! 
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Monday (February 19th)
  • Tuesday (February 20th)
    • 2:15 PM – 3 PM Wind Symphony Run Through
    • 6:30 PM Family & Friends MPA Showcase Performances
      • Featuring Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Freshmen Woodwind Ensemble, Freshmen Brass Ensemble
      • Event is designed to showcase the musical growth and development during our MPA season of the year.

Jazz/S&E Wrap Up! 

Wow! It has come and gone! Jazz, S&E, Auxiliary MPA is now in the books! Congratulations to our many student performers for their commitment to excellence and growth as musicians! Our program had great representation from our members during this event both musically and in service to our peers across Orange County.

Many thanks go to our student workers and our Booster workers for the incredible job they did in preparing an awesome site for our student musicians in District 8! Our parents and students worked tirelessly to help us achieve our success over the course of Thursday through Saturday as we welcomed over 2000 parents and performers across our campus. It takes a village to achieve the success we experienced this weekend and I am grateful to all who made this a reality! IEGYB!

MPA Family & Friends Showcase 

Next Tuesday, February 20th, we will host our first annual “Family and Friends Showcase” to provide an opportunity for our supporters to hear our musical growth and development during this time of our performance season. While many of our performances are being prepared with great attention to detail, we want to use this forum to share the music with each of you! Join us for an experience that you will surely enjoy! We look forward to having you in the audience to support some amazing students that have been working hard and digging in each and every day!

Weekly Update: February 5th through February 10th ~ It’s Solo & Ensemble Week!

This Week

  • Monday
    • All Wind Class: Mr. Wansley – Guest Clinician
    • 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM: Symphonic Band & Percussion Rehearsal
  • Tuesday
    • 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM: Wind Symphony & Percussion Rehearsal 
    • 4 PM – 4:45 PM: Wolf Lake MS S&E Mentoring Session
  • Wednesday
    • 1:15 PM – 2 PM Band Room Clean Up/S&E Prep
      • Sign Up on Monday
  • Thursday
    • District Jazz MPA @ Apopka High (Day 1) Event Running Time: 9:30 AM – 9 PM
      • 9:30 AM Jazz Ensemble 2 Performance 
      • 10 AM Jazz Ensemble 1 Performance 
  • Friday
    • District Jazz MPA @ Apopka High (Day 2)Event Running Time: 10 AM – 2:30 PM
    • District Solo & Ensemble/Auxiliary MPA @ Apopka High (Day 1) Event Running Time: 4 PM – 9 PM
  • Saturday
    • District Solo & Ensemble/Auxiliary MPA @ Apopka High (Continued) Event Running Time: 8 AM – 5 PM
      • See below for Shift Worker times/info.
  • Next Week… Tuesday, February 13th
    • Wind Symphony & Percussion EVENING Rehearsal 6 PM – 8 PM
      • Guest Clinician Mr. Gabriel Fielder

Solo & Ensemble Is Here! Read THOROUGHLY To Ensure You Are Up To Speed! 

Welcome to S&E Week! This week means a lot for our program! We have many great performances and opportunities to showcase our learning as well as a great opportunity to serve our peers in FBA District 8 at SITE HOST for our annual Jazz/S&E/Auxiliary MPA performances!

The performance schedule should be released at some point today (yes, this is late…. still waiting to receive this from the District folks) AND our shift worker sign up will be posted first thing Monday morning for students to begin choosing their times to come and assist for this event. It is an expectation that EACH OF OUR MEMBERS within the program work one shift throughout the festival. This unique opportunity also will provide a great opportunity to earn much needed volunteer hours. You may earn as many as you can work throughout the weekend. Shift times are as follows:

  • Friday S&E/Auxiliary
    • Set Up Crew: 2:30 PM – 4 PM
    • Shift 1: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
    • Shift 2: 5:15 PM – 7:15 PM
    • Shift 3: 7 PM – 9 PM
  • Saturday S&E/Auxiliary
    • Shift 1: 8 AM – 10 AM
    • Shift 2: 9:45 AM – 11:45 AM
    • Shift 3: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
    • Shift 4: 1:15 PM – 3:15 PM
    • Shift 5: 3 PM – 5 PM
    • Tear Down Crew: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Jobs that you can sign up for include: Judge Runner, Help Desk, Office Help, Campus/Parking, Auxiliary Assistant.
  • For your shift, members should wear an APK BAND T-Shirt to ensure you are a visible, available, customer service representative for Apopka High. Jeans or shorts are appropriate.
  • For our Brass, Woodwind, and Percussion performances, members should wear their Tuxedo uniforms. For all other S&E events, you are to dress NICELY and appropriately for this performance environment. Jeans or shorts are not an appropriate option.

In addition to our student support element to S&E, we have a great opportunity to earn funds through concessions offered by our Booster organization. We will need parent support on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to make this a reality for our organization. These is one of our best methods to earn much needed funds for our program!

This coming week represents the culmination of many incredible things for our program! Great performances! Hard work! Commitment! Effort! Service! and More! I am looking forward to seeing and hearing our program make incredible music and provide wonderful, welcoming space for others to do the same!

Great Job Jazz Ensemble 1 @ Epcot! 

Saturday, our JE1 gave their final Epcot performance for the International Festival of the Arts! They were fantastic and had great audiences that bounced around and danced throughout! Mission Accomplished! Congratulations to both of our Jazz Ensembles on a great start to the Spring Semester!

Our Parent and Sibling groupies joining in on the fun!

Wrapping up another great set with JE1!

Winterguard @ Oveido Show! 

Congratulations to our Winterguard on a great run at their show on Saturday! 2nd place finish!

Weekly Update: January 22nd through January 27th ~ All County Week

This Week

  • Monday
    • 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Symphonic Band and Percussion @ Band Room
  • Tuesday
    • 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Wind Symphony and Percussion @ Band Room
    • 4 PM – 4:45 PM WLMS S&E Mentoring
    • All County Band Rehearsal 6:30 PM – 9 PM (@WPHS)
    • Basketball Pep Band Call Time 6:15 PM 
      • Boys vs. Lake Minneola HS
  • Wednesday
    • JE1 Performance @ Epcot (9:50 AM & 10:55 AM) 
  • Thursday
    • All County Band Rehearsal 7 PM – 9 PM (@WPHS)
  • Friday
    • All County Band Rehearsal 8:30 AM – 4 PM (@WPHS)
  • Saturday
    • 9/10 All County Band Dress Rehearsal 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
    • 11/12 All County Band Dress Rehearsal 2 PM – 4 PM
    • All County Band Concert 6 PM @ Winter Park High School Auditorium 

JE2 @ Epcot!

JE2 @ Epcot International Performance Festival

Congratulations to JE2 on two fantastic performances this week at Epcot’s International Performance Festival! JE1 will be showcased this Wednesday morning at Epcot!

Winterguard @ Premier

Winterguard @ Premier Show!

Congratulations to our Winterguard on their performance this weekend at the FFCC Premier show held at Lyman High School! We are proud of you!

Weekly Update: January 15th – January 20th ~ MLK & Epcot Week!

This Week

  • Monday: MLK Day/Student Holiday
    • MLK Parade12:15 PM Call Time (Jeans/T-Shirts)
      • 1 PM Depart AHS
      • 2 PM Step Off
      • 4 PM Return
    • JE2 Rehearsal for Epcot Gig 4:30 PM – 6 PM 
  • Tuesday
    • 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Wind Symphony & Percussion
    • 4 PM – 4:45 PM WLMS Mentoring
  • Wednesday
    • JE2 Epcot Gig #1
      • 7:20 AM Meeting in Band Room/Warm Up (Concert Black Tux)
      • 8 AM Depart
      • 9:50 AM/10:50 AM Gigs
      • 12 PM Return to AHS
  • Thursday
    • 5:30 PM Jazz Combo Gig/AP Celebration
    • 6:30 PM Booster Meeting (Band Room)
  • Friday
  • Saturday
    • JE2 Epcot Gig #2
      • Same schedule as Wednesday. (Concert Black Tux)

Looking Ahead

Visit the Google Calendar located on the Calendar Page as well as our updated Spring 2018 Refrigerator Calendar to stay up on all that is going on in the Apopka Bands! MPA Rehearsals, Epcot performances, and All County Band are the performances that round out our month of January. Check the Calendar Page today to lock in your schedule!


Our MLK annual parade is on Monday! Our uniform will be JEANS and T-SHIRTS. (No Shorts) The schedule is as follows:

  • 12:15 PM Call Time/Warm Up/Rehearsal
  • 1 PM Departure
  • 2 PM Step Off
  • 4 PM Return to AHS
  • 4:30 PM JE2 Rehearsal for Wednesday Epcot Gig


Our Epcot performances begin this week! Each date has performances at both 9:50 AM and 10:55 AM. The basic travel itinerary can be found below – this will apply to each performance for both groups:

  • 7:15 AM Call Time
  • 8 AM Depart
  • 8:45 AM Arrive/Warm Up
  • 9:50/10:55 AM Performances
  • 11:45 AM Departure
  • 12:30 PM Arrival at AHS – To Class

The performance dates/groups are as follows:

  • January 17th/JE2
  • January 20th/JE2
  • January 24th/JE1
  • January 31st/JE2
  • February 3rd/JE1

S&E Confirmation

We will confirm information with each member this week that has signed up for S&E to ensure titles, accompanists, etc. are correct. Please ensure you have the most up to date information so we can get your performance updated as needed.

Booster Meeting

We will host our Spring 2018 Booster meeting on Thursday, January 18th at 6:30 PM in the Band Room. At this meeting we will discuss our agenda and needs for the Spring semester as well as some new elements that we would like to begin working on/creating for the growth of our organization. Please make plans to attend!

Weekly Update: January 8th – January 12th ~ Welcome Back! Happy New Year!

 In The Blue Darter Band! 

  • Monday
    • 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Symphonic Band & Percussion
      • Percussionists: Randy Abreu, Connor Leutkemeyer, Owen Shephard, Lauren Ormechea, Ethan Aguilera, Zack Booher, Sean Hirst
  • Tuesday
    • 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Wind Symphony & Percussion
      • Percussionists: Gabe Acker, Ben Green, Ben Lester, Tiffani Williams, Michael Penaflor
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • (Looking Ahead) Monday (MLK/StudentHoliday)
    • MLK Parade – Volunteer Experience
      • 12 PM Arrival/Bus to Start
      • 2 PM Parade
      • 3:30 PM – 4 PM arrival at AHS

Spring 2018 Calendar Updates! 

Our Program Calendar has been updated to better reflect our performance and rehearsal opportunities for the entire Spring Semester. Please take time to review these updates as a family to ensure you are prepared for an awesome Spring Performance Season!

If you would like a COLOR/LAMINATED Spring 2018 Tour Poster for your home AND/OR place of business, please send Mr. Langford an email! (jeremy.langford@ocps.net) 

Wolf Lake Solo & Ensemble Mentoring Opportunity! 

It is that time of the year again where we are able to use our skills and leadership abilities to both musically and positively impact the lives of our members in our Middle School programs! Our first opportunity is at Wolf Lake Middle and involves a series of “Mentoring Opportunities” that begins on Tuesday, January 9th and runs through Tuesday, February 13th from 4 PM – 4:45 PM each week. There are over 40 students signed up to perform at S&E for the Wolf Lake Band Program and we want to reach out and assist them in their preparation! Students will range in age from 6th – 8th grades and will be eager to work with the “High School” students to better their skills in performance!

This is our THIRD YEAR! for this experience and it has yielded not only numerous SUPERIOR results but has also been an incredibly positive experience in building relationships with our feeder program.

Please see Mr. Langford on Monday if you are interested in this opportunity!

Spring After School Concert Ensemble Rehearsal Schedule

Please visit our calendar page to lock in your ensemble’s rehearsal schedule for the first seven weeks of the semester. Symphonic Band meets on Monday’s with percussion and Wind Symphony meets on Tuesday’s with percussion – each rehearsal going from 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM. Wind Symphony will have two Tuesday NIGHT rehearsals closer to MPA in lieu of the afternoon rehearsals.

Both of these ensembles, as well as our Freshmen Woodwind and Brass ensembles, and our Percussion Ensemble will perform on Tuesday, February 20th in our “Family & Friends MPA Showcase” to present all that we have been working on during the beginning of the Spring semester.

S&E Accompanist Information 

The following pianists are available for your accompanying needs. Please reach out to them now if you are in need of an accompanist for our upcoming S&E event.

  • Stacey Sanchez: stacey.sanchez@ocps.net
  • Susan Mikesell: See Mr. Langford for contact info.
  • George Atwell: See Mr. Langford for contact info.
  • Sandra Shafer: See her between classes or before/after school.

Spring Booster Meeting

Calling ALL parents! We have a Spring Booster meeting to go over all of the incredible things in store for our program! There are some wonderful things on the horizon for our program, and, we need you to help make this all that is can become! Mr. L will be reaching out to some of our Freshmen and Sophomore parents to lead some newly formed initiatives as well as connect us all to continue improving our ability to serve our members of the Blue Darter Band! Together we are STRONGER and we have a great Spring performance season in front of us to build our STRENGTH!

Jazz Ensembles Earn Performance Opportunities @ Epcot! 

Our JE1 and JE2 performance ensembles have been selected to perform at Epcot in January and February to represent Apopka through the “Disney Performing Arts” series that will feature ensembles from Central Florida during the next two months. Each band will perform two sets per date! As an added perk, each member will receive one free One Day/One Park ticket for each set they perform! This equals two tickets per performance date! Our performance schedule is as follows:

  • JE2: January 17th, January 20th, and January 31st (9:50 AM and 10:50 AM Performances)
  • JE1: January 24th and February 3rd (9:50 AM and 10:50 AM Performances)

We are both proud of our ensembles and excited for them in this performance opportunity!

Sign Up For Your Class Remind Codes! 

We will be utilizing the following codes to more effectively communicate with the specific classes during the Spring semester. We ask that students sign up for their class to stay up to date and informed with our schedule and plans. Parents are more than welcomed to sign up as well to stay informed!

Text the following course codes to “81010” to join:

  • General/BDMB                       @apkbdmb
  • 1st Period/Woodwinds             @apkww
  • 2nd Period/Symphonic Band   @apksymband
  • 3rd Period/Brass                      @apkbr
  • 4th Period/Jazz                        @apkjazz
  • 5th Period/Wind Symphony     @apkwindsym
  • 7th Period/Percussion             @apkperc