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: October 2nd – October 6th ~ Pep Band to JAX!

Things to check out below…Read all the way!!!

  • Friday Video!
  • This Week!
  • Looking Ahead!
  • Pep Band to Jax Details!
  • End of 9 Weeks BINDER Grade!
  • All County Band Audition Information!
  • Band Day Information!

This Week

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
    • BDMB 6 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday
    • Drumline to Apopka Elementary 7:30 AM (Percussionists See Mr. L BEFORE SCHOOL MONDAY MORNING FOR FIELD TRIP FORM.)
    • Percussion Sectional 12 PM – 3 PM
  • Thursday
    • BDMB 2:30 PM – 5 PM
  • Friday
    • Pep Rally 6:30 AM
    • Pep Band to Jacksonville Mandarin (Click HERE for schedule)
      • See details below for sign ups.

Enjoy! Not an endorsement for this car company but just for GOOD MUSIC! SING ALONG AND ENJOY! 🙂

Looking Ahead

  • October 9: Football (Pep Band) @ Dr. Phillips
  • October 10: BDMB AFTERNOON REHEARSAL 2:30 PM – 5 PM
    • Due to Homecoming Powder Puff game that evening.
  • October 10: Powder Puff Pep Band 7 PM
  • October 13
    • Morning Pep Rally
    • Afternoon Homecoming Parade
    • Afternoon Pep Rally
    • Alumni Band
    • Football vs. West Orange (Post-Game Performance)
  • October 16
    • Teacher Workday
    • BDMB MANDATORY REHEARSAL 9 AM – 12 PM
  • October 20: Bye Week
  • October 27: Football vs. Wekiva
    • Senior Night
    • Middle School Night
  • October 31: BDMB AFTERNOON REHEARSAL 2:30 PM – 5 PM
    • Due to Halloween
  • November 2: BDMB EVENING REHEARSAL 6 PM – 8:30 PM
  • November 3: Football @ Oak Ridge
  • November 4: MARCHING MPA!!!!!
    • Details Coming Soon!
  • November 9: Fall Concert
  • November 13: All County Auditions @ Freedom High School
  • November 18: Band Day @ FSU!

Pep Band to Jacksonville Details

We will use a set instrumentation for our trip on Friday to Jacksonville. Sign ups will occur in the following format:

  • Monday
    • Before School: Student Leadership Sign Up
    • After School: Senior Sign Up
  • Tuesday
    • Before School: Junior Sign Up
    • After School: Sophomore Sign Up
    • Before BDMB Evening Rehearsal: Sophomore/Freshmen Sign Up

We are have slots for 100 students and will take sign ups based on the instrumentation that is established for this trip as follows: 10 Flutes, 10 Clarinets, 10 Altos, 6 Low Reeds, 10 Trumpets, 4 Horns, 8 Bones, 4 Baritones, 8 Tubas, 13 Percussion, 10 Guard. The list will be tweaked as needed by Mr. Langford based on the needs of the ensemble for that evening.

PLEASE NOTE: Students wishing to attend must see Mr. Langford to sign up based on the above timeline. There will NOT be a list posted on the board. Mr. Langford will keep the clipboard in the office. Please check your schedule and availability for this trip as the departure time is less than an hour after the completion of the school day. (3 PM) We will stop en route to Jax at a food court for dinner. 

We are using two Charter busses for this trip due to the fact that we cannot get our normal army of School busses for the necessary departure time for this trip.

End of 9 Weeks Binder Project

This week criteria will be posted for each class regarding the end of 9 weeks Binder Check. This will serve as a capstone grade for our first quarter to ensure each member has the right music, pedagogy documents, pencil, etc. to effectively navigate our daily rehearsal routine. Most of our members exhibit our expectation every day and have the necessary materials, however, this will serve as a great chance to ensure they have all of the music that is being performed in their classes. The binder should be a BLACK, THREE RING BINDER, just as requested on our course syllabus so that it can be used in rehearsal and stage performance.

OCPS All County Band Audition Information

This information will be shared in all classes this week as we prepare for the upcoming audition experience on Monday, November 14th at Freedom High School. The audition opportunities include 9/10 Concert Band, 11/12 Symphonic Band, and the High School Jazz Ensemble. Check in classes for this information.

Band Day @ FSU! 

Great news! Our original allotment of tickets (250) was granted for our trip experience on the new date of November 18th. Kick Off for this game is not yet known so we are not able to nail down the exact schedule at this time. We will post a list later this week so we can ensure we know the exact numbers for Charter Bus purposes. If you have already paid your $10, this will be applied forward for this experience.

Weekly Update: December 7th – December 12th ~ Arts Holiday Performance Night & APK Christmas Parade Performances

This Week

  • Monday:
    • Nothing Scheduled
  • Tuesday:
    • JV Winterguard 3:30-5:30
    • JV Parent Meeting: 5:30
    • ​Varsity Winterguard 5:00-8:30
    • Varsity Parent Meeting: 8:00
  • Wednesday:
    • Dress Rehearsal: 1:30-4:00
    • Report time: 5:45pm
    • Recital Starts: 7:00pm
      • Jazz Ensemble & Solo/Small Group Performances should arrive at 6:30 PM. Dress is Concert Black. 
  • Thursday:
    • JV Winterguard 3:30-5:30
    • Varsity Winterguard 5:00-8:30
    • Wolf Lake Middle Beginning Band & Strings Concert (@ WLMS) 6:30 PM
      • Any folks who would like to assist the WLMS Band should wear a Band T-shirt to the performance. See Mr. L for more details.
  • Friday TAKE YOUR INSTRUMENT HOME FOR THE PARADE ON SATURDAY! 
    • Nothing Scheduled
    • Lyman High Dance Show – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday
    • Apopka Christmas Parade – (Morning) Meet Time/Location TBA
      • MANDATORY PERFORMANCE for each member.
      • Uniforms and large instruments will be brought to the starting point by truck. Members will need to take all necessary performance that does not normally travel on the truck on Friday after school.
      • You MAY decorate your instrument for the parade. Here are the guidelines:
        • The decorations must be Christmas related.
        • The decorations CANNOT impede the performance of your instrument.
        • The decorations CANNOT impede your ability to march.
        • The decorations CANNOT cover up your uniform.
        • You CAN wear a SANTA hat for this event.
        • Lighting is permitted – but – the parade is in the daylight. 😦

Looking Ahead

  • December 16th-17th: WLMS Paws Concert (AHS Assistance)
  • December 18th: PEP BAND – AHS Basketball vs. Wekiva Call TIme TBA

Weekly Wrap Up

Thank you to all of our parent and student volunteers that assisted with the AMMS Winter Concert on Thursday evening. It was a tremendous help to Ms. Brown and the program.

Congratulations to the Jazz Ensemble and our Chorus for an awesome day of recording at WKMG studios! The performances will air on Christmas Day!

Congratulations to our Winterguard on a great performance at the Amway Center this week!

Winter Arts Recital

12.9.15 Poster

Tumblers & Magnets Still On Sale! 

band flier tumbler & Magnet copy

 

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!