Weekly Update: January 7th through January 12th ~ It’s All State Week!

Weekly Course Schedule: Coming Later Today!

This Week

  • Monday
    • No Scheduled Events
  • Tuesday
    • Wind Symphony 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Wednesday
    • No Scheduled Events
  • Thursday
    • Wind Symphony @ All State ConventionSee Schedule Below.
  • Friday
    • No Scheduled Events

Looking Ahead

  • Wind Symphony After School Rehearsal Schedule
    • Tuesdays from 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM 
      • 1.15, 1.22, 1.29, 2.5, 2.12, 2.19*, 2.26 (* 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM for Clinician) 
  • OCPS All County Week January 21st – 26th (Tuesday, Thursday – Saturday) 
  • Epcot Performance Schedules! 
    • Freshmen Jazz Ensemble: February 12th (1 Date) 
    • Jazz Ensemble 2: January 26th, February 2nd, February 20th (3 Dates) 
    • Jazz Ensemble 1: January 23rd, January 30th, February 25th (3 Dates) 
    • All performances are at 9:50 AM and 10:55 AM (30 minute sets) 
  • FBA District Jazz/S&E/Auxiliary Performances @ University HS February 7th – 9th  
  • Concert Ensemble PRE-MPA Performance February 12th, 7 PM (Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony)  
  • FBA District Concert MPA @ Cypress Creek HS February 28th – March 2nd

Solo & Ensemble Sign Up

Sign ups for our annual S&E performances are occurring NOW! To visit the Florida Bandmasters Association Music List Page, click HERE. Scroll down to S&E Music list and look for your instrument tab. All approved music is listed within this file. Be sure to get the FBA CODE for your selection and add it to the Google Form below. 




Looking forward to hearing some incredible chamber music this year! IEGYB! 

Each member will need to pay $5 per performer for each event. (Solo = $5, Duet = $10, etc.) Also, you will need to secure an accompanist if your piece requires it. See Mr. Langford if you need contact information for an accompanist. 


We will distribute account updates to each member that signed up for the NYC Trip. Each member should have made THREE PAYMENTS at this point. Reminders: Fair Share MUST be paid off in order to attend. Please visit charms office.com to check on your account status.

We still have several outstanding members who have not turned in their Pretzel Rod sales. Account balance slips will be given to those members as well.

Congratulations Daniel and Matt! Represent APK Well At All State This Week!

Wind Symphony Schedule – Thursday, January 10th

  • 9 AM (3rd Period) Report to Band Room (Fully Dressed)
  • 9:30 AM Depart for Tampa
  • 11:30 AM Arrive Tampa Convention Center/Meet Mr. Langford – NO BAGS.
    • Take any needed money in pockets.
  • 12 PM Load In Instruments/Exhibition Hall/Eat (In Exh. Hall)
  • 1:15 PM Watch Ensemble Rehearsals
  • 2:00 PM Warm Up (Ball Room A/B/C)
  • 3:00 PM Clinic Session 1 “How To Fix It”
    • Mr. Fielder, Mr. McConn, Mr. Wansley
  • 4:15 PM Clinic Session 2 “How To Fix It”
    • Mr. Wansley, Mrs. Dorsey (Small Group), Mr. Kaminsky
  • 5:30 PM Load Busses
  • 6:00 PM Depart for APK
  • 7:30 PM Arrive APK (Approximate Time)

Chaperone Opportunity – Epcot’s “International Festival Of The Arts”

We are in need of chaperones to accompany each of our Jazz Ensembles for our Epcot performances. If interested, please contact Mrs. Ledford at tmrdled@gmail.com to let her know of your availability. The dates are listed above in the “Looking Ahead” section. Chaperones will each receive 2 free Disney passes for attending a day with us. The average schedule is departing at approximately 7:45 AM – 8 AM and returning around 12:30 PM. Please sign up for a time when your child will be performing with their Jazz Ensemble. (JE1, JE2, FJE)

Weekly Update: September 24th through September 29th ~ Middle School Night! Rookie Marching Day!

This Week

  • 9.24.18 – 9.28.18 Weekly Course Layout
  • Trombone Clean Up Week! 
  • Monday
    • 2:40 PM – 3:15 PM Student Leadership Meeting
  • Tuesday
      • We need ALL School Owned Instruments to be brought in on MONDAY for a FULL PROGRAM INVENTORY ON TUESDAY. 
    • 6 PM – 8:30 PM BDMB Tuesday Evening
      • Mvt. 2 Focus
    • GET YOUR CLEAR STADIUM BAG! Open to all BDMB Families after rehearsal! SEE PURCHASE DETAILS BELOW! 
  • Wednesday
    • BDMB Pictures – EVERY CLASS
    • 1:20 PM – 2 PM Brass Sectionals
    • 1:30 PM – 3 PM Bass Line Sectional
    • 6 PM – 8 PM Percussion/Color Guard Sectional
  • Thursday
    • BDMB Pictures – EVERY CLASS
    • 3 PM – 5:30 PM BDMB Thursday Afternoon
  • Friday
    • Football vs. Evans (Home) MIDDLE SCHOOL NIGHT! 
      • 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)
        • 5:30 PM Gear To Field
        • 6 PM Courtyard Call Time/Sectionals (Welcome MS Members!)
        • 6:15 PM Arcs
        • 6:30 PM March To Stadium
        • 6:50 PM PreGame
        • 7 PM Kick Off

Looking Ahead 

  • October 5th – FB vs. Mandarin (Homecoming! Alumni Band!)
  • October 12th – FB @ West Orange (Away)
  • October 19th – Football BYE Week/No Game…. But…. (See next entry!)
  • October 20th – Competition at University High School (All Day) GO BAND! 
  • October 26th – BDMB MORNING REHEARSAL (No School) 9 AM – 12 PM
    • FB @ Wekiva 5 PM Call Time

NYC! Spring 2019!

It’s here! Commitment Week! Friday is the day to finalize your seat plans for our incredible SPRING 2019 TRIP TO NYC! Be sure to get your payment in via SchoolPay (Click LINK on right side of this page!) or Cash/Check!

Look for VERY IMPORTANT UPDATES this week regarding fundraising, sponsorships, and more to help you earn the money necessary to bring this trip to life!

Visit the Trip Page to see payment details!

Boone Follow Up! Middle School Night! 

Great night for the Blue Darter Band & Blue Darter Football! Go Big Blue! This will a fast-paced game! Enjoyed getting to hear Mvt. 2 in performance for the first time! MANY THANKS to all of our parents for taking care of us on this night! And a HUGE THANKS to the Boone Admin for feeding us pizza after halftime! That was a most generous gesture!

This Friday we host our rising 8th Grade Members from Wolf Lake Middle, Apopka Memorial Middle, and Trinity Christian Schools! We look forward to an incredible night of welcoming nearly 150 FUTURE DARTER MARCHERS into our band on the night! The Class of 2023! IEGYB!

Honor Bands 

See last week’s post for the Honor Band opportunities at both FSU and USF – See Mr. L if you are interested!

OCPS ALL COUNTY BAND INFORMATION will be posted this week. The live audition is Monday, November 12th. (7+ Weeks Away.) There is no cost associated with this audition, however, you MUST sign up with Mr. Langford no later than Wednesday, October 17th.

Program Inventory 

It is time for a full inventory of our program’s assets for OCPS. If you perform on a school-owned instrument, please drop it off on Monday so that it can be inventoried and returned to you by Wednesday. TUESDAY IS OUR INVENTORY DAY. 

Band Pictures 

On Wednesday and Thursday we will hold our annual Band Picture Days. Our photographer, CG Photo, will be in house to capture all of the photos during each of our classes. Please ensure your student is present during this time to be included in our yearly composite photo.

Picture previews and sales will occur on Thursday, December 6th prior to our opening night of Winter Prism 2018. There will be no online previews this year. Pictures that are purchased should be returned prior to the Holiday Break.

CLEAR APK Stadium Bags! 

$10 while supplies last! BDMB Families can purchase their APK Stadium Bag AFTER REHEARSAL on Tuesday! General sales will begin Friday! Get them soon! They will sell out fast!

These bags meet all general stadium guidelines for new security measures in most stadiums, regardless of sport and/or level of the sport.

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: 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.