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 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: December 11th – December 14th ~ Winter Prism Week!

This Week

NOTE: All  rehearsals are MANDATORY for this week’s Prism event. The schedule for Monday is as follows below – students are free to depart once their pieces are complete. Tuesday and Wednesday are full show run rehearsals. 

  • Monday
    • Tech Rehearsal 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
      • 2:30 PM Full Cast Talk Through/Layout
      • 2:40 PM Full Cast Closer
      • 3:00 PM BDMB Piece
      • 3:30 PM Small Groups/Sectionals as requested
      • 4:30 PM Dismissal
  • Tuesday
    • Dress Rehearsal 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
      • 2:30 PM Full Cast Review
      • 2:40 PM Dry Run
      • 3 PM Full Show Run
  • Wednesday
    • Final Dress Rehearsal: 1:30 PM – 3 PM
      • Full Run of Show
  • Thursday
    • Winter Prism Performance #1 7 PM Downbeat
      • Performer Call Time = 6:15 PM (Dressed)
  • Friday
    • Winter Prism Performance #2 7 PM Downbeat
      • Performer Call Time = 6:15 PM (Dressed)

Looking Ahead 

  • December 18th: Pep Band Rehearsal (You must attend to perform on Thursday night. No exceptions.)
  • December 21st: Pep Band Performance @ Men’s BBall vs. Wekiva
  • December 22nd: Holiday Break Begins!

Parade Pictures!

Lead by Mr. Arnold!

Lead by Mr. Arnold!

Ready to roll!

Ready to roll!

Caroling Down Main Street..... Literally!

Caroling Down Main Street… Literally!

Winter Prism 2017

It is finally here! Winter Prism 2017! We are excited about this unique performance forum and the many great performances that will add some Holiday cheer to our community! We look forward to having you join us each night! Bring one, two, or twenty friends to come and help us usher in the Holidays! See you this week!

  • Admission: $5.00 per person/Children 7 and under are free.
    • There will be slips available for you to provide a name for the student you wish these monies to be applied towards. You can find these slips in the lobby.

Solo & Ensemble

Reminder: Forms are due on Tuesday, December 19th and must be completed per the instructions.

You will want to speak in advance with your accompanist regarding their rate for performance as well as how many rehearsals they will schedule with you in advance of your performance. You will want to have this information completed before you depart for the Holiday break to ensure you have scheduled ample time.

  • Potential Piano Accompanists
    • 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.

Weekly Grade Reports

  • Weekly Grade Report #7 is due on Monday. Blank slips are on the black podium
  • Weeks #1 – #6 should be completed at this point. Blank extras are on the black podium as needed.

Weekly Update: November 27th – December 1st ~ Beethoven & Co. S&E Night! Honor Band Week!

This Week

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
    • Leadership Clean Up (Check GroupMe)
    • After School – 3:30 PM
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
    • Leadership Clean Up (Check GroupMe)
    • After School – 3:30 PM
    • Tri-State and Seminole State Honor Band Events Begin For Selected Students! 
  • Friday

(Scheduling Note: Our schedule event “Jazz Dinner/Dance” has been postponed until the Spring semester.)

Looking Ahead 

  • December 9: Apopka Christmas Parade (Morning) Details TBA
  • December 14-15: Winter Prism Concert Event!
    • See below for details.
  • December 17: BDMB Booster/Volunteer Holiday Gathering (Evening)

Upcoming Performance/Rehearsal Schedule 

#1 Christmas Parade

  • 12.9 Saturday: Morning Performance
    • Meeting Time/Location will be determined this week based on our parade placement.

#2 Winter Prism

  • All rehearsals involve all players and will have a detailed schedule/itinerary as to the times you must be present.
    • 12.11 Monday: Tech Rehearsal 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
    • 12.12 Tuesday: Dry/Full Runs 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
    • 12.13 Wednesday Final Dress Rehearsal 1:30 PM – 3 PM
    • 12.14 Thursday Performance Night #17 PM Downbeat (6:15 PM Call Time) 
    • 12.15 Friday Performance Night #2 7 PM Downbeat (6:15 PM Call Time)  
  • Event Tickets
    • We will not have official tickets to this year’s event, however, admission is $5 per person. Children 7 and under will be free.
    • In an effort to allow each student to “earn” funds towards their fair share for the year, there will be slips available for each patron to fill out on behalf of the student they will like to have their admission costs credited towards. These slips will be available in the lobby before the event each evening.

S&E Music Night

Come and check out music for Solo & Ensemble TOMORROW NIGHT in our band room! The sale opens immediately after school for our students and will go until 6 PM. Sheet music can have a wide range of sale prices depending on what it is written for as well as the publisher. You can spend as little as $5 and over $75 depending on your musical selections.

Beethoven and Company is gracious enough to come and bring their inventory for our students to peruse and purchase items for their upcoming S&E event!

Weekly Update: November 13 through November 18 ~ Playoffs @ Winter Park/Band Day @ FSU

Get Your Spirit Gear Today! 

This Week

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
    • JE1/JE2 Recording Session @ WKMG Channel 6
    • Winter Prism Concert Auditions (After School/Sign Up on Monday)
      • Field Trip Form Due Tuesday
  • Thursday
    • 2 PM – 3:45 PM Full Leadership Fall Band Room Clean Up
  • Friday
    • 6:30 AM Pep Rally
    • 5:15 PM Pep Band Call Time (Jeans/T-Shirts)
    • 7:30 PM Football @Winter Park
  • Saturday
    • FSU Band Day
      • 5:30 AM Call Time
      • 5:45 AM Depart for Tallahassee
      • 10 AM Marching Chiefs Skull Session
      • 12 PM FSU Kick Off(We will eat at stadium)
      • 3:30 PM Depart for Apopka
      • 7:30 PM Arrive Apopka (Approximate)

Looking Ahead

  • November 20: Hurricane Make Up Day
  • November 24: Potential Playoff Football Game
  • November 27: S&E Music Night 2 PM – 5 PM (Beethoven & Company)
  • December 1: Potential Playoff Football Game
  • December 9: Apopka Christmas Parade (Morning)
  • December 9: Potential State Championship (Evening)
  • December 14-15: Winter Prism Concert Event!
  • December 17: BDMB Booster/Volunteer Holiday Gathering

Friday Pep Band to Winter Park

Sign ups will be posted on Monday. We need to let transportation know what our bus needs are no later than Tuesday morning. This is not a required performance. The uniform for the night is Jeans/T-Shirt and Jackets. We will depart earlier than normal to allow for extra time due to rush hour traffic and construction in our path. Looking forward to a GREAT NIGHT of Blue Darter a Football!!!

Weekly Grade Report 

The week 4 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 5 Grade Report can be picked up at the same time.

FSU Band Day

We are excited to take our members to enjoy a great day of band at FSU next Saturday! Our travel time is approximately four hours to Tally and we plan to arrive at 10 am to take in the Marching Chiefs “Skull Session”.

The UNIFORM for the day is a Band T-Shirt and Jeans or Shorts.

Kick Off is set for 12 noon. We will eat while at the game then depart for Apopka at the conclusion of the event. Can’t wait to go enjoy a great day of band and college football!

Winter Prism Auditions 

Sign ups will be located on the board on Monday morning before school. Please select a time that you or your ensemble would like to audition for our annual Winter Prism event. Successful events to be selected will have a coherent presentation and as requested, can offer explanation and understanding of the full scope of your performance. Performance groups will have a 7 minute slot in which to enter, set up, perform, and exit the area. Please plan accordingly.

All County Audition Details 

Weekly Update: October 30th – November 4th ~ It’s MPA Week! IEGYB!


  • Monday HAPPY DAY! “Happy” ’14
    • No Scheduled Events After School
  • Tuesday THROWBACK TUESDAY! “MixTape” ’15
    • 2:30 PM – 5 PM BDMB After School Rehearsal
  • Wednesday SKY HIGH DAY! “Look Up” ’16 
    • 7th Period – 3 PM Percussion Rehearsal
    • 1:20 PM Senior Leadership Meeting
  • Thursday RED WHITE AND BLUE THURSDAY! “United We Stand” ’17 
    • 6 PM – 8:30 PM BDMB EVENING Rehearsal
    • 6:30 AM Pep Rally
    • 2:10 PM Leadership Meeting
    • 4:45 PM Call Time for Football @ Oak Ridge
  • Saturday
    • 9:00 AM Morning MPA run Through
    • TBA Student Work-Shifts
    • 6:00 PM Call Time for MPA Performance (Cafetorium)
    • 7:45 PM MPA Performance 

MPA Week! 

We have a fantastic week ahead for our BDMB! Two great rehearsal opportunities and our penultimate performance of the Marching Season at our annual FBA Marching MPA! And best yet, hosted HERE at Apopka High!

The student sign up schedule will be posted on Tuesday morning for members to begin signing up for their mandatory work shift during the day. We need ALL HANDS ON DECK to help facilitate this incredible day that will see 23, yes 23 High School bands take the field at Roger Williams Stadium!

And, all parents, calling all parents: We need your help too! It is a HUGE day for our program and our community of Bands across Orange County. We ask that you join us in making this day a truly special occasion for all performance ensembles!

It is here! Let’s have a great week! IEGYB!

Weekly Grade Reports! 

Check with your member to see if they have turned in their reports for Week 1 and Week 2 of the 2nd 9 Weeks! They are located in the front of the band room.

FSU Band Day

Sign ups will continue through Wednesday of this week. Please take time to stop by and sign up if you would like to attend with us on Saturday, November 18th!


Weekly Update: October 17th – October 20th ~ Rotary Pancake Supper Tickets Sales Begin!

Scroll down for complete Weekly Update! 

But before you do…… yuuuuuuummmmmmm…. you know this picture makes your mouth water! Read below as to how you can eat these AND earn money while doing it! Eating AND making money? WOW! How can this be? Read on…..!!!!!!

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm…….. Can you smell ’em yet?

The annual Rotary Pancake Supper will be here before you know it! 🙂 It is Friday, October 27th before our annual game against Wekiva! This year, the proceeds are being donated to the APOPKA HIGH SCHOOL BAND! So, wondering how you can help? No worries…. Here ya go!

  1. PreSale Tickets for $7.00 EACH!
  2. Turn in the money and tickets will be given to the member turning in the funds.

We get 100% of the profit on this sale. And, for this fundraiser, we are crediting EACH SALE to the member indicated on the sales form. If you sell 1 ticket, $7.00 will be credited to your account and any outstanding fees that are owed. If your fees are already paid, we will place the money in our general fund to go towards program expenses.


If each member of our program sold 4 tickets, we would profit over $6000 towards our program expenses! And, all for eating some scrumptious pancakes and sausage! I am pretty sure we can probably sell a few more tickets as well – let’s pack out the hall!

Dinner will be served starting at 4:30 PM on Friday, October 27th – a GREAT WAY to kick off Senior Night and Middle School night! And… In addition, we are slated to have a Double Drumline Performance in our courtyard with Wekiva High at 5:15 PM!

Ticket sales start MONDAY! Use this opportunity to earn much needed funds for our program and towards your individual expenses! Remember, $7.00 profit for EACH TICKET SOLD! And once again, bring in the $$$ and the tickets will be returned to you!

This Week 

  • Monday
    • Student Holiday
    • Full BDMB Cancelled
  • Tuesday
    • Full BDMB 6 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday
    • Percussion 7th Period – 3 PM
  • Thursday
    • Full BDMB 2:30 PM – 5 PM
  • Friday
    • Wind Symphony to Stetson University 5 PM

Looking Ahead 

  • 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 7: Annual BDMB Recording Session 2:30 PM – 4 PM
  • November 9: Fall Concert
    • Wednesday, November 8th = Dress Rehearsal 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
  • November 13: All County Auditions @ Freedom High School
  • November 18: Band Day @ FSU!

Homecoming 2017 Wrap Up! 

Thank you to all who got soaked with us TWO TIMES on Friday to celebrate our annual Homecoming Day! It was a special day to bring back alums from years past and have them join forces with our current BDMB to once again light up the field at Roger Williams Field!

Also, congratulations to Jessica Spiegel, Deja Williams, and Jelani Shaw on being part of this year’s Homecoming Court and congratulations to both Jessica and Jelani on being selected as this year’s King and Queen!

Been a great week for our band!


Want to see more photos from our season? Check out the uploads on our Apopka Bands Facebook Page! There are several new albums from throughout the season that have been added in the past few days! Many thanks to Mr. Dubose and Mr. Osegueda for giving all of your photo skills for our program! THANK YOU!

Get Your Tumbler & Lanyards Today! 

MPA Hosting Sign Up

Detailed job lists will be available later this week for students to begin signing up for a shift to help in the hosting process for our upcoming Marching MPA. There will be jobs similar to our S&E hosting and also new jobs that are specific to the marching environment. Look for this list to come up soon! We have double-duty on that day! Provide a spectacular environment for our District Schools AND give a SPECTACULAR PERFORMANCE!

All County Forms

All County audition “parent/student contract” forms will go out THIS WEEK! They must be returned on FRIDAY!

Band Pictures! Ready To Order! 

Band pictures were taken this week in our classes. This year, unlike previous years, our photographer has set up an online portal to bring the sales DIRECTLY TO YOUR FINGERTIPS! Visit the site below and use the given code to check out your child’s pictures and make your purchase! CG Photos will not be at our annual Fall Concert this year as they are trying to new format to get the photos in your hands faster! Visit the site TODAY!


Group Code: AP1718