Weekly Update: October 7th through October 11th ~ Football vs. West Orange!

Football vs. West Orange Details 

  • 5:15 PM Doors Open (Take Gear to Stadium)
  • 5:45 PM Call Time (Get Dressed)
    • Full Uniform
    • You should be wearing your BALL CAP in PreGame
  • 6 PM Courtyard Warm Up
  • 6:30 PM Block Up/March to Stadium
  • 6:50 PM PreGame
  • 7 PM Kick Off

Tampa Week Update

The BDMB will only travel on Saturday to the Tampa area for our performance at Tarpon Springs High. There is no longer an overnight trip connected with this experience as updated several weeks ago. All OCPS rules apply regarding being checked out from the performance, etc., to include, signed notes by parents, seeing Mr. L before departing, etc. We look forward to an incredible weekend with our BDMB family! #iegyb

PMA Schedule Update! 

Each PMA Rehearsal Block will be maximized for the given ensemble. Attendance is expected and is not a time to slack off – rather – it is a gift of extended time to dig in as we continue to read and prepare for upcoming concert experiences, etc. Ensure that you are on time and ready each day, just as we expect each and every day. #iegyb

  • Tampa Week (Next Week!)
    • 10.17 FB @ Evans (Thursday)
    • 10.18 No School (FULL BDMB Rehearsal 9 AM – 12 PM)
    • 10.19 Tarpon Springs Show Day (Call Time 10 AM)
  • 10.25 FB vs. Lake Mary (Middle School Night)
  • 11.1 FB vs. Wekiva (Senior Night)
  • 11.2 FBA Marching MPA @ University High School
  • 11.4 BDMB Recording Session 2:45 PM – 4:30 PM (Monday)
  • 11:5 Wind Symphony/Symphonic Band Joint Fall Concert Reh w/ Percussion (2:30 PM – 3:30 PM)
  • 11.12 PM Fall Concert (Courtyard)
    • Evening – Time TBA
    • Featuring: Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, 7th Period Jazz Ensemble
  • 11.13 Solo & Ensemble Music Night @ Band Room (Beethoven & Company)
  • 11.25-11.29 Thanksgiving Break
  • 12.2-12.6 Winter Prism Week
    • 12.2-4 Rehearsals
    • 12.5-6 Performances
  • 12.14 APK Christmas Parade

Been a great 1st half of our BDMB season! Super excited about the month ahead, but in looking back, we have had some incredible time in supporting Blue Darter Football and the Apopka Community! Very proud of our growth and commitment to excellence this season! Enjoy some of the following pics from Homecoming week! It was a blast! #iegyb

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Now is our time! We finish up our show this week and prepare for two fantastic performances that showcase the BLUE DARTER MARCHING BAND! On Saturday, October 19th and on Saturday, November 2nd, we perform for Marching Shows where the patrons are there just for YOU! (Strange, I know!) But, these are great opportunities to not only entertain our crowd, but, also to gain valuable feedback from notable panels of adjudicators to help us continue being he best performance ensemble we can be, week in and week out. Much to be excited for in the month ahead! Cannot wait to see just how far we soar with our show! #iegyb

Weekly Update: September 23rd through September 28th ~ It’s HoCo Week!

ALUMNI BAND UPDATE: Due to our schedule concerns and loss of rehearsal time with Hurricane Dorian, we are going invite alums that would like to join us in the stands for performance during the 1st half to bring their instrument to the game and join in for the 1st half of playing. You will need to enter through the ticket booth (purchase a ticket) and then come over and check in with our Chaperone coordinator to join in. We will regroup for Homecoming 2020 and get Alumni Band back on the field for both PreGame and stands performance! Looking forward to seeing you all Friday night! #iegyb

Member Details For Game

  • 5:15 PM Doors Open
    • Take Cases AND Shako Hat Box to field. (Stack, in sections, by FENCE near Band Concessions)
  • 5:45 PM Call Time (Get Dressed)
    • Back Packs, Ball Caps
  • 6 PM In Courtyard – Warming Up
  • 6:30 PM Block Up/March To Stadium
  • 6:50 PM PreGame
  • 7 PM Kick Off
  • Post Game – Half Time Show performance. (Lake Brantley performs first.)

  • October 4th: FB @ Jones (@ Citrus Bowl)
  • October 11th: FB vs. West Orange
  • Evans FB Week and Tarpon Springs Week Details Are Still Being Confirmed – Check back this week!

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What A Week! Culminating in a great contest against DP that resulted in a Blue Darter Victory! Very proud of the BDMB for their relentless support of our Boys In Blue! We had an incredible visit this week on Tuesday evening from Coach Rolson who emphasized the importance of what our BDMB brings to the table each Friday and the focus on camaraderie and community that we share as a Friday Night Football Family! We are grateful for your support Coach!

We had a wonderful week in each of our concert and jazz ensemble courses as well. There was a guest performing on Friday with 7th period jazz – check the photos below to see him in action! Fall Concert Preparation begins this week and we are exciting about each program that our ensembles will perform to showcase their growth and development as well as provide some quality entertainment for our audience on November 12th!

Been a great week folks! Super proud of our kiddos and all that they do for the Blue Darter Bands! #iegyb

It’s HoCo Week! Be sure to check out the list above to GET SPIRITED and JACKED UP for our week of celebration! Both bands will perform in post game as our annual tradition features the Homecoming Court during halftime. We have three members of the Homecoming Court this year! Head Drum Major Ayla Bertsen, Assistant Drum Major Joshua Simard, and Colonel Jacob Bercegeay! Congratulations on being selected!

Looking forward to an exciting Spirit Week! Go Big Blue! #iegyb

Honor Band Opportunities!


  • FSU Tri-State Honor Band (Nomination-Based)
    • Click HERE to read more about their Concert & Jazz Ensemble Honors Experience on December 5th – 8th, 2019!
    • Director (Mr. L) Nomination: You must let Mr. L know by FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th IF INTERESTED.
    • Once Selected, Registration occurs at the above link. Registration is not complete until you have finished the payment portion.
  • USF Festival of Winds Honor Band (Nomination-Based)
    • Click HERE to read more about their Concert Honors Experience on December 5th – 8th, 2019! 
    • Director (Mr. L) Nomination: You must let Mr. L know by FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th IF INTERESTED.
  • UCF Knights Rising Honor Band Honor Band (Nomination-Based)
    • Click HERE to read more about their Concert Honors Experience on January 31st – February 1st! 
    • Director (Mr. L) Nomination: You must let Mr. L know by FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th IF INTERESTED.


We raised over $7,000 towards our Program’s operating experiences for the year! We are GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND GENEROSITY TO HELP US MEET OUR FINANCIAL GOALS FOR THE YEAR!

OCPS School Start Time Information & Survey

Click HERE to visit the OCPS page regarding school start time research and a VERY IMPORTANT SURVEY to ensure your voice is heard regarding this critical matter within our public schools. The districts seeks input from ALL stakeholders and how this importance decision, including each of the 4 proposed “cost-neutral” models will impact our day to day lives. Take the time now to let your voice be heard!

In Everything, Give Your Best!