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 29th – February 3rd ~ Congrats to our All County Participants!

This Week

  • Monday
    • 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Symphonic Band & Percussion
  • Tuesday
    • 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Wind Symphony & Percussion
    • 4 PM – 4:45 PM Wolf Lake S&E Mentoring
  • Wednesday
    • JE2 Performance @ Epcot 7:20 AM Meet in Band Room
      • 8 AM Depart for Epcot
      • 9:50 AM/10:55 AM Performances
      • 11:30 AM Return to AHS
    • 1:20 PM – 1:50 PM S&E Student Leadership Meeting
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
    • JE1 Performance @ Epcot 7:20 AM Meet in Band Room
      • 8 AM Depart for Epcot
      • 9:50 AM/10:55 AM Performances
      • 11:30 AM Return to AHS

Congrats All County Participants!

Congratulations to the following on an outstanding performance experience in this weekend’s All County Band!

  • 9/10 Band
    • Jessica Mazarro, Daniel Harshman, Matt Murphy, & Luis Tomar
  • 11/12 Band
    • Victoria Vanness, Brannon Talley, & Justin Talley

The performances were an incredible culmination of the process that it takes to make it into this elite group. From the auditions in November to the rehearsals and performance in January, this process is an unbelievable experience for all of our OCPS students as they get to make music in ensembles that range from 90 – 100 performers, playing literature that is at a high level and yet they achieve their success in just 12 hours of full group rehearsal. Our members that represented APK are to be commended on a job well done this weekend. IEGYB!

Solo & Ensemble Is Almost Here! 

We are two weeks away from hosting our annual FBA District 8 S&E event at Apopka High School! In addition to the many wonderful performances that our students will take part in, our members and our Parent/Boosters will also be part of the machine that prepares, serves, and secures our campus upon completion of the event. Service is a huge part of our program and we have a fantastic opportunity to serve our Orange County peers in the coming weeks!

We will have a Student Leadership meeting on WEDNESDAY, January 31st from 1:20 PM – 1:50 PM to go over our plan of action and lay out the sign ups for the weekend’s event.

S&E Performance schedules will be posted this week. At this point, only our jazz ensemble schedule has been released and is as follows:

  • Jazz Ensemble 2 will perform at 9:30 AM on Thursday, February 8th
  • Jazz Ensemble 1 will perform at 10 AM on Thursday, February 8th

The Woodwind/Brass portion of our S&E schedule will be released later this week.

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!

MLK

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

Epcot

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

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: December 4th – December 9th ~ Christmas Parade Week!

This Week

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
    • Apopka Christmas Parade 
      • Call Time 8 AM
        • @ McDonald’s/441 (In Rear)
      • Step Off Time TBA (Should be first band as we were parade Champions in 2016.)
      • Pick Up @ Apopka Middle School/Votaw Road

Looking Ahead 

  • Winter Prism Week (*See below regarding tickets for 2017 event)
    • December 11: Tech Rehearsal 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
    • December 12: Dress Rehearsal #1 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
    • December 13: Final Dress Rehearsal 1:30 PM – 3 PM
    • December 14: Performance #1 7 PM Downbeat 
    • December 15: Performance #2 7 PM Downbeat
  • December 17: Booster/Parent Holiday Gathering @ Sullivan Ranch 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • December 20: SOLO AND ENSEMBLE SIGN UP DEADLINE – THIS INCLUDES TURNING IN MONEY.

Solo & Ensemble Sign Up

 

Students can begin signing up for Solo & Ensemble this week by filling out a slip for each event and turning in the funds for the event(s). Each event costs $5.00 per person. i.e.: If a student is performing a solo, the event will cost $5.00. If there is a group of students performing a trio, the event will cost $15.00. You will need to locate the ID number for the piece from the FBA list which was added to the Google Classroom for each ensemble last Monday.

Events that are assigned as part of a course will have the costs covered up front.

For those who sign up and fulfil the performance obligation by following through with S&E, the up front costs will be applied to any outstanding fees that you owe.

Students that select a piece that requires an accompanist MUST procure an accompanist for your event and submit the name on the slip. You cannot perform your piece without an accompanist if the music has this as part of the performance.

Winter Prism Tickets

We will not use tickets for this year’s Prism event. However, the $5.00 admission can be applied to a student’s account. There will be slips in the lobby that can be used to identify where you would like the admission cost applied.

Children 7 and under will be admitted for free.

Weekly Grade Slips 

As of Monday, December 4th, weekly grade slips should be turned in through Week 6. Each member is responsible for turning in these items to ensure they are up to date with their grades for their primary band course. Extra slips for weeks 1 through 5 are available for those who have failed to turn these in on time. Check the black podium to get the necessary items to complete this task.

Student-Led Performance Opportunities

  • Basketball Pep Band! If you are interested in taking part in this unique ensemble to support Blue Darter Basketball sign up on the board! If you have questions, see Brittany McDaniel!
  • If you are interested in being part of a brass choir for the Spring Prism event please see Joseph Pike to sign up!