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: 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 9th – October 13th ~ It’s Homecoming Week!

Things to check out…. 

  • …This Week
  • …Looking Ahead
  • …Notes Worth Noting

This Week

  • Monday
    • Pep Rally 6:30 AM
    • Guest Clinician: Mr. Wansley in all Wind Classes on Monday!
    • Football @ Dr. Phillips 5 PM Call Time (Under Uniform Only)
  • Tuesday – BAND PICTURE DAY (There are NO makeup dates) 
    • BDMB Rehearsal = AFTER SCHOOL 2:30 PM – 5 PM 
    • Powder Puff Game Pep Band 7 PM
  • Wednesday BAND PICTURE DAY (There are NO makeup dates) 
    • PSAT/SAT – Morning Session
    • Percussion Rehearsal 7th Period – 3 PM
  • Thursday
    • BDMB Rehearsal (Normal) 2:30 PM – 5 PM
  • Friday
    • Pep Rally 6:30 AM
    • Parade – Meet in Band Room (Under Uniform) Time TBA
    • Afternoon Pep Rally 1:15 PM
    • Courtyard Call Time (Full Uniform) 5:45 PM
  • Monday (10.16)
    • Full BDMB 9 AM – 12 PM

It’s Homecoming Week! Just like band camp, there are spirit days and many other exciting things that will take place throughout the week. Please make note of the changes to our “normal” game week schedule and plan accordingly. Also, remember that it is still a week of school – everything is still due when it is due in each of your classes, there are still band pictures on Tuesday and Wednesday, the PSAT and SAT are still being given on Wednesday and WE ARE STILL CHARGED WITH ALWAYS GIVING OUR BEST! No Exceptions! Let’s make it a GREAT WEEK ALL AROUND! 

Looking Ahead

  • 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!

Notes Worth Noting… 

  • Hoodie sales are completed – be sure to check with Mrs. Janice to ensure your size and name info for the back is correct!
  • The band has Tumblers and Lanyards to sell! See the flyer posted below for more info!
  • Friday, October 27th is a BIG DAY for BAND! Senior Night, Middle School Night, and also our Rotary Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser! This is our first fundraiser of the year and tickets will be available starting next week! Ticket details will be posted this week!
  • Band Pictures will occur Tuesday and Wednesday of this week – you have to be present in order to get on the yearly composite as there are no make up dates for this opportunity! This year, picture previews and sales will occur online – link to come soon!
  • TUESDAY TUESDAY TUESDAY!!!!! This is an AFTER SCHOOL REHEARSAL experience this week. 2:30 PM – 5 PM to allow for the evening Powder Puff Game on the field.
  • The Binder Check will be our final Summative Grade for the 1st 9 Weeks. The slips were passed out in class on Friday for the contents that should be in your binder. Turn in will occur on the listed days for each ensemble.
  • Wind Symphony: THe recording studio assignment is due on Wednesday night of this week. Please visit http://www.charmsoffice.com to log in and submit your recording based on the listed requirements.
  • Thanks to all who participated in Jacksonville! We had a great time and brought back a “W” to Apopka! Thank to all of the volunteers who journeyed with us! Great night for APK!
  • PSAT/SAT is on Wednesday! Rest well, eat a good breakfast and give your ABSOLUTE BEST as you take this opportunity to showcase your knowledge!
  • We will host Mr. Ivan Wansley on Monday as a Guest Clinician in all of our Wind Classes to help us continue our development as performers!
  • Got any missing grades that can be made up? Be sure to knock them out before the end of the week! The best way to check attendance is to look at Charms as it is used for attendance. Grades will be updated early this week so you can see where you stand.
  • Marching MPA Jobs & Duties! We will post a list soon of all the things it will take to set up an incredible day as we host our annual Marching MPA! Each member will be responsible to assist with a portion of the day’s duties and responsibilities as part of their “performance”. A sign up sheet will be made available in a couple of weeks so that you can plan ahead for the day – and yes – the day WILL START with a morning rehearsal to prepare for and incredible evening performance by the BDMB! 🙂

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: 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!