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!