Weekly Update: February 20th through February 23rd ~ MPA Showcase Week!

This Week

  • Monday
    • Student Holiday/President’s Day
  • Tuesday
    • Family & Friends MPA Showcase
      • Student Call Time: 6 PM
      • 6:30 PM Downbeat
      • Uniform: Tuxedo
      • Features: Freshmen Woodwinds, Freshmen Brass, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
    • 2:15 PM – 3 PM S&E Ice Cream Social Event
      • If you received a ticket, be sure RSVP by Wednesday.
      • RSVP form can be found on your Google Classroom page.
    • 4 PM Jazz Ensemble 1 to Orlando Eye Performance

Calendar Update! 

Concert MPA Dates/Times:

  • Wind Symphony: Thursday, March 1st, 11:00 AM
  • Symphonic Band: Saturday, March 3rd, 3:00 PM
  • Detailed Trip Itineraries will come later this week.

Our upcoming Spring Prism Concert has been moved to Thursday, May 3rd and Friday, May 4th. The event was originally scheduled for Friday/Saturday, however, due an unfortunate scheduling situation with our Prom committee and we have been asked to move our event earlier. Please make this change to your calendar accordingly. All rehearsal dates are still a “go”.

Family & Friends MPA Showcase 

Come and hear the growth of our student musicians as we showcase their musicianship in our annual Family and Friends MPA Showcase. During this event you will hear from our two primary concert ensembles as well as our Freshmen Brass and Woodwinds ensembles. The event will begin at 6:30 PM in our auditorium. There is no admission for this event. Bring all that you can to support our musicians!

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

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!

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: 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


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


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 23rd – 27th ~ Senior Night! Middle School Night! Pancake Supper!

Scroll all the way down to read This Week’s update in full! 

APOPKA ROTARY PANCAKE SUPPER! FRIDAY, October 27th 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM! Tickets are $7.00 each! 

Come get your pancakes! Ticket pre-sales are under way! Check with your band member today! $7.00 each!

For those who would like to pre-purchase tickets, please send in the money with your member and tickets will be given in return for this event. We are not “checking out” tickets to students for this event. Money must be turned in in advance of receiving tickets. Ticket pre-sale slips were made available last week to make it easy to keep track of each sale for each student. Please email Mr. Langford if you have ticket questions.

This fundraiser is a TREMENDOUS opportunity for our students to earn funds towards their fair share to the program. Each ticket sold goes directly to the student’s account unless their account is completely satisfied at which point the funds are added to our general account for operating expenses.

This Week

  • Tuba Clean Up Week
  •  Monday
    • No Scheduled Events
  • Tuesday
    • Full BDMB 2:30 PM – 5 PM (AFTER SCHOOL)
  • Wednesday
    • Percussion 7th Period – 3 PM
    • Senior Leadership 1:20 PM – 1:50 PM
  • Thursday
    • Full BDMB 2:30 PM – 5 PM (AFTER SCHOOL)
  • Friday
    • Morning Pep Rally 6:30 AM Doors Open
    • Full Leadership Meeting 2:10 PM – 2:50 PM
    • Rotary Pancake Supper 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM 
    • Drumline Call Time 4:45 PM
      • Exhibition w/ Wekiva 5:15 PM in Courtyard
    • Full BDMB Courtyard Call Time (w/ MS Students)
      • 5:45 PM in Full Uniform
      • 6:00 PM in Arcs
      • 6:30 PM March to Stadium/Senior Night Festivities
      • 6:45 PM Senior Night
      • 7:30 PM Kick Off (Time pushed back due to being Brighthouse Game of the Week)
        • The BDMB will do a full run of their show Post-Game. Halftime will be a shortened version due to time constraints.

Looking Ahead 

  • 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 14: JE1/JE2 WKMG Channel 6 Recording Day
  • November 15: Winter Prism Auditions
  • November 18: Band Day @ FSU!

Stetson Band Concert Follow Up 

Thank you to all of our Wind Symphony Members and Parents that were able to attend the Stetson Symphonic Band Fall Concert on Friday evening! This was a fantastic evening for our students to enjoy a wonderfully programmed performance as well as a collegiate-level ensemble open our eyes and ears to many great colors and sounds!

The Stetson Symphonic Band

Apopka Band members in Elizabeth Hall, Stetson University


We will post the sign up sheets this week to get a count of who will be able to attend with us on Saturday, November 18th. We DO NOT yet have departure details as the kick off time has not yet been set for the FSU game that day.

Tri State Honor Band Congrats

Huge congrats to Katarina Blumenstein, Isabella Licari, and Brittany McDaniel for being selected to perform in the annual Tri-State Honor Band at Florida State University! They will have the opportunity to study on campus, connect with the music faculty, and perform within this prestigious annual experience the first weekend of December! We are proud that they will represent Apopka at this event!

Seminole State Opportunity

There is another opportunity to take advantage of at Seminole State that is similar to the Tri-State experience and will yield an invaluable experience both musically and collegiately. The opportunity could land the participants scholarship to perform with the SSC program and pay for their State College experience. Any who are interested should see Mr. Langford THIS WEEK as the nomination for must be postmarked by Friday, October 27th. 


Please be sure to check your grades for accuracy based on your weekly grade report submission. If your grades are “O”, then it is most likely because you failed to turn in this form. If you grades are less that a 100, please check the comments to determine why you received credit less than 100%. Please reference the grading rubric posted last week on the Google Classroom.

Please handle this responsibility on time to avoid delays in the grading process.

Grades are being input late Sunday evening. Check beginning on Monday to ensure your form has been submitted.

Spirit Week

MPA Week is FAST APPROACHING! We are excited about this year’s Spirit Week and all that we will experience throughout the week! Your leadership team is working hard to prepare for a great week of celebrating our season and we look forward to an INCREDIBLE BDMB PERFORMANCE ON SATURDAY EVENING! IEGYB!

Halloween Leadership Opportunity

Leadership team members, please see Mr. Langford ASAP about signing up for the haunted house opportunity with Jessica Mazzaro! This will be a most unique opportunity to support our band through this awesome endeavor! Sign up EARLY THIS WEEK so the Mazzaro’s can plan accordingly!

Winter Prism Auditions

NEW FOR 2017-2018! Those members that wish to put together a small group performance for our Winter Prism concert will be able to audition on Wednesday, November 15th, after school by sign up, to be selected/non-selected for this performance experience.

As we continue to build our performance  level and ability in the Prism environment, it is important that we continue to define our performance expectations and allow for time for those who desire to perform to best plan and rehearse for this unique performance setting. Those that are selected will be done with the understanding that the given performance is still four weeks away and there will be a plan for improvement and development all the way to the show day.

Those that do not audition will not be considered for the Winter Prism concert. We will follow the same protocol for the Spring event as well.

Events should be “Holiday Themed” and support the mission of the concert: Ringing in the holidays and bringing our audience closer to the memories and excitement of this time of year.

Each class/ensemble will have performance responsibilities, the above referenced events are those that are student created/led ensembles, as we have had in previous years. This process will help us to better identify those performances that will enhance our experience through their pageantry and showmanship. Successful/Accepted performances will be coherent/well prepared, on point, and have a “plan” for development in the four weeks leading up to show time.

MPA Day Overview/Job Sign Up

Our upcoming MPA Day will be an incredible day to showcase our program’s performance ability in the Marching realm. As part of our total experience, we are also the “Host” for this awesome day! That said, as it has been in the past with hosting Solo and Ensemble, we will also have individual responsibilities FOR EACH MEMBER that will allow our program to be Superior both in Performance and in Logistics. Duties that you will be able to sign up for will include but not be Set Up Crew, Event/Campus Crew, Concessions Crew, and more! We will all meet “On the Bird” at the 50 post-performance to clean up and sing together as we close our our day’s festivities! And, of course, the day will start off with our annual Leadership Breakfast AND our annual “Morning Run-Through”!

More to come throughout this week as sign up’s are available! This will be an ALL HANDS ON DECK ALL DAY experience for us! It will be a great day to be a Blue Darter! IEGYB!