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 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

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)