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: February 12th through February 16th ~ Congrats on a great S&E Weekend!

This Week

  • Monday
    • 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Symphonic Band & Percussion
  • Tuesday
    • No Wolf Lake Mentoring This Week! They are playing with their accompanist on Tuesday! Thank you all for your dedicated work with these student musicians! IEGYB!
    • 6 PM – 8 PM Wind Symphony & Percussion w/ Mr. Fielder
      • NEW TIME! 
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Monday (February 19th)
    • PRESIDENT’S DAY – STUDENT HOLIDAY
  • Tuesday (February 20th)
    • 2:15 PM – 3 PM Wind Symphony Run Through
    • 6:30 PM Family & Friends MPA Showcase Performances
      • Featuring Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Freshmen Woodwind Ensemble, Freshmen Brass Ensemble
      • Event is designed to showcase the musical growth and development during our MPA season of the year.

Jazz/S&E Wrap Up! 

Wow! It has come and gone! Jazz, S&E, Auxiliary MPA is now in the books! Congratulations to our many student performers for their commitment to excellence and growth as musicians! Our program had great representation from our members during this event both musically and in service to our peers across Orange County.

Many thanks go to our student workers and our Booster workers for the incredible job they did in preparing an awesome site for our student musicians in District 8! Our parents and students worked tirelessly to help us achieve our success over the course of Thursday through Saturday as we welcomed over 2000 parents and performers across our campus. It takes a village to achieve the success we experienced this weekend and I am grateful to all who made this a reality! IEGYB!

MPA Family & Friends Showcase 

Next Tuesday, February 20th, we will host our first annual “Family and Friends Showcase” to provide an opportunity for our supporters to hear our musical growth and development during this time of our performance season. While many of our performances are being prepared with great attention to detail, we want to use this forum to share the music with each of you! Join us for an experience that you will surely enjoy! We look forward to having you in the audience to support some amazing students that have been working hard and digging in each and every day!

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: 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: 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!