Weekly Update: November 19th through November 25th ~ Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a blessed and wonderful time with family and friends! 

Looking Ahead

  • Wednesday, November 28th: Winter Prism Solo & Small Group Auditions 1:30 PM – Completed (Sign Up by Tuesday, 11.27.18) 
  • Winter Prism Week Activities! December 3rd – December 7th 
    • Each day will require participation of each member, however, it may not be the same amount of time based on the individual’s performance needs/ensemble needs. Check the daily rehearsal calendar to see what your rehearal needs will be. 
    • Monday – Tech Rehearsal 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM 
    • Tuesday – Dry Run/Full Run #1 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM 
    • Wednesday – Dress Rehearsal 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM 
    • Thursday – Performance #1! 7 PM Downbeat 
      • 6 PM Performer Call Time 
    • Friday – Performance #2! 7 PM Downbeat 
      • 6 PM Performer Call Time 
    • Performer Notes (And Parents!) Each member will need to arrive  early for performance nights to ensure their performance materials are set in the place for the night’s show. Post show, each performer will need to clean up their areas and either reset, or tear down items as needed to clean up our event. Thank you for your attention to this need for our program. 
  • Saturday, December 8th: Apopka Holiday Christmas Parade 
    • Morning Call Time – TBA
    • Meet behind McDonald’s located on 441 in Apopka
    • Parade ends at Dream Lake Elementary School 
  • FMEA/All State Performance Rehearsal Schedule (Plan Ahead!) 
    • Tuesday, December 11th: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Mandatory Wind Symphony Rehearsal w/ Percussion (For FMEA/All State Performance in January) 
    • Tuesday, December 18th: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Mandatory Wind Symphony Rehearsal w/ Percussion (For FMEA All State Performance in January) 
    • Saturday, January 5th: 9 AM – 2 PM (Includes Lunch) Mandatory Wind Symphony Full Day rehearsal with FMEA/All State Clinicians
  • FMEA/All State Conference January 9th – 12th 
    • Thursday, January 10th 3 PM – 5 PM Wind Symphony Performance 
      • Tampa Convention Center

Weekly Update: November 12th through November 16th ~ All County Auditions! Playoffs Round 2 @ Wekiva!

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This Week

Course Layout

Sunday

  • Veterans Day
    • Thank you to ALL who have touched our lives through your service to our Great Nation! We are grateful for all that you have given on behalf of our Freedom! We honor you on this day!

Monday

  • Playoff Football @ Wekiva Pep Band Sign Up (MONDAY ONLY!)
  • All County Auditions @ Lake Nona HS (See Below For Schedules)

Tuesday

  • 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM Darter Sound (Basketball Pep Band) Rehearsal

Wednesday

  • JE1/JE2 Recording Session @ WKMG Channel 6
    • Depart @ 8:30 AM
    • Sessions at 9:30 AM and 10:45 AM
    • Bring $$$ For Lunch

Thursday

  • Concert Uniform Sizing (All New Members & Vets Needing New Uniform)

Friday

  • Concert Uniform Sizing (All New Members & Vets Needing New Uniform)
  • Playoff Football @ Wekiva High School
    • 5:45 PM Call Time
    • 6:15 PM Departure
    • 7:30 PM Kick Off
    • Concessions: We will address this in class this week to best plan ahead for our game experience.

Looking Ahead 

  • 11.19.18 – 11.23.18 Thanksgiving Holidays
  • 11.23.18 Possible Playoff Game (If We Win/Volunteer Pep Band Only)
  • 12.3.18 – 12.7.18 Winter Prism Week – Rehearsal Schedule Coming This Week!
  • 12.8.18 Apopka Christmas Parade (Morning TBA)
  • TBA Wind Symphony & Percussion All State Clinic Rehearsals (Before Winter Break)

Blue Darters Win! 

Congratulations to our Blue Darter Football Team on a hard fought TEAM WIN on Friday vs. Oviedo HS! With a score of 35-28, the Blue Darters advance to a Round 2 re-match with Wekiva High! We can’t wait to get out and support our team on Friday!

All County Update 

Please plan ahead for the time needed to travel to LNHS as well as time to warm up and locate your performance room. If you have any questions please see Mr. Langford or Mr. Ellis.

Concert Audition Schedule

All County Concert Audition Times

Jazz Audition Schedule

All County Jazz Times

Concert Tux Uniforms 

This week, Ms. Janice will come in on Thursday and Friday to measure any students that have not yet been sized for this uniform. Our Concert Tux will be used for our upcoming Winter Prism performances. Any veteran members that need a new size for this uniform should also see Ms. Janice to ensure they receive this with our upcoming order.

Wekiva Bus Sign Up

Our trip on Friday to Wekiva will be a Pep Band sign up experience. Due to busses needing to be ordered by Monday we will have a sign up in class on Monday. Kick Off will be at 7:30 PM and we will meet at 5:45 PM. We will depart by 6:15 PM to arrive and set up. As a reminder, students must ATTEND school to attend after school functions.

Weekly Update: November 5th through 9th ~ CONGRATULATIONS BDMB! Fall Concert & FB Playoffs!

CONGRATULATIONS BLUE DARTER MARCHING BAND! 

SUPERIOR RATING AT MARCHING MPA ON SATURDAY! 

We are proud of your accomplishments and determination this season! You have continued to raise the bar within the program and have learned to work as a family throughout the season. Our hearts are full of pride and excitement as we announce that the BDMB is once again a SUPERIOR BAND! IEGYB! 

Weekly Outlook

This Week

  • Monday
    • No Scheduled Events 
  • Tuesday
    • No Scheduled Events 
  • Wednesday
    • 1:30 PM – 2 PM Fall Concert Run Through w/ Percussion
    • 4:45 PM Meet at Kit Land Nelson Park/Set Up/Warm Up5:30 PM Fall Concert Downbeat
  • Thursday
    • No Scheduled Events 
  • Friday 
    • Football @ Oviedo 
    • 6:30 AM Pep Rally Doors Open TBA on Call Time – Will release time by Tuesday. 

Looking Ahead 

  • November 12 All County Auditions @ Lake Nona HS (Schedule will be released soon.) 
  • November 16th – TBA Playoffs (If we win vs. Oviedo!) 

Fall Concert – WEDNESDAY! 

Join us at Kit Land Nelson Park as the AHS Wind Symphony kicks off the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall and Fall Family Festival experience on Wednesday afternoon at 5:30 PM! We are excited to be part of this unique setting for our community and encourage you to arrive EARLY (By 5 PM!) as there will be a military flyover for the event! Bring your lawn chair and come enjoy a great day of Patriotism! 

Congratulations! 2018-2019 All State Participants! 

Congratulations to Matt Murphy (Bari Sax) and Daniel Harshman (Tenor Sax) on earning their chairs in the 2018-2019 All State Symphonic Band! We are proud of you and all that auditioned for this incredible experience! IEGYB! 

Weekly Update: October 29th through November 3rd ~ It’s MPA SPIRIT Week! & Senior Night!

Dress Up Every Day To Show Your BDMB SPIRIT! Pics taken daily in each class to to post! 

This Week

Monday

  • No Scheduled Events   

Tuesday

  • Tuesday Evening BDMB 6 PM – 8:30 PM 

Wednesday 

  • 2:20 PM – 3 PM Brass Sectionals (In Courtyard Areas)
  • NO EVENING SECTIONALS

Thursday

  • Thursday AFTER SCHOOL BDMB
    • 3 PM – 5:30 PM Per Normal Schedule

Friday

  • Morning Pep Rally (Last School Day For Week) 
    • 6:30 AM Doors Open 6:50 AM Warm Up 7 AM Pep Rally 
  • Football Game vs. Oak Ridge (Senior Night!) 
    • 4:45 PM Doors Open 
    • 5:15 PM Courtyard Warm Up 5:45 PM Senior Night Line Up (May Change) 

Saturday

  • Marching MPA @ University High School
  • BDMB Itinerary
    • 2 PM Doors Open 
    • 2:45 PM BDMB Reports to Field/Warm Up & Run Through 
    • 3:30 PM PM Load Trucks
    • 4 PM Senior Video 
    • 4:30 PM Depart for University 
    • 5:30 PM Eat @ University Concessions 
    • 5:45 PM Performances Begin 
    • 8 PM BDMB Performance
    • 8:15 PM Watch Remaining Performances 
    • 9:30 PM Depart UHS
    • 10:30 PM Arrive AHS 

Looking Ahead

  • November 7th – Wind Symphony Fall Concert Performance @ Kit Land Nelson Park 5:30 PM – 7 PM (In support of Vietnam Memorial Wall event.) 
  • November 12th – All County Auditions @ Lake Nona HS

Senior Night

SENIORS! YOUR NIGHT IS HERE! For our parents, your call time will be updated first of the week. Seniors – please make sure you have filled out the Google Form Below! 

Seniors: Please fill out the following information no later than Friday, October 26th. Click HERE for the Senior Night Form. You must be signed in to your OCPS account in order to fill it out.

Pretzel Sale Wrap Up

Please ensure you have turned in ALL FUNDS AND/OR PRODUCT to wrap up your pretzel sales! Any outstanding items will be added to the AHS Monies Owed list after this week. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter! 

IT’S SPIRIT WEEK FOLKS! LET’S HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEK OF PUSHING TOWARDS THE FINISH! IEGYB! 

Weekly Update: October 22nd through October 26th ~ FB @ Wekiva Week!

This Week

Monday

  • All County Forms DUE 
  • 2:40 PM – 3 PM Student Leadership Meeting
  • 6 PM Fall Band Parent Meeting #2    

Tuesday

  • Tuesday Evening BDMB 6 PM – 8:30 PM 

Wednesday 

  • 2:20 PM – 3 PM Woodwind Sectionals (In Courtyard Areas)
  • 6 PM – 8 PM Front Ensemble 
  • 6 PM – 8 PM Color Guard  
  • SPIRIT NIGHT @ TIJUANA FLATS for our trip to NYC! Show the flyer below to help us receive credit for this incredible experience!

Thursday

  • Morning Pep Rally (Last School Day For Week) 
    • 6:30 AM Doors Open 
    • 6:50 AM Warm Up 7 AM Pep Rally 
  • AFTER SCHOOL BDMB 3 PM – 5:30 PM Per Normal Schedule
  • PRETZEL SALES ARE FINAL! ALL PRETZEL $$$ DUE TO MS. BERCEGEAY! 

Friday (NO SCHOOL) 

  • NYC Trip Payment #2 DUE
  • Full BDMB Rehearsal 
    • 9 AM – 12 PM
  • FB @ Wekiva (See Concessions Info Below)
    • UPDATED SCHEDULE (Leaving earlier due to game traffic and parking location.)
    • 4:15 PM Doors Open  5 PM Seated w/ Uniform, Shako, Etc. 5 PM PM Depart 5:30 PM Arrive Wekiva/Warm Up7 PM Kick Off 

Looking Ahead

  • November 2nd – Football vs. Oak Ridge SENIOR NIGHT
  • November 3rd – Marching MPA @ University High School (All Day) GO BAND! 
    • See Itinerary Below
  • November 7th – Wind Symphony Fall Concert Performance @ Kit Land Nelson Park 5:30 PM – 7 PM (In support of Vietnam Memorial Wall event.) 
  • November 12th – All County Auditions @ Lake Nona HS

Senior Night

Friday, November 2nd – Senior Parent Call Time TBA (Based on Start time – will be updated soon!) 

Seniors: Please fill out the following information no later than Friday, October 26th. Click HERE for the Senior Night Form. You must be signed in to your OCPS account in order to fill it out. 

Wekiva Football Game Concessions 

For those who wish to purchase concessions for Friday @ Wekiva, we will offer Pizza/Drink combo for $5 as a PRESALE before departure. Money can be paid in our band room. There will be NO OPPORTUNITY to purchase this once we depart AHS. 

BDMB Trip Itineraries

The following itinerary represents our CAPSTONE performance for our program as we enter the end of our season. This is an event that allows us to showcase our growth as well as watch other performances in a true “audience” fashion which always inspires further growth and development. Attendance at this event is mandatory as they have been listed on our calendar since it was established in May. Please use the below itinerary to best plan for these exciting upcoming events for our program.

BDMB Marching MPA @ University High School, Saturday, November 3rd Itinerary 

  • 2 PM Doors Open 
  • 2:45 PM BDMB Reports to Field/Warm Up & Run Through 
  • 3:30 PM PM Load Trucks
  • 4 PM Senior Video 
  • 4:30 PM Depart for University 
  • 5:30 PM Eat @ University Concessions 
  • 5:45 PM Performances Begin 
  • 8 PM BDMB Performance
  • 8:15 PM Watch Remaining Performances 
  • 9:30 PM Depart UHS
  • 10:30 PM Arrive AHS 

Weekly Update: October 15th through October 20th ~ It’s University Classic Week! Let’s Go! #iegyb

This Week

Monday

  • NO SCHOOL – Student Holiday (End of 1st 9 Weeks)  

Tuesday

  • Tuesday Evening BDMB 6 PM – 8:30 PM 

Wednesday (Normal Wednesday Schedule) 

  • 2:20 PM – 3 PM Woodwind & Brass Sectionals (In Courtyard Areas)
  • 6 PM – 8 PM Front Ensemble 
  • 6 PM – 8 PM Color Guard  

Thursday

  • AFTER SCHOOL BDMB 3 PM – 5:30 PM Per Normal Schedule

Friday

  • Morning Pep Rally
    • NO PEP RALLY – NO FOOTBALL GAME
  • 2:30 PM – 4 PM Tuba Sectional w/ Mr. L – GOOD TIMES!

Saturday

  • UNIVERSITY CLASSIC COMPETITION! 
    • See Schedule Below! 

Looking Ahead

  • October 26th
    • STUDENT HOLIDAY
    • BDMB MORNING REHEARSAL (No School) 9 AM – 12 PM
    • FB @ Wekiva 5 PM Call Time
  • November 2nd – Football vs. Oak Ridge SENIOR NIGHT
  • November 3rd – Marching MPA @ University High School (All Day) GO BAND! 
    • See Itinerary Below
  • November 7th – Wind Symphony Fall Concert Performance @ Kit Land Nelson Park 5:30 PM – 7 PM (In support of Vietnam Memorial Wall event.) 
  • November 12th – All County Auditions @ Lake Nona HS

OCPS All County Band & Jazz Ensemble Auditions

Visit the All County Band audition page (tab located above) to get the music for this year’s auditions! See Mr. Langford if you would like assistance with printing music, audition help, etc. The audition date is MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12th! This is just enough time to really get to work and put in some incredible effort to earning a chair in this awesome performance experience. Begin working now to earn this opportunity! 

BDMB Trip Itineraries

The following two itineraries represent CAPSTONE performances for our program as we enter the heart of our season. They are events that allow us to showcase our growth as well as watch other performances in a true “audience” fashion which always inspires further growth and development. Attendance at these events is mandatory as they have been listed on our calendar since it was established in May. Please use the below itineraries to best plan for these exciting upcoming events for our program. 

University Classic Marching Competition (Saturday, October 20th)

  • 11:30 AM BDMB Reports to Parking Lot/Warm Up & Run Through 
  • 12:15 PM Load Trucks
  • 12:45 PM Depart for University 
  • 2 PM Performances Begin 
  • 4:40 PM BDMB Performance
  • 5 PM Dinner Break
  • 6 PM Performances Resume 
  • 8 PM Awards Ceremony  
  • 9:30 PM Return to AHS 

University Classic Ticket Information For Families

  • $10.00 General Admission per person
  • $6.00 Students with a valid ID
  • $6.00 Children age 4 – 13
  • FREE Children age 3 and under
  • $30.00 Families of more than four

Concessions Menu for University Classic! 

BDMB Marching MPA @ University High School (Saturday, November 3rd)

  • 2 PM BDMB Reports to Parking Lot/Warm Up & Run Through 
  • 2:45 PM PM Load Trucks
  • 3:15 PM Senior Video 
  • 3:45 PM Depart for University 
  • 5 PM Eat @ University Concessions 
  • 6 PM Performances Begin 
  • 8 PM BDMB Performance
  • 8:15 PM Watch Remaining Performances 
  • 9:30 PM Depart UHS
  • 10:30 PM Arrive AHS 

Weekly Update: October 8th through October 12th ~ West Orange Game Week!

Our Game Sponsor Of The Week! 
Thank you to Maltby’s Tree Service & Landscaping for your support of the Blue Darter Marching Band! Contact Maltby’s for all of your outdoor service needs! 
IEGYB! 
Visit http://www.maltbystreeservice.com today!

Want to become a Game Sponsor? Contact Bill Spiegel today at apopkarvp@gmail.com to learn more about this incredible opportunity! 
IEGYB!  
Mr. Bill Bradshaw, AHS Director of Bands from 1966-1986, directs the 2018 Blue Darter Alumni Band!

This Week

10.8.18 – 10.12.18 Weekly Course Layout – UPDATED! 

Monday

  • Student Leadership Meeting 2:40 PM – 3:15 PM 

Tuesday

  • Tuesday Evening BDMB 6 PM – 8:30 PM Per Normal Schedule 

Wednesday 

  • FULL SCHOOL DAY UNTIL 2:20 PM 
    • PSAT/SAT TESTING DAY
    • No Wind Sectionals
  • 6 PM – 8 PM Front Ensemble 
  • 6 PM – 8 PM Color Guard  

Thursday

  • AFTER SCHOOL BDMB 3 PM – 5:30 PM Per Normal Schedule

Friday

  • Morning Pep Rally
    • 6:30 AM Doors Open 
    • 6:50 AM Warm Up 
    • 7 AM Pep Rally 
  • GAME  
    • 4:30 PM Doors Open 
    • 5:00 PM Seated/Ready to Depart (Jacket/Hanger/Hat Box/Case In Hand)  
    • 5:15 PM Depart AHS 
    • 5:45 PM Arrive WOHS 
    • 6:15 PM Warm Up/Get Seated 
    • 7 PM Kick Off 

Looking Ahead

  • October 19th – Football BYE Week/No Game…. But…. (See next entry!)
  • October 20th – Competition at University High School (All Day) GO BAND! 
    • See Itinerary Below…
  • October 26th
    • BDMB MORNING REHEARSAL (No School) 9 AM – 12 PM
    • FB @ Wekiva 5 PM Call Time
  • November 2nd – Football vs. Oak Ridge SENIOR NIGHT
  • November 3rd – Marching MPA @ University High School (All Day) GO BAND! 
    • See Itinerary Below
  • November 7th – Wind Symphony Fall Concert Performance @ Kit Land Nelson Park 5:30 PM – 7 PM (In support of Vietnam Memorial Wall event.) 

OCPS All County Band & Jazz Ensemble Auditions

Visit the All County Band audition page (tab located above) to get the music for this year’s auditions! See Mr. Langford if you would like assistance with printing music, audition help, etc. The audition date is MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12th! This is just enough time to really get to work and put in some incredible effort to earning a chair in this awesome performance experience. Begin working now to earn this opportunity! 

BDMB Trip Itineraries

The following two itineraries represent CAPSTONE performances for our program as we enter the heart of our season. They are events that allow us to showcase our growth as well as watch other performances in a true “audience” fashion which always inspires further growth and development. Attendance at these events is mandatory as they have been listed on our calendar since it was established in May. Please use the below itineraries to best plan for these exciting upcoming events for our program. 

University Classic Marching Competition (Saturday, October 20th)

  • 11:30 AM BDMB Reports to Parking Lot/Warm Up & Run Through 
  • 12:15 PM Load Trucks
  • 12:45 PM Depart for University 
  • 2 PM Performances Begin 
  • 4:40 PM BDMB Performance
  • 5 PM Dinner Break
  • 6 PM Performances Resume 
  • 8 PM Awards Ceremony  
  • 9:30 PM Return to AHS 

University Classic Ticket Information For Families

  • $10.00 General Admission per person
  • $6.00 Students with a valid ID
  • $6.00 Children age 4 – 13
  • FREE Children age 3 and under
  • $30.00 Families of more than four

Concessions Menu for University Classic! 

BDMB Marching MPA @ University High School (Saturday, November 3rd)

  • 2 PM BDMB Reports to Parking Lot/Warm Up & Run Through 
  • 2:45 PM PM Load Trucks
  • 3:15 PM Senior Video 
  • 3:45 PM Depart for University 
  • 5 PM Eat @ University Concessions 
  • 6 PM Performances Begin 
  • 8 PM BDMB Performance
  • 8:15 PM Watch Remaining Performances 
  • 9:30 PM Depart UHS
  • 10:30 PM Arrive AHS