Dear WPHS Band Alumni,
Last year we celebrated the 80th anniversary of the WPHS Band program. We had a wonderful reunion where 18 of us performed in the finale at the concert with the WPHS Wind Ensemble. The Alumni Band also participated during
homecoming by playing in the stands as usual. We are constantly trying to find more band alumni and to grow our
mailing list. Please take a moment now if you need to update your contact info by registering on our website:
winterparkhighschoolalumniband.com. We will post information regarding events there as well as on our Facebook
group page: Winter Park High School Alumni Band. Please join the group now if you haven’t already.
Purpose:For the current school year, our fundraising purpose has
become even more critical. Because of the ability for families zoned for
WPHS to choose a virtual education option, funding for some of these
students is being redirected away from WPHS, and thus the band
program will lose some of its regular funding this year. There was
supposed to be a trip to Chicago at the end of the school year, but that
has been cancelled as well. In addition to the loss of funding, many
families are struggling financially and are having a difficult time paying
their band fees. Please consider giving any amount to help cover the
fees for families who are in need due to the loss of a job or other factors curtesy of Covid-19. Donate today through the link on our website. You can also help the WPHS Band for free when you shop on amazon by using this link every time: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-0964817
Homecoming: 2020 has brought a new set of challenges that are continuing into the fall. This is the first year
since its inception that the Alumni Band will not be performing with the WPHS Sound of the Wildcats in the stands,
because OCPS has postponed all sports and marching band programs until further notice. If anything changes, we will let you know through the Facebook group page and our website. Please know that this is temporary, and we will plan to reconvene next year and announce the homecoming date as soon as it is decided.
History: The WPHSBAA has raised over $36,000 for the band since it was founded in 2009. It was created to help
offset the rising costs for a band program of this caliber, including purchasing/repairing instruments, ordering music,
maintaining the trailer and uniforms for the Sound of the Wildcats Marching Band, and financing trips to showcase the
ensembles’ extensive talent at festivals across the nation. Mike Clemente is beginning his 2nd year as Director of Bands after 5 ½ years as the Associate Director. His years of experience will ensure that the traditions we hold dear will be continued, especially our reunions every five years and the annual homecoming events with the Alumni Band.
From all the board members of the WPHSBAA, we hope to see you next fall, and we thank you again for your generous support.
Jane Claus – President
Glen Waters – Vice President and Alumni Band Coordinator
Michelle Tribble – Secretary
Mary Eichin – Treasurer
Jamie Jones – Membership Coordinator
Joseph Wise – Past Band Director
Winter Park High School Band Alumni Association, Inc. "WPHSBAA"