West Bloomfield Bands E-Newsletter: Week of March 6, 2017

News Updates

Hello West Bloomfield Band families!

Congratulations to West Bloomfield Percussion for placing first at MCGC Milford on Saturday with an amazing performance of their show “Into the Canvas!”  Also on Saturday, the West Bloomfield Winter Winds group performed their show “Eyes Turned Skyward” and earned first place!  Great job!

Varsity Guard is hard at work preparing to perform their show “Tomber Amoureaux: To Fall in Love” at the upcoming WGI Regional in Flint this coming Saturday!  Good luck!

MSBOA Festival is coming up this week for our middle and high school bands!  See the Curricular Band Update below for performance dates/times. Questions regarding exact report times and concert attire should be directed to your student’s band teacher.

Marching Band 2017 Enrollment is coming soon! We are so excited about the 2017 season!  New uniforms, new band camp, new summer schedule!  Check your e-mail for news and information. We are piloting online registration this year and are planning on opening up registration starting on Wednesday March 15. There will be discounts for early enrollment and also incentives for student-to-student recruitment.  Paper registration forms will also be available.  More information will be shared at our Parent Meeting on Tuesday March 7 in the iCenter at WBHS! (agenda is attached)

Spring Swing II Volunteer Meeting on March 9 Spring Swing II is coming up on Friday May 5! Chairperson Anne Marie Collier-Miller will be holding a volunteer meeting on Thursday March 9 at 7:00 p.m. at Abbott Middle School.  She is requesting volunteers in the following areas: decorating; requesting appetizer donations from local restaurants; and collecting items for the silent auction.  A Sign Up Genius will go out soon for auction gift basket items.  Questions – contact Anne Marie at bamo72@msn.com.

School Bond Election coming up on May 2! This election is an opportunity for West Bloomfield School District to invest $120 million in updates, renovation and construction throughout the entire district, with a half-mill reduction in the school tax rate. The West Bloomfield Bands will stand to benefit from this election in the form of the addition of an auxiliary gym at WBHS, remodeling of the auditorium and fine arts spaces including additional storage near the WBHS band room, and new musical instruments and equipment for grades K-12. For more information, please visit the Bond Election page on the WBSD website. Information on the bond election will be provided on our website, social media and at parent meetings.


Mark Your Calendar:

Tuesday March 7, 2017: BBAWB Parent Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the iCenter at WBHS

Wednesday March 8, 2017: Pre-Festival Concert at WBHS.  First band starts at 6:00 p.m. See Curricular Band update below for more details.

Friday/Saturday March 10 and 11, 2017: MSBOA Festival for middle and high school bands.  See Curricular Band update below for more information.

Saturday March 11, 2017: Varsity Guard at WGI Regional in Flint, MI

Saturday March 18, 2017: State Solo & Ensemble. Location to be announced.

Tuesday May 2, 2017: School Bond Election

Friday May 5, 2017: Second Annual “Spring Swing” fundraiser featuring the WBHS Jazz Band at Orchard Lake Community Church!

Curricular Band:

MSBOA Festival is fast approaching for our West Bloomfield concert bands.  Please mark your calendar for the following dates and times:

Wednesday March 8, 2017: Pre-Festival concert at WBHS (AMS and WBHS only; OLMS will perform for their clinician during the school day)

6:00 p.m.: Abbott Symphony Band

6:45 p.m.: WBHS Concert Band

7:30 p.m.: WBHS Symphony Band

8:15 p.m.: WBHS Symphonic Winds

Friday March 10, 2017: WBHS Bands to perform at Clarkston High School

4:00 p.m.: WBHS Concert Band

6:20 p.m.: WBHS Symphony Band

9:10 p.m.: WBHS Symphonic Winds

Friday March 10, 2017: OLMS Band to perform at Walled Lake Northern High School: 5:00 p.m.

Saturday March 11, 2017: Abbott Band to perform at Lake Orion High School: 9:05 a.m.

State Solo & Ensemble will take place on Saturday March 18.  Location to be finalized very soon.

Winter Ensembles – Percussion, Guard and Winds:

THANK YOU to the parents who stepped up to volunteer at MCGC State Finals! We needed 8 volunteers (2 from each of our Winter performing ensembles) and got 14 responses!! We have amazing parents!

A note from the BBAWB Treasurer: Parents, if you have not done so, please log in to Charms and check your balance and verify that your balances are correct. If the information is not accurate or you are having trouble logging in to Charms, please send us an e-mail at treasurer@wbbands.info.

Winter Percussion: Permission slips for the Kentucky Regional have gone out via e-mail.  They need to be completed and returned to Chris Vilag by March 16.  If you have not received one, please contact Ruth Richards at richardsbandmom@gmail.com.

Winter Winds: Thank you to our parents who volunteered at the Milford show!  Our kids did an amazing job and your support means the world to them! For those who ordered show shirts, they  are on order and should arrive by early next week.

Check the Upcoming Schedule below or the BBAWB calendar for rehearsal dates, times and locations, or for last minute changes, such as school cancellations!

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (week of March 6 – March 11)

The Band Boosters uses Google Calendar.  A link to the full calendar can be found on our website. To add BBAWB events to your calendar on your computer or smart phone, click on the “+Google Calendar” icon located at the bottom right of the calendar.

Monday March 6 (NO SCHOOL):

Varsity Guard, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. AMS

Tuesday March 7:

Winter Winds, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. WBHS Band Room

Winter Percussion, 5:00 – 8:15 AMS

JV Guard, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. WBHS

BBAWB Parent Meeting, 7:00 p.m., iCenter at WBHS

Wednesday March 8:

Jazz Band, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. WBHS Band Room

Pre-Festival Clinic, first band performs at 6:00 p.m., WBHS (see Curricular Band update above)

Thursday March 9:

Winter Winds, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. WBHS Band Room

Winter Percussion, 5:00 -8:15 p.m. AMS

JV Guard, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. WBHS

Friday March 10:

Varsity Guard, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., AMS

OLMS Symphony Band MSBOA Festival at Walled Lake Northern HS, 5:00 p.m. (see Curricular Band update above)

WBHS Bands, MSBOA Festival at Clarkston High School, performances at 4:00 p.m., 6:20 p.m. and 9:10 p.m. (see Curricular Band update above)

Saturday March 11:

Winter Percussion, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., AMS

Varsity Guard, WGI Regional, Flint

Abbott Middle School Symphony Band MSBOA Festival at Lake Orion High School, 9:05 a.m.


Scrips: Earn money for your student account by purchasing scrip!  For more information, click here. Scrip Split: 60% to student accounts: 40% to WB Boosters. To sign up and learn more, visit the Great Lakes Scrip website.

Uber now available!

Aeropostale has returned to Shop With Scrip with a 10% rebate

Current Scrip Bonuses (through March 10):

Gander Mountain: 9%

Guitar Center: 6%

Albertsons: 5%

Payless Shoesource: 18%

Returnable Containers: We have big returnable containers placed around West Bloomfield High School; please bring your returnable cans and bottles to the band room or drop it off in these containers any time.

Band Merchandise: Show your Laker Pride!  Go to wbbands.info/band-merchandise today!  A portion of every sale goes to West Bloomfield Bands.

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