West Bloomfield Bands E-Newsletter: Week of September 18th-24th, 2017

Hello West Bloomfield Marching Band families!

Please make note of the schedule for the week. A Friday rehearsal replaces our usual Thursday time. The details of our first competition, BOA Toledo, are listed below. Information regarding the Pit Crew will go out closer to the competition date. Have a great week!

IMPORTANT NEWS AND REMINDERS

Bulb Sale Fundraiser:
This starts on Monday, September 18th. Funds will go to help pay for sectional teachers in preparation for MSBOA Festival in March. NEW: Student account split! 80% of BBAWB profit to go to student accounts! Catalogs and information will be sent home with students.

Bands of America (BOA) Toledo:
Our first competition is this Saturday, September 23rd at the University of Toledo Glass Bowl Stadium. A brief rundown of the day is listed below. Any other pertinent information will come via email to all band families later this week.

4:30am arrive at WBHS
5:00am buses depart WBHS
6:30am arrive at Toledo Glass Bowl. Unload truck and warm up
8:30am perform in prelims
8:45am load truck. Change. Watch other groups. Brunch will be provided to the students.

(Any additional meals during the day will need to be purchased by the students in the stadium.)

4:45pm Prelim Awards
5:00pm clear the stadium.

After this, it depends upon if we make finals or not. If we make finals:

7:45pm Finals begin. Warm up could be as early as 6pm
10:15pm Finals end
10:30pm Finals awards
11:00pm depart site
12:30am arrive at WBHS

NOTE: If we do not make finals we will leave the stadium at 5:00pm, arriving back to WBHS at approximately 6:30 pm.

Middle School Drum Club:

Join Us for Middle School Drum Club!
Who: Middle School Band Students in Grades 6 – 8 are invited to participate in Monday Drum Club! This club is geared specifically toward students in the percussion sections of all OLMS and AMS bands. However, any student who is interested in learning the fundamentals of marching-style percussion is welcome to attend!
What: This class will be taught by professional, award winning instructors from West Bloomfield Percussion.
Where: West Bloomfield High School Band Room (south side of building). Students may ride the activities bus to WBHS

Session 1
Dates: Mondays – Sept 25, Oct 2, Oct 9, Oct 16, Oct 23 & Oct 30, 2017
Students are invited to march in the Homecoming Parade!

Session 2
Dates: Mondays – April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21, June 4 & June 11, 2018
Cost: $25 per session ($40, if signing up for both sessions). Make checks payable to “BBAWB”. Fee will cover the cost of instruction. Students will receive a pair of Vic Firth drum sticks.
Time: Classes are 2 hours, from 3:30 – 5:30pm
Transportation: Yes! Students may ride the activities bus from the middle schools to WBHS!

TO REGISTER: Print the form at the following site, fill it out and return it to your student’s band teacher. http://wbbands.info/west-bloomfield-percussion/middle-school-percussion/

Tag Day:
Tag Day will be held Friday, September 29th from 4:30pm to 7pm; Saturday, September 30th from 10am to 6pm; and Sunday, October 1st from 10am to 5pm. We are currently arranging the locations and will be sending out a Sign Up Genius soon. On Tag Day, groups of 3 students play their instruments and solicit donations from shoppers at local grocery stores. When the tradition started many years ago, donors were given tags in thanks, and the event came to be known as “Tag Day.” It is an important fundraiser for us. It also helps connect us to our community by sharing our music with the public and raising awareness of our wonderful band program. Please plan time in your schedule to work a shift that weekend. More information will be coming soon.

Homecoming Marching Band & Color Guard Middle School Clinic:
Date: Monday, October 2, 2017
Time: 3pm – 5pm
Where: Abbott and OLMS Middle School Band Rooms
What: Learn to play the WBHS fight song and “stand tunes”…and…learn to march or spin a flag before participating in the Homecoming Parade on Friday, October 6.
Who: All 7th and 8th grade students – NOT JUST BAND STUDENTS! Bring your instrument and a friend!

RSVP or Questions: Email the workshop coordinator at: christinelong@mac.com

Download permission form at http://wbbands.info/homecoming/

SAVE THE DATE!

Winter Invitational:
On Saturday, February 3, 2018, West Bloomfield Bands will host our winter invitational. Last year 81 groups performed at our show. Our concessions and admissions served over a thousand performers and spectators. This is the most important fundraiser of the year for the band program! In order to host the show, we need many volunteers. Please plan to help us on that day.

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE (September 18th -September 24th)

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 September 18th:

Bulb fundraiser begins

Tuesday September 19th:

Marching Band Rehearsal 3:30-6:30pm

Front Ensemble Rehearsal 5:00-8:00pm

Wednesday Sept. 20th:

Full Marching Band Rehearsal 3:30pm-6:30pm

Thursday Sept. 21st:

No School. Rosh Hashana

Friday Sept. 22nd:

Full Marching Band Rehearsal 3:30-6:30pm

Saturday Sept. 23rd:

BOA Toledo

Sunday September 24th:

REST !

ONGOING FUNDRAISNG

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.

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

Amazon Smile: EARN MONEY FOR WEST BLOOMFIELD BANDS WITH SMILE.AMAZON.COM. This is an easy way to get classroom texts or holiday gifts with Amazon’s convenience and competitive prices AND support the bands, at no extra cost to you! To get started: click HERE to register.

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