Hello West Bloomfield Marching Band families!

This is an announcement of the Marching Band mini-camp coming up next week; it will take place June 18-20 at WBHS, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. All Marching Band students are expected to attend!

Parents and students with questions can contact:

We have some new members this season – welcome to all of you! For our new families, Marching Band is an unfamiliar experience and we hope that this letter will answer your questions regarding the expectations around these rehearsals and will set the tone for the rest of the summer.

Be Early for Rehearsals! The most important rule is “Get there early to be on time!” Students should arrive at the WBHS Band Room at least 15 minutes before rehearsal is scheduled to begin in order to get equipment, get to the right location, and be ready to start on time. In the case of the summer mini-camp, we ask that students arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. (The Band Room entrance is located at the southernmost end of the WBHS building; it is on the opposite side from the football field.)

If your student cannot attend the June or July mini-camps and you have not already contacted Mr. Dyer, please do so as soon as possible!

Students are expected to bring their instruments and/or equipment to every rehearsal! A backpack or string bag is recommended so that students can bring the following every day:

  • 1” binder with sheet protectors
  • Music (to be provided either as a handout or to be downloaded and printed)
  • Pencils
  • Reeds (for woodwind players)
  • Oil/grease (if applicable)

What to wear at rehearsals:

  • Comfortable, closed-toe shoes – preferably tennis shoes. Absorbent socks are strongly encouraged. Students will be on their feet and learning to march for much of the day. Absolutely no sandals or flip flops – the risk of injury is too great!
  • Dress for the weather – it is forecasted to be hot and sunny on Monday. Please dress appropriately for the weather, but be reminded that the WBHS student dress code is in effect even in the summer! A hat is recommended.
  • Sunscreen is a must – students will be standing in the sun for long periods of time. Apply sunscreen before rehearsal, and reapply throughout the day.
  • WATER BOTTLES! Every student MUST bring a water bottle to all rehearsals. This is especially important during summer practices. Students work very hard and need to keep plenty of fluids in their body.
    • Note: Many students prefer the Coleman half-gallon water jug, which is inexpensive, available in several colors and can be purchased at any retailer such as Meijer, Target, Wal-Mart, or any sporting goods store. Students should put their name on their water bottle.
  • Sack lunch – students should bring a bagged lunch marked with their name. They will be given approximately an hour lunch break each day. Lunches can be kept in the band room.
  • Ankle and Knee Braces (if needed): Because students are marching almost every day, it is recommended for those individuals who have joint problems to wear ankle/knee braces where appropriate. Even if your student is healthy, these are a cheap insurance policy to prevent joint injuries.

Mark Your Calendar:

Car Wash Fundraiser: There will be two car washes this summer. Tickets will be distributed to each marching band student. Students are asked to sell 10 tickets. Fundraisers are very important and we need everyone to participate!

  1. The first is Saturday, July 21 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church (4800 Orchard Lake Road, kiddie corner from WBHS).
  2. The second will be on Saturday, August 11 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at West Bloomfield United Methodist Church (4100 Walnut Lake Road). Tickets are $5 each. Volunteer sign-ups are online.

Student Account Opportunity! For the second year in a row, students will have an opportunity to earn points for their student accounts by selling car wash tickets! (3 points for each ticket sold – click here for more information about student accounts). Points add up quickly, and can be used to reduce marching band fees and for other music-related purposes!