WEST BLOOMFIELD BANDS NEWSLETTER – week of January 27, 2013

CHARMS OFFICE ASSISTANT
The West Bloomfield Bands program is in the process of implementing a new online band management system called “Charms Office Assistant”.  Some of the features include:

  • track student and parent information (email, addresses, phone numbers, groups, chaperones, etc)
  • organize our music library
  • keep track of inventory, props, uniforms
  • attendance
  • seating charts
  • finances
  • online payment
  • calendar
  • and much more!

We need your help!  Many of you received a “Charms” flyer that came home with your band student which listed out the instructions on how to access CHARMS.  If you have not seen this flyer, please ask your child (it might be in the bottom of his/her backpack).  If they did not receive one, please send an email to wbbands@gmail.com and we will see that you receive one.  If your child is in Mrs. Trotter’s OLMS 6th grade band class or Mr. Beddow’s Abbott 6th grade band class, please be patient, your flyers should be coming soon.  Once you log into CHARMS, please update your child’s information (especially email addresses and phone numbers) to help our band directors communicate with you more effectively.  CHARMS can always be easily accessed from the front page of our website at:  wbbands.info  (click on the blue rectangle about 1/2 way down the page.  To those of you have updated your information, thank you so much!

 

WINTER DRUMLINE
*Orders for Show shirts are due Mon January 28th.  Click HERE to print an order form.  Please email Mary Johnston – wbbands@gmail.com.
*Regular week of rehearsal this week.  January  29-31 from 5-8 at Abbott Middle School.
*Rehearsal on Saturday,  February 2  from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Bring a lunch or make plans to have a lunch delivered.
*Two drumline payments should have been made by this point.  If you are not up to date, please send in a check ASAP.  Send payment to Mary Ingweiller, 2019 Maddy Lane, Keego Harbor, MI 48320.  Make the check out to BBAWB. 
*The drumline has the first and second movements on the floor.  The first show is a WGI Regional at Troy on February 9th.  Make plans to come out and support!  Click HEREfor more information. 
*Reminder there will be no busing to drumline events, kids must find rides to and from competitions. They must also provide their own lunches.
*Parents are welcome to stop in early to check the progress of the drumline.
*For more information about Winter Drumline, visit our webpage at:  wbbands.info/winter-drumline/

JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Normal rehearsal this week:   Jan 28th and 30th, 2:30pm – 4:00pm

 

HIGH SCHOOL SOLO & ENSEMBLE
MSBOA High school Solo and Ensemble takes place this Friday (2/1) & Saturday (2/2) at Hartland High School (about a 45 min drive).  Please check the Solo & Ensemble schedule posted on the white board in the band room to confirm your performance time and room.  Click HERE for directions and building maps.

 

WINTER COLOR GUARD
Color Guard practice this week Mon Jan 28th  and Wed Jan 30th @ Roosevelt, 6pm – 7:30pm

 

WINTER INVITATIONAL

*Volunteers are needed for the WBHS Winter Invitational featuring Color Guard (including our own Winter Color Guard) and Winter Drumline groups from around the state.  We are in need of helpers in concessions, admissions, parking lot, and band guides. MCGC does allow students to be band guides for the winter invitational, so students are welcome!  Contact Ruth Richards today at richardsbandmom@gmail.com.  For more information, go to wbbands.info/winter-drumline/wbhs-winter-invitational/

*Program Ads:  This is a great way to honor your student for all of their hard work while supporting all of the West Bloomfield band programs.  If you are a business owner, or can get a business ad, 10% of the cost of the ad goes into your student account!  One parent has made close to $100 for their student with ads!  Ads are due Friday, February 8.  The business and personal ad forms can be found on the West Bloomfield Bands website (wbbands.info/winter-drumline/wbhs-winter-invitational/)


WBHS BAND TRIP TO GATLINBURG, TN

Click HERE to view the trip information flyer.  Plan on coming to the Parent Meeting on Monday, February 4 at 7:00pm to learn more about the trip!

 

BINGO!
BINGO is up and running every Friday night!  Add $30/week to your student’s band account and volunteer today.  Go to wbbands.info/fundraising/bingo for more information.

 

SPAGHETTI DINNER & SILENT AUCTION
Save the Date!  Wednesday, March 20, 2013
More to come about Silent Auction items.
For more information, go to wbbands.info/fundraising/spaghetti-dinner/

SCRIPS

SCRIPS is a great way to add money to your child’s student account.  Purchase gift cards to various merchants and the merchant donates a percentage of your purchase to the band.  For more information, go to wbbands.info/fundraising/scrip-program

MARCHING BAND

BOA (Bands of America) participant patches and certificates are in.  Please see Mr. Mielens to pick up your patch and certificate.
Coming in April:  Marching Band Information Meeting and Registration!

 

PARENT MEETINGS
Please mark your calendar and come to our next meeting on Monday, February 4, 7pm.

 

Questions?  check out wbbands.info  or email wbbands@gmail.com.

 

Thank you!