Dear Band Families,

Congratulations to our hard-working students on a near perfect performance at MCBA State Finals at Ford Field on Saturday! What a great way to end the season! We are very proud of you all. You all did a wonderful job! GO WB Band!

Thanks to all the parents who volunteered to help move the props during practices and performances throughout the season and who also donated food to feed the hungry band. Thank you for posting the Paper Plate Awards all over the band room. They were very creative and encouraging. THANK YOU to all the students who managed to balance tight schedules and school work. Now that the marching season has concluded, it’s time to celebrate with your achievements this season at our banquet on November 13!

But, let’s not close this chapter with the Banquet celebration.  The Winter season is quickly approaching and students are invited to participate in groups such as Winter Percussion, Jazz Band, Winter Winds, JV and Varsity Winter Guard. Students are encouraged to bring friends to try out our indoor programs!  More information to follow.

IMPORTANT UPDATES:

Marching Band Banquet: Save the Date to Celebrate with the West Bloomfield High School Marching Band!

Date:  Sunday November 13, 2016

Location:  Glen Oaks Country Club

Time:  Doors open at 6:00pm, Dinner at 6:30pm

Cost:  $25/Person (Cash or check made payable to BBAWB)

RSVP:  by November 6.  Tickets will not be sold at the door, so buy them NOW!

For detailed information on the banquet location, what to wear, and much more, please visit the Band Banquet page on the website.

Message from our Treasurers: Marching season is over, and if you have an overdue balance and have not made arrangements for payment, please note that all accounts must be paid in full or good faith arrangements made with the Treasurers in order to attend the banquet, and before signups for any winter ensemble (percussion, color guard).

Please double check your balances in Charms and submit final payments this week. If you need help with balances, email us at treasurer@wbbands.info.

Uniform Return:

Marching Band and Color Guard members, please return your uniforms this week to the racks in the band room or guard room. Check to make sure you return all pieces including rain coats or guard jackets. Shakos can go on the shelves. Keep your Dinkles at home. Seniors, please remove all personal items from your garment bags. I will also accept uniforms at the banquet Sunday. Questions? Please e-mail Chris Long at christinelong@mac.com.

Lost and Found:

Last call for lost and found! There is a lost and found rack in the band room with items hanging up; items can also be found nearby on a table. Students, claim your stuff this week; whatever is left will be bagged and donated on Friday!

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (next 2 weeks)

full calendar

Thursday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m.             Winter Winds (grades 6-8) Informational Meeting in the WBHS Band Room (more information here)

Thursday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m.             Winter Percussion (grades 8-12) Informational Meeting in the WBHS Band Room (more information here)

Friday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m.                   JV and Varsity Winter Guard Informational Meeting in the WBHS Band Room (for parents of students in grades 6-12) (more information here)

Sunday, November 13 at 6:00pm.                  Marching Band Banquet, at Glen Oaks Country Club, 30500 W 13 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48334, United States (more information here)

Monday, November 14 from 10am-10pm.    Smashburger Fundraiser (more information and flyer here)

FUNDRAISING

Raffle:

Wednesday, December 7:       Raffle Ticket sale due – Seller returns the stubs in the along with the cash or check (made payable to BBAWB) to:

  • Booster’s mailbox in the high school band room
  • Mr. Mielens, Mr. Stein or the raffle coordinator, Christine Long

Help wanted!  Volunteers are needed to help sell raffle tickets at parent teacher conferences at Abbott and WBHS.  Please click here to sign up.  Thank you!

Envelopes containing 5 raffle tickets were sent home with marching band students and handed out in curricular band classes for grades 7-12.  Contact Chris Long if you want more tickets christinelong@mac.com  (more information here )

NEW! Yankee Candle

The Yankee Candle fundraiser is back for holiday shopping!  Go to the Yankee Candle website and enter Group #990077510 on the left side of the page.  40% of the retail price of each item will be donated to the BBAWB!  Thank you for your support!

Returnable Containers:

We have the big returnable containers placed around the school; please bring your returnables to band or drop it off in these containers any time. A Sign-Up Genius is coming soon, as we are looking for students to empty the containers and return the cans and bottles to the store.  The proceeds will be split 50/50 between the student’s account and BBAWB.

Dutch Mill Bulbs Fundraising:

Order online through our secure website! The link is below.  If you are typing the link into your computer, please enter all of the below information in the URL field (starting with http://).

http://groups.dutchmillbulbs.com/bandboostersassociationofwestbloomfield.php

Ordering online is easy! Make your selections, provide billing and shipping information, and choose a secure method of payment (credit card or PayPal).  A shipping fee of $6.00 will be applied to orders 24 packages or less, free shipping on orders 25 packages or more.  Items you select will be sent directly to the shipping address you provide.  Items will be shipped Ground and will arrive within 1-2 weeks.

The website will remain open for online ordering through December 1st.

Questions? Please contact fundraising@wbbands.info .

SCRIPS:

Every purchase brings a rebate, and 60% goes to the student’s points account, while 40% goes toward instruments, sectional instruction, music program scholarships, equipment purchase, and other initiatives supported by the Band Boosters.  Go to wbbands.info/fundraising/scrip-program/ and order SCRIP (gift cards).  The rewards for every purchase add up! And the more people who participate, the faster the rewards grow. Questions about how it works?  Please contact Marci Grossman. Of course, if you don’t want to buy scrip, you can always just make a donation to the band. The benefits of being a 501(c)3: A donation is tax deductible.

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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