Dear Band Families,

What a great performance at Lakeland High School on Saturday! Thanks to all the parents who volunteered to help move the props during the practices and performances and also who donated food to feed the hungry band. Thank you to all the parents who participated in the Trunk or Treat for the kids, who were pleasantly surprised!  Everything came together that resulted in tremendous success. THANK YOU to all the students coping with the tight schedule and school work. We are very proud of you all. You all did a wonderful job!!!

Now we are venturing into the week of State Finals! Let’s plan, prepare and deliver another flawless execution! GO WB Band!!

IMPORTANT UPDATES

Parent Meeting: Our next parent meeting is on Tuesday November 1.  Please attend to hear updates from Mr. Mielens himself, as well as news and information on all band programs.  The agenda can be found here.  Hope to see you there!

2016 MCBA Championship Contest: Saturday November 5, 2016, at Ford Field, 2000 Brush St, Detroit, MI 48226. For more information, please visit the State Finals page on our website.

Paper Plate Awards: During the week leading up to State Finals, parents are welcome and encouraged to post fun and inspirational paper plates on the walls of the band room for their students and their friends, sections, staff, etc! Let’s cover the walls of the band room!

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 3.

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

Seniors:  We would like to include in the program your favorite band memory, what you learned while being in band, what might you miss the most, and also your future plans.  You will receive an e-mail soon with more information.  If you did not get the e-mail, contact Brandon Crawford (brettnsue@gmail.com).

Thank you, seniors, who have submitted their responses for the band banquet program and the seniors who have not emailed them, please email them ASAP.

Treasurers Update:

We’re coming down the stretch for marching season and need to get everyone caught up on their overdue fees. Charms is up to date, so please check your balances and submit payments this week. Accounts must be up to date this week. As a reminder, all accounts must be paid in full before signups for winter seasons (percussion, color guard). If you need help with balances, email us at treasurer@wbbands.info.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (next 2 weeks)

Full Calendar:

Tuesday, November 1                    3:30pm – Marching Band Rehearsal

7:00pm-  Parent Meeting

Wednesday, November 2             3:30pm – Marching Band Rehearsal

7:00pm –  OLMS 7th & 8th Grade Concert

Thursday, November 3                3:30pm –  Marching Band Rehearsal

Saturday, November 5                 Marching Band State Finals @ Ford Field

Ford Field, 2000 Brush St, Detroit, MI 48226.

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

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

Friday November 11                      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                  6:00pm. Marching Band Banquet

Glen Oaks Country Club, 30500 W 13 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48334, United States (more information here)

Monday, November 14                All day (10am – 10pm) SmashBurger fundraiser at 6919 Orchard Lake Road

Fundraising:

Raffle:

Every band student (except 6th graders) is responsible for selling 5 raffle tickets. An envelope with 5 raffle tickets was sent home with each marching band student on Saturday. Tickets will also be distributed during band classes.  The drawing will be held at the Winter Concert on December 8.  We need to sell 400 tickets in order to award the grand prize of $1,000, otherwise it will be a 50/50 drawing.  Contact Chris Long if you want more tickets christinelong@mac.com  (more information here )

SmashBurger Fundraiser:

Our next restaurant fundraiser will be at SmashBurger at 6919 Orchard Lake Road on Monday November 14! The fundraiser will run all day.  Please bring in the flyer (attached) and 10% of your order will be donated to BBAWB!

Also, there are scrip cards available for SmashBurger!  The rebate is 10%.  Benefit the band even more, and your student account (60% of the rebate goes to your student account; 40% goes to the band).  Please contact our scrip coordinator, Marguerite DeBello at scrips@wbbands.info for information on ordering this or any other scrip!

Yankee Candle:

Yankee Candles will be available for online sales only.  A link for ordering will be live soon.

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:

The weather is great for planting bulbs and our sale continues!  Order your bulbs for spring blooming 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

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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