West Bloomfield Bands E-Newsletter

April 1st _ April 7th, 2019  


Hello, West Bloomfield Band families!


* Congratulations

* 2019 Marching Band Registration

* John Boruta Scholarship

* Save the Date!

* This Week’s Schedule

* Ongoing Fundraising




* GREAT NEWS! The Symphonic Winds Brass quintet was nominated for MYAF (the Michigan Youth Arts Festival) and made it into the Oakland Press!


* Congrats to our Winter Percussion Ensemble for taking 4th place earlier today at the MCGC State Championships. They received a score of 83.6125!


* So proud of our Varsity Color Guard for receiving 5th place yesterday at the MCGC State Color Guard Championships! They received a score of 82.145!




We are pleased to announce that Marching Band registration is open for 2019!  We are very excited about this season!  We hope your student(s) will join this rewarding program!

Marching Band: Registration is open to all students currently in grades 8-11 residing in the West Bloomfield School District who have experience on wind or percussion instruments. It is highly recommended that students be concurrently enrolled in band class, but this requirement can be waived at the director’s discretion. District students who attend International Academy, Oakland Early College or any private or non-profit school without a marching band are welcome to join!

Color Guard: Students who are not in band class and/or who do not play an instrument may join the Color Guard, a visual ensemble that is an essential part of the Marching Band. Some experience in dance is helpful but not required. The dance elements and equipment skills can be taught to interested students.

Online Registration: Click HERE to register online. The online form is designed to cut down on the amount of paperwork; however, there are still forms that will need to be filled out and returned. Once you register online, you will receive a welcome e-mail with links to the additional forms, payment schedule, and more.

The fee for the 2019 Marching Band Season is $925.00, plus $150 fundraising

What’s included in the fee:

  • Band Camp, including room/board, travel and entertainment
  • “Pride” Marching Band shirt – for members only!
  • Invitational entry fees
  • In-state competitions, including travel (at least 5 performance opportunities)
  • Show composition – music and drill customized for each student
  • Music royalties and usage fees
  • Instructor salaries for 6 months
  • Uniforms

Additional Expenses:

Marching Shoes (a/k/a “Dinkles”): $40 per pair. New members must purchase new Dinkles; returning members have the option to purchase replacements. A fitting for shoes will take place during the summer.

Color Guard Shoes: $40 per pair. All Color Guard members must purchase new shoes. A fitting for shoes will take place during the summer.


Paper Registration Packets are also available in all band classes at:

Abbott Middle School, Orchard Lake Middle School and at WBHS


Questions?  Contact Noah Dyer or email wbbands@gmail.com



The John Boruta Alumni Scholarship was created for West Bloomfield Marching Band members in needof financial assistance.  Since 2013, John has provided more than $5300 to passionate students wanting to be member of the West Bloomfield Marching Band.  The deadline to apply is Monday, April 22 and the winner will be announced at our Marching Band Reveal Night on Tuesday, May 14th.


Application information:  wbbands.info/john-boruta-scholarship


  • BBAWB Parent Meeting – Tuesday, April 9th at 7pm in the HS I-Center
  • April 13thSpring West Bloomfield Hazardous Waste Day (Tag Day Event)
  • April 13thMiddle School Solo & Ensemble at Oakview Middle School
  • April 11-14Percussion at World Championships (WGI), University of Dayton, OH
  • BBAWB Parent Meeting – Tuesday, May 7th at 7pm in the HS I-Center
  • West Bloomfield High School Spring Concert, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 7:00pm WBHS Auditorium
  • Abbott Spring Concert – Tue, May 28, 2019, 7:00pm – 8:30pm at Abbott
  • OLMS Spring Band Concert -Wed, May 29, 2019, 7pm – 8pm at OLMS
  • October 5thFall West Bloomfield Hazardous Waste Day (Tag Day Event)


THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE (4/1/19-4/7/19)

The Band Boosters uses Google Calendar.  A link to the full calendar can be found on our website at http://wbbands.info/calendar/. 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, April 1st:

* Winter Percussion Rehearsal 9am-3pm at Abbott

* Varsity Guard Rehearsal 4pm-9pm at Abbott

Tuesday, April 2nd:

* Winter Percussion Rehearsal 9am-3pm at Abbott

* Varsity Guard Rehearsal 4pm-9pm at Abbott


Wednesday, April 3rd:

* Winter Percussion 9am-3pm at Abbott


* Varsity Guard at WGI Color Guard World Championships – Preliminary Performance Time 8:19pm

Thursday, April 4th – Saturday, April 6th:

* Varsity Guard at WGI Color Guard World Championships


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.

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