West Bloomfield Bands E-Newsletter: April 9th-April 15th 2018


Hello West Bloomfield Band families!





  • Congratulations!
  • Marching Band Parent Information Meeting
  • Marching Band 2018 Registration
  • John Boruta Alumni Marching Band Scholarship
  • Hazardous Waste Tag Day
  • Spring Swing Updates
  • Save the Date!
  • This Week’s Schedule



Our Winter Ensembles performed outstandingly at MCGC State Finals over the weekend!

Congratulations to our directors and their staffs – Percussion Director Chris Vilag, Winter Guard Director Mark Istratie and Winter Winds staff Sam Silverman and Chad Mielens.

Thank you to the dedicated parents and volunteers whose support helped to make the weekend in Saginaw a huge success!

We are so incredibly proud of these talented and hard-working students! WAY TO GO, WB!

West Bloomfield Percussion

Congrats on taking home the Silver Medal for 2nd place with a score of 86.1375! This talented group competed against 10 other groups in the Scholastic A class!

Varsity Winter Guard

Congrats on receiving 5th place with a score of 80.590! This talented group competed against 10 other groups in the Scholastic A class!

JV Winter Guard

Congrats on receiving 4th place with a score of 78.130! This talented group competed against 21 other groups in the Scholastic Regional A class!


Winter Winds

As the only group in the Regional A class, this talented group made up mostly of middle school students, received the Gold Medal for 1st place with a score of 82.175!



Is your student interested in Marching Band? Please plan to attend the parent meeting this Tuesday, April 10th

New and veteran marching band parents are encouraged to attend our next parent meeting, on Tuesday April 10, 7:00 p.m. in the iCenter at WBHS.  There will be lots of information for parents to take home, plus our Director of Bands, Chad Mielens, will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about the marching band program.  In the meantime, parents with questions or concerns are encouraged to e-mail Mr. Mielens at chad.mielens@wbsd.org.



Marching Band 2018 registration is open! 


We hope your student will join this fun and exciting program.  This year, we have reduced the fee by $100 per student, to $895!  Students will still receive excellent instruction, a week at band camp and at least five performance dates (to be announced).


Please visit http://wbbands.info/home/join-us/ to find detailed information as well as online registration!



Applications for the John Boruta Alumni Marching Band Scholarship are now being accepted through Monday, April 16, 2018 This scholarship will provide a worthy student a positively life-changing experience through participation in the West Bloomfield Marching Band program.  More information and application can be found here.



Tag Day is Saturday April 21st at West Bloomfield Township Civic Center, 4550 Walnut Lake Road, during West Bloomfield’s Hazardous Waste Event.

Tag Day is when groups of students play their instruments and solicit donations. In addition to being an important fundraiser for us, it also helps connect us to our community by sharing our music with the public and raising awareness of our wonderful band program.

-IMPORTANT NOTE- The Winter Percussion Ensemble will be in Dayton for their World Championships, so help from the Marching Band horn line and Color Guard is greatly needed! Please follow the link to sign-up for a shift.


Thank you!




The Spring Swing will be at Orchard Lake Community Church on Friday, May 4.  Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets $10 adults, $8 students and seniors.  More information and flyer coming soon!


Volunteers and donations are needed for this event.


Please visit the following links to donate items for the silent auction and events:







Questions? Would you like to volunteer for the event? Please contact Anne Marie Collier-Miller at bamo72@msn.com


Marching Band Social Event – Tuesday, April 24th time and location TBD


Marching Band Reveal Night, Social Event, & BBAWB Parent Meeting – Tuesday, May 1st at 7:00pm in the HS I-Center


Spring Swing Friday, May 4th starting at 6:00pm

Jazz Band at The Hard Rock Café – Sunday, May 20th


WBHS Finale Concert – Thursday, May 24th 7pm – 9pm at the HS


OLMS Spring Concert – Wednesday, May 30th 7pm – 8pm at OLMS



THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE (April 9th–April 15th)

The Band Boosters uses Google Calendar. A link to the full calendar can be found on our website. 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 9th:

  • Varsity Guard 6:00pm-9:00pm at Abbott

Tuesday April 10th:

  • Winter Percussion 5:00pm-8:30pm at Abbott
  • Varsity Guard 6:00pm-9:00pm at Abbott
  • BBAWB Parent Meeting / Marching Band Informational Meeting 7:00pm in the HS ICenter


Wednesday April 11th:

  • Winter Percussion 4:30pm-7:15pm at Abbott
  • WGI Color Guard World Championships

Thursday April 12th:

  • Winter Percussion 5:00pm-8:30pm at Abbott
  • WGI Color Guard World Championships – Preliminary Performance:
    10:40am Cintas Center, Cincinnati


Friday April 13th:

  • JV Guard 12:00pm-5:00pm at the HS
  • WGI Color Guard World Championships


Saturday April 14th:

  • Winter Percussion 9:00am-4:00pm at Abbott
  • WGI Color Guard World Championships

Sunday April 15th:

  • Winter Program Payment Due


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.

Amazon Smile: EARN MONEY FOR WEST BLOOMFIELD BANDS WITH SMILE.AMAZON.COM. This is an easy way to get classroom texts or holiday gifts with Amazon’s convenience and competitive prices AND support the bands, at no extra cost to you! To get started: click HERE to register.



Website: wbbands.info

Calendar: wbbands.info/calendar/

Email: wbbands@gmail.com

Like us on Facebook: West Bloomfield Bands

Follow us on Instagram: wbbands

Follow us on Twitter: @WB_Bands