West Bloomfield Bands E-Newsletter: August 13th-19th 2018


Hello West Bloomfield Band families!


We have our pre-camp rehearsal this week. Please remember to bring a packed dinner and drink plenty of water.


A BIG thanks to all of the families that helped with the car wash! We truly appreciate your time and energy! Many thanks to Anne Marie Collier-Miller for organizing ALL of our car wash fundraisers!




  • August Parent Meeting
  • New Sponsorship Program
  • Marching Band Camp
  • Community Performance
  • Field Day Volunteers
  • Fall Rehearsal Change
  • Uniform Pillow & Bag Sale
  • Save the Date!
  • This Week’s Schedule



Please join us this Tuesday, August 14th


Our August parent meeting will take place at either the high school or Abbott middle school. We will let you know of the location via email and Facebook as soon as possible. It will take place on Tuesday, August 14th at 7:00pm. We hope to see you there!


Corporate/Community Sponsorship


As we move into a new season, the BBAWB board has decided to revamp the T-shirt/program ads in the hope of attracting more sponsorship participation. Attached to this newsletter is the new direction with a new name, “Corporate/Community Sponsorship levels.”

There are seven levels of participation ranging from $50-$2,500+ — Piano, Crescendo, Mezzo-piano, Mezzo-forte, Forte, Fortissimo and Fortississimo — with different incentives.

Incentives for the student remain the same — a 50-50 split between the student and band — except for the $2,000-$2,500+ levels. Any sponsorship package sold at the $2,000-and-above level will be capped at $750 for the student with the remainder going into the general band fundraising coffer.


For individuals wanting to place ads in our programs only, please refer to last year’s donation amounts.

The Corporate/Community Sponsorship form can be printed from http://wbbands.info/

So, start selling, and good luck!!!!



Camp is just 1 week away! August 20th-24th at Camp Manitou-Lin (YMCA), Middleville, MI


We are still in need of MANY:

Band Camp Release Forms

2018 Marching Band Medical Forms


Students must have these turned in before camp. You can find these forms at http://wbbands.info/forms/ Please fill out and return these forms as soon as possible. They can be placed in the black mailbox inside of the band room. The box is on the wall outside of the director’s office. Release forms should be marked for Ruth Richards and Medical forms marked for Anne Marie Collier-Miller.

Important Information:

  • On the Monday that we leave, buses will load at 7:30am near the band room at West Bloomfield High School. Buses will leave promptly at 8:00am.
  • School buses will transport the students back to West Bloomfield High School on the Friday. Students should be picked up from the high school at approximately 8:30pm.
  • In order to comply with our state license, parents should not visit band camp. If you must come to camp to pick up your child, please arrange it with Ruth Richards (248)497-5800 or by email at richardsbandmom@gmail.com . While we are actually at camp, email will work better than cell phone.
  • The camp requires that each student have a properly signed General Liability Release Form in order to attend camp. If you have not turned one in yet, you must do so. The form is available on the band’s website at http://wbbands.info/forms/
  • Please give all clearly marked medications in a zip-locked bag to our camp nurse, Anne Marie Collier-Miller, before boarding the bus when we leave.
  • Students should bring a refillable water bottle.
  • When you pack your clothes, keep in mind that the school dress code applies to camp. This includes “No inappropriate or revealing clothing, No underwear showing, No bare midriff for males or females, No short-shorts.”
  • To put the students at ease, they should know that there will be NO pranks at all allowed at Camp Manitou Lin.
  • Before attending band camp, each student’s account must be up-to-date in payments. If you need to discuss this with the treasurer, you should email treasurer@wbbands.info
  • Be sure to send sunscreen, bug spray, and aloe for sunburn. A sun hat is a good idea.
  • Keep in mind that their shoes may get wet, so send an extra pair of shoes to march in.
  • If your child has special dietary needs, please let Ruth know as soon as possible. richardsbandmom@gmail.com

Want to get a jump on packing? Print a full packing list HERE


Visit the Band Camp link for ALL detailed information: http://wbbands.info/band-camp/


Attention all Band Friends & Family – Join us on Saturday, August 25th at 7pm

The Marching Band Post-Band Camp Community Performance will take place on the field at West Bloomfield High School. The Band will perform their 2018 show to friends, family, and the community. Marching Band members will have rehearsal that day at 4pm. The community performance will be held from 7pm-8pm. We hope you can all come on out to see the show!


On Saturday, September 8, 2018, West Bloomfield Bands will be hosting MCBA Field Day. Bands from other schools will come to West Bloomfield High School to perform and we need to provide the work force.

We anticipate needing help from 2pm till 8:30pm, but will not know the schedule until MCBA releases it. Please contact Ruth Richards at richardsbandmom@gmail.com to volunteer. Thank you!


The Fall rehearsal schedule is now updated on the band calendar.

Starting on Tuesday, September 4th, the Marching Band rehearsal schedule will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm-8:30pm and Fridays from 3:30pm-6:30pm. Please visit the online calendar for all Marching Band rehearsal and event dates. http://wbbands.info/calendar/


We’re still taking orders for bags and pillows made from the old marching band uniforms!

The bags are $30 and the pillows are $35.

If you’d like to buy just the uniform (bibs and Shakos are not for sale) they are $25.

If you would like to order a bag or pillow, or the uniform, please email president@wbbands.info



Marching Band Camp – August 20th -24th


Community Performance – August 25th 7pm. Student report time 4pm

September Parent Meeting – Tuesday, September 4th 7pm in the HS I-Center

Football Game – (vs Oxford) Fri, September 7th 5:30pm – 10pm

MCBA Field Day – Saturday, September 8th


Football Game(vs Lake Orion) Fri, September 21st 5:30pm-10pm


MCBA Lake Orion – Saturday, September 22nd


Hazardous Waste Day – Saturday, September 29th 8:30am-2pm


October Parent Meeting – Tuesday, October 2nd at 7pm at the HS I-Center


Football Game – (vs Southfield A&T) Fri, October 5th 5:30pm-10pm


MCBA Livonia Franklin – Saturday, October 13th


Football Game – (vs TBD) Fri, October 19th 5:30pm-10pm


MCBA Lamphere – Saturday, October 20th


MCBA Lakeland – Saturday, October 27th


MCBA State Finals – Saturday, November 3rd


Marching Band Banquet – Sunday, November 11th from 6pm-9:30pm at Glen Oaks Country Club



THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE (August 13th– 19th)

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, August 13th:

  • Marching Band Rehearsal 1pm-8pm at the HS
  • Color Guard Rehearsal 2pm-9pm at the HS

Tuesday, August 14th:

  • Marching Band Rehearsal 1pm-8pm at the HS
  • Color Guard Rehearsal 2pm-9pm at the HS
  • BBAWB Parent Meeting 7pm. Location TBA

Wednesday, August 15th:

  • Marching Band Rehearsal 1pm-8pm at the HS
  • Color Guard Rehearsal 2pm-9pm at the HS

Thursday, August 16th:

  • Marching Band Rehearsal 1pm-8pm at the HS
  • Color Guard Rehearsal 2pm-9pm at the HS

Friday, August 17th:

  • Get plenty of rest this weekend! Pack for Band Camp



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