West Bloomfield Bands E-Newsletter: August 20th-26th 2018


Hello West Bloomfield Band families!



  • Marching Band Camp
  • Community Performance
  • Uniform Fittings
  • Dinkles (marching shoes)
  • New Sponsorship Program
  • Field Day Volunteers
  • Marching Band Google Classroom
  • Uniform Pillow & Bag Sale
  • Save the Date!
  • This Week’s Schedule




Tomorrow morning – buses will load at 7:30am near the band room at West Bloomfield High School. Buses will leave promptly at 8:00am.

Students must have these turned in before camp:

  • Camp Liability Waiver
  • 2018 Physical Form
  • Medical Form
  • Health Screening Form (If this one is not filled out prior to camp, Anne Marie will have to call these students over at camp to fill this out. It just asks for pre-existing bumps, bruises, etc. This form is attached to this newsletter.)

You can find the first three forms at http://wbbands.info/forms/ . Please turn in any forms tomorrow morning before loading.

Important Information:

  • School buses will transport the students back to West Bloomfield High School on 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.
  • 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.
  • If your child has special dietary needs, please let Ruth know as soon as possible. richardsbandmom@gmail.com
  • Bring $5 – This will be collected for pizza night at camp.
  • Print a full packing list HERE


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


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

The Marching Band Community Performance will take place on the field at West Bloomfield High School from 7pm-8pm. The Band will perform for friends, family, and the community. Marching Band members will have rehearsal that day starting at 4pm. Dinner will be available for purchase before the performance. Details pertaining to the pre-show dinner will be coming very soon!


Christine Long, one of our band parents, will be finishing up uniform fittings for marching band the week back from camp. Juniors and seniors will be fitted immediately after rehearsal on Tuesday the 28th, and makeups for all grades will be immediately after rehearsal on Wednesday the 29th. If you are a parent and are free during that time, please consider volunteering to help! We’d greatly appreciate it.


You have the opportunity to purchase your own Dinkles (marching shoes) this year. There will not be a group order. Whether you are a new student or a vet who needs replacements, order DInkles 707 Vanguard shoes in black. Do not buy other styles, brands or colors. Make sure you order in time to receive them by the first home game. Here are three suggested websites for ordering but as long as you stick to the Dinkles style 707 Vanguard in black you can buy from anywhere. Check out these sites:





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!!!!


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!


I just wanted to let everyone know that we created a Google classroom for the band. The code is 50k7lk. Thank you!


-Emma Long



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



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 20th– 26th)

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 20th:

  • Leave for Band Camp. Loading begins at 7:30am. Buses leave at 8:00am.

Tuesday, August 21st:

  • Band Camp

Wednesday, August 22nd:

  • Band Camp

Thursday, August 23rd:

  • Band Camp

Friday, August 24th:

  • Students return from camp. Pick up at the HS at 8:30pm

Saturday, August 25th:

  • Community Performance. Students rehearse from 4pm-7pm. Pre-show dinner (time & details TBA). Performance from 7pm-8pm


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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