West Bloomfield Bands E-Newsletter: Jan 14th– Jan 20th, 2019  


Hello, West Bloomfield Band families!


* Winter Program Payment Due

* MSBOA Honors Band

* United We Walk

* Show Shirt & Program Ads – Winter Programs

* Show Shirt Parents Needed

* Winter Invitational Volunteers Needed

* Pizza Certificate Fundraiser

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* Parent Meeting Minutes

* Save the Date!

* This Week’s Schedule


Due Tuesday 1/15/19

Winter Percussion & Winter Guard – Please mail your payment or place it in the black box in the HS band room.

For your convenience, we have added Venmo as a payment method for various band related charges including registration fees, monthly fees, donations, and feed the band contributions. For the parents interested in using this payment method, our Venmo ID is Treasurer-Bbawb. If you have any difficulties locating this ID please e-mail: treasurer@wbbands.info.


Please note: this new payment method is in addition to the existing options: Cash, Checks, Credit Card (Processing Fee Applies), Electronic checks and transfers from individual bank accounts and Paypal (Processing Fee Applies).

If mailing payment, mail to:

Raluca Dusa – Treasurer 5383 Coomer Rd. West Bloomfield, MI 48324



Honors band is an “all-star band” of students from around MSBOA District IV, which includes schools in parts of Oakland and Livingston counties. Students apply and have their director write a recommendation and are chosen based on those and students’ results at past solo and ensemble events.

We would like to congratulate our very own Jo Organ, Ethan Gulati, and Abby Freitag! These students rehearsed on Friday evening as well as Saturday morning and afternoon to prepare for the concert on Saturday evening. They did a fantastic job!


West Bloomfield School District is proud to host the 25th Annual United We Walk community event on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2:30 p.m. at West Bloomfield High School. The theme for this year’s event is MLK365 ON THE RUN: What Are We Doing For Others?

United We Walk will present a short program in the high school’s entrance atrium. Following the program, attendees will then make their way outside to and walk as a group down Orchard Lake Road to Walnut Lake Road and then return to the high school.

The West Bloomfield High School Jazz Band will perform in the atrium at 2:30pm.

The West Bloomfield High School Winter Drumline will lead the walk at 3:00pm.



Welcome elementary guard, JV winter guard, varsity winter guard, and winter percussion! If you would like to reduce your bill you may sell program & show shirt ads for the upcoming season! Business Ads are a great way to advertise local businesses and reach an audience of thousands! Personal Ads provide a wonderful memento for your band student.


The forms can be found on the website at:


Or here as individual links:


* Show Shirt Ad forms are due by January 27th


* Program Ad forms are due by February 6th





We are in need of at least one parent from every winter group to assist in the show shirt order process.  Please contact your group’s director if you are willing to help (Mathew or Chris).


These parents would be responsible for:

Distributing show shirt order forms to their group.

Collecting the money from their respective group and submit that to the treasurer.

Distribute all of the shirts when they come in.





West Bloomfield will be hosting TWO Invitationals this winter season!


* MCGC WBHS Invitational: Guard Only, Saturday, Feb 16th, 2019

* MCGC WBHS Invitational: Guard Only, Sunday, Mar 17th, 2019


These are VERY large events and MANY volunteers are a must. Our volunteers help the various groups with parking, getting into the building, moving from the practice area to the performance area in a timely fashion, and helping them reload their equipment into their trucks. We sell concessions, raffle tickets, programs and shout outs. Our winter shows generate a big profit for our program. They are very important fundraisers for us.


Please contact Ruth Richards at richardsbandmom@gmail.com if you are able to volunteer at either or both events. Any help is greatly appreciated! Thank you!




Help West Bloomfield Bands raise some Dough!!!

These certificates will be on sale at the upcoming Abbott and Orchard Lake Middle School Winter Band Concerts on Tuesday & Wednesday!

Hungry Howie’s Pizza Fundraiser

$8 – 1 pizza certificate

$15 – 2 pizza certificates

$35 – 5 pizza certificates

$65 – 10 pizza certificates

Gift certificate is for a medium single topping flavored crust carry-out pizza.

Certificates expire 12/31/2020 and are valid in every state in the nation

except AL, FL, PA.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Gulati at 586-206-0487




All marching band families that have not received their Technologic Takeover USB drives can contact Renee Floer at reneefloer@yahoo.com. This drive contains the slideshow and video from the 2018 banquet.




Thank you to all of the families that came out to our January parent meeting. The parent meeting minutes are attached at the bottom of this newsletter. We hope to see you at our next meeting on Tuesday, February 5th at 7pm in the high school I-Center.


  • Saturday, February 2Novi High School (MCGC) (Percussion & Guard)
  • BBAWB Parent Meeting – Tuesday, Feb 5th at 7pm in the HS I-Center
  • Saturday, February 9Percussion at Troy Regional (WGI), Troy Athens High School
  • MCGC WBHS Invitational: Guard Only, Saturday, Feb 16th, 2019
  • Saturday, February 23rd Guard at MCGC Stoney Creek
  • Saturday, March 2Percussion at Milford High School  (MCGC)
  • BBAWB Parent Meeting – Tuesday, March 5th at 7pm in the HS I-Center
  • Saturday, March 9th Varsity Guard at WGI Regional, Grand Blanc High School
  • Sunday, March 17: West Bloomfield MCGC Invitational (Guard)
  • Sunday, March 17: Percussion at Chippewa Valley (MCGC)
  • March 22 – 24th Varsity Guard at WGI Mid-East Power Regional, Cincinnati, OH
  • March 23 & 24Percussion at WGI Mid-East Power Regional, Highland Heights, KY
  • Saturday, March 23rd JV Guard at MCGC 2019 JV Guard State Championships, Reeths-Puffer High School
  • Thursday, March TBDFriends and Family Show, Abbott Middle School, 7:45pm (Guard & Percussion)
  • Saturday, March 30th Varsity Guard at MCGC 2019 Varsity Guard State Championships, Saginaw Valley State University
  • Sunday, March 31Percussion at State Championships (MCGC), Saginaw Valley State University
  • Tuesday, April 2 – Saturday, April 6th Varsity Guard at WGI World Championships, Dayton, OH
  • 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)



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, Jan 14th:

* Jazz Band Rehearsal 2:30-4pm in the HS band room

* JV Guard Rehearsal 4-7pm in the HS cafeteria

* Varsity Guard Rehearsal 6:00-9pm at Roosevelt

Tuesday, Jan 15th:

* Winter Program January Payment Due

* Elementary Guard 4:30-6pm at Roosevelt

* Winter Percussion Rehearsal 5-8:30pm at Abbott MS

* OLMS Winter Band Concert – 6th-8th grade from 7pm-8pm at OLMS

Wednesday, Jan 16th:

* Jazz Band Rehearsal 2:30-4pm in the HS band room

* JV Guard Rehearsal 4-7pm in the HS cafeteria

* Winter Percussion 4:30-7:15 (Lessons only) at Abbott

* Varsity Guard Rehearsal 6:00-9pm at Roosevelt

* Abbott Winter Band Concert – 6th-8th grade from 7pm-8pm at Abbott

Thursday, Jan 17th:

* Winter Percussion Rehearsal 5-8:30pm at Abbott MS

Friday, Jan 18th:


* MSBOA High School Solo & Ensemble

Saturday, Jan 19th:

* MSBOA High School Solo & Ensemble

* JV Guard Rehearsal 11am-9pm at Abbott MS

* Varsity Guard Rehearsal 11am-9pm at Abbott MS


Sunday, Jan 20th:

* United We Walk: Jazz Band at 2:30pm / Drumline leads the walk at 3pm. Location – West Bloomfield High School


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