West Bloomfield Bands E-Newsletter

March 11th_March 17th, 2019  


Hello, West Bloomfield Band families!


* Congratulations

* Winter Invitational Volunteers Needed (URGENT)

* MCGC WBHS Winter Invitational #2

* John Boruta Scholarship

* Winter Program Payment Due

* Marching Band Information Meetings

* Save the Date!

* This Week’s Schedule

* Ongoing Fundraising




* Our High School Concert/Symphony Band, OLMS Symphony Band and Abbott Symphony Band all attended Band Festival at Walled Lake Northern HS and Bloomfield Hills HS over the weekend and played for other communities’ band students and parents as well as a panel of judges. All three groups earned an overall rating of a II, which is considered “excellent.”


* So proud of our Varsity Color Guard finishing in 6th place at the WGI Sport of the Arts Flint Regional yesterday with a score of 79.36!


WAY TO GO, WB!!!!!!!!





MCGC WBHS Invitational: Sunday, March 17th, 2019

We have an URGENT need for volunteers for our Winter Invitational next Sunday, March 17! If you have ANY free time between the hours of 7am and 7pm, please e-mail Ruth Richards at richardsbandmom@gmail.com to sign up. Even if you only have a few minutes to spare, your help will be appreciated.

The funds raised from this show will be invested directly in the band program – funds raised help pay for world class instruction; help fund trips that enrich students musically and give them exposure to other talented performers; provide scholarships for students in need; and so much more. Please, we need your help! And thank you for supporting the West Bloomfield Bands.

*** Contact Ruth Richards today to sign up! ***

* Note to Winter Percussion students & families – Your Chippewa Valley invitational performance time is 12:47pm on this day. Your help after you are done at that Invitational is GREATLY appreciated at our home Invitational! MANY thanks, in advance!



Join us on Sunday, March 17, 2019

Time: 8:30am – 5:17pm
Location: West Bloomfield High School
4925 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48323
Admission: $8.00 each
$5.00 Students (through HS with ID)
Age 5 and under free

Elementary Guard Performance – TBD
WB JV Guard Performance – 10:33am
WB Varsity Guard Performance – 3:21pm

Follow the link for a complete schedule of events: http://wbbands.info/wbhs-winter-invitational/




The John Boruta Alumni Scholarship was created for West Bloomfield Marching Band members in need of 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


March payments are due on the 15th

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:


Steve and Claudia Bologna


4352 Greenstown Dr.

West Bloomfield, MI 48323



Interested in Marching Band 2019? Please plan to attend one of the following informative meetings.

* Tuesday March 26, 7pm, Abbott Middle School *
New and veteran marching band parents and students are encouraged to attend.  There will be lots of information for parents to take home, plus our Director of Bands, Noah Dyer, will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about the marching band program.  Get a sneak peak at the Winter Percussion rehearsal in the gym after the meeting! In the meantime, parents with questions or concerns are encouraged to e-mail Mr. Dyer at noah.dyer@wbsd.org.

* Thursday, March 28, 7:15pm, Abbott Middle School *
Students and parents are welcome to join us for our Friends and Family Dinner and Show featuring our Elementary Guard, JV Winter Guard, Varsity Guard and Winter Percussion ensembles.  The Marching Band meeting will begin at 7:15pm followed by our winter ensemble performances at 7:45pm.  *More information on the Dinner Fundraiser coming soon!


  • 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 28thGuard & Percussion Friends and Family Show/Dinner Fundraiser, Abbott Middle School, 6:15pm – 8:15pm
  • 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)


THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE (3/11/19-3/17/19)

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, March 11th:

* Jazz Band Rehearsal 2:30-4pm at the HS

* JV Guard Rehearsal 4-7pm at the HS

* Varsity Guard Rehearsal 6-9pm at Roosevelt

Tuesday, March 12th:

* Elementary Guard Rehearsal 4:30-6pm at Roosevelt

* Winter Percussion Rehearsal 5-7pm at Abbott


Wednesday, March 13th:

* Jazz Band Rehearsal 2:30-4pm at the HS

* JV Guard Rehearsal 4-7pm at the HS

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

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

Thursday, March 14th:

* Winter Percussion 5-8:30pm at Abbott

Friday, March 15th:


* ½ day of school


* Winter Program payment due

Saturday, March 16th:


* Winter Percussion Rehearsal 9am-4pm at Abbott


* JV Guard Rehearsal 11am-4pm at OLMS


* Varsity Guard Rehearsal 4pm-9pm at Abbott

Sunday, March 17th:


* MCGC WBHS Invitational: (Guard Only) from 8:30am – 5:30pm at WB High School

Elementary Guard Performance – TBD

JV Guard Performance – 10:33am

Varsity Guard Performance – 3:21pm


* Winter Percussion MCGC Chippewa Valley at Chippewa Valley HS.

Performance time is 12:47pm



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