West Bloomfield Bands E-Newsletter: May 7th-May 13th 2018


Hello West Bloomfield Band families!

Many thanks to Anne Marie Collier-Miller and her many volunteers for organizing our Spring Swing Fundraiser! What a great night celebrating our Solo & Ensemble and Jazz Band students. We are so fortunate to have such a supportive band family community! Thank YOU!



  • Congratulations!
  • Marching Band Reveal Night
  • Marching Band Registration
  • Color Guard Try-Outs
  • Marching Band Percussion Clinics & Auditions
  • Save the Date!
  • This Week’s Schedule



The West Bloomfield Bands Hall of Fame inductees were announced during the BBAWB annual Spring Swing. We would like to congratulate our 2018 inductees, Arthur Ebert and Yuma Uesaka.


Art, a graduate of Milford High in 1996, earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Michigan State in 2001 and his Masters of Music degree from Southern Oregon in 2005.

He was named Director of Bands at Abbott Middle School and served in that position from 2001-05 before being named to the same position at West Bloomfield High School in 2005, where he remained through 2011.

He transformed the marching band program into a state champion in 2008 and three-time national semifinalist, and helped establish a Winter Percussion program that won two state titles. And, he also produced six All-American marching band members.

Art then took his talents to the administrative side of education, serving as assistant principal at West Bloomfield from 2011–14, principal at Roosevelt Elementary from 2014-15, executive director for human resources for the West Bloomfield School District from 2015-16, assistant superintendent for human resources for the West Bloomfield School District from 2016-17, and finally deputy superintendent for talent development and management for West Bloomfield School District since 2017.

All the while, Art has been a staunch supporter of the arts — he also served as the West Bloomfield District fine arts coordinator from 2010-15 — and remained visible with the band attending parades and competitions.

We would like to welcome Arthur Ebert into the West Bloomfield Bands Hall of Fame Class of 2018!



Yuma Uesaka is a graduate of West Bloomfield High School’s Class of 2009.

Yuma’s prodigious musical talent as a saxophonist was obvious from a very young age. He was an active member of the West Bloomfield band program, participating in symphony band, jazz band and pit orchestra. He also participated in marching band during all four years of high school, starting in the fall of 2005. Art Ebert recognized Yuma’s versatility and improvisational abilities and featured him as a soloist in all four of the shows in which he appeared. His final marching band appearance was in the show “Five,” which won West Bloomfield its first MCBA state championship in 2008.

Yuma was named to the MSBOA High School All-State Honors Band during his four years of high school. In 2009, he received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award.

After Yuma graduated from West Bloomfield High School, he attended the University of Michigan, where he continued to pursue music and computer science engineering. Upon his graduation, Yuma received the Earl V. Moore Award in Music, given to the most outstanding musician in their graduating class.

After earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz and Contemplative Studies from the University of Michigan in 2014, Yuma moved to New York City to pursue a career in music. In 2015, he released his debut album, titled “Spear and Shield.” As an active performer, he plays frequently in the city as well as abroad. In recent years, he has performed at various festivals and clubs in Canada, Peru, China and Japan.

Yuma is a member of Polyfold Musical Arts Collective, whose focus is to support the creation, presentation and ongoing development of creative music, and to foster artistic expression through education and outreach.

Yuma makes his home in Brooklyn, New York, where he immerses himself in the music scene. He spends his time performing, practicing, composing and teaching.

When Yuma was notified that he was to be one of the first inductees to the Hall of Fame, he was both honored and surprised. He said he is glad to be fondly remembered at WBHS.

When asked about the life skills that band taught him and contributed to his success, he replied, “All the cliché things: focus, teamwork and punctuality. They’re cliché for a reason!”

His advice to any student who may want to move on to a professional music career after graduation was in three parts: “First, focus on your craft. Your music should speak for itself. Second, don’t be afraid to study anything that piques your interest – even if it is not music. Everything relates. And third, be kind. At the end of the day, it is your connections with people that will get you places.”

Finally, Yuma had a message for Art Ebert as he moves on to his next career milestone. “I would like to thank Mr. Ebert for providing a welcoming space for students to bond over common interests. Even almost a decade after high school graduation, most of my friends that I still keep in touch with are ones I made through band. The district of West Bloomfield was very fortunate to have you around, and I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.”

We would like to welcome Yuma Uesaka into the West Bloomfield Bands Hall of Fame Class of 2018!


We hope to see you this Tuesday!

Tuesday May 8th, 7:00 p.m. in the Band Room at WBHS: Marching Band show theme reveal!

This is one of the most anticipated events of the season! Your student will not want to miss it! During this time, the fall show theme will be revealed, the John Boruta scholarship winner will be announced, and students and parents will learn who the drum majors and section leaders will be.



There Is Still Time To Register!


Clinics, New Member Rehearsals and Try-Outs are happening this week!


Register Online at http://wbbands.info/home/join-us/

Marching Band: Registration is open to all students currently in grades 7-11 residing in the West Bloomfield School District who have experience on wind or percussion instruments. It is highly recommended that students be concurrently enrolled in band class, but this requirement can be waived at the director’s discretion. District students who attend International Academy, Oakland Early College or any private or non-profit school without a marching band are welcome to join! (New Member rehearsals start this week. Please see the schedule below. If your student is interested in Percussion, please see the Percussion clinic info below.)

Color Guard: Students who are not in band class and/or who do not play an instrument may join the Color Guard, a visual ensemble that is an essential part of the Marching Band. Some experience in dance is helpful but not required. The dance elements and equipment skills can be taught to interested students. (Please see Color Guard Try-Out information below)

Visit http://wbbands.info/calendar/ to check out our band calendar

Parents with questions are encouraged to e-mail

our Director of Bands, Mr. Chad Mielens



Open to all 8th – 12th grade young women and men in the district (2018-2019 school year)

The West Bloomfield Color Guard brings the marching band music to life through theatrical movement, equipment choreography (flags, rifle, sabre) and more! Don’t miss out on being a part of this award-winning program! Teamwork, friendship and creative performance are just a few of the great things you’ll learn from this group!

Dancers, gymnasts and performers: This is your chance to shine in the 2018 West Bloomfield Marching Band Color Guard! No experience is necessary—just a positive attitude and a hardworking/motivated personality.

Color Guard Try-Outs

Dates:  Wed, May 9 & Thurs, May 10, 2018
Time:  6pm – 8pm
Location:  WBHS Gymnasium



Attention all Marching Band Students interested in Percussion…


Clinics & Auditions in the Band Room at WBHS

May 8th – Percussion Clinic Night 5-7 pm
May 9th – Percussion Clinic Night 5-7 pm
May 10th – Percussion Auditions 5-7 pm


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

Sports Physicals – Wednesday, May 23rd at the HS from 2:30-5pm

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 (May 7th–May 13th)

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 May 7th:

  • Jazz Band 2:30-3:45pm at the HS

Tuesday May 8th:

  • Marching Band New Member Rehearsal 5-7:00pm in the HS Band Room
  • Percussion Clinic 5-7:00pm meet in the HS Band Room
  • Marching Band Reveal Night 7pm at the HS Band Room


Wednesday May 9th:

  • Jazz Band 2:30-3:45 at the HS
  • Percussion Clinic 5-7:00pm meet in the HS Band Room
  • Color Guard Try-Outs 6-8:00pm in the HS Gym

Thursday May 10th:

  • Marching Band New Member Rehearsal 5-7:00pm in the HS Band Room
  • Percussion Auditions 5-7pm at the HS
  • Color Guard Try-Outs 6-8:00pm in the HS Gym

Friday May 11th:

  • Winter Guard Banquet 5:45pm – 8:00pm at AirTime Trampoline & Game Park, 44255 Twelve Mile Rd, Novi


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