West Bloomfield Bands E-Newsletter: Sept. 3rd-Sept. 9th 2018


Hello West Bloomfield Band families!


Families – Enjoy your last days of summer!

Students – Have an amazing 2018-2019 school year!


This newsletter is long and full of important dates and times. This is always a very busy time of the year. Please, if you ever have any questions, just ask. You can always email secretary@wbbands.info and I will make sure your email gets to the person that can answer your question(s). These weekly newsletters are always filled with the most known, current information. Additional information may come out later in the week when more information becomes available. As always, that information will come to you via email and Facebook.



  • Field Day: Volunteers & Ad Sales
  • Uniform Fittings & Dinkles
  • September Parent Meeting
  • Classroom Help Needed
  • Rehearsal Schedule
  • Friday’s Football Game
  • Promotional Tables
  • New Sponsorship Program
  • Save the Date!
  • This Week’s Schedule



On Saturday, September 8, 2018, West Bloomfield Bands will be hosting MCBA Field Day. West Bloomfield Bands is hosting five bands, including our own. I need help with admissions, band guides and concessions from 2pm until 6pm. Our band performs at 5:30 pm.

Please let me know that you can help out. Thank you in advance!
Ruth Richards at richardsbandmom@gmail.com


Field Day Program Ads 2018

We are looking for businesses and personal ads to fill our program.

  • Business Ads are a great way to advertise local businesses
  • Personal Ads provide a wonderful memento for your band student. Imagine how excited your band member will be seeing their own ad in the program.

Click HERE for the Program Business Ad Form.
Click HERE for the Program Personal Ad Form.

Please submit all ads no later than Wednesday, September 5, 2018.
Questions? Contact Anne Marie Collier-Miller by email

*Attention all section leaders and drum majors – You get one free quarter page ad to recognize your section. Please, I would love all sections recognized. Drum majors get a half page to recognize the band. Email me the address or to have me help you at bamo72@msn.com.


Help is needed fitting marching band uniforms

Parents – Help is needed Tuesday from 7:30-9 pm. Please help even if you have no sewing experience as we could use assistance with organizing, forms, and labeling.

Help is also needed Saturday, September 8th at Field day. We need help with handing out Shakos, gauntlets and gloves. Please come to the band room about an hour before the band’s warm up time to help. Thank you in advance!!

Christine Long

DINKLES – Students should have Dinkles ASAP. These are part of the uniform.

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 football 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:





Our next parent meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 4th at 7pm in the high school I-Center. Discussions will include: new committee chairs for those not already set, and the transition to parents with younger children in the program.



Parents – Mr. Dyer is in need of a few helpers on Tuesday & Wednesday during school. He will need parents to assist with class instrument inventory & instrument locker assignments. Help is needed on Tuesday at the High School from 7:00am-8:45am and then at OLMS the rest of the day. The Wednesday schedule depends on what gets done on Tuesday, but help will probably be needed Wednesday as well. You will be shown what to do once you get to the school.


Any amount of time is greatly appreciated! Please email Bree at secretary@wbbands.info if you can help. Many thanks!


The first school year rehearsal is this Tuesday, September 4th. Rehearsals will now be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm-8:30pm and Fridays from 3:30pm-6:30pm.

Students that need to stay after school until rehearsal can plan on going to the band room for study time. Mr. Dyer will remain after school so that students can stay. Many families were concerned about getting students back to school. Staying at school is now an option. Those students must stay in the band room. Students are not allowed to roam the building. All studying and eating must happen in the band room. A GIANT thanks to Mr. Dyer!



Our first home football game is this Friday, September 7th

Football Friday Pizza: Please send $5 with your student Friday for pizza, which will be ordered between the end of practice and the game. Remember, students will eat BEFORE they dress for the game. Reminders will be sent out again later this week.

Friday’s Schedule: (Pride shirts will be worn if uniforms are not ready. We will let you know.)

Rehearsal: 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Dinner Break: 5pm – 6:15pm

Warm Up: 6:15pm

Football Game: 7:00pm



The BBAWB would like to promote our winter programs at the upcoming Middle School open houses. If you can help out at our table on either of the following evenings, please let me know.

Abbott Middle School Open House: Thursday, September 13th at 6:30pm

Orchard Lake Middle School Open House: Monday, September 17th at 6:30pm

Many thanks,

Email Bree at secretary@wbbands.info


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.

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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!!!!



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 – Wednesday, October 3rd 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




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.

Tuesday, Sept. 4th:

  • First day of school
  • Dyer needs classroom help
  • Marching Band rehearsal 5:30pm-8:30pm at the HS
  • Uniform fittings & Make-ups 7:30pm-9pm
  • September Parent Meeting 7pm in the HS I-Center

Wednesday, Sept. 5th:

  • Field Day Program Ads due
  • Dyer needs classroom help

Thursday, Sept. 6th:

  • Marching Band rehearsal 5:30pm-8:30pm at the HS

Friday, Sept. 7th:

  • Marching Band rehearsal, dinner & warm up 3:30-6:30pm
  • Football game –vs- Oxford 7pm

Saturday, Sept. 8th:

  • Field Day. Call time TBA. WB performance time 5:30pm.


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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