West Bloomfield Bands E-Newsletter: Week of April 10, 2017

News Updates

Hello West Bloomfield Band families! We hope you enjoyed Spring Break!

Parent Meeting Tomorrow! “All About Marching Band.” We hope you can attend the BBAWB Parent Meeting tomorrow, April 11, 2017. It will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the iCenter at WBHS. The main topic will be Marching Band 2017. This is a great opportunity for new parents to meet veteran parents as well as Director of Bands Chad Mielens, who will be on hand to talk about this amazing program and also answer questions. A sample of the new marching band uniform will be there, for those who have not yet seen it. Hope to see you there!

Open Board Positions.  There are three open board positions for the 2017-2018 fiscal year: Primary Account Treasurer, Student Account Treasurer and Secretary. You can find the descriptions of each role here. If you or someone you know is interested in serving on the Board of Directors of the BBAWB, contact us at wbbands@gmail.com.

Marching Band and Color Guard 2017 Enrollment continues! Paper information packets were distributed to band students in 7th, 8th and 9th grades. Extra forms are available in the band rooms at WBHS, Abbott and OLMS.  As of today, enrollment currently stands at 33 students, and we need more!  Parents can turn in paper registration forms to their respective band teacher, or enroll online from anywhere there is internet, by clicking here. It only takes a few minutes!  More news and information will be e-mailed, or can be found on the marching band web page, wbbands.info/join-us. There will be discounts for early enrollment and also incentives planned for student-to-student recruitment.  Please also mark your calendar for these dates… more specific information will be provided on the Reveal and Experience nights as the dates draw closer.

  • Tuesday April 11, 2017: 7:00 p.m., iCenter at WBHS. BBAWB Parent Meeting – All About Marching Band! (see above)
  • Tuesday April 25, 2017: iCenter at WBHS. Marching Band Show Reveal
  • Tuesday May 2, 2017: Marching Band Experience for New and Returning Marchers; drop off your student, vote for the Bond, then attend our Parent Meeting while you wait for your student! The Parent Meeting will start at 8:15 p.m., after the polls have closed.

Marching Band: John Boruta Alumni Scholarship The deadline to apply for the John Boruta Alumni Marching Band Scholarship is today, Monday, April 10, 2017!  If you have not filled out your application, there is still time!  More information and application can be found here.

Spring Tag Day at West Bloomfield Township. West Bloomfield Township has generously supported our Band Program by allowing us to do Tag Day at the Hazardous Waste collection days in spring and fall. This spring’s event is on Saturday April 29. This event is a very brief but fun commitment, only a few hours!  We need student performers and parents to chaperone.  You can sign up here.  Thank you!

Spring Swing II is coming up on Friday May 5! Chairperson Anne Marie Collier-Miller is requesting volunteers in the following areas: decorating; requesting appetizer donations from local restaurants; and collecting items for the silent auction.  A Sign Up Genius has gone out for auction gift basket items and can be found here.  Questions – contact Anne Marie at bamo72@msn.com.

New Jazz Band Gig! We are excited to announce that the WBHS Jazz Band will be performing at the Hard Rock Cafe in Detroit on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14 from 1pm – 3pm. Mark your calendar!

School Bond Election coming up on May 2! This election is an opportunity for West Bloomfield School District to invest $120 million in updates, renovation and construction throughout the entire district, with a half-mill reduction in the school tax rate. The West Bloomfield Bands will stand to benefit from this election in the form of the addition of an auxiliary gym at WBHS, remodeling of the auditorium and fine arts spaces including additional storage near the WBHS band room, and new musical instruments and equipment for grades K-12. For more information, please visit the Bond Election page on the WBSD website. Information on the bond election will be provided on our website, social media and at parent meetings.

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Mark Your Calendar:

Tuesday April 11, 2017: BBAWB Parent Meeting “All About Marching Band!” 7:00 p.m., iCenter, WBHS

Saturday April 22, 2017: Middle School Solo & Ensemble, Oakview Middle School (Lake Orion School District), 917 Lake George Rd, Oakland Charter Township, MI 48363

Tuesday April 25, 2017: Marching Band Show Theme Reveal Night, iCenter, WBHS (time TBD)

Saturday April 29, 2017: Tag Day at West Bloomfield Township’s Hazardous Waste Collection. Sign up here.

Tuesday May 2, 2017: School Bond Election: Polls open from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Be sure to vote!

Tuesday May 2, 2017: Marching Band Experience Night for New and Returning Marchers, WBHS (time TBD)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017: BBAWB Parent Meeting, 8:15 p.m., iCenter, WBHS (meeting starts after the polls close – be sure to vote!)

Friday May 5, 2017: Second Annual “Spring Swing” fundraiser featuring the WBHS Jazz Band at Orchard Lake Community Church!

Sunday May 14, 2017: Jazz Band Performance, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Hard Rock Café, Detroit


Winter Ensemble Payments are due on April 15! If you have an open balance, it must be paid in full by then. Contact our Treasurers at treasurer@wbbands.info if you need assistance or an alternative payment schedule.

Check the Upcoming Schedule below or the BBAWB calendar for rehearsal dates, times and locations, or for last minute changes, such as school cancellations!


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 April 10:

Jazz Band, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. WBHS

Tuesday April 11:

Winter Percussion, 5:00 – 8:15 p.m. AMS

BBAWB Parent Meeting, 7:00 p.m. iCenter at WBHS

Wednesday April 12:

Jazz Band, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. WBHS

Winter Percussion, 5:00 – 8:15 p.m. AMS

Thursday April 13:

Winter Percussion, 5:00 – 8:15 p.m. AMS

Friday April 14:

No School


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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