West Bloomfield Bands E-Newsletter: Week of April 24, 2017

NEWS UPDATES

Hello West Bloomfield Band families!

Congratulations West Bloomfield Percussion! Over the weekend, the Winter Percussion group traveled to Dayton, Ohio to compete at the WGI World Championships and placed 13th in the world in Scholastic A class with their show “Into the Canvas!”  This is a monumental achievement! Congratulations to Director of Percussion Chris Vilag and his staff, and huge thanks to the parents and families of our hard working students for helping to make this season a success!

West Bloomfield Percussion will be honored at tonight’s Board of Education meeting with a “Star” Certificate to recognize them for their outstanding season!  The meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the iCenter at WBHS.  Percussion students and their families are encouraged to wear their show shirts, WB Percussion or any band gear to the meeting to show their support.

Middle School Solo & Ensemble Middle School Solo & Ensemble took place over the weekend at Walden Middle School in the Lake Orion District.  The following students scored first and second division ratings.  Congratulations to all!

First Division Ratings:

  • Bonnie Bertin and Gigi Musiol-Flute Duet
  • Lily Brenner and Adi Mizrahi-Flute/Sax Duet
  • Abby Freitag-Horn Solo
  • Aidan Gulati-Alto Saxophone Solo
  • Ethan Gulati-Euphonium Solo
  • Jacqueline Li-Clarinet Solo
  • Adi Mizrahi-Flute Solo
  • Aran Mizrahi-Piano Solo
  • Gigi Musiol-Flute Solo
  • Arina Rodionova-Flute Solo

Second Division Ratings:

  • Geoffrey Gianetti, Jason Grose and Ethan Gulati-Sax/Low Brass Trio
  • Hannah Zawaideh and Sydney Peretto-Flute/Clarinet Duet

Marching Band and Color Guard Update:  As of today, we have 56 students registered for marching band!  We are excited to welcome 17 brand new students!  In order to grow the band in the years going forward, we need more new students to join this award-winning program, which boasts the State Champion and world-ranked percussion section and Top 5 Color Guard!

Register for Marching Band Now! There is still time to register your student and get a $50 discount!  The deadline for early registration has been extended to April 30!  Parents can register their student(s) online from anywhere there is internet access, by clicking here. It only takes a few minutes!  More news and information can be found on the marching band page on the WB Bands website: wbbands.info/join-us. Please also mark your calendar for these dates… more specific information on Experience Night will be available as the event draw closer.

  • Tuesday April 25, 2017: 7:00 p.m., iCenter at WBHS. Marching Band Show Reveal Night – This is one of the most highly anticipated events of the season!  Learn the show theme for 2017, meet the drum major(s) and section leaders, learn who earned the John Boruta Alumni Scholarship and see a sample of the new uniform!
  • Tuesday May 2, 2017: Marching Band Experience for New and Returning Marchers – exact time and location TBD.

Financial Aid for Marching Band In case you missed the Parent Meeting on April 11, you can find the PowerPoint presentation here.  You can accumulate points in your student’s account to help pay for marching band and other band-related expenses by selling Show Shirt and Program Business Ads (download the form here), Personal Ads and Semi Trailer Ads (more information here). All of our ad sales for marching band have a 50/50 split, meaning half of the money you raise is converted to points for your student account, and the other half goes into WB Bands’ general fund. If you have any questions or concerns about paying for marching band, please contact Director of Bands Chad Mielens at chad.mielens@wbsd.org.

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.

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 of 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.

CONNECT WITH US:

Website: wbbands.info

Calendar: wbbands.info/calendar/

Email: wbbands@gmail.com

Like us on Facebook: West Bloomfield Bands

Follow us on Instagram: wbbands

Follow us on Twitter: @WB_Bands

REMINDERS

Mark Your Calendar:

Tuesday April 25, 2017: Marching Band Show Theme Reveal Night, 7:00 p.m., iCenter, WBHS

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)

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

NOTES

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

FUNDRAISING

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.

Amazon Smile: EARN MONEY FOR WEST BLOOMFIELD BANDS WITH SMILE.AMAZON.COM.  This is an easy way to get classroom texts or holiday gifts with Amazon’s convenience and competitive prices AND support the bands, at no extra cost to you!  To get started: click HERE to register.