West Bloomfield Bands E-Newsletter: Week of April 3, 2017

News Updates

Hello West Bloomfield Band families! We hope you are enjoying your Spring Break week!

Our Winter Ensembles performed outstandingly at MCGC State Finals over the weekend!  The Boosters wishes to congratulate our directors and their staffs – Percussion director Chris Vilag, Winter Guard director Mark Istratie and Winter Winds director Sam Silverman and Drum Major Aidan Brice for helping to guide our students to such high levels of excellence!  We are also deeply grateful to the many dedicated parents and volunteers whose support helped make the Winter Ensembles’ weekend in Saginaw such a huge success! Thank you!

West Bloomfield Percussion performed their show “Into the Canvas” spectacularly on Sunday, April 2 and captured the gold medal in the Percussion Scholastic A class! The group competed against six other groups from Michigan and Ohio.  Congratulations on an outstanding performance to all of our talented and hard-working students! We are so proud to raise a championship banner in the WBHS band room! Next up for WB Percussion is WGI World Championships in Dayton Ohio, which take place April 20-22.

Varsity Winter Guard performed their show “Tomber Amoreaux: To Fall in Love” on Saturday, April 1 in an extremely competitive Scholastic A class against 11 other groups, and finished in 4th place! We are super proud of the Varsity Guard, who improved tremendously over last year’s 7th place finish!  Congratulations to these amazing students!

Junior Varsity Winter Guard, like their Varsity counterparts, also performed their show “Statues of Us” on April 1 in a very competitive Scholastic Regional A class against 8 other groups and captured the bronze medal!  They missed tying for second place by just 0.01 point! These talented young (mostly middle school) students finished behind groups comprised of older and more experienced students.  We are so proud of you, JV!  Awesome job!

West Bloomfield Winter Winds is the first group of its kind in the state of Michigan! This group is made up mostly middle school students who wanted to learn about the marching arts.  They performed their show “Eyes Turned Skyward” at several shows over the winter season and improved their scores significantly each time.  As the only group who performed on Sunday, April 2 in the Scholastic A class, Winds earned the gold medal and a championship banner!  We are so proud of these pioneering students!

Thank you, Friends and Family! We would like to thank everyone who turned out on a rainy evening for the Friends and Family Show on Thursday March 30 to watch our Winter Ensembles perform! Thanks to the generosity of our attendees, our Winter Percussion program earned over $500 in donations and bake sale proceeds, which will go toward their trip to WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio later this month! Thank you!

Marching Band Uniforms! The parents, alumni, and community supporters of the Band Boosters Association of West Bloomfield would like to thank the West Bloomfield School District Board of Education for voting on Monday March 27 to fund the purchase of our new marching band uniforms! We are so excited about this news and are very grateful for the continuing support from Superintendent Dr. Hill and the West Bloomfield Schools’ teaching staff and administrators of our programs and our talented musicians!

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 31 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!
  • 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 Applications for the John Boruta Alumni Marching Band Scholarship are now being accepted through Monday, April 10, 2017.  Spring Break is an ideal time to fill out the application for this amazing scholarship, which will provide one student a positively life-changing experience through participation in the West Bloomfield Marching Band program.  More information and application can be found here.

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.

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

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

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!


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 3:

Enjoy your Spring Break!

Tuesday April 4:

Winter Percussion, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. AMS

Wednesday April 5:

Winter Percussion, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. AMS

Thursday April 6:

Winter Percussion, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. AMS

Friday-Sunday April 7-9:

Enjoy your Spring Break!


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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