West Bloomfield Bands E-Newsletter: Week of December 12, 2016

Important Note: Because West Bloomfield School District is closed on Monday December 12 due to inclement weather, the after-school Jazz Band, Elementary Guard and Varsity Guard rehearsals are cancelled that evening. The usual after-school rehearsal schedule will resume on Tuesday December 13.

Congratulations to our incredibly talented band students in grades 7-12 on their outstanding performances at the December 8 Festival of Bands!  Congratulations also to Marci Grossman, who won the West Bloomfield Bands Raffle and was awarded the $1,000 grand prize!

This is an exciting time for our band families!  As many of you may have heard, the West Bloomfield School District will be purchasing new uniforms for curricular music programs across the district, including vocal music, orchestra and band!  Mr. Mielens will work with all of the secondary music teachers in order to come up with uniform designs for each of their programs.  In addition the WBSD has announced they will assist the Band Boosters with the purchase of new uniforms for Marching Band!  West Bloomfield Bands wishes to thank Dr. Hill and the administrative team at the West Bloomfield School District, including Art Ebert and William Mull, for their help and generous support. We can’t wait to see our students perform in their new uniforms!


Save The Date:

Thursday January 3, 2017: Band Booster Parent Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the iCenter at WBHS

Tuesday January 24, 2017: Band Booster Fundraiser at Chipotle! See below for more details!

Saturday February 4, 2017: Winter Invitational (Percussion, Guard and Winds), all day at WBHS

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

Jazz Band: Rehearsals are onMondays and Wednesdays from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Questions about the schedule? Email Mr. Mielens at chad.mielens@wbsd.org.

Winter Ensembles – Percussion, Guard and Winds: Payments for Winter Guard and Winter Percussion are due on December 15. Payments can be given to your students’ instructor(s) or deposited in the mailbox in the band room at WBHS.  If you have questions about your payments or need to make alternative arrangements, please contact our treasurers Carmen and Ruben Luna at treasurer@wbbands.info.

Check the listings below or the BBAWB calendar for rehearsal dates, times and locations, or for last minute changes, such as school cancellations! Be sure to bookmark your student’s group page:

Winter Percussion: http://wbbands.info/west-bloomfield-percussion/winter-percussion/

Winter Guard: http://wbbands.info/west-bloomfield-guard/winter-guard/

Elementary Guard: http://wbbands.info/west-bloomfield-guard/elementary-guard/

Winter Winds: http://wbbands.info/west-bloomfield-winds/

Chipotle Fundraiser: On January 24, 2017, Chipotle on Orchard Lake Road just south of Maple will host a fundraiser for West Bloomfield Bands all day from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m! This is a highly sought-after event as the Boosters will receive a whopping 50% of the proceeds from the sale!  Special thanks to super parent Hsin Wang for coordinating this fundraiser!

Chipotle Bonus! Chipotle offers scrips with a 10%rebate! Get your scrips now for the fundraiser while the student account split is 90% (see the Scrip Announcement below for more information). You can order physical gift cards or ScripNow (downloadable gift cards). Help the band and your student account at the same time!

Scrip Announcement: Now through December 31, the student account “split” for scrips is 90%!  Now is a great time to build up your student’s point balance and do your holiday shopping at the same time!  Points can be used for any curricular band and Band Booster-sponsored activity.  Families have used points to pay for lessons, instrument rentals, Solo & Ensemble, Cedar Point trips, band apparel, program fees and more!  For detailed information on the scrip program and student accounts, click here, visit the scrip program page on our website, or e-mail our scrip coordinator Marguerite DeBello at scrips@wbbands.info.  The last day to purchase scrips for holiday shopping is Sunday December 18!

Charitable Giving: As you consider your end of year charitable contributions, think about the Band Boosters Association of West Bloomfield!  Since we a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, your donations are tax deductible and will help support band programs across the West Bloomfield School District!  Click here to donate today!

Marching Band: Marching Band families, if you are considering purchasing a new varsity jacket to show off your student’s marching band varsity letter and patches, Art Knitting Mills is offering $10 off the purchase of a new jacket and will donate $10 to the Band Boosters too!  Coupon is required; click here for a copy.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (week of December 12 – December 17)

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 December 12: NO SCHOOL

  • Jazz Band, CANCELLED due to inclement weather
  • Elementary Guard, CANCELLED due to inclement weather
  • Varsity Guard, CANCELLED due to inclement weather

Tuesday December 13:

  • Winter Winds, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. WBHS Band Room
  • Winter Percussion, 5:00 -8:15 p.m. AMS
  • JV Guard, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. WBHS

Wednesday December 14:

  • Jazz Band, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. WBHS Band Room
  • Winter Percussion, 5:00 – 8:15 AMS
  • Varsity Guard, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. AMS

Thursday December 15:

  • Winter Winds, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. WBHS Band Room
  • Winter Percussion, 5:00 -8:15 p.m. AMS
  • JV Guard, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. WBHS

Friday December 16:

  • Varsity Guard, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. AMS

Saturday December 17:

  • Winter Percussion, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., AMS
  • JV Guard, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. WBHS
  • Varsity Guard, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. WBHS


RaffleTHANK YOU to all who participated in the Raffle!  Ticket sales exceeded 400 and we were able to award the $1,000 grand prize! Special thanks to raffle coordinator Christine Long for her hard work on this fundraiser!

Yankee CandleThe Yankee Candle fundraiser is still going for holiday shopping!  Go to the Yankee Candle website and enter Group #990077510 on the left side of the page.  40% of the retail price of each item will be donated to the BBAWB!  The Yankee Candle web page will remain open through January 11, 2017.  Thank you for your support!

Scrips: See the announcement earlier in this newsletter.  90% to student accounts for the month of December!

Returnable Containers: We have big returnable containers placed around West Bloomfield High School; please bring your returnable cans and bottles to the band room or drop it off in these containers any time.

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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