West Bloomfield Bands E-Newsletter: Week of December 19, 2016

This is the final newsletter of 2016.  Thank you to our amazing school district, community, families and friends for your generous support throughout this year!  We wish all of our students, parents, teachers and staff a safe and happy Holiday season!

If you are considering charitable giving for the end of 2016, think about donating to the Band Boosters Association of West Bloomfield!  As 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! Thank you!


Save The Dates:

Tuesday January 3, 2017: BBAWB 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!

Scholarship Money Available for Winter Programs: We are pleased to let you know there is a limited amount of Scholarship money available to help pay your winter program fees.  If you wish to apply, please read and fill out the form (click here to download) and turn it in to your student’s instructor: Chris Vilag, Mark Istratie, or Sam Silverman. The form can also be turned in to the mailbox in the WBHS band room to the attention of Steve Bologna.  The deadline is January 6, 2017.  We will award the amounts by January 15th. If you would like to put any additional information that is not covered by the form please also include it with your application. Please contact BBAWB Student account Treasurer Steve Bologna (studentaccounts@wbbands.info or 248-797-2802) or Treasurers Carmen or Ruben Luna (treasurer@wbbands.info) with any questions.

Help! New Marching Band Camp Location Needed: We need help finding a new band camp for next summer. We have been going to Tamarack for the last two years; however, with the way the calendar shifts each year, we have been squeezed out by their regular programming and a 300 member band that always goes there. Last summer, Tamarack offered to us their Butzel Center for our 2017 band camp, with plans to create a field for us. They have just contacted us to say that it is not economically feasible to develop the field at this time. So, we are without a band camp for 2017.  We need help finding a new camp. These are our criteria:

  1. It must have a full football sized field
  2. Can sleep at least 140 (For staff, chaperones, enough room to grow);
  3. Can provide three meals a day for five days;
  4. Has practice areas available indoors during bad weather;
  5. Available the week of  August 21-25, 2017 (if absolutely necessary, we can change it to the week of August 14-18).

The closer the better. A one to 1.5 hour maximum distance is preferred to avoid steep transportation costs.  If you have a camp in mind, please call the camp first with the above basic questions. If the camp is a prospect then please forward the information to camp coordinator Ruth Richards, so that she can inquire further. Her email address is richardsbandmom@gmail.com.

Pep Band Opportunity for West Bloomfield Laker Hockey! Calling all middle and high school band students! Alumni too!  Free admission for the band!

  • Friday, Jan 6, 2017, 8:00 p.m. (Puck drops about 8:20.)
  • Lakeland Arena, 7330 Highland Rd, Waterford, MI (near the Oakland County Airport)

All (portable!) instruments welcome. We are also looking for a guest conductor.  Email Mrs Long, christinelong@mac.com for more information.

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 were 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.

Winter Program Web Pages: Check the schedule 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!  You can download a flyer here.  Flyers can be brought in, showed on a smart phone or mentioned to the cashier.  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.

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!

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (week of December 19 – December 30)

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 19:

  • Jazz Band, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m., WBHS Band Room
  • Elementary Guard, 4:30 p.m., Roosevelt Elementary School
  • Varsity Guard, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Abbott Middle School

Tuesday December 20:

  • 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
  • BBAWB Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. WBHS

Wednesday December 21:

  • 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. location TBD

Thursday December 22:

  • 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

Tuesday December 27:

  • JV Guard, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Faith Covenant Church, 35415 W. 14 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills 48331
  • Varsity Guard, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Faith Covenant Church

Thursday December 29:

  • Varsity Guard, 1:00 – 9:00 p.m., Faith Covenant Church


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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