West Bloomfield Bands E-Newsletter: Week of December 5, 2016

On behalf of the Band Boosters Association of West Bloomfield, we would like to wish our students, parents, teachers and staff a very Happy Holiday season!


Save The Date:

Tuesday December 6, 2016: Band Boosters Parent Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the iCenter at WBHS (agenda attached)

Thursday December 8, 2016: Winter Concert (grades 7-12), 7:00 p.m. 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!

Curricular Band: Thursday December 8 is the Winter Concert for band students in grades 7-12! All Middle School band students are asked to report to the band room at WBHS at 5:30 p.m. in required concert attire to rehearse as one group prior to the concert.  High School band students are asked to report to the Band Room at 6:30 p.m.  Students who were issued a concert uniform, please bring your $5 cleaning fee, if you have not already done so.  Raffle tickets will be on sale outside of the auditorium for $5 each – please help support the band!  More information on the raffle is below.

Jazz Band: Rehearsals are on Mondays 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: Winter Ensemble rehearsals are underway!  Check the listings below or the BBAWB calendar for rehearsal dates, times and locations! 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/

NOTE: The 2nd payment for Winter Guard and Winter Percussion is due on December 15.

Chipotle Fundraiser: On January 24, Chipotle 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 fundraiser 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.

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 5 – December 10)

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 5:

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

Tuesday December 6:

  • 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 Parent Meeting, 7:00 p.m. iCenter WBHS

Wednesday December 7:

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

Thursday December 8:

  • Winter Winds, NO REHEARSAL
  • Winter Percussion, 5:00 -8:15 p.m. AMS
  • JV Guard, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. WBHS
  • Winter Concert, 7:00 p.m.WBHS

Friday December 9:

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

Saturday December 10:

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


Raffle:  Ticket sales are currently sitting at just under 150.  We need to sell 400 raffle tickets to award the $1,000 grand prize! Sales of less than 400 tickets will result in a 50/50 drawing. The drawing will be held at the Winter Concert on Thursday December 8.  There is still time to sell tickets!  Ticket stubs and money can be turned in to Mr. Mielens, Mr. Stein or placed in the booster’s mailbox in the WBHS band room by December 7.  For more information or for more tickets, click here or contact the raffle coordinator, Christine Long at christinelong@mac.com

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 at the beginning of 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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