West Bloomfield Bands E-Newsletter: Week of February 6, 2017

THANK YOU!! West Bloomfield Winter Invitational A HUGE SUCCESS!

Hello West Bloomfield Band families!  Our biggest fundraiser of the year is in the books! The 2017 West Bloomfield Winter Invitational was the largest show in MCGC history, and it was a true team effort.  Together, as a team of 100+ dedicated volunteers comprised of parents, students, siblings, alumni and community members, we hosted 82 groups – a total of 1,600 students, their directors, instructors and staff, and approximately 2,000 paying spectators.

We would like to take a moment to thank ALL of our volunteers, especially event chairperson Christina Nicolaides who spent many hours planning and coordinating this event, assistant chair Christine Karow, volunteer coordinator Ruth Richards, our intrepid front desk volunteers, the student and parent band guides; the many who worked the admissions desk, the door and gate control volunteers all around the gym, the parents and students in concessions, the parking/equipment guys who braved the cold, raffle salespeople, our announcers – including senior dad Geoff Semrau, who handed the microphone to his successor Ruben Luna; the alumni who worked the trophy table, the volunteers in the judges’ lounge who kept the judges well fed, those who worked behind closed doors counting money, the volunteers who supported MCGC with their technology and logistical needs during the contest; the parents who made multiple trips to the grocery store for supplies, our nurse and program ad chair Anne Marie Collier-Miller, our warm up room timers, the parents who helped move our students’ equipment from and back to Abbott, the parents who helped with Elementary Guard and Winter Winds, the families who donated food and beverages, and so many more!

MCGC had very high praise for us and said the day could not have gone better.  We also would like to thank the custodial staff at WBHS who worked tirelessly to make sure the building was clean and functioning during this huge event!

The West Bloomfield ensembles did a wonderful job!  Students, your hard work is paying off!  Junior Varsity Guard placed 4th with their performance of “Statues of Us.”  Varsity Guard placed 4th in their division with their performance of “Tomber Amoureaux.”  West Bloomfield Percussion placed 2nd with their performance of “Into the Canvas.”  Congratulations to the Elementary Guard on their super cute performance of “Don’t Worry Be Happy!”  Also congratulations to Winter Winds on their very first performance of “Eyes Turned Skyward!”


Mark Your Calendar:

Tuesday February 7, 2017: BBAWB Parent Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the iCenter at WBHS. An agenda is attached.

Monday February 20, 2017: Restaurant fundraiser at Mene Sushi.  Click here for a printable flyer.

Wednesday March 8, 2017: Pre-Festival Concert at WBHS.  More details to follow.

Friday/Saturday March 10 and 11, 2017: MSBOA Festival for middle and high school bands.  See Curricular Band update for more information.

Saturday March 18, 2017: State Solo & Ensemble. Location to be announced.

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

Curricular Band:

MSBOA Festival is approaching for our West Bloomfield concert bands.  Please mark your calendar for the following dates (more details and exact performance times to come):

Wednesday March 8, 2017: Pre-Festival concert at WBHS

Friday March 10, 2017: WBHS Bands to perform at Clarkston High School

Friday March 10, 2017: OLMS Bands to perform at Walled Lake Northern High School

Saturday March 11, 2017: Abbott Bands to perform at Lake Orion High School

State Solo & Ensemble will take place on Saturday March 18.  Location to be announced.

Winter Ensembles – Percussion, Guard and Winds:

Reminder (Guard and Percussion only): Money for the Scratch Card fundraiser was due Thursday February 2!  Please turn your cards and/or money in to your instructor, or the mailbox in the WBHS Band Room.

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

Winter Percussion: Show shirt order forms have been distributed.  Orders and money are due February 9.  Please contact show shirt coordinators Cathy Gimby (gimby@sbcglobal.net) or Christina Losey (christinalosey@gmail.com) if you need an extra order form.

Winter Winds: Show shirt order forms are being distributed this week!  Keep an eye out for them.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (week of February 6 – February 11)

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 February 6:

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

Tuesday February 7:

  • 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 at WBHS

Wednesday February 8:

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

Thursday February 9:

  • 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 February 10:

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

Saturday February 11:

  • Winter Percussion: WGI Troy, Troy Athens High School, performance times TBD
  • Varsity Guard, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. AMS


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.

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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