West Bloomfield Winter Invitational – February 4, 2017

Hello West Bloomfield Band families!  Our biggest fundraiser of the year is coming up fast – the 2017 Winter Invitational on Saturday February 4!  We are expecting more than 80 groups to perform at West Bloomfield High School!  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Ruth Richards, our volunteer coordinator, to sign up and help out.  Her email address is richardsbandmom@gmail.com. This is an excellent opportunity for NHS and other students in need of volunteer hours!  Click here for more information!

Performance times for West Bloomfield Groups:

  • Elementary Guard: 8:05 a.m.
  • JV Guard: 9:48 a.m.
  • Varsity Guard: 2:38 p.m.
  • Winter Winds: 5:45 p.m.
  • Winter Percussion: 6:53 p.m.

We are in need of donations for the Winter Invitational! A small donation can make a big impact.  See the links below for more information. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Winter Guard Sneak Peek

All WB Band families are invited to a sneak peek of our 3 performances as we host a group dress rehearsal the night before our home show.  The shows will feature all 3 teams:

  • Elementary Guard: Don’t Worry, Be Happy
  • JV Guard: Statue of Us
  • Varsity Guard: Tomber Amoureux

This free performance will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, February 3 in the gym at Abbott Middle School. We hope to see you there!  Click HERE for more details.

Following the performances, rehearsals will continue for JV and Varsity.  See the Upcoming Schedule for rehearsal times for our Guard groups.


Mark Your Calendar:

Saturday February 4, 2017: West Bloomfield Winter Invitational (Percussion, Guard and Winds), all day at WBHS.  Volunteers and donations needed!  See announcement above.

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

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.

Congratulations to the following students who performed at MSBOA District IV Solo & Ensemble at Brighton High School on Saturday January 14:

First Division Solos

  • Ishan Biswas- Trumpet Solo
  • Aidan Brice- Alto Sax Solo
  • Eriq Carey- Oboe Solo
  • Matthew Elliott- Piano Solo
  • Robert Elliott- Piano Solo
  • Gia Evans- Flute Solo
  • Jared Grimes- Trumpet Solo
  • Grace Jolliffe- Clarinet Solo
  • Abbey Karow- Flute Solo
  • Spencer Musiol- Trumpet Solo
  • Cameryn Neal- Flute Solo
  • Sophia Nicholaou- Trombone Solo
  • Mario Pallazola- Euphonium Solo
  • Sarah Richards- Piano Solo

First Division Ensembles

  • Ishan Biswas, Mitchell Carroll, Abby Freitag, Abbaas Hakim and Sundeep Ravella- Brass Quintet
  • Gia Evans and Eleanor Goldkamp- Flute/Clarinet Duet
  • Cameryn Neal and Abbey Karow- Flute Duet
  • Jon Michael Sinanis and Jack Bull- Oboe/Bass Duet
  • Brian Semrau, Eleanor Goldkamp, Emma Long and Diana Odin- Clarinet Quartet
  • Valerie Walls and Gia Evans- Flute Duet

Second Division Solos

  • Matthew Elliott- Trumpet Solo
  • Lea McDaniel- Euphonium Solo
  • Jon Michael Sinanis- Oboe Solo
  • Simran Singh- Piano Solo

Jazz Band: The Jazz Band’s first performance at United We Walk on January 15 was a great success!  Thank you to the students and parents who came out to celebrate this important event.  Questions regarding Jazz Band? Email Mr. Mielens at chad.mielens@wbsd.org.

Winter Ensembles – Percussion, Guard and Winds:

Reminder (Guard and Percussion only): Money for the Scratch Card fundraiser is 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! Be sure to bookmark your student’s group page:

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (week of January 30 – February 4)

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 January 30:

  • 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 January 31:

  • 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 February 1:

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

Thursday February 2:

  • 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 3:

  • Elementary Guard, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. AMS
  • JV Guard, : 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. AMS
  • Varsity Guard, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. AMS

Saturday February 4:



Chipotle Fundraiser: Thank you to our awesome WB Band families, friends and supporters who participated in our Chipotle restaurant fundraiser! Thanks to your generosity, Chipotle is writing a check to the BBAWB in the amount of $311.95!

Scratch Cards: The Winter Guard and Percussion programs are fundraising using scratch cards.  Each family receives one card; each card raises $100.  Each family that participates is eligible to receive a percentage of the proceeds for their student account!  Here’s how it works:

Each card has 50 concealed dots. Under each dot is an amount of money ranging from $0.50 to $3.00. Supporters are asked to scratch a minimum of two dots off the card and then donate the revealed amount of money to BBAWB.  In return, as a thank you gift, supporters are given a sheet of coupons from national merchants.

The cards and money are due on Thursday, February 2.  In order for each family to receive credit for their student account, the cards and money must be returned together.

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.

Current Bonuses (through February 3):

  • Athleta: 20%
  • Banana Republic/Gap/Old Navy: 20%
  • Krispy Kreme: 10%
  • PetSmart: 9%
  • See’s Candies: 11%
  • TGI Fridays: 10%

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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