West Bloomfield Bands E-Newsletter: Week of January 9, 2017

Happy New Year!  We hope you had a restful Winter Break with family and friends.  We have a lot going on right now with our band programs!

Important!! Volunteers Needed! Our Winter Invitational is coming up soon, on Saturday February 4.  We are excited to announce that we are expecting more than 80 groups to perform at West Bloomfield High School!  This is by far the biggest BBAWB fundraiser of the year and we will need all hands on deck!  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!


Mark Your Calendar:

Friday and Saturday, January 13-14, 2017: Solo & Ensemble at Brighton High School. Schedule is attached.

Friday, January 13: Winter Program Show Shirt and Program Ads due (Winter Guard and Winter Percussion)

Sunday January 15, 2017: United We Walk at West Bloomfield High School. Jazz Band report at 2:00 p.m.; Battery report at 2:30 p.m.; Walk at 3:00 p.m.

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.  Volunteers needed!  See announcement above.

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

Jazz Band: Jazz Band’s first performance of 2017 will be on Sunday January 15 at United We Walk at WBHS!  Members are asked to report at the WBHS band room at 2:00 p.m. Email Mr. Mielens at chad.mielens@wbsd.org with questions.

Winter Ensembles – Percussion, Guard and Winds: Payments for Winter Guard, Winter Percussion and Winter Winds are due on January 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 Show Shirt Ads are Due Friday January 13!  This includes Winter Percussion and Winter Guard.  Remember this is a great opportunity to set money aside in your student account!  Winter Invitational Program Ads are also due Friday January 13!  Another great opportunity to earn money for your student account!  Proceeds from sales are split 50/50 between the BBAWB and student accounts.  Click here for more information or to download the forms.

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 9 – January 14)

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.

Tuesday January 10:

  • 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 January 11:

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

Thursday January 12:

  • 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 January 13:

  • Varsity Guard, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. AMS
  • JV Guard, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. AMS
  • Solo & Ensemble at Brighton High School (see attached schedule for individual/ensemble performance times)

Saturday January 14:

  • Winter Percussion, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., AMS
  • JV & Varsity Guard, Time and Location TBD
  • Solo & Ensemble at Brighton High School (see attached schedule for individual/ensemble performance times)


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 may download a flyer here and bring it to the store, or you can show the cashier the flyer on your mobile device, or you can simply mention the fundraiser and BBAWB will get credit!

Chipotle Bonus! Chipotle offers scrips with a 10% rebate! Get your scrips now for this fundraiser! You can order physical gift cards or ScripNow (downloadable gift cards). Help the band and your student account at the same time!

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.

Yankee CandleThe Yankee Candle fundraiser link is still open!  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: Earn money for your student account by purchasing scrip!  For more information, click here.

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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