West Bloomfield Bands E-Newsletter: Week of March 13, 2017

News Updates

Hello West Bloomfield Band families! What a busy weekend we just had!

The MSBOA Festival took place on Friday and Saturday March 10 and 11.  Congratulations to Orchard Lake Middle School and Abbott Middle School, who both earned “II” ratings on their performances at Walled Lake Northern HS and Lake Orion High School on Friday and Saturday!

The West Bloomfield High School bands performed at Clarkston High School on Friday evening.  The Symphony Band earned a “II” rating, while the Concert Band and Symphonic Winds both earned “I” ratings from all judges on performance and sight reading!  Congratulations to all!

Congratulations to West Bloomfield Varsity Guard, who performed their show “Tomber Amoureaux: To Fall in Love” at the WGI Regional in Grand Blanc on Saturday.  They came in 9th place out of 25 groups, who came from Michigan, Ohio and Illinois!  This was an incredible accomplishment!  Way to go!!

Marching Band and Color Guard 2017 Enrollment is coming soon! We are so excited about the 2017 season!  New uniforms, new band camp, new summer schedule!  Check your e-mail for news and information. We are planning on opening up registration starting on Wednesday March 15. There will be discounts for early enrollment and also incentives for student-to-student recruitment.  Paper registration forms will also be available in the band rooms at both middle schools and WBHS.

John Boruta Alumni Scholarship Applications for the John Boruta Alumni Marching Band Scholarship are now being accepted through Monday, April 10, 2017.  This scholarship will provide a worthy student a positively life-changing experience through participation in the West Bloomfield Marching Band program.  More information and application can be found here.

Spring Swing II is coming up on Friday May 5! Chairperson Anne Marie Collier-Miller will be holding a rescheduled volunteer meeting soon.  In the meantime, she is requesting volunteers in the following areas: decorating; requesting appetizer donations from local restaurants; and collecting items for the silent auction.  A Sign Up Genius will go out soon for auction gift basket items.  Questions – contact Anne Marie at bamo72@msn.com.

School Bond Election coming up on May 2! The voter registration deadline is April 3.   Please register and vote!  This election is an opportunity for West Bloomfield School District to invest $120 million in updates, renovation and construction throughout the entire district, with a half-mill reduction in the school tax rate. The West Bloomfield Bands will stand to benefit from this election in the form of the addition of an auxiliary gym at WBHS, remodeling of the auditorium and fine arts spaces including additional storage near the WBHS band room, and new musical instruments and equipment for grades K-12. For more information, please visit the Bond Election page on the WBSD website. Information on the bond election will be provided on our website, social media and at parent meetings.


Mark Your Calendar:

Wednesday March 15, 2017: West Bloomfield Marching Band Registration opens

Saturday March 18, 2017: State Solo & Ensemble at South Lyon High School

Sunday March 19, 2017: Winter Percussion, Winter Winds and JV Guard at MCGC Lakeland

Tuesday May 2, 2017: School Bond Election

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

Curricular Bands:

MSBOA Festival took place on Friday and Saturday March 10 and 11.  The group ratings are listed below:

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

WBHS Concert Band: I

WBHS Symphony Band: II

WBHS Symphonic Winds: I

Friday March 10, 2017: OLMS Band at Walled Lake Northern High School

OLMS Symphony Band: II

Saturday March 11, 2017: Abbott Band at Lake Orion High School

Abbott Middle School Symphony Band: II

State Solo & Ensemble will take place on Saturday March 18 at South Lyon High School.

Winter Ensembles – Percussion, Guard and Winds:

Attention all Groups! The March payment is due on Wednesday March 15.  If you are not current on your payments and need to make alternative arrangements, please contact our treasurers at treasurer@wbbands.info.

A note from the BBAWB Treasurer: Parents, if you have not done so, please log in to Charms to check your balance and verify that your balances are correct. If the information is not accurate or you are having trouble logging in to Charms, please send us an e-mail at treasurer@wbbands.info.

Winter Percussion: Permission slips for the Kentucky Regional are due to Chris Vilag by March 16.  If you have not received one, please contact Ruth Richards at richardsbandmom@gmail.com.

Winter Winds: We apologize for the delay in the Winds show T-shirts. We are putting a rush on them and they should arrive within one week.

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

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (week of March 13 – March 19)

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 March 13:

Jazz Band, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. WBHS Band Room

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

Tuesday March 14:

Winter Winds, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. WBHS Band Room

Winter Percussion, 5:00 – 8:15 AMS

JV Guard, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. WBHS

Wednesday March 15:

Marching Band Registration Opens

Winter Ensemble Payment Due

Winter Percussion, 5:00 – 8:15 AMS

Thursday March 16:

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 March 17:

Varsity Guard, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., AMS

Saturday March 18:

State Solo & Ensemble, South Lyon High School

Winter Percussion, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., AMS

JV Guard, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Varsity Guard, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday March 19:

Winter Percussion, Winter Winds & JV Guard at MCGC Lakeland


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.

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