West Bloomfield Bands E-Newsletter: Week of March 20, 2017
Hello West Bloomfield Band families!
Congratulations to our West Bloomfield students who braved the weather to perform at State Solo & Ensemble on Saturday! All participating students had to receive first division ratings at the district level in order to qualify. Every student from West Bloomfield earned either a first or second division rating this year at State Festival, which is an outstanding result! Congratulations to all who participated!
The following students earned first division ratings for their solos:
Ishan Biswas-trumpet solo
Aidan Brice-alto sax 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
Mario Pallazola-euphonium solo
The following students earned first division ratings for their ensembles:
Robert Elliott and Robert Sylvester-mixed instrument duet
Gia Evans and Eleanor Goldkamp-woodwind duet
Brian Semrau, Eleanor Goldkamp, Emma Long and Diana Odin-clarinet quartet
Valerie Walls and Gia Evans-flute duet
The following students earned second division ratings for their solos:
Eriq Carey-oboe solo
Sophia Nicholaou-trombone solo
Sarah Richards-piano solo
The following students earned second division ratings for their ensembles:
Cameryn Neal and Abbey Karow-Flute duet
Jon Michael Sinanis and Jack Bull-mixed instrument duet
West Bloomfield Percussion, Winds and JV Guard competed at the MCGC Lakeland Invitational yesterday! All three groups did an outstanding job – West Bloomfield Percussion received first place as the only group performing in their class yesterday, but earned an outstanding score of 84.95 for their show “Into the Canvas!” The Winds group did an amazing job performing their show “Eyes Turned Skyward!” As the only ensemble in their class in the entire state, they also received first place honors. The Junior Varsity Guard performed their show “Statues of Us” beautifully and placed second in a highly competitive class. Congratulations to all of our hard-working students!
Winter Percussion travels this weekend to compete at the WGI Power Regional at the University of Northern Kentucky. Varsity and JV Winter Guard compete at MCGC Novi on Sunday March 26. Good luck to all!
Congratulations to Lily Brenner and Alisibeth Watkins-Miller on their fantastic performances at MCGC’s Winter Guard Solo & Ensemble on Sunday March 5! They received first place as an ensemble; 2nd place solo (Alisibeth) and first place solo (Lily). Great job!!
Marching Band and Color Guard 2017 Enrollment is now open! We are so excited about the 2017 season! New uniforms, new band camp, new summer schedule! Check your e-mail for news and information. There will be discounts for early enrollment and also incentives planned for student-to-student recruitment. Paper registration forms will also be available in the band rooms at both middle schools and WBHS.
Marching Band: 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 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 email@example.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.
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Mark Your Calendar:
Saturday March 25, 2017: Winter Percussion at WGI Power Regional in Kentucky
Sunday March 26, 2017: Varsity and JV Winter Guards at MCGC Novi
Saturday April 1, 2017: Winter Guard at MCGC State Finals at Saginaw Valley State University
Sunday April 2, 2017: Winter Percussion and Winter Wind at MCGC State Finals, at Saginaw Valley State University
April 11, 2017: BBAWB Parent Meeting, 7:00 p.m., iCenter, WBHS
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!
No update at this time. Congratulations to all State Solo & Ensemble participants!
Winter Ensembles – Percussion, Guard and Winds:
Attention all Groups! The March payment was due on Wednesday March 15. If you are not current on your payments and need to make alternative arrangements, please contact our treasurers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Winter Winds: Show shirts have arrived! Students receive one free t-shirt with their membership. If your student has not received their shirt, please let Sam Silverman know.
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 20 – March 26)
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 20:
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 21:
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 22:
Winter Percussion, 5:00 – 8:15 AMS
Thursday March 23:
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 24:
Winter Percussion leaves for Kentucky Regional
Varsity Guard, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., AMS
Saturday March 25:
Winter Percussion at Kentucky Regional
JV Guard, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Varsity Guard, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday March 26:
JV and Varsity Winter Guard at MCGC Novi
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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