West Bloomfield Bands E-Newsletter: Week of May 22, 2017


Hello West Bloomfield Band families!

Congratulations Abbott Middle School and Orchard Lake Middle School Bands! On Saturday, the combined Abbott Middle School and Orchard Lake Middle School Symphony Bands competed at Music in the Parks at Cedar Point! Students from both schools combined to form a unified Symphony Band and took first place in their classification, as well as first place overall middle school band. Congratulations, students! We are very proud of you!

Marching Band and Color Guard Update:  As of today, we have 69 students registered for marching band!  We are excited to welcome 23 brand new studentsIt is not too late to join this award-winning program, which boasts the State Champion and world-ranked Percussion section and Top 5 Color Guard!

Register for Marching Band Now! It is not too late! If you register your student between now and June 16 you will receive a $25 discount!  Parents can register their student(s) online from anywhere there is internet access, by clicking here. It only takes a few minutes!  More news and information can be found on the marching band page on the WB Bands website: wbbands.info/join-us.

Financial Aid for Marching Band In case you missed the last Parent Meeting, you can find the PowerPoint presentation here.  Most of our parents help pay for marching band and other programs through student accounts!  You can accumulate points in your student’s account to help pay for marching band and other band-related expenses by selling Show Shirt and Program Business Ads (download the form here), Personal Ads and Semi Trailer Ads (more information here). All of our ad sales for marching band have a 50/50 split, meaning half of the money you raise is converted to points for your student account, and the other half goes into WB Bands’ general fund.

Another way to earn points in your student’s account is through Scrips.  Here is a brief explanation of the scrip program:

  • Members buy retail gift cards through the scrip program at face value.  There are hundreds of retailers to choose from!  The cards can be purchased in the form of physical gift cards or electronically as ScripNow. They can be purchased online via PrestoPay, or via cash/check/money order to the BBAWB.  Families can get their scrip in seconds by purchasing ScripNow via PrestoPay.
  • The BBAWB buys the gift cards at 3-15% less than face value depending on the retailer.
  • The difference between face value and what your organization pays is the BBAWB’s earnings.  The BBAWB then splits the earnings 60/40 – 60% is converted to points to the individual student account, 40% goes to the BBAWB general fund.
  • Visit the Great Lakes Scrip website to learn more!

If you have any questions or concerns about paying for marching band, please contact Director of Bands Chad Mielens at chad.mielens@wbsd.org.

Sports Physicals at WBHS If your student is doing Marching Band in the fall, he or she must have a physical.  The Athletics Department at WBHS has announced that Henry Ford Sports Medicine will be offering student athlete physicals at West Bloomfield High School on Wednesday, May 31 from 2:30pm – 5:00pm.  The cost is only $20 per physical.  You must register (a link to the Sign Up Genius can be found here.).  There are still appointments available, so register soon!

BBAWB Annual Meeting The BBAWB Annual Meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday June 6, 2017 in the iCenter at WBHS.  In lieu of a May parent meeting, the slate of board candidates as well as the 2017-2018 budget will be presented via e-mail.

Open Board Position There is still one open board position for the 2017-2018 fiscal year: Secretary. You can find the description of this role here. If you or someone you know is interested in serving on the Board of Directors of the BBAWB, contact us at wbbands@gmail.com.

Mark Your Calendar!

This is a very busy time of year!  Mark your calendar for the following events… Be sure to check the BBAWB calendar for band rehearsal and performance dates, times and locations, or for last minute changes, such as school cancellations!

Monday May 22:

  • Jazz Band, 2:30 – 4 pm, WBHS
  • Drum Club, 3:30 – 5:30 pm, WBHS Band Room

Tuesday May 23:

  • Color Guard Experience Night, 4 – 7 pm, WBHS
  • WBHS Finale Concert, 7 pm, WBHS

Wednesday May 24:

  • Abbott Band Concert, 7 pm, Abbott Middle School

Thursday May 25:

  • Marching Band: New Member Rehearsal, 5 – 7 pm, WBHS
  • Percussion: Memorial Day Parade Rehearsal, 5 – 7 pm, WBHS

Friday May 26:

  • Marching Band: Memorial Day Parade Rehearsal, 5 – 8 pm, WBHS

Monday May 29:

  • Memorial Day Parade, Keego Harbor, 8:30 am – 12 pm

Tuesday May 30:

  • Orchard Lake Middle School Band Concert, 7 pm, OLMS
  • Percussion Clinic, 5 – 8 pm, WBHS
  • Color Guard Experience Night, 4 – 7 pm, WBHS

Wednesday May 31:

  • WBHS Prom – no band events scheduled!

Thursday June 1:

  • Percussion Clinic, 5 – 8 pm, WBHS

Friday June 2:

  • No scheduled band events!


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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.

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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