West Bloomfield Bands E-Newsletter: Week of November 13th-November 19th, 2017

Hello West Bloomfield Band families!


  • Winter Programs
  • The Lodge Fundraiser
  • Raffle Tickets
  • Marching Band Banquet
  • Online Bulb Sale
  • SCRIP Program
  • BBAWB Parent Meeting
  • Save the Date
  • This Week’s Schedule



Check out the latest news regarding Auditions and Rehearsals!  Online Registration is NOW OPEN!

Registration has never been easier! Click HERE to register online for our Winter Programs.



See Mr. Mielens for an audition packet and sign up for an audition time on the band room door.

Audition Dates:  Monday, November 20 and Tuesday, November 21

Time:  2:15 – 3:15pm

Location: WB High School Band Room

Who: all students in grades 9-12

More information at wbbands.info/concert-bands/jazz-band/



Join our award-winning indoor performing ensemble just for Middle School students!

Rehearsals begin Tuesday, November 28.  Come check it out!

Rehearsal Dates:  Tuesdays & Thursdays

Time:  3:30 – 5:00pm

Location: WB High School Band Room (south side of building)

Who: all students in grades 6 – 8

More information at  http://wbbands.info/west-bloomfield-winds/



Want to try something new? Come on out to make new friends and be a part of the award winning West Bloomfield Guard program! Elementary Guard is open to all students in grades 4 & 5 and will begin meeting in November. You will learn performance, dance and how to spin a flag. NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY!

Rehearsals begin Monday, November 20.

Rehearsal Dates:  Mondays

Time:  4:30 – 6:00pm

Location: Roosevelt Elementary School

Who: all students in grades 4 & 5

More information at  http://wbbands.info/west-bloomfield-guard/elementary-guard/



Come on out to make new friends and be a part of the award winning West Bloomfield Guard program! No experience necessary; we teach you everything you need to know!!

Dates:  Thursday, November 16 & Friday, November 17

Time:  6:00 – 8:30pm

Location: Abbott Middle School Gymnasium

Who: all students in grades 6 – 12

More information at http://wbbands.info/west-bloomfield-guard/



Join our award winning Winter Percussion program! This program provides an opportunity for students to develop their musical and life skills through the art of percussion performance.  We hope to instill a strong sense of perseverance, dedication, personal achievement, growth, self-confidence, music appreciation, and work ethic through the pursuit of excellence. (For students in grades 8 – 12; some positions by audition only)

Dates:  Monday, November 13 & Tuesday, November 14

Time:  5:00 – 8:15pm

Location: Abbott Middle School

More information at wbbands.info/west-bloomfield-percussion/winter-percussion/


Remember: Online Registration is NOW OPEN for all of the programs you just read about!

Registration has never been easier! Click HERE to register online for our Winter Programs.



Don’t cook on Wednesday, November 15th! Come on out to The Lodge Grill & Bar and support our Band!

The Lodge is located at 2812 Orchard Lake Rd. in Keego Harbor. Come on out for lunch, dinner, or a late night snack!

20% of sales will be given to the Marching Band program. You must print and present this flyer when ordering — http://wbbands.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/lodge-flyer-nov-2017-1.pdf

See you there!



Raffle Tickets are coming to your student’s school this week, to students in grades 7-12.  The drawing is on December 13 at the Winter Concert at WBHS.  Grand prize: $1,000.  We need to sell 400 tickets in order to award this prize; otherwise the drawing reverts to a 50/50.  Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the West Bloomfield Band program across the school district!  Thank you for your help and support!



The attire for the Marching Band Banquet is on the dressy side.  In the past men have worn shirt and tie, suits and even kilts.  Many of the ladies will wear dresses but it is certainly not required.  Jeans are typically not worn.  Should you have any questions, feel free to contact Renee Floer at 248-464-0084 or email: reneefloer@yahoo.com. Thank you!




The website for online ordering will remain open until December 1!  If you need the link for online ordering, it can be found here:  http://wbbands.info/dutch-mill-bulbs-fundraiser/.  Online orders will be monitored and students will receive credit for the sales.  Please fill in student’s name during checkout!  The Band Boosters is offering a generous 80% student account split on the profits.

The proceeds from this sale will be used to hire sectional teachers for MSBOA Festival in March.

E-mail fundraising@wbbands.info if you have any questions.


Now is the time to start stocking up on SCRIP for the holidays!

SCRIP is an easy, fast way to put money in your student’s account!  Simply purchase store gift cards for everyday purchases such as gas, eating out, travel, clothing and many others, or to give as gifts for any occasion. The merchants give a percentage of the gift card purchase to the band, which will then be deposited into your student’s points account.  60% of the money raised by purchasing SCRIP cards goes towards your student points account and 40% earns money for West Bloomfield Bands.

How To Order:

  • Go to www.shopwithscrip.com
  • Register: Sign on as a member or sign up as a new member. The enrollment code for Band Boosters of West Bloomfield is: 18L5CFD5612L. This code is case sensitive — type it exactly as you see it here.
  • Order: Select the cards and quantity you plan to purchase. Encourage family and friends to place orders through you.
  • Payment & Delivery:  Write a check to BBAWB for the amount of your purchase.   Orders typically go in at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday nights and are available for pick up/delivery by Tuesday/Wednesday of the following week.  Checks need to be made out to BBAWB, or cash is due by the time of pick up.  You can mail your check or drop it off at our SCRIP coordinator’s home.   You will be able to check your order history and quickly reorder standard items.


  • Here is a link to upcoming low-denomination Scrips that will be available starting October 21:


Questions?  Contact our BBAWB SCRIP coordinator: Marguerite DeBello


Thank you to those who joined us for our November meeting. In case you missed it, please see the Parent Meeting Minutes attached to this newsletter.

We hope to see you at our next meeting:

Tuesday, December 5th at 7:00pm in the High School I-Center



Winter Concert & Raffle: December 13th 7:00pm-9:00pm at the High School

BBAWB Parent Meeting: Tuesday Dec. 5th & Tuesday, January 2nd at 7:00pm in the High School I-Center.


Winter Invitational: On Saturday, February 3, 2018, West Bloomfield Bands will host our winter invitational. Last year 81 groups performed at our show. Our concessions and admissions served over a thousand performers and spectators. This is the most important fundraiser of the year for the band program! In order to host the show, we need many volunteers. Please plan to help us on that day.


THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE (November 13th –November 19th)

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 Nov. 13th :

  • Winter Percussion Auditions 5:00-8:15pm
  • Online bulb sale

Tuesday Nov. 14th:

  • Winter Percussion Auditions 5:00-8:15pm
  • WBHS Teacher Conferences
  • Online bulb sale

Wednesday Nov, 15th :

  • THE LODGE Fundraiser
  • OLMS/Abbott Teacher Conferences
  • Online bulb sale

Thursday Nov. 16th:

  • Winter Guard Auditions 6:00-8:30pm
  • Online bulb sale


Friday Nov. 17th :

  • Winter Guard Auditions 6:00-8:30pm
  • Online bulb sale


Saturday Nov. 18th:

  • Online bulb sale
  • Have a great weekend!


Sunday Nov. 19th :

  • Marching Band Banquet 6:00-9:30pm
  • Online bulb sale


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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