West Bloomfield Bands E-Newsletter: Week of November 28, 2016

On behalf of the Band Boosters Association of West Bloomfield, we would like to wish our students, parents, teachers and staff a very Happy Holiday season!


Save The Date:

Thursday December 8, 2016: Winter Concert (grades 7-12), 7:00 p.m. at WBHS

Saturday February 4, 2017: Winter Invitational (Percussion, Guard and Winds), all day at WBHS

Marching Band: Marching Band families, if you are considering purchasing a new varsity jacket to show off your student’s marching band varsity letter and patches, Art Knitting Mills is offering $10 off the purchase of a new jacket and will donate $10 to the Band Boosters too!  Coupon is required; click here for a copy.

Curricular Band: Congratulations to the following students for being selected to the MSBOA Honors and All State Bands!  You are now in the West Bloomfield Bands Hall of Fame!

Abby Freitag (French horn): Middle School All State Band

Max Berkowitz (trombone): Honorable Mention High School Honors Band and District IV Honors Band

Mario Pallazola (trombone): Honorable Mention High School Honors Band

Aidan Brice (alto sax): District IV Honors Band

Jared Grimes (trumpet): District IV Honors Band

Jon Michael Sinanis (oboe): District IV Honors Band

Alisibeth Watkins Miller (percussion): District IV Honors Band

Also, congratulations to Nicholas DeBello (bassoon) on his selection to the Eastern Michigan University Honors Band!

Jazz Band: Auditions will be held on Monday November 28 and Tuesday November 29.  Fee: $50.  E-mail Chad Mielens for more information (chad.mielens@wbsd.org).

Winter Ensembles – Percussion, Guard and Winds: Congratulations to Chris Vilag, Director of Winter Percussion, on his appearance at the nationally televised halftime show of the Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day game!  Playing the bass drum, Chris and the rest of the Lions Drumline performed onstage with singer Andy Grammer.

All Winter Ensemble deposits are due this week!  If you have questions, please contact your student’s ensemble director.

Winter Percussion Jackets: West Bloomfield Percussion jacket orders are being accepted this week. Due to the late time frame, delivery for the holidays cannot be guaranteed. The jackets are black soft shell material with grey lining, embroidered with the West Bloomfield Percussion logo on the back, and the left front chest is embroidered with the student’s name in white. The cost is $85, and the jackets come in Men’s and Ladies’ adult sizes XS to 3XL.  E-mail Cathy Gimby (gimby@sbcglobal.net) for more information or to reserve your jacket today!

Winter Winds Try It Out!: Students who were not able to make the November 10 parent meeting are encouraged to attend this week’s rehearsals on November 29 and December 1 to try out the Winter Winds program!  A flyer is attached with more information.

The WB Bands website is a great source of information! Consider bookmarking the web pages for your student’s ensemble(s):

Winter Percussion: http://wbbands.info/west-bloomfield-percussion/winter-percussion/

Winter Guard: http://wbbands.info/west-bloomfield-guard/winter-guard/

Elementary Guard: http://wbbands.info/west-bloomfield-guard/elementary-guard/

Winter Winds: http://wbbands.info/west-bloomfield-winds/

Scrip Announcement: Now through December 31, the student account “split” for scrips is 90%!  Now is a great time to build up your student’s point balance and do your holiday shopping at the same time!  Points can be used for any curricular band and Band Booster-sponsored activity.  Families have used points to pay for lessons, instrument rentals, Solo & Ensemble, Cedar Point trips, band apparel, program fees and more!  For detailed information on the scrip program and student accounts, click here, visit the scrip program page on our website, or e-mail our scrip coordinator Marguerite DeBello at scrips@wbbands.info.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (week of November 28-December 3)

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 November 28:

  • WBHS Jazz Band Auditions (e-mail Chad Mielens for more information: chad.mielens@wbsd.org)
  • Elementary Guard 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. at Roosevelt Elementary School (RES)
  • Varsity Guard 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Abbott Middle School (AMS)
  • BBAWB Board Meeting 7:00 p.m. at WBHS

Tuesday November 29:

  • WBHS Jazz Band Auditions (e-mail Chad Mielens for more information: chad.mielens@wbsd.org)
  • Winter Winds 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. at WBHS Band Room
  • Winter Percussion 5:00 – 8:15 p.m. at AMS
  • JV Guard 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at WHBS

Wednesday November 30:

  • Winter Percussion 5:00 – 8:15 p.m. at AMS

Thursday December 1:

  • Winter Winds 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. at WBHS Band Room
  • Winter Percussion 5:00 – 8:15 p.m. at AMS
  • JV Guard 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at WHBS

Friday December 2:

  • Varsity Guard 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at AMS

Saturday December 3:

  • Varsity Guard 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. at WBHS


Raffle:  Ticket sales are currently sitting at 113.  We need to sell 400 raffle tickets to award the $1,000 grand prize! Sales of less than 400 tickets will result in a 50/50 drawing. The drawing will be held at the Winter Concert on Thursday December 8.  There is still time to sell tickets!  Envelopes with tickets will be delivered to Abbott Middle School and West Bloomfield High School.  Ticket stubs and money can be turned in to Mr. Mielens, Mr. Stein or placed in the booster’s mailbox in the WBHS band room by December 7.  For more information or for more tickets, click here or contact the raffle coordinator, Christine Long at christinelong@mac.com

Yankee Candle:  The Yankee Candle fundraiser is back for holiday shopping!  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: See the announcement at the beginning of this newsletter.  90% to student accounts for the month of December!

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.

Charitable Giving: As you consider your end of year charitable contributions, think about the Band Boosters Association of West Bloomfield!  Since we a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, your donations are tax deductible and will help support band programs across the West Bloomfield School District!  Click here to donate today!

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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