West Bloomfield Bands E-Newsletter: Week of October 2 – October 7, 2017

Hello West Bloomfield Marching Band families!


…To all of our students and parents who volunteered this weekend for Tag Day!  Also thanks to Ruth Richards for coordinating this event!

…To Anne Marie Collier-Miller for putting together another successful band picture day!


  • Donations Needed For Homecoming Tailgate!
  • Bulb Sale Continues
  • Marching Band Pit Crew Sign-Up
  • Middle School Drum Club Reminder
  • Homecoming Marching Band & Color Guard Clinics at Middle Schools
  • Save The Date
  • This Week’s Schedule


An e-mail has gone out our families for the Homecoming Tailgate.  To sum up: In order to have enough food for everyone, we need parents to check the Sign Up Genius for this event and give what they can. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b084ea9a92eaa8-marching

Items still needed: hot dogs, hamburger buns, hot dog buns, potato salad, fruit, cookies and brownies, paper plates, bottled water and Capri Sun drinks.  Also needed: coolers with ice.

No time to shop or prepare a dish?  Cash donations are welcome! We will use any donated money to purchase what we can from the remaining items.

No time to donate an item?  No cash?  Please donate a small amount of your time. We still need volunteers to help with setup, serving and cleanup.

Please note that this SignUp Genius works a little differently than usual because we have requested that you RSVP.  After you enter the number of your family members that will attend, a new box will open with pull down choices for requested items.

Information on donating items and cash: E-mail Tailgate coordinator Carol Finkelstein at Carol@NorwoodCompanies.com.

Thank you!


This fundraiser ends this week!  Funds will go to help pay for sectional teachers in preparation for MSBOA Festival in March.  NEW: Student account split!  80% of BBAWB profit to go to student accounts!

Ordering online is easy! Make your selections, provide billing and shipping information, and choose a secure method of payment (credit card or PayPal).  Items you select will be sent directly to the shipping address you provide.  Items will be shipped Ground and will arrive within 1-2 weeks. Follow the link to order online: http://wbbands.info/dutch-mill-bulbs-fundraiser/. Please share this link with friends and family!

Catalog Sales

You may also order from our paper catalog by contacting one of our students in a concert band class.  The paper catalog sale runs from September 18 through October 6!

Questions about the bulb sale? Email fundraising@wbbands.info

Questions about student accounts?  Email studentaccounts@wbbands.info.

Thanks you for your support!


Marching Band Parents, please check out the 2017 event list.  Pit Crew is needed to move instruments and props on and off the field at competitions. Take a look at the following link and sign up in advance. Thanks to those of you that have already signed up!



Note to Middle School percussionists: If you plan on attending the Homecoming Parade, you should attend Drum Club in the band room at WBHS and ride the activities bus to WBHS on Monday.

It’s not too late to join us for Middle School Drum Club!

Who: Middle School Band Students in Grades 6 – 8 are invited to participate in Monday Drum Club! This club is geared specifically toward students in the percussion sections of all OLMS and AMS bands. However, any student who is interested in learning the fundamentals of marching-style percussion is welcome to attend!

What: This class will be taught by professional, award winning instructors from West Bloomfield Percussion.

Where: West Bloomfield High School Band Room (south side of building). Students may ride the activities bus to WBHS

Session 1 Dates: Mondays – Sept 25, Oct 2, Oct 9, Oct 16, Oct 23 & Oct 30, 2017
Students are invited to march in the Homecoming Parade!

Session 2 Dates: Mondays – April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21, June 4 & June 11, 2018

Cost:  $25 per session ($40, if signing up for both sessions).  Make checks payable to “BBAWB”.  Fee will cover the cost of instruction.  Students will receive a pair of Vic Firth drum sticks.
Time:  Classes are 2 hours, from 3:30 – 5:30pm

Transportation:  Yes!  Students may ride the activities bus from the middle schools to WBHS!

TO REGISTER:  Print the form at the following site, fill it out and return it to your student’s band teacher. http://wbbands.info/west-bloomfield-percussion/middle-school-percussion/


Date: Monday, October 2, 2017

Time: 3pm – 5pm

Where: Abbott and OLMS Middle School Band Rooms (students report to their own school’s band room)

What: Learn to play the WBHS fight song and “stand tunes”…and…learn to march or spin a flag before participating in the Homecoming Parade on Friday, October 6.

Who: All 7th and 8th grade students – NOT JUST BAND STUDENTS! Bring your instrument and a friend!

RSVP or Questions: Email the workshop coordinator at: christinelong@mac.com

Download permission form at http://wbbands.info/homecoming/


Monthly Parent Meeting: The BBAWB Parent meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 3rd at 7:00pm in the High School I-Center. See you there!

Marching Band Banquet: 2017 Marching Band Banquet is November 19th!

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 (October 2 – October 7)

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 October 2:

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Homecoming Clinics in band rooms at Middle Schools

3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Drum Club at WBHS (Middle School percussion students who want to march in the Homecoming Parade will need to attend Drum Club)

Tuesday October 3:

3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Marching Band Rehearsal

5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Front Ensemble Rehearsal

7:00 p.m. BBAWB Parent Meeting in the iCenter at WBHS

Wednesday October 4:

3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Marching Band Rehearsal

Thursday October 5:

3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Marching Band Rehearsal

Friday October 6:

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Marching Band Rehearsal

5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Homecoming Parade (Green Road; from Prince of Peace Church to WBHS)

Saturday October 7:

No band activities! Enjoy your weekend!


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.

Amazon Smile: EARN MONEY FOR WEST BLOOMFIELD BANDS WITH SMILE.AMAZON.COM.  This is an easy way to get classroom texts or holiday gifts with Amazon’s convenience and competitive prices AND support the bands, at no extra cost to you!  To get started: click HERE to register.


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