West Bloomfield Bands E-Newsletter: Week of September 10th –September 16th, 2017

Hello West Bloomfield Marching Band families!

We have some schedule changes and information updates for this week. Please see all of those items listed below. You will also find the minutes to the 9/5/17 parent meeting attached to this E-News.



Please see the following important updates from our Director of Bands, Chad Mielens:

Football Game Seating:

In the hopes of maintaining a proper decorum during football games as well as for the safety of the band members and their new uniforms, there will be a change in seating arrangements beginning this week.

The Band Boosters, under my guidance, will set off a section for the band during all football games. Only band members, who will remain in the section at all times unless specified, are allowed in this section.

This change is to ensure their focus during the game and on our goal — performing to the best of our abilities.

It also will help keep all food and drink away from the band members while they are in uniform. This a critical as we try to maintain clean uniforms and preserve them not only for this season, but for seasons to come.

Thank you for all your help and consideration.
Chad Mielens

Marching Band Rehearsal on Wednesday, September 13th

Schedule update for tomorrow, (Wednesday):

Due to open house beginning at 6:30 p.m. at West Bloomfield High School, we will be ending our rehearsal at 6 p.m. In order to maximize time, we will be starting our rehearsal at 3:15.



As we embark on a new era for the West Bloomfield High marching band Friday with the unveiling of the new uniforms, we’re planning the final fitting Friday afternoon.

Please have all students arrive at the high school between 3-4:30 p.m. Friday for final uniform fitting and Shako distribution.

Between 5 p.m. and the 5:30 p.m. call time, uniform coordinator Chris Long will conduct a meeting with all band members to go over dos and don’ts about the uniform.

In addition, please send $5 with your student for pizza, which will be eaten BEFORE students put on their uniform for the game.

If students haven’t turned in their signed (by the student AND parent) contract, it must be done before uniforms are distributed.

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Long.



We are looking for the black band garment bags. If you have one from the 2017 Winter Program season, please return it to the bench in the band room near the exit door as soon as possible. Thanks! Please contact Christine Long with any questions at christinelong@mac.com


The final payment for marching band is due on Friday, September 15, 2017. Please place your payment in the mailbox inside the band room. If mailing payments, mail to: Carmen & Ruben Luna 3581 Woodview, West Bloomfield 4832


The Annual West Bloomfield Family Fun Night is from 5:00-7:00pm (before the football game) this Friday. Elementary & middle school students that wear school spirit will get in for free. Military, Police and Fire are also free with ID.


West Bloomfield Township has generously supported our Band Program by allowing us to do Tag Day at the Hazardous Waste collection day happening this Saturday, September 16, 2017. Our Drumline members will be there to showcase our program. Details for those members will be coming soon.


Please submit any information you wish to add to the weekly E-News to Bree Silski by the end of each Saturday. The E-News will almost always go out on Sundays. You can email Bree at secretary@wbbands.info. Thank you!


THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE (September 10th -September 16th)

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.

  • Wednesday Sept. 13th:
    • Full Marching Band Rehearsal 3:15pm-6:00pm
    • West Bloomfield High School Open House 6:30pm-8:30pm
  • Thursday Sept. 14th: Full Marching Band Rehearsal 3:30pm-6:30pm
  • Friday Sept. 15th:
    • Final Marching Band payment due
    • Half-day of school
    • Final uniform fitting (arrive at the HS between 3-4:30)
    • West Bloomfield Family Fun Night 5:00pm-Game time
    • Football Game –vs- Clarkston
  • Saturday Sept. 16th:
    • Marching Band Rehearsal 9:00am-4:00pm at the High School
    • West Bloomfield Hazardous Waste Day/Tag Day – Drumline block rehearsal time TBD


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.


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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