Welcome back from Spring Break. Here’s hoping your time away was restorative, and that all band families are ready for the activities that come with the close of the school year, as well as the preparations for next year’s Marching Band season. Congratulations to West Bloomfield Percussion, who had a great showing at WGI World Championships in Dayton OH this past weekend. The team reached semifinals in the competition and performed well. The entire Drumline – members, staff, pit crew, and families should be very proud of their success this year. The team had the opportunity to remain in Dayton through the conclusion of the competition and watch some truly world-class ensembles perform.
This week, please join us at Marching Band Reveal night on April 15. The Marching Band show for 2015 is going to be amazing!
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (next 2 weeks)
Monday 4/13: WBHS Jazz Orchestra Rehearsal 2:30pm
Wednesday 4/15: WBHS Jazz Orchestra Rehearsal 2:30pm
Wednesday 4/15: Marching Band REVEAL and REGISTRATION 7pm
Saturday 4/18: Middle School Solo & Ensemble
Monday 4/20: WBHS Jazz Orchestra Rehearsal 2:30pm
Tuesday 4/21: BBAWB Board Meeting
Wednesday 4/22: WBHS Jazz Orchestra Rehearsal 2:30pm
Thursday 4/23: OLMS Symphony Band State Festival
MARCHING BAND REGISTRATION/REVEAL NIGHT: DATE MOVED TO APRIL 15th!!
Who: ALL 7th – 11th grade students – you do not have to be in a band class – no experience is necessary!
Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Location: WBHS Media Center
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 15, 7:00pm!! Meet us in the WBHS Media Center for our Marching Band and Color Guard Registration and Informational Meeting.
We will announce the 2015 show theme, introduce the drum majors and section leaders, reveal the winner of the John Boruta Alumni Scholarship and answer any questions that prospective members may have. There are currently openings for students in all sections and at any level of musical skill. If you enjoying dancing, please come on out to learn about our Award-Winning Color Guard team. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!
For more information, go to www.wbbands.info
ATTENTION ALL PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE MARCHING BAND STUDENTS:
We are going to show our marching band pride on Wednesday, April 16 (the date of registration night). If you have a marching band t-shirt…wear it to school on Wednesday! Show your marching band spirit and pride to your school…and when your friends ask about your shirt, invite them to Registration Night! You do not have to be ready to register that night….just come and see what it’s all about!
KROGER CARD RE-REGISTRATION
Earn money for the band program by shopping at Kroger!
– If you are already a member of the Kroger Community Rewards program….it’s time to re-enroll for the May 1, 2015 – April 30, 2016 time period! Click HERE to get started today!
– If you are not yet a member, click HERE for instructions and links on how to join. Our “Organization Name” is “Band Boosters Association of West Bloomfield”
Thank you for your support!
CHECK REIMBURSEMENT REQUESTS
Just a friendly reminder that all receipts for reimbursement need to be accompanied with our “Check Request Form” which can be found on the band’s website HERE. Without this form, your payment may be delayed.
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. Every time you shop, go to smile.amazon.com
BAND EQUIPMENT SALES COORDINATOR NEEDED
Have you ever wondered what happens to last year’s guard uniforms and flags, or the Winter Drumline tarp from two years ago? We hope to sell them to another school’s guard or drumline. In fact, the “For Sale” page on our web site is one of the most visited pages we have. Now, a volunteer is needed to take over the sales of our used items. It is time sensitive and requires follow-through and creative problem-solving skills.
The job entails:
- Getting a request for a purchase
- Finding out to where we are shipping
- Going to a shipping place with the items and the destination (we have been using going postal, other options are sought) and getting a cost.
- Sending an invoice out
- Hope for a reply to the invoice – often the shipping cost puts them off and then they just don’t reply –
- Collecting the check or PO if the item sells
- Shipping the items. If the items don’t sell they need to be returned to the band room.
This needs to be someone with time during business hours, creative shipping ideas, and tenacity to secure commitments from buyers. Email president@wbbands for more info. .
WEST BLOOMFIELD BANDS WISH LIST
West Bloomfield Bands depends on the support of parents and alumni. The list below shows items/services that West Bloomfield Bands needs to operate as well as some items that would greatly benefit our programs. Contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can donate any of the items/services listed (new or used)
Wireless Microphones (soloist) – $2,000
Painting of Truck – $1500
Sabres for Guard (7X) – $1050 Completed!
New Wheels for Carts/Synth – $320
New Wireless Metronome – $250 Completed!
Tires for truck (2) – $1000
Fix/Paint Scissors Lift – $700
UPS for Audio Equipment – $600
New Wheeled Base for Pit Drummer – $500
Shelves for Band Instruments – $5,000 Completed!
New Audio Equipment (Pit) – $2,000
Guard Room Updates – $500
Marching Band Uniforms/Shakos – $72,000
Drumline Room Updates – $500
Show your Laker Pride! Go to wbbands.info/band-merchandise today! A portion of every sale goes to West Bloomfield Bands.
Go to wbbands.info/fundraising/scrip-program/ and order SCRIP (gift cards). By doing so, you make money for the band and for your student’s account! When we hear of exceptional deals, you will receive an email with information and links to the details.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
April 15 – 2015 Marching Band Reveal Night
~Next BOARD MEETING is Tuesday, April 21, WBHS
~Next PARENT MEETING is Tuesday, May 5, WBHS Media Center