Dear Band, Color Guard and Percussion Members and Families,
What an exciting week it has been for the West Bloomfield Bands programs! Our Middle School musicians had the opportunity to perform for the adjudicators at MSBOA Solo & Ensemble. The results were stellar:
All OLMS participants received either a first or second division rating.
Flute solo: Joy Spears
Clarinet solo: Alex Karow
Horn solo: Abby Freitag
Woodwind quintet: Layla James, Alex Karow, Samantha Cooper, Abby Freitag, Luke Stifter
Brass Quintet: Ishan Biswas, Sundeep Ravella, Abby Freitag, Abbaas Hakim, Mitchell Carroll
Oboe solo: Luke Stifter
Euphonium Solo: Lea McDaniel
Alto Saxophone solo: Amulya Setlur
Abbot Students had outstanding results as well:
Lily Brenner and Alicia Mance-Alto Sax Duet
Adi Mizrahi-Flute Solo
Aran Mizrahi-Piano Solo
Matthew Elliott-Piano Solo
Matthew Elliott-Trumpet Solo
Jacquelin Li-Clarinet Solo
Gigi Musiol-Flute Solo
WBHS Winter Percussion made their trip to WGI World Championships in Dayton OH this week. After a thoroughly rousing performance in the preliminary round, WB Winter Percussion competed in the semi finals, and was awarded 21st place overall. In the WORLD! Judges scoring further identified that the ensemble scored so high, they came in 8th overall in the Music category. So, parents of Middle School Percussion members, this is where your kids are headed, as our programs make gains every year. Congratulations to Percussion Director Chris Vilag, his staff, and the amazing members of the ensemble.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (next 2 weeks)
Sunday 4/17: West Bloomfield Percussion WGI Championships Trip concludes
Tuesday 4/19: Marching Band 2016 REVEAL NIGHT! 7:00pm
Wednesday 4/20: Menchies Frozen Yogurt Fundraiser
Sunday 4/24: Winter Guard Banquet 5:00pm
MARCHING BAND 2016 SHOW REVEAL, STUDENT LEADERSHIP, AND JOHN BORUTA SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED TUESDAY APRIL 19, 7PM IN THE WBHS I-CENTER!
Have you seen the clues posted on the Official West Bloomfield High School Marching Band Page? Think you know what they mean? Be sure to come to Reveal Night. In addition to learning what the show will be called and hearing the source music that will be arranged for us, we will announce the Drum Majors, Section Leaders, and the winner of the John Boruta Alumni Scholarship. It’s a great evening. Registration Paperwork will be available, bring your checkbook if you’re ready to make a commitment. See more about the program on the Marching Band page on our web site.
Early Registration for 2016 Marching Band and Color Guard closes Monday!
Submit that registration paperwork and deposit to the Band Boosters mailbox in the WBHS Band room or to your Middle School band director MONDAY to receive $50 OFF the students’ Marching Band fees. General registration opens Tuesday at REVEAL NIGHT!
April Fundraiser at Menchies Frozen Yogurt!
Celebrate the 111th day of the year Spring on April 20 with frozen yogurt at Menchies (Hunter Square near B-Dubs). 20% of our purchased will be donated to the band! PRINT THE ATTACHED FLYER AND TAKE IT WITH YOU. Take the whole family out for a treat!
COLOR GUARD 2016 TRYOUTS
Join us for tryouts to kick off our 2016 season May 3 and 5, 4 – 7pm in the WBHS Band Room. No commitment necessary–just come check it out. Our family is GROWING and we’re ready for you to experience this dynamic, competitive group of performers!
Boys and Girls currently in 7-11 grade who attend WB schools or live within the school district are eligible. No dance experience necessary! Please wear comfortable athletic clothing, bring a water bottle and a friend!
There are Scrip bonuses going on from April 16-April 29. This means the rebate is increased from the regular percentage to a higher percentage during this time. The bonuses include, but are not limited to, Bed bath and Beyond, now 8% instead of 7%. Kohls, now 6% instead of 4%. TGIFridays, now 10% instead of 9%. Home Depot, now 6% instead of 4%. Great time to pick up cards for spring-cleaning and summer projects.
Every purchase brings a rebate, and 60% goes to the to student’s points account, while 40% goes toward instruments, sectional instruction, music program scholarships, equipment purchase, and other initiatives supported by the Band Boosters. Go to wbbands.info/fundraising/scrip-program/ and order SCRIP (gift cards). The rewards for every purchase add up! And the more people who participate, the faster the rewards grow. Questions about how it works? Please contact Marci Grossman. Of course, if you don’t want to buy scrip, you can always just make a donation to the band. The benefits of being a 501(c)3: A donation is tax deductible.
Spring SWING Fundraiser and Silent Auction MaY 20
Come see the WBHS Jazz Orchestra, Middle School Jazz Band, Winter Guard and State Solo and Ensemble participants entertain you while enjoying appetizers and beverages in a beautiful lakeside location along the shore of Orchard Lake. Sponsorships available!
We want to show off all the band students, so we’re in search of pictures of all bands performing, in their early years through the present: Middle school through high school; Jazz bands, color guard, marching band, concert band–solo ensemble–all pictures and ALL grades, from sixth on up! Email the pictures to Anne Marie Collier Miller.
Silent Auction Donations
WE ARE LOOKING FOR ITEMS TO BUILD BASKETS FOR THE AUCTION.
Click Here to access the Sign Up Genius with the list of the different theme baskets we will be working on. There are items listed under each theme that we would like for the baskets. If you have a great item that would go along with the theme, but don’t see it listed, please add it in the “Other” slot.
Also, if you have a theme basket you want to build and donate, at the very bottom is a space that you can enter your theme basket. All donations are due NO LATER than May 3, 2016 at the parent meeting. We will be having a basket-building day, so look for that sign-up as well.
YANKEE CANDLE SPRING SALE
The Yankee Candle Spring Sale orders are due from Winter Guard and Winter Percussion members on April 18 If you don’t personally know a participating student, online shopping is available now through July 31.
Our seller # is 990077510
Online orders are sent directly to the purchaser, usually in about a week. It’s a great option! Take a look, there are many nice items Mother’s Day. A parent volunteer is needed to assist fundraising coordinator Sarah Boyle. Interested? Any other questions? Email Sarah Boyle.
HARD ROCK CAFE
We are excited to announce that the WBHS Jazz Band will be performing at the Hard Rock Cafe in Detroit on Sunday, May 15 from 4pm – 6pm. Mark your calendar!
Show your Laker Pride! Go to wbbands.info/band-merchandise today! A portion of every sale goes to West Bloomfield Bands.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
April 19 – Marching Band Reveal Night!
April 20 – Band Fundraiser at Menchies
May 15 – Jazz Band at Hard Rock Café
May 20 – Spring Fundraiser / Silent Auction
May 21 – OLMS and Abbott Cedar Point Trip
May 30 – Keego Harbor Memorial Day Parade
- Next BOARD MEETING is TBD
- Next PARENT MEETING is Tuesday, May 3, 7pm, WBHS