Dear Band, Color Guard and Percussion Members and Families,
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (next 2 weeks)
Sunday 4/24: Winter Guard Banquet 5:00pm
Sunday 5/1: WB Percussion Whirlyball Party 1:00pm
Monday 5/2: WBHS Jazz Band 2:30pm
Tuesday 5/3: Color Guard Try-It-Out 4:00pm
Tuesday 5/3: Band Parents Meeting 7:00pm
Wednesday 5/4: WBHS Jazz Band 2:30pm
Thursday 5/5: Color Guard Try-It-Out 4:00pm
Saturday 5/7: Middle School Honors Band
Saturday 5/7: West Bloomfield Haz-Mat Collection Tag Day 8:30am
Registration for 2016 Marching Band and Color Guard is open!
Speak with a band director or request an enrollment packet at http://wbbands.info/home/join-us/
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!
Tag Day at Hazardous Waste Day
Great news! West Bloomfield Township has invited us to provide entertainment (and collect donations) at the spring Hazardous Waste collection day at the Township complex on Saturday, May 7th. We were fortunate to participate last fall, and collected as much in donations in 5 ½ hours as in a full weekend at a grocery store. There will be two shifts: 8:30am-11am and 11 am to 2pm. Each shift requires 8 students and one adult. High school students and/or marching band vets: bring any instruments you play and sheet music for everything you have learned. Small ensembles, Guard members who can toss a flag or rifle…all are encouraged to participate. Let’s show OUR COMMUNITY what an amazing music program we have! Click to sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090F45ACAA2BA75-tagday
PHYSICALS REQUIRED FOR MARCHING BAND
Remember, all marching band participants MUST provide the completed medical forms before participating in the June 17 mini-camp. Your family physician or a mini-clinic can perform a sports physical. As a convenience, the WBHS Athletic Department will offer appointments for physicals on Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Who: Any person of middle or high school age needing a physical for the 2015-2016 school year. Heart checks are only for those 14 and older.
What: This is a preparticipation physical examination (just like a yearly physical from your own doctor) performed by family physicians and orthopedic/sports medicine doctors from the Henry Ford Health System. Any athlete participating in a West Bloomfield School District sport or marching band will NEED a physical to try out or participate in athletics.
When: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 2:30 to 5:00 pm. You may call the high school athletic office at (248)865-6743 to make your appointment.
Where: Physicals will be held at West Bloomfield High School starting outside of the athletic office.
Cost: $20 cash or check payable to the West Bloomfield Athletic Department. Heart checks are an additional $5. Physical may be done alone but if doing a heart check athlete must get a physical.
You’ll Need: You will need to bring $20 or $25 and a filled out copy of the MHSAA physical card/medical history form. This can be found at in your registration packet or on the wbbands web site: Physical Form .
Questions: Call the athletic office at (248) 865-6743 or email Aimee, the high school athletic trainer at email@example.com Please no emails for appointments.
VERY IMPORTANT! RETAIN A COPY OF YOUR COMPLETED FORM. OUR NURSES MUST HAVE THE FORMS AVAILABLE AT EVERY MARCHING BAND REHEARSAL, COMPETITION, FOOTBALL GAME, BAND CAMP, ETC.
There is still time to get a scrip order in for April. If you made a commitment to yourself to get into a scrip habit, don’t forget to buy scrip this month. If you would like to get into the habit, we’d love to have you join us. One band family reports paying the marching band deposit with money earned from Scrip purchases. All bonus, no cash out of pocket.
Special promotion: You could get lucky with a great offer from Darden® Restaurants! Place an order including at least $50 in Darden Gift Cards from April 30 2016 – May 6 2016 and you’ll be entered in a drawing for a chance to be reimbursed for the cost of your order, up to $150. Ten families will be randomly selected to win, and two of those will also be chosen to win free shipping for their organization for a year, on up to 65 orders! (Darden Restaurants are: Red Lobster, Bahama Breeze, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse)
There are a few days 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.
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
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