Dear Band, Color Guard and Percussion Members and Families,
We are SO PROUD of our Winter Percussion and Guard Ensembles! MCGC State Championships took place on Saturday and Sunday at SVSU. On Sunday, Winter Percussion took 2nd place in Scholastic A, receiving a Silver Medal with a score of 84.29. A day earlier JV Guard (a group with many members new to the sport) took 3rd place in Regional A, securing their Bronze Medal with a score of 73.43. Varsity Guard performed very well and took 7th place in Scholastic A (an unbelievably challenging class) with a score of 75.89.
In order to accommodate our Winter Percussion and Jazz Band students – many of whom are in Marching Band – who will be rehearsing or performing on April 12, we have decided to move the 2016 Marching Band “reveal” portion of our parent meeting to April 19.
We will still have a regular parent meeting on April 12! Learn about how Marching Band works, turn in registration paperwork, and find out how you can participate in our Spring Swing fundraiser on May 20. Bonus: early registration will be extended for one more week. Register by April 18 and receive $50 off of the fee.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (next 2 weeks)
Sunday 4/3: Winter Percussion MCGC State Championships – Saginaw
Monday 4/4: Varsity Winter Guard 12:00pm
Tuesday 4/5: Varsity Winter Guard 12:00pm
Tuesday 4/5: West Bloomfield Percussion 5:00pm
Wednesday 4/6: Varsity Winter Guard 12:00pm
Wednesday 4/6: West Bloomfield Percussion 5:00pm
Thursday 4/7: West Bloomfield Percussion 5:00pm
Thursday 4/7: Varsity Guard WGI Championships Trip begins
Friday 4/8: Varsity Guard WGI Championships Trip continues
Saturday 4/9: Varsity Guard WGI Championships Trip continues
Sunday 4/10: Varsity Guard WGI Championships Trip concludes
Monday 4/11: Jazz Band 2:30pm
Monday 4/11: Winter Percussion 5:00pm
Tuesday 4/12: West Bloomfield Percussion 5:00pm
Tuesday 4/12: BBAWB Parents Meeting
Wednesday 4/13: West Bloomfield Percussion 5:00pm
Thursday 4/14: West Bloomfield Percussion WGI Championships Trip begins
Friday 4/15: West Bloomfield Percussion WGI Championships Trip
Saturday 4/16: West Bloomfield Percussion WGI Championships Trip
Saturday 4/16: MSBOA Middle School Solo & Ensemble
Early Registration for 2016 Marching Band and Color Guard is OPEN!
Come to the April 12 Parents Meeting at 7pm in the WBHS I-center, or email Mr. Mielens (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions. Band directors have registration packets with full details on rates and payment schedules. Families who register by April 18 (ahead of Reveal Night April 19) will receive $50 OFF their students’ Marching Band fee.
In the midst of all this awesome information from Guard and Percussion (congrats to all participants including family and friends supporters) let’s take a moment to remember how important fundraising is to all of the band family groups. Fundraising allows us to include more experiences and/or charge less for the experiences. 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 (See Attached flyer)
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!
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
Winter Guard and Winter Percussion have their sales packets for the Yankee Candle Spring Sale during the first two weeks in April. 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.
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!
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 12 – BBAWB Parents Meeting
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 PARENT MEETING is Tuesday, April 12, 7pm, WBHS
- Next BOARD MEETING is Tuesday, April 19, WBHS