West Bloomfield Bands Newsletter – Week of August 11, 2013

Dear Marching Band Family,

The 2013 WBHS Marching Band Season is well underway … the kids are marching, spinning and playing very well!!!

We are going to start learning drill this week, so it is very important that all of the students (except for those in the front ensemble) have a set book.  A set book is a 3X5 inch spiral note book tied to a string, so that they can wear it around their neck during rehearsal.  They will also need a pencil attached to the set book so that they can write in their coordinates for our drill.


Full marching band rehearsals this week Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 4:00pm.  It is very important that all absences are communicated as far in advance as possible.  Please send an email to both directors (directors@wbbands.info) if you (or your child) will be absent.  If you are in battery or front ensemble, please also send an email to pat@pat-mclaughlin.com.  If your daughter is in color guard, please also email Mark at dedeckeremark@gmail.com.  Everyone on the marching field relies on the person next to them for musical blend and visual spacing, so it is very important that we always have close to perfect attendance.  For a full rehearsal and performance schedule, visit our website at wbbands.info and click on the “Calendar“.


–  bring a large jug of water with your name on it
–  bring a sack lunch (lunch will be from 12:00pm – 1:00pm)
–  bring/wear sunscreen
–  wear comfortable shorts – nothing saggy, no low cut tops or bare midriffs and wear flexible tennis shoes
–  arrive early so that we can start on time (most students arrive no later than 8:45am)
–  please check to make sure you are up to date on your marching band registration forms and payments
–  please check that your instrument is in perfect working order, as we will be spending lots of time in sectionals working on music


Tag Day was a great success!!  Thank you to all the students and parents who worked 1 or more shifts!  Thank you especially to Ruth Richards for organizing and coordinating and working the entire 3-day event!
Be sure to check out the “Official West Bloomfield Marching Band” Facebook group page to see Brandon Crawfords photo’s from the weekend.  Thank you Brandon!


Flocking begins this week!  There is still time to sign up a house to be flocked for only $20!  If you do not want 25 pink flamingos in your front yard, be sure to purchase the anti-flocking insurance for only $30.
Check out our website at wbbands.info/flamingo-fundraiser for more information.


Uniform fitting day is Wednesday, August 14 from 9:00am – 3:00pm (or earlier) at WBHS.  Several volunteers are needed to make this day a success!  Please contact Heide Dronchi at khnmdronchi@sbcglobal.net to volunteer today!


Civic Center TV came out to rehearsal on Tuesday and filmed the band and interviewed the directors and drum majors.  It will soon air on Cable TV (stay tuned for date/time).  Check out the file product here –>  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7hmdO02hoU


BINGO is up and running every Friday night!  Add $30/week to your student’s band account and volunteer today.  August and September signups are now available at wbbands.info/bingo.


We are looking to add a few more corporate sponsors to purchase a trailer ad on the side of our semi trailer.  Please contact John Boruta at jcboruta@comcast.net if you are interested in purchasing one, know of a business that is interested or are able to help go to businesses, and ask them to purchase an ad.  All corporate sponsors will get an ad on both sides of the trailer, advertising on our website and advertising in our concert band programs.  Click HERE for more information.


Go to wbbands.info/fundraising/scrip-program/ and order some SCRIP (gift cards).  By doing so, you make money for the band and for your student’s account!


If you are on facebook please join the “Official West Bloomfield High School Marching Band Page” as we post pictures and videos often there.  We also use it as a communication tool.
We also have a public Facebook page.  “Like Us” at “West Bloomfield Bands”  facebook.com/wbbands

Thank you for your support!