Dear Marching Band Members and Families
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (next 2 weeks)
Sunday, 8/17: Prepare for Band Camp. See Packing list.
Monday, 8/18: Band Camp starts. Arrive at WBHS at 6:30am, leave for Camp Copneconic at 7:00am. See Itinerary
Tuesday, 8/19: Band Camp. See Itinerary
Wednesday, 8/20: Band Camp. Senior Dinner and Ceremony. See Itinerary
Thursday, 8/21: Band Camp. Dance. Bring $5 for pizza
Friday, 8/22: Bingo, volunteer to work a shift and earn $30! Click HERE for more information.
Friday, 8/22: Band Camp. See Itinerary. Performance at 8p. Parents must pick up or arrange alternate rides.
Monday, 8/25: Jump start for 9th and 10th Grades
Monday, 8/25: Full Band Rehearsal – 10am – 4pm
Tuesday, 8/26: NO REHEARSAL
Tuesday, 8/26: Jump Start make-up day for 10th, 11th and 12th grade, Freshman Day
Wednesday, 8/27: Full band rehearsal 9am – 4pm
Thursday, 8/28: Full Band rehearsal, 9am – 4pm
Friday, 8/29: NO REHEARSAL
Friday, 8/29: Bingo, volunteer to work a shift and earn $30! Click HERE for more information
SUPER LAKER OF THE WEEK
Recognition, respect and thanks are extended to Marc Murray, father of guard member Madison Murray, who with very little notice was able to hitch up a trailer and pick up our prop platforms from Canton OH. We couldn’t achieve the “Rise “ part of “Rise and Fall” without you Marc! Thank you so much!
JUMP START / FRESHMAN DAY
Due to the structure of jump start this year, as well as freshman day, we will change the schedule originally posted and follow this schedule for the week of 8/25:
Monday: Rehearsal 10-4.
All sophomores and freshman should attend jump start between 7am-10am. Please allow an hour to complete the process. In the past, jump start volunteers have given band members flexibility to go through the process outside of their scheduled times. However, if these needs cannot be accommodated, students may go to their respective jump start times and join us when they can.
Tuesday: NO REHEARSAL
All juniors and seniors should attend make up jump start. Freshman should attend freshman day in the afternoon
Wednesday: Rehearsal 9am-4pm
Thursday: Rehearsal 9am-4pm
Friday: NO REHEARSAL
Now that the band is really active, a great way to stay on top of activities, dates, times and general goings–on is to join the Official West Bloomfield Marching Band facebook page. This page is not open to the public, but band members, staff, and parents are welcome to join. This is where photos of rehearsals and Band Camp activities are posted. For example, photos from “Wednesdays we wear Pink” day can be found there now.
Additionally, you are invited to “Like Us” at “West Bloomfield Bands” facebook.com/wbbands, our public page. The Pink Day Rehearsal photos are there now, if you want to share. And this link to the photo album will even let non-Facebook people see the album: http://tinyurl.com/penzqxx
PIT CREW PARENTS NEEDED!
During the Marching Band season, parents help with loading and unloading instruments and props from our semi-truck, and getting these essential pieces onto the field before a performance. Crew Chief Brett Crawford is looking for volunteers who are interested in helping or have questions about what it entails. Please email Brett at email@example.com. Bonus: Pit crew members get free admission to the shows, and can view the performance from the track surrounding the field. You can’t get any close to the excitement without an instrument or flag!
MARCHING BAND HANDBOOK
If you haven’t had a chance to look at it yet, use this quiet week to go over the Marching Band handbook. There is a great deal of helpful information provided, things that will be helpful to know as the season is now underway. Uniform care, spectator etiquette – all covered in the handbook. Click HERE if you did not read it when originally emailed.
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
New Wheels for Carts/Synth – $320
New Wireless Metronome – $250
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
EARN MONEY FOR WEST BLOOMFIELD BANDS WITH SMILE.AMAZON.COM
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KROGER CARD FUNDRAISING
If you are already a member of the Kroger Community Rewards program….make sure Band Boosters Association of West Bloomfield is your registered group.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”
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!
Come on out on Friday evening to support WB Bands and play BINGO!
We also need volunteers! For every Friday you volunteer, you earn $30! The July Signups are up on the website. Click on the following link to sign up for a shift or two —–> wbbands.info/bingo
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
August 18 – 22: Band Camp.
August 22: First performance of Rise and Fall, 8pm at Camp Copneconic.
September 2: First day of School, Band Parents meeting’
September 5: Home Football game vs. Troy, report 6pm
– Next PARENT MEETING is Tuesday, September 2, WBHS
– Next BOARD MEETING – TBD (must reschedule to accommodate Open House)