Dear Marching Band Members and Families,
I hope everyone has had a very relaxing post-camp weekend. While reflecting on this past week, I am filled with an immense amount of pride. Bravo to you all! I couldn’t be happier with where we are at right now, and I am ecstatic for what we will accomplish this fall. Enjoy the next two days off and make sure you get your rest, because it’s back to work on Wednesday.
With school starting so late this year we have two more weeks of full day rehearsals, but they will be short weeks. We have made arrangements for the designer of our show to attend two rehearsals, and the only dates available are next Thursday and Friday. Therefore, rehearsals next week will be on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and the following week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. When school starts on September 8, rehearsals switch to 3:30 – 6:30 Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Now we start preparing for football games, competitions, and our home Field Day on September 12. We are in an excellent position to excel this season. All we need to do is BE OUR BEST.
Director of Bands
West Bloomfield High School
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (next 2 weeks)
Monday, 8/24: No rehearsal. Relax, do your laundry, and practice what you learned at camp
Tuesday, 8/25: No rehearsal. Relax, do your laundry, and practice what you learned at camp
Wednesday, 8/26: Full band rehearsal 9am – 4pm
Wednesday, 8/26: Jump-start for 12th and 11th Grades
Thursday, 8/27: Full Band rehearsal, 9am – 4pm
Thursday, 8/27:: Jump start for 9th and 10th Grades
Friday, 8/28: Full Band Rehearsal – 9am – 4pm
Friday, 8/28: Abbott and OLMS Jump Start
Monday, 8/31: No rehearsal.
Tuesday, 9/01: Full band rehearsal 9am – 4pm
Tuesday, 9/01: Band Parents Meeting, WBHS 7pm
Wednesday, 9/02: Full band rehearsal 9am – 4pm
Thursday, 9/03: Full Band rehearsal, 9am – 4pm
Friday, 9/04: No rehearsal.
SUPER LAKER OF THE WEEK
Throughout the season, we like to highlight people who have been excellent beyond expectation, people who have really gone above and beyond for the benefit of the West Bloomfield Marching Band. This recognition is not only given to band members, but also to staff and Band Boosters. Nominations are welcome. When you catch someone doing something great, please email email@example.com
During our week at band camp, so many people stepped up and did more than was asked; it’s impossible to narrow it down to one. Super Lakers this week are Drum Majors Hershal Satam and Aidan Brice, who kept the band on track both on and off the field; Camp Nurse Anne Marie Collier-Miller, who tended to all our medical needs; and all the parents who came up during the week to help out, giving students and chaperons some welcome backup.
SECTION COMPETITION BOTTLE DRIVE
Early Notice: We are planning a bottle drive to take advantage of Labor Day beverage consumption. Sections will work together: Color Guard vs. Percussion vs. Brass vs. Woodwinds. Flyers will be prepared for band members to distribute to neighbors, asking for returnable bottles to be donated to WBHS Marching Hand. Bottles will be retrieved the weekend after Labor Day and redeemed at retailers. The section turning in the most $$ will be declared the winner! More details to follow…
Wednesday August 26: Rehearsal 9am-4pm; Jump Start for 12th and 11th Grade
Thursday August 27: Rehearsal 9am-4pm; Jump Start for 12th and 11th Grade
Friday August 28: Rehearsal 9am – 4pm; Jump Start for Abbott and OLMS.
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. Thursday and Friday rehearsals with our show designer are an opportunity you really should not miss if at all possible. Please do your best to attend as much of our rehearsal time as possible.
The Saturday after school starts, West Bloomfield hosts MCBA Field Day. Competing Bands from all over southeast Michigan will come to perform their shows before judges for comments, rather than scores. There are many volunteer slots that need to be filled, including admissions, program sales, concessions, parking lot control, judge transportation, and band guiding. Parents (and siblings who are earning Community Service hours) who can volunteer should email Ruth Richards.
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 from Band Camp activities and our performance on Friday are already posted. .
PIT CREW PARENTS NEEDED!
Our show, “Venezia,” is quite prop-heavy with columns, canals and even a gondola! We are in need of parents to help with loading and unloading props and instruments and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
There is a great deal of helpful information provided in our handbook, things that will be helpful to know as the season is now underway. Uniform care, spectator etiquette – all covered in the handbook. Click HERE to download the handbook.
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 email@example.com if you can donate any of the items/services listed (new or used)
- Wireless Microphones (soloist) – $2,000
- Painting of Truck – $1500
- New Wheels for Carts/Synth – $320
- Tires for truck (2) – $1000
- Fix/Paint Scissors Lift – $700
- UPS for Audio Equipment – $600
- New Wheeled Base for Pit Drummer – $500
- 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! At least six families have signed up since last week’s parent meetings. Remember, during Marching Band season, 100% of the profit on scrip cards goes to the student’s points account. This eas an easy way to earn points by shopping just as you already need to do!
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
September 1: Band Parents meeting
September 8: First day of School
September 11: Home Football game vs. Clarkston, report 6pm
September 12: Field Day
September 14: NO SCHOOL
September 19: Saturday Rehearsal
September 25: Home football game vs. Lake Orion, report 6pm
October 3: Novi Invitational, time TBD
October 9: Homecoming Parade, tailgate, and football game
October 16: Home football game vs. Rochester Stoney Creek
October 17: Saturday Rehearsal
October 21: Prism Concert
October 24: Clarkston Invitational, time TBD
October 31: Lakeland Invitational, time TBD
November 7: MCBA State Finals at Ford Field, time TBD
November 12 – 15 BOA Grand Nationals in Indianapolis
- – Next PARENT MEETING is Tuesday, September 1, 7pm, WBHS
- – Next BOARD MEETING is Monday, September 14, 7pm, WBHS