Dear Marching Band Members and Families,
UPCOMING SCHEDULE (next 2 weeks)
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.
Monday, 9/7: LABOR DAY, no rehearsal
Tuesday 9/8: First Day of School – Full Band rehearsal 3:30 – 6:30pm
Wednesday 9/9: Full band rehearsal 3:30 – 6:30pm
Thursday 9/10: Full band rehearsal 3:30 – 6:30pm
Friday 9/11: Home football Game vs. Clarkston. Report time 5:30pm
Saturday 9/12: Field Day – Report Time TBA
SUPER LAKER OF THE WEEK
Congratulations this week to the entire Marching Band for being so open to change and responding so enthusiastically to show writer Steve Alia’s additions of body movement. It’s a rare opportunity to work with the show writer, and we were fortunate enough to have two days with Mr. Alia this week. Well done, Lakers! Way to go with new material!
SECTION COMPETITION BOTTLE DRIVE
On Tuesday, Mrs. Karow will have bottle drive flyers for section leaders to distribute to their sections. Make plans to distribute flyers to neighbors and friends, asking for returnable bottles to be donated to WBHS Marching Hand. Sections will work together: Color Guard v. Percussion vs. Brass vs. Woodwinds. Bottles will be retrieved the weekend after Labor Day and redeemed at retailers. The section turning in the most $$ will be declared the winner!
BAND PARENTS MEETING
Please attend the September Band Parents Meeting on September 1 at 7pm at WBHS. Items to be discussed include the Prism concert, Football Schedule, and Homecoming schedule. Other topics are pit crew, fundraising, and upcoming events. The agenda is attached to this email. Looking forward to seeing you there!
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 a few volunteer slots that still need to be filled, in admissions, program sales, concessions, parking lot control, judge transportation, and band guiding. MCBA will not allow students to guide bands, but there are a few jobs available for students to earn Community Service Hours. Parents or students who can volunteer should email Ruth Richards.
FIELD DAY PROGRAM ADS
The Band Boosters will publish a program for Field Day. All band members and families are invited to sell ads in the program. 50% of the proceeds from ads sold are banked in the student’s Points account. Start approaching potential customers; ad order forms will be finalized shortly. Many parents take this opportunity to celebrate (and/or mildly embarrass) their band kids with photo ads. Section Leaders receive a complimentary quarter page ad to honor their section.
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 26 volunteers for each performance. Here is the link to the Pit Crew Sign Up Genius. If you would like to be are part of the Pit Crew, please login and sign-up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b44abaa2e5-2015
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! Questions? Please email Brett Crawford at email@example.com.
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 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
- 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
Still need to get those summer reading books? Amazon has them, can get them to you quickly, AND donates a portion of your purchase to the band! To get started: click HERE to register. Every time you shop, go to smile.amazon.com
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 5:30pm
September 12: Field Day
September 14: NO SCHOOL
September 19: Saturday Rehearsal
September 25: Home football game vs. Lake Orion, report 5:30pm
October 3: Novi Invitational, time TBD
October 9: Homecoming Parade, tailgate, and football game. Remain after school.
October 16: Home football game vs. Rochester Stoney Creek, report 5:30pm
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