Hello Band, Guard and Drumline families!

It is an exciting week for the WB Band Program! Winter drumline and color guard are both off to fantastic starts and our high school jazz band had its first rehearsal last week. The biggest event this week, though, is our Winter Festival of Bands on Thursday, December 11th. All bands grades 7-12 in the district will be performing at this concert. We look forward to seeing all of you there!

Chad Mielens

Director of Bands

West Bloomfield High School


Drumline Parents:

We need a couple volunteers to come in on Wednesday to take uniform measurements.  Beginning of rehearsal would be best (5:00 at Abbott Middle School) but it’d be okay if it was later.  Please contact me if you’re able to help!


Pat McLaughlin

Director, WBHS Percussion and Winter Drumline


UPCOMING SCHEDULE (next 2 weeks)


Monday 12/8: WBHS Jazz Orchestra Rehearsal 2:30pm

Monday 12/8: Winter Guard Varsity Rehearsal 5pm

Tuesday 12/9: Winter Guard JV Rehearsal 5pm

Tuesday 12/9: Winter Drumline Rehearsal 5pm Front Ensemble at Abbott, Battery at WBHS

Wednesday 12/10: WBHS Jazz Orchestra Rehearsal 2:30pm

Wednesday 12/10: Winter Drumline Rehearsal 5pm at Abbott

Wednesday 12/10: Winter Concert rehearsal for 7th and 8th grade bands – ask your director for times

Thursday 12/11: Winter Guard Varsity Rehearsal 5pm

Thursday 12/11: Winter Drumline Rehearsal 5pm CANCELED

Thursday 12/11: Winter Festival of Bands 7pm

Friday 12/12: Winter Drumline Rehearsal 5pm at Abbott ADDED

Saturday 12/13:   Winter Guard Staging Camp 10am


Monday 12/15: Jazz Orchestra Rehearsal 2:30pm

Monday 12/15: Winter Guard Varsity Rehearsal 5pm

Tuesday 12/16: Winter Guard JV Rehearsal 5pm

Tuesday 12/16: Winter Drumline Rehearsal 5pm

Tuesday 12/16: BBAWB Board Meeting 7pm

Wednesday 12/17: Jazz Orchestra Rehearsal 2:30pm

Wednesday 12/17: Winter Drumline Rehearsal 5pm

Thursday 12/18: Winter Guard Varsity & JV Rehearsal 5pm

Thursday 12/18: Winter Drumline Rehearsal 5pm


full calendar



The annual Winter Festival of Bands will be held on Thursday, December 11 in the WBHS Auditorium. This performance features the 7th and 8th grade bands from OLMS and Abbott, as well as the Concert Bands at WBHS.   High school band members report time for December 11th is 6:30pm.

  • Another tradition enjoyed that evening is the Band Boosters Bake Sale. Donations – and Buyers – will be most appreciated. CLICK HERE to sign up to help or donate baked goods.
  • Scrips (Gift Cards) for many local retailers will be available for purchase.
  • Also, we will be holding a bottle and can drive that night – bring your empty returnables!

MOST EXCITING OF ALL, the Raffle Drawing will be that night at the concert! Band members; get those tickets sold! Just a few more tickets sold and we will be able to award the full $1000 prize! (otherwise, the prize will be 50% of sales). Return the stubs along with money collected to the Band Boosters via your band director.   If you have not sold tickets, please return the unused stubs and $25 donation. If you have questions, please email vicepresident@wbbands.info. For those interested, tickets will be available or purchase the night of the concert.


Yankee Candle fundraiser ONLINE SALES ARE ongoing

Good News!   Online shopping remains open until JANUARY! So contact your friends and family anywhere who haven’t ordered yet. Ask them to go to https://www.yankeecandlefundraising.com/ycfroot/store.htm and use our Group Number 990070741  Online orders are sent directly to the purchaser, usually in about a week.  It’s a great option, a great way to get teacher or hostess gifts!


EARN MONEY FOR WEST BLOOMFIELD BANDS WITH SMILE.AMAZON.COM. This is an easy way to get classroom texts or holiday gifts with Amazon’s convenience and competitive prices AND support the bands, at no extra cost to you! To get started: click HERE to register. Every time you shop, go to smile.amazon.com

Concert Band Uniform Cleaning Fee
If your student was issued a school concert band jacket and you have not yet paid the $5 cleaning fee, please have you student bring the $5 to the Winter Concert on December 11 or give to your band director.  Please send the money in an envelope with the student’s name on the front.


Winter Drumline Payment Due
The first payment of $225 is due on Thursday, December 18.  Payments can be make by cash, check or money order made out to BBAWB and turned into Pat McLaughlin or Claudia Bologna.  Payments can also be mailed to:
BBAWB Treasurer
4352 Greenstown Dr.
West Bloomfield, MI  48323
Questions?  please email treasurer@wbbands.info


Winter Guard Payment Due
The second payment of $100 is due on Monday, December 15.  Payments can be made by cash, check or money order made out to BBAWB and placed in the mailbox in the high school band room or turned into Claudia Bologna.  Payments can also be mailed to:
BBAWB Treasurer
4352 Greenstown Dr.
West Bloomfield, MI  48323
If you have not yet made your first payment of $75, please get it to Claudia Bologna as soon as possible.
Questions?  please email treasurer@wbbands.info


Save the Date and Sign Up to Volunteer! 

We have been awarded the opportunity to host two Winter Guard/Drumline shows: January 31, 2015 and March 14, 2015! Running our band program is expensive and events like these raise the most funds in the shortest amount of time. Last winter we hosted the largest winter invitational in MCGC history and we earned $10,600 profit! This year’s January show should be just as large, and the March show, while smaller, is already booking up! To be able to host such events, we will need all of our current band parents (at every grade level) and many of our faithful alumni parents to volunteer to work a shift or two. Please contact Ruth Richards today at richardsbandmom@gmail.com to volunteer. It is a lot of fun, and amazing to see all the Guard and Drumline units from all over the state in competition. But we will need everybody’s help!



Have you ever wondered what happens to last year’s guard uniforms and flags, or the Winter Drumline tarp from two years ago? We hope to sell them to another school’s guard or drumline. In fact, the “For Sale” page on our web site is one of the most visited pages we have. Now, a volunteer is needed to take over the sales of our used items.  It is time sensitive and requires follow-through and creative problem-solving skills.

The job entails:

  1. Getting a request for a purchase
  2. Finding out to where we are shipping
  3. Going to a shipping place with the items and the destination (we have been using going postal, other options are sought) and getting a cost.
  4. Sending an invoice out
  5. Hope for a reply to the invoice – often the shipping cost puts them off and then they just don’t reply –
  6. Collecting the check or PO if the item sells
  7. Shipping the items.  If the items don’t sell they need to be returned to the band room.

This needs to be someone with time during business hours, creative shipping ideas, and tenacity to secure commitments from buyers. Email president@wbbands for more info.  .


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 wbbands@gmail.com 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  Completed!

New Wheels for Carts/Synth – $320

New Wireless Metronome – $250 Completed!

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


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!  When we hear of exceptional deals, you will receive an email with information and links to the details.

Dec 11 – Winter Festival of Bands/Raffle/Bake Sale/Scrips sale/Bottle Drive

Dec 20 – Jan 4 – Winter Break

Jan 13 – OLMS 6th Grade Band Concert

Jan 18 – United We Walk / Jazz Orchestra performs

Jan 21 – Abbott 6th Grade Band Concert

Jan 31 – MCGC Winter Invitational at WBHS

March 11 – Jazz Coffee House & Silent Auction

March 13 – WBHS Bands compete at MSBOA Festival

March 14 – MCGC WBHS Invitational 2.0

March 21 – MSBOA State Solo & Ensemble competition


~Next BOARD MEETING is Tuesday, December 16, WBHS

~Next PARENT MEETING is Tuesday, January 6, WBHS