West Bloomfield Bands Newsletter – Week of December 9, 2013

Dear West Bloomfield Band Family,

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
Monday:  WBHS Jazz Band Rehearsal, 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Monday:  Winter Guard Rehearsal, 5:00pm – 8:30pm, Scotch Elementary School
Tuesday:  Winter Drumline Rehearsal, 5:00pm – 8:15pm, Abbott Middle School
Wednesday:  WBHS Jazz Band Rehearsal, Barnes & Noble (Orchard Lake Rd)
WednesdayBARNES & NOBLE BOOKFAIR FUNDRAISER (see below), 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Wednesday
Winter Drumline Rehearsal, 5:00pm – 8:15pm, Abbott Middle School
Thursday:  Winter Guard Rehearsal, 5:00pm – 8:30pm, Scotch Elementary School
ThursdayWinter Drumline Rehearsal, 5:00pm – 8:15pm, Abbott Middle School
Saturday
Winter Guard Rehearsal, 9:00am – 4:00pm, location TBA
full calendar

BARNES & NOBLE BOOKFAIR FUNDRAISER
Support West Bloomfield Bands by shopping at Barnes and Noble THIS WEDNESDAY (December 11).  Click HERE to print a voucher to present to the cashier at checkout and a percentage of your purchases will benefit West Bloomfield Bands.  The Jazz Band will be rehearsing/performing in the store from 2:30pm – 4:00pm followed by additional West Bloomfield band musicians from grades 7 – 12.
GIFT WRAPPERS ARE NEEDED!  If you like to wrap gifts, please stop by the store from 4pm  – 9pm.
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2013 WEST BLOOMFIELD BANDS “Make a Difference” FUNDRAISER
GREAT NEWS!  The fundraiser has been extended to Friday, December 20!  We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.    Go to http://wbbands.info/2013-fundraiser/ for complete details.  We appreciate your generosity and support!

FESTIVAL OF BANDS CONCERT
Join us on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7pm at WBHS for our annual FESTIVAL OF BANDS CONCERT.  All band students in grades 7 – 12 will be performing!  Admission is FREE.
Bake Sale Donations are Needed:  Donations should be prepared in portions suitable for sale at $1.00 each.  Anything with nuts needs to be clearly labeled.  Can be dropped off with the students on the day of the concert.  Bottled water will also be available for $1.00.

ALL-STATE BAND
Congratulations to Meghan Lederman (clarinet) on being selected for All-State Band!  Way to go!

WINTER DRUMLINE
Schedule Change:  The competition scheduled for Saturday, February 22, 2014 at South Lyon High School has been removed from the schedule.
Payment Due:  $200 is due next Wednesday, December 18.
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BAND MERCHANDISE
GREAT GIFT IDEA!  Now is the time to order sweatshirts and jackets and accessories for the upcoming holiday season!  Show your Laker Pride!  Go to wbbands.info/band-merchandise today!  A portion of every sale goes to West Bloomfield Bands.

SCRIPS
DON’T FORGET SCRIPS CARDS WHEN YOU START YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING!  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!

WINTER INVITATIONAL
Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 1.  This is the date of our Winter Guard/Winter Drumline Invitational.  We will need all of you to volunteer as this is expected to be a very well attended event.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
There are many areas in the band program that could not function without the hard work and dedication of our parent volunteers.  Take a minute to look over the groups below and see what you would like to do.  Please feel free to choose more than one area.  Email Mary Ingweiller or Heide Dronchi to sign up today!

Merchandising Committee:  We are looking for a team of parents to promote our online store at concerts and and some Parent Meetings.  These people would also be responsible for selling a few items that are not on our online store such as:  luggage tags, stickers, magnets and headbands.  You would also be responsible for monitoring our online store (which pretty much runs itself!)  The concert dates are:  12/19/13, 36/14 and 5/13/14.  Time involvement is very minimal.  You must be available for concerts and a few parent meetings as well as order more merchandise when the inventory runs low.
Trailer Ads:  We are looking for 1 or 2 people to be in charge of talking to businesses about advertising on our semi-truck.  Click HERE for more information

If interested, please contact Heide Dronchi or Mary Ingweiller.

BINGO
The December Signups are up on the website.  Click on the following link to sign up for a shift or two —–> wbbands.info/bingo.

TRAILER ADS
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.

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

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
Wednesday, December 11:  Barnes & Noble Fundraiser
Thursday, December 19:  Winter Concert, Grades 7 – 12, WBHS Auditorium, 7:00pm
Saturday, January 11:  Winter Guard Field Day

Next PARENT MEETING is Tuesday, January 7 at 7pm in the WBHS Media Center
Next BOARD MEETING is Tuesday, December 17, 7pm