West Bloomfield Bands Newsletter – Week of February 23, 2014
Dear West Bloomfield Band Family,

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
Monday:  WBHS Jazz Band Rehearsal, 2:30pm – 4:00pm, WBHS Band Room
Monday: Winter Guard Rehearsal, 5:00pm – 8:30pm, Scotch Elementary
Monday:  Winter Drumline Rehearsal, 5:00pm – 8:15pm, Abbott Middle School  (NOTE DAY CHANGE FROM TUESDAY TO MONDAY)
MondayWinter Guard Final Payment is Due ($100)

Tuesday
:  Pit Orchestra Rehearsal, 2:30pm – 4:30pm, WBHS Band Room

Wednesday:  WBHS Jazz Band Rehearsal, 2:30pm – 4:00pm, WBHS Band Room
Wednesday
:  Winter Drumline Rehearsal, 5:00pm – 8:15pm, Abbott Middle School

Thursday:  Pit Orchestra Rehearsal, 2:30pm – 4:30pm, WBHS Band Room
Thursday:  Winter Guard Rehearsal, 5:00pm – 8:30pm, Scotch Elementary
Thursday:  Winter Drumline Rehearsal, 5:00pm – 8:15pm, Abbott Middle School
Thursday:  OLMS Pre-Festival Concert, Symphony Band Only, 7:00pm, OLMS Cafetorium

Friday:  BINGO, come on out and play or volunteer to work a shift and add money to your student’s account!  Click HERE for more information.

Saturday:  Winter Drumline Rehearsal, 9:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday:  Winter Guard Rehearsal and Performance at Chippewa Valley High School, 9:45am – 10:45pm, Click HERE for schedule

full calendar

REMEMBER TO VOTE ON TUESDAY!
If you live in the West Bloomfield School District, remember to vote YES THIS Tuesday, Februrary 25 to RENEW the operating millages for our schools.
The money raised by the millages goes directly to the operating budget of the schools – it pays for teacher salaries, employee benefits, curriculum development, fine arts, performing arts, music, co-curricular and extra-curriculars.  It provides 19% of the total operating budget for our school district, so it’s super important for the health of our school system.  We need to renew this once every 10 years.  A Yes vote means no increase in tax rate for homeowners.  Mark your calendar to go vote on Tuesday at your usual polling place.  Polls are open from 7:00am – 8:00pm.

WB BANDS IN THE NEWS
Check out the latest issue of “The Laker” (page 8) HERE to read articles about All-State Bands, Winter Drumline and Winter Guard.   Thank you to Suzanne Crawford for all your hard work in getting these articles written and published!
WINTER GUARD
Payment DueThe final payment ($100) is due TOMORROW (2/24/14).  Payments can be mailed to our BBAWB Treasurer, Natalie Walls at 5678 Shore Drive, Orchard Lake MI 48324.  Please be sure to keep your account up to date!
Monday Rehearsal:  If you haven’t already done so, please bring in your uniform so Mrs. Nicolaides can do some minor adjustments.
Saturday Competition:  We are so excited for our performance this week at Chippewa Valley High School.  Please come out and support our Winter Guard.  Performance time is 5:30pm.
Click HERE for a complete schedule for Saturday.  Rehearsal will begin at 9:45am at WBHS.

WINTER DRUMLINE
Dayton Regional Trip, March 8 & 9:  The schedule for the weekend was emailed to you.  If you did NOT receive the schedule, please email us at wbbands@gmail.com.
CONCERT BANDS
Upcoming Concerts:
OLMS Pre-Festival Concert, Feb 27, 7pm  (Symphony Band)
WBHS Pre-Festival Concert, March 6, 7pm
Abbott Pre-Fesital Concert, March 10, 7pm (Symphony and Concert Bands)

Festival Performances:
High School Bands:  Friday, March 14, evening, Walled Lake Northern High School
Middle School Bands:  Saturday, March 15, Walled Lake Northern High School

SPAGHETTI DINNER AND SILENT AUCTION
Support West Bloomfield Bands and join us at our Annual Spaghetti Dinner (featuring the WBHS Jazz Band) and Silent Auction on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 from 6:30pm – 9:00pm in the WBHS Cafeteria.  Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door.
more information

SILENT AUCTION ITEMS ARE NEEDED
Want to donate to the Silent Auction?  It is an excellent opportunity to showcase your property, product or service, as well as your generous support to West Bloomfield Bands. If you do not have material goods to donate, offer your talents, skills or services. Ask family, friends or neighbors to donate items they are not using, or ask your favorite local business to make a donation on our behalf.   And if local pickup is needed, just contact us. We are excited to make this year’s event the best ever!   Click HERE to print a donation letter.  Questions?  Contact Anne Marie Collier-Miller today!


EAT BREAD TO RAISE DOUGH

Eat at Panera Bread on Wednesday, March 12 from 4pm – 8pm and help raise money for the West Bloomfield Winter Guard!  The Panera Bread located at 6399 Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield will donate a percentage of its sales during the event to the West Bloomfield Winter Guard when you show this flyer –>  Click HERE

MARCHING BAND EXPERIENCE NIGHT
Attention all 8th grade and high school dance, drama, band, music and orchestra students and their parents!  Join us on Monday, March 31 for Marching Band Experience Night.  This is a great opportunity to learn what the WBHS Marching Band is all about and how you can be part of the 2014 season!  No experience necessary!  Come try-it-out for yourself!  THIS IS A FREE EVENT WITH COMPLIMENTARY ICE CREAM!
– Meet the WBHS Marching Band Director, Mr. Chad Mielens and other staff members.
– Meet and talk to current WBHS Band students and parents about their experiences with marching band.
– Get information on the 2014 marching season
– Enjoy performance videos of our Marching Band, Winter Guard and Winter Percussion programs.
Watch for more information…coming soon!
SAVE THE DATE!
Mark your calendars!

Marching Band Registration/Reveal Night, April, TBD
Jazz Band to perform at the Hard Rock Cafe in Detroit, Sunday, May 18, 1:00pm
Memorial Day Parade, Monday, May 26
BBAWB Annual Meeting, Tuesday, June 3, 7pm
Marching Band Camp, August 18 – 22
Marching Band Banquet, November 20
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
We are looking for 1 or 2 people who can update the band display case at OLMS.   We would like to add photos of our OLMS band students and add graphics/words/etc to promote the band program and give it increased visibility.  Please email us at wbbands@gmail.com.
WINTER DRUMLINE FUNDRAISER – STOMP TICKETS
The Winter Drumline is raising money for their trip to the Regional Championships in Dayton, OH in March.  They are selling tickets to see STOMP at the Fox Theater on Friday, March 14 at 8pm.  Tickets are $36.50 and for every ticket purchased, $10 will go back to the Winter Drumline.  These tickets make fantastic gifts!  To purchase your tickets online, go to WWW.OLYMPIAENTERTAINMENT.COM/WESTBLOOMFIELD

BAND MERCHANDISE
GREAT GIFT IDEA!  Show your Laker Pride!  Go to wbbands.info/band-merchandise today!  A portion of every sale goes to West Bloomfield Bands.

SCRIPS
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!

BINGO
Come on out on Friday evening to support WB Bands and play BINGO!
The February Signups are up on the website.  Click on the following link to sign up for a shift or two —–> wbbands.info/bingo.

FACEBOOK
“Like Us” at “West Bloomfield Bands”  facebook.com/wbbands

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
Thursday, February 27:  OLMS Pre-Festival Concert (Symphony Band)
Saturday, March 1: Winter Guard MCGC Contest, Chippewa Valley High School
Tuesday, March 4:  BBAWB Parent Meeting, 7pm, WBHS
Thursday, March 6:  WBHS Pre-Festival Concert, 7pm, WBHS
Monday, March 10:  Abbott Middle School Pre-Festival Concert (Symphony Band and Concert Band)

 

Next PARENT MEETING is Tuesday, March 4,  7pm, WBHS Media Center
Next BOARD MEETING is Wednesday, March 19, 7pm