West Bloomfield Bands Newsletter – Week of January 19, 2014

Dear West Bloomfield Band Family,

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
Monday:  Winter Guard Rehearsal, 1:00pm – 4:30pm, Faith Covenant Church, 14 Mile & Drake, Farmington Hills

TuesdayWinter Drumline Rehearsal – BATTERY ONLY, 5:00pm – 8:15pm, West Bloomfield  High School

Wednesday:  WBHS Jazz Band Rehearsal, 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Wednesday
Winter Drumline Rehearsal, 5:00pm – 8:15pm, Abbott Middle School
Wednesday:  Abbott 6th Grade Concert, 7pm, Abbott Middle School

Thursday: Winter Guard Rehearsal, 5:00pm – 8:30pm, Scotch Elementary School
Thursday:Winter Drumline Rehearsal, 5:00pm – 8:15pm, Abbott Middle School

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

SaturdayWinter Guard Rehearsal, 10:00am – 5:00am, Location TBD
Saturday
Winter Drumline Rehearsal, 9:00am – 9:00pm, Abbott Middle School
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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTORS
Attention West Bloomfield Band Parents and Students,

For the last several months, we the directors have been in discussions with WBSD Administration regarding how we can best structure the band program in West Bloomfield.  After many conversations, the school district informed us this week of how responsibility will be split between Mr. Mielens and Mr. Stein for next school year.

For next school year, Mr. Stein will serve as the primary middle school director in the district.  He will teach band classes at Orchard Lake Middle School, as well as some classes at Abbott Middle School.  Mr. Mielens will serve at the high school band director.  He will teach the concert bands and run the after school activities at WBHS.  Mr. Mielens will still teach a few classes at Abbott, however, an exact schedule can not be release at this time.

Both of us directors are excited for this new opportunity the district is giving us.  We feel like this structure will play to our strengths and benefit the band program.

We are looking forward to a successful 2014-15 and a strong end to this current school year!

Mr. Mielens and Mr. Stein

WINTER INVITATIONALSATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1
72 GROUPS!  72 Winter Guard and Winter Drumline groups will be coming to WBHS on Saturday, February 1st!  This is the largest invitational in the history of West Bloomfield High School!!!  Hundreds of hands and feet are needed to make it a success.  We ask that everybody contact Ruth Richards today to sign up for a shift.  If you need community service hours, please contact Ruth today!  We need people to work the front desk, tickets, concessions, parking lot, band guides and so much more!  Ruth can be reached by email at richardsbandmom@gmail.com

Invitational Ads:  We need ads!  We are expecting THOUSANDS of spectators to come and enjoy this day of music, performing and competition at West Bloomfield High School.  This is a great way to honor your student for all their hard work while supporting all of the West Bloomfield band programs.  If you are a business owner, or can get a business ad, 10% of the cost of the ad goes into your student’s account!  One parent has made close to $100 for their student with ads!  The business and personal ad forms can be found on the West Bloomfield Bands website at (http://wbbands.info/winter-drumline/wbhs-winter-invitational/).  For each ad, fill out the form and mail or email the ad with payment to Anne Marie Collier-Miller at bamo72@msn.com.  Add ads must be received by Tuesday, January 28.
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WINTER GUARD FUNDRAISER – THE LODGE GRILL & BAR
Eat at The Lodge Grill and Bar in Keego Harbor on Thursday, January 23!  Bring in this certificate and 20% of all purchases will be donated to the WBHS Winter Guard.

WINTER GUARD AND WINTER DRUMLINE FUNDRAISER – YANKEE CANDLES
Please support the Winter Drumline and Winter Guard by purchasing high quality Yankee Candles.  Contact a Winter Drumline or Winter Guard student today to place an order.

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 Theatre 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

WINTER DRUMLINE

Schedule Change:  Due to a choir concert conflict, we will have to have rehearsal at the high school on Tuesday night.  Battery, please keep your drums from the MLK parade and bring them with you to rehearsal Tuesday.  Since we will not be able to get all of the pit equipment over in time, Tuesday night’s rehearsal will be battery only.  This will give the battery a chance to catch up on music and be able to ensemble it with the front ensemble later in the week.  Wednesday and Thursday night rehearsals are the same as normal.
Saturday’s Dinner:
  January 25th is another long practice so we will be providing dinner. A taco bar. Click HERE to sign up for an item to donate.  Please have your food to the Abbott cafeteria by 4:45.   Thanks, Marguerite
Pit Crew Parents are Needed
:   We are looking for parents to volunteer on the Pit Crew!  Click HERE to sign up today!

Payments:  A $200 payment was due last Wednesday.  If you have not yet paid, please mail it to:  Natalie Walls, 5678 Shore Drive, Orchard Lake MI 48324….TODAY!
Show Shirts:  Thanks to everyone who has turned in shirt orders!  We are going to extend the deadline to tomorrow (Monday) at 12 noon.  If you would like to order, please send an email by noon tomorrow with the items and sizes as well as a phone number where you can be reached with questions.  Then, payment can be turned in at rehearsal this week.  Contact Cathy Gimby today at gimby@sbcglobal.net
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WINTER GUARD
Show Shirts:  We are going to place another order for show shirts.  Please send an email to Kirstin Watkins-White with your size, and send the money (shirts are $15) to Monday’s practice and we will get them ordered ASAP!  You should have your shirt in time to support at caterpillars at our February 1st home show.
Facebook Group:  We have set up a Facebook group for the 2014 Winter Guard team and their parents.  If you are not yet a member, please search for “2014 West Bloomfield Winter Guard” on Facebook and click on “Join Group” to submit a request to join.

PIT ORCHESTRA
Mrs. Hauk and Mr. Mielens will be running the Pit Orchestra this year for the WBHS musical, “Bye, Bye Birdie”.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Mr. Mielens.

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
The January 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
Wednesday, January 22: Abbott 6th Grade Concert, 7:00pm
Friday – Saturday, January 31 – February 1:  High School Solo & Ensemble
Saturday, February 1:  Winter Invitational at WBHS (10am – 10pm)
Saturday, February 8:  Winter Drumline WGI Regional, Troy Athens High School
Saturday, February 15, Winter Guard WGI Regional, Walled Lake Western High School

Next PARENT MEETING is Tuesday, February 4 at 7pm in the WBHS Media Center
Next BOARD MEETING is Tuesday, February 18, 7pm